A journey in the spur of the Italian boot. Puglia is a concentration of history, culture, good food and beautiful landscapes. Having always been a mandatory passage to and from the east, this region has kept the heritage of all people, religions, and languages that over the centuries have dominated this very long and narrow strip of land. The trip we propose will reveal to you the secrets of Salento, Puglia's most southern part. This land which has been inhabited for thousands years, is covered by immense stretches of ancient olive groves and dozens of art cities, including some listed in the Unesco heritage register. During our journey we will be staying in Matera's Sassi district, in the magical old town of Ostuni, in the famous Trulli area of Alberobello, to end in the historical baroque centre of Lecce. A good mix of easy walks, city tours, traditional delicacies and charming accommodation, available for you all year round!
- Ostuni and its bright white limestone historical centre
- Unesco heritage cities: Alberobello, the "Trulli" enchanting city, and Matera, built on a bare carved rock
- Lecce, baroque capital of the south of Italy
In the morning walk through the beautiful countryside of Ostuni, among its ancient olive groves and on its deep red soil. We will stop for a well-deserved lunch in a typical farm. Return to our hotel, dinner in a pizzeria and overnight stay in Ostuni. Meals (B/L/D)
In the morning transfer to Alberobello (1h) and walk in the Alberobello surroundings to discover the greenest and richest countryside of the region. We will walk upon the Apulian Aqueduct, the longest in Europe, a huge engineering work still watering an otherwise very dry area. Arrival at Locorotondo, one of the most graceful villages of Italy, known for its beautiful historical centre and all its flowery streets. Short train trip back to Alberobello where we sleep in a "trullo", typical circular house of limestone topped with a conical roof and a pinnacle with lime.
In the afternoon free time to visit Alberobello and its "historical centre". Overnight stay in Alberobello. Meals (B/L/D)
In the morning transfer to Matera (1h30). Walk along the karst cliff on which the city is built and inhabited for thousands of years. This scenic hike takes us through caves, rock villages and ancient churches carved into the bare rock, overlooking the deep ravine. Return by bus to Matera, dinner not included and overnight stay in a charming hotel in the heart of the "Sassi" historic district. Meals (B/L/D)
In the morning we go down into the canyon at the foot of Matera then climb the "Murgia", the rocky hill on the other side of the ravine. We walk on a panoramic trail, enjoying magnificent views of Matera. On our way we will pass next to the famous Byzantine rock churches of the Murgia, carved into the rock overlooking the ravine. Dinner in a restaurant and overnight stay in Matera. Meals (B/L/D)
In the morning a local guide will unveil the secrets of the city and the "Sassi", Matera's stunning neighbourhoods listed in the Unesco register. In the afternoon transfer to Lecce. Check in at the hotel in the centre of the city. In the afternoon free time to explore Lecce, the capital of the Salento region, also known as the "Florence of the south", beautiful Baroque city. Dinner in a restaurant and overnight stay in Lecce. Meals (B/L/D)
In the morning train transfer to Otranto, the most eastern Italian city, a medieval village and land of epic battles. This beautiful coastal hike will let you explore the wild side of Salento and its hinterland. During the walk you may also notice the peaks of the mountains of Albania in the distance, on the other side of the sea. Free time back in town to visit its beautiful historic centre, its majestic castle and especially the cathedral with its famous "mosaic of life." Train ride back to Lecce. Dinner in a restaurant and overnight stay in Lecce. Meals (B/L/D)
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast transfer to Brindisi airport. Meals (B/-/-)
Note: B (Breakfast); L (Lunch); D (Dinner)
Grade : easy, 3 to 6 hours walking each day over hilly terrain, coastal paths and short asphalted road. No particular experience is required.
- 2 nights in hotel***/B&B in Ostuni
- 1 night in typical Trullo in Alberobello
- 2 nights in hotel***/ in Matera
- 2 nights in hotel***/ in Lecce
trekking shoes, trekking socks, trekking t-shirt, warm shell, wind and water proof jacket, hat, bathing suit, sun glasses and sun cream, daily backpack (min. 30 liters), trekking poles advised.
Getting there : The destination airport is Brindisi. We will set a meeting time with the guide at Brindisi airport for the transfers on day 1. For clients arriving not at the set meeting time, we cannot guarantee a transfer. In this instance clients have to make their own way to the first hotel, at their own expenses. At the end of the trip group transfer from Lecce to Brindisi airport.
Single room € 170
Supplement departure in July + € 35
Additional night in Lecce in single/double room (per person)€ 50/ € 75
Additional night in Ostuni in single/double room (per person)€ 50/ € 75
- All transfers by public bus and private minibuses
- 7 nights' accommodation in hotel*** on half board basis (except dinner on day 4)
- Guided visit to Sassi district in Matera + local products tasting (day 2)
- All lunches from day 2 to day 7
- English speaking guide
- Tourist taxes
- All beverages
- Dinner on day 4
- Lunches on day 1 and day 8
- Personal insurances