Vineyards, Castles & Trulli Overview
An octagonal fortress, a Roman town, enchanting Matera and Alberobello's conical trulli houses are some of the many treasures you pass en route.
- self-guided hotel-to-hotel cycling, luggage transported
- idyllic rural cycling
- wonderful vineyards
- fascinating medieval fortifications
- stay in unique Matera
Just above Italy’s ‘heel’, the rolling countryside of Puglia rises towards the hills of Basilicata. In these timeless, little-known regions, centuries-old customs and traditions are continued in ancient hill-top towns, and the landscape is peppered with an array of cultural and historic treasures – the legacy of countless invaders.Such is the significance of the architecture here, that three of the places you pass have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the imposing, octagonal Castel del Monte; Matera, a unique town that has literally been hewn from the rock and consists of hundreds of sassi
cave houses; and Alberobello, whose equally astonishing, but very different, trulli
houses are built of white stone and topped with conical stone roofs. Between these fascinating places – which you have plenty of time to explore – lies a landscape of vineyards and wheat fields whose peaceful trails beckon you to explore.