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http://davidpisarra.com/category/podcasting/feed A masseria is a fortified farm house or country house on a country estate found in the region of Puglia. Masseria lodging ranges from rustic to luxurious and most are set in working farms producing olive oil, wine, or produce.

Italy Experiences

Enchanting Puglia

Enchanting Puglia Bike Tour

Itinerary

Our Enchanting Puglia Bike Tour is a luxury guided tour to a beautiful part of Italy. Puglia, the spur and heel of Italy’s boot, is an ideal cycling territory due to its mainly flat terrain.  It is also a food lover’s paradise, with a cuisine closely linked its local produce such as great olive oil and wine, sea food, chicory and  fava beans.

Foodie Adventure Highlights

* Unbeatable views of ancient olive groves, whitewashed villages and age-old
farmhouses
* Ride on quiet one-lane orchard roads, cooled by sea breezes, under big blue skies
* A sommelier-led tasting of full-bodied primitivo and other notable Pugliese vini
* The World Heritage sites of Alberobello with 1,500 trulli and overnight in
authentic Trullo

Alberobello  ~ Ostuni ~  Lecce
Luxury Guided  Tour,  7 Days/ 6 Nights, Euro 2900.00 per person sharing

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On this food and wine bike tour you will experience and learn how to cook regional specialties with a local chef including handmade Orecchiette pasta. With dishes enlivened with seafood, fruity green olive oil, fresh green vegetables and huge, bursting tomatoes, it is easy to see why Puglian cuisine is considered to be one of the most enviably healthy diets in Europe!

Here you will find wine produced from the Primitivo di Manduria, a distant cousin of California’s Zinfandel grape and Salice Salentino, a powerful red wine made primarily with Negro Amaro.
Discover the unique trulli dwellings in the Itria valley, roaming the rural countryside: whitewashed houses with conical stone roofs which blend into the well-tended orchards and vineyards of this vast and historic landscape.

Day 1: Welcome to Puglia!

Welcome to Puglia! We meet at Bari train station at 11.00 am and transfer to your villa. Mid-morning briefing and a custom fitting for your bikes. Take a short test ride and first cooking lesson of the tour. After the class, we will all enjoy a delicious dinner together paired with some of our favorite local wine.

Day 2: Alberobello

This morning we bike out to Cisternino, one of the most lovely and chic hilltop towns in Puglia, soaking in sweeping views of the beautiful Itria Valley. Enjoy the peaceful countryside while riding past olive groves and rock-scattered fields to the UNESCO world heritage site of Alberobello with its fascinating trulli – stone houses with conical roofed topped with pinnacles or spheres. A guide will introduce in the trullo world. Once you have explored enough ride back to trulli resort – only 14 km or transfer by van – Tonight dinner in Locorotondo – pizza
Distance 55 km/33 miles.

Day 3: Martina Franca & olive oil tasting

Your highlight today is Martina Franca and olive oil tasting at Frant’Olio.
We start from the resort using small, country roads. We pass the village of Noci and arrive at Martina Franca, a must-see town for its marvelously intact historic center, beautiful Baroque architecture, and stunning palazzo. Our first stop is to get a cappuccino from apasticceria in the town center!

Back in the saddle and reaching Cisternino, one of the most lovely and chic hilltop towns in Puglia, you will soak in sweeping views of the Itria Valley. Here you can see firsthand why this town is starting to gain some serious international repute.
Now is time to go to frantoio d’Amico where we have the olive oil tasting and lunch. Shuttle back to Resort or cycle in time to be ready for a memorable cooking class followed by dinner!
Distance 69km/43 miles.

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Day 4: Coastal Biking and Ostuni
Today we cycle by the ocean, the starting point for a perfect, easy, flat ride which heads north past ancient olive groves and along the Adriatic coast to the archaeological site of Egnazia, once the location of a Greco-Roman town dating as far back as the 4th century BC.
From your Trulli Resort you will reach Savelletri on the coast, then Torre a Canne also on the coast. You will be instantly charmed by the sky blue of the sea, that melts onto the white of the calcareous rock dotted here and there by the fichi d’india prickly pears. Finally, the last section of the day is an uphill ride to get to Ostuni village. Your lodging tonight is the Ostuni Palace. We dine at Taverna della Gelosia.
Distance 55 km/ 32 miles.

Day 6: Lecce and wine tour in Salento

We could not let you spend a week with us in Puglia without sampling one of its most sensational and up-and-coming products – wine!
Bike ride from Ostuni to Cellino San Marco where winery is. The cycling is easy: all flat, all secondary road pasing through San Vito dei Normanni and Mesagne.
Liveli is one of Puglia’s most renowned wineries in Salento area.
After a fascinating tour with the vineyard’s expert oenologist, we will be treated to a private lunch and wine tasting in a dining room overlooking the ageing barrels of wine.
After lunch transfer to our Masseria just out of Lecce, the pink city, the Florence of the Baroque, the gleaming gem of Apulia. Lecce: is known as the “Lady of the Baroque” unmistakable style that characterizes this city of art and architectural heritage is the value reported to the 17th and 18th centuries.
Tonight dinner is at Osteria degli Spiriti and your Lodging is the Masseria & spa hotel LuciaGiovanni
Distance 56 km/35 miles

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Day 7: Arrivederci al prossimo bike tour!

After a farewell breakfast all together at your villa we provide transfer to Bari airport/train station.

What’s Included?

Included in this trip:
Six nights luxury accommodation at luxury resorts and Masseria
six dinners & two lunches
Two cooking classes;
One wine tasting;
One olive oil tasting;
All maps, trip notes and detailed route directions;
All Shuttles and technical assistance;
Van support;
experienced English speaking guides;
Water bottles;
Transfer on day one from station;
Transfer to the airport on day seven
Sales taxes

What’s not included?

Airfare to Italy, train to Bari, 3 lunches, alcoholic / non-alcoholic beverages, gratuities, travel insurance, laundry expenses and items of a personal nature, bike rental.

Dates and Pricing

Dates & Prices 2023:  
2023
May 5 -11
September 22-28
October 20 -26

Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for private departures.

Bike rental
Hybrid bike euro 180
Road bike or E-Bike euro 210

Helpful Notes

This itinerary can also be booked as part of a tailor made itinerary throughout most of the year. Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more information.

Luxury Accommodation

Petranima – Trulli
Petranima is a residence of the nineteenth-century located in Ostuni (BR) in the Settarte district, recently brought back to light by the best trullari masters of the Itria Valley.
Please see https://petranima.com/en/ for more details.

Palazzo Dei Dondoli – Lecce

Charm, boutique style, exclusivity are in Palazzo dei Dondoli, a place full of precious suggestions, capable of making you experience unique and unforgettable stays.

Born from the restoration of a ‘900 residence, the building includes the enchanting Corte dei Dondoli, a small agora, the heart of the Palazzo which, together with the terrace overlooking the baroque rooftops of Lecce, are ideal places to restore body and spirit.

For more details please see: https://www.palazzodeidondoli.it/en/il-palazzo-en

Masseria & spa hotel LuciaGiovanni please see: https://www.masserialuciagiovanni.it/en

Difficulty Level

Our daily itinerary of cycling is designed to be a vacation, not a race! Our pace is relaxed in order to enjoy the scenery gently rolling terrain and  some hills. We will cover an average of 20 to 25 miles a day. Advanced cyclists who want to do more are accommodated, and backup transportation and support is always available. Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more information.