Cycling through Southern Italy: from the Itria Valley to the sea, an emotional itinerary through nature and popular traditions

Cycling in Italy

If you are looking for a new destination for a bike trip in Italy, Puglia is the place for you: the unspoiled nature of its Protected Areas, the small authentic villages among the most beautiful of our country, and the delicious local gastronomy.

Cycling in the Apulian countryside of the Itria Valley can turn into a unique anthropological experience because it allows you to meet people who still live immersed in the rurality following the rhythms of the seasons and the calendar of agricultural productions; people ready to welcome with a smile the guest because foreign people are an opportunity of confrontation and spiritual enrichment.

Itria Valley by bike: the tour of the Masserie

The Itria Valley is one of the most fascinating and suggestive destinations in Puglia, with a unique natural and cultural landscape, which makes the valley a perfect place for lovers of cycling.

The distinctive elements of the Itria Valley are its dry stone walls, real jewels of rural engineering. These ancient structures, built by carefully stacking stones without using any type of binder, delimit the fields and agricultural land, creating a suggestive and unique scenario. Cycling along the paths of the valley, you can admire the skill and art behind the construction of these walls, which have become a symbol of the local peasant tradition.

But the Itria Valley offers much more; one of its most precious treasures are the “Masserie”, ancient fortified rural estates that testify to the agricultural and pastoral past of the region. These farms, built with the typical local limestone, have now become places of residence, catering, and production of typical Apulian delicacies, such as olive oil, wine, and cheese. Some farms have also opened their doors to tourists, offering the opportunity to immerse themselves in authentic rural life and enjoy traditional dishes prepared with fresh and local ingredients.

Cicloturisti in Puglia durante la Transmurgiana

The Itria Valley also boasts a number of charming towns and villages to visit:

  • Alberobello is famous for its “Trulli”, particular buildings with conical stone roofs, which have made this town a UNESCO heritage site;
  • Locorotondo, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, with its circular shape and terraced vineyard near the historic center, where you can taste local wines and great food sitting among the yarns and admiring the landscape of the valley below;
  • Martina Franca, the most elegant town in the valley, with its noble palaces of value.
    In addition, the Itria Valley is rich in oak woods and Mediterranean scrub and its hilly landscape and dotted with centuries-old olive groves, this is the “kingdom of detail” where small rural churches, straw, trulletti each preserve a story handed down from father to son. That’s why the best way to explore these places is to enjoy a cycling experience because riding on two wheels you have the opportunity to proceed slowly and stop when you like to chat with a farmer or pick a seasonal fruit directly from the trees on the quiet streets of low traffic as if they were bicycle paths, passing through vineyards and olive groves, and stop in local wineries to taste fine wines such as Primitivo di Manduria and Negramaro.
Uno scorcio dell'itinerario cicloturistico tra le antiche masseri e in valle d'Itria in Puglia

Puglia by bike, itineraries among ancient olive groves, jewel villages and coast

Cycling tourism in Italy is increasing, and Puglia has become a very popular destination for lovers of two-wheels. Its picturesque landscapes, panoramic roads, and the hospitality of the Apulian people create a perfect combination for an unforgettable cycling holiday.

One of the most suggestive itineraries that Puglia offers to those who love cycling is the Apulian Aqueduct cycle route. This route designed especially for cyclists follows the route of the ancient Apulian aqueduct, offering a unique experience of immersion in nature and history. Along the way, you will pass through enchanting rural landscapes, centuries-old olive groves, wheat fields and picturesque villages.

Did you know that the Apulian Aqueduct is part of the largest cycle path in Italy?

The construction of the aqueduct began in 1906 when the complex and arduous work began to transport, through an underground river created by the hands of men, the abundant and fresh water from the springs of Sele (Campania) to the lands of Puglia. A long conduit had to be built, the majestic Main Canal, with hundreds of yards involving twenty-two thousand workers and sixty engineers.

Today, thanks to the more than 250 km, the cycle path of the Apulian Aqueduct crosses like a long backbone all over Puglia to Santa Maria di Leuca, the southernmost city of the Boot. It is part of a much wider cycle path, the “Ciclopista del sole”, or the longest cycle path in Italy with a distance of 3000 km from North to South, from Brennero to Palermo.

Viaggio in bici organizzato sulla ciclovia dell'Acquedotto Pugliese - Transmurgiana

In addition to the cycle path of the Apulian Aqueduct, Puglia offers many other cycling routes that allow you to explore its different facets. Among the most evocative routes, there is the Adriatic coast, with its breathtaking beaches and coastal towns rich in history such as Bari, Giovinazzo, Molfetta, Trani and Polignano a Mare.

Along the Ionian coast, however, you can admire landscapes of sand dunes and nature reserves, such as the Regional Natural Park of Porto Selvaggio.

The Transmurgiana is the journey that promises to live all that is described so far and much more. The beauty of unstructured travel lies in the possibility of living unique experiences, not pre-packaged for tourists. Our goal as a company is to facilitate your rides, making them read through the luggage transfer service, and to select for you the most authentic accommodation facilities and the most beautiful route to cross the “Heart of Puglia” riding a bicycle in complete safety and away from cars.

The best seasons to live this experience are Spring (April, May, June) and Autumn (September and October). In these 5 months the temperatures are optimal, also in Spring nature with its colors and scents is expressed at its maximum potential, while in Autumn, the season of the olive and grape harvest throughout the territory you breathe a sparkling atmosphere, made even more exciting by the many country festivals, each linked to a typical production.

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