50 KM


A week walking among the treasures of Mediterranean culture. Easy excursions with little difference in altitude but with surprising panoramas and scents.

You will discover the rural civilization among caves, farms and trulli, architectural wonders that bring to mind the ancient cultures that inhabited this land between Puglia and Basilicata.

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Day 1

Passeggiata nei Sassi di Matera

Sassi of Matera

Independent arrival in Matera. Accommodation in Hotel or B&B and urban trekking in the Sassi districts (UNESCO heritage), and in the historic centre: the Baroque city, the Romanesque churches and the rock civilization (duration: 3 hours). Dinner in a typical restaurant in the Sassi. Overnight.

Gradient: 200m

Duration: 3 hours

Length: 4km

Day 2

Murgia and Rupestrian Churches

A walk on the Murgia in search of the archaeological and naturalistic treasures of the Parco delle Chiese Rupestri. You will walk around the Gravina di Matera with beautiful panoramic views and unique paths. Packed lunch in the caves. Free afternoon in the city.

Gradient: 200m

Duration: 5-6 hours

Length: 9km

Day 3

Montescaglioso, Madonna della Loe, Parco dei Monaci

Short transfer by bus to Montescaglioso and visit of the historic center with the ancient Abbey of S. Michele Arcangelo (12th century). Leaving Porta Sant’Angelo you proceed downhill towards the ancient abandoned station, from where you proceed among the olive trees until you reach the Rock Church of the Madonna della Loe, on the edge of the Gravina. Once you reach the Selva Venusio farm, the trek ends near the Parco dei Monaci grange, where you can take the bus back to Matera from Montescaglioso. Free time and overnight.

85m ascent / 360m descent

Duration: 7 hours

Length: 13km

Day 4

From Barsento to Alberobello

We leave for the lush Valle d’Itria in central Puglia. Covered by vineyards and olive groves, the valley is invaded by hundreds of trulli, curious stone structures once used by Apulian farmers.

Starting from the sixteenth-century church of San Pietro in Barsento, walk through green pastures, woods and along country lanes flanked by dry-stone walls, olive groves and trulli. Thus we reach the center of Alberobello, a UNESCO world cultural heritage whose streets are literally suffocated by trulli. Overnight in a trullo.

Mostly flat

Duration: 4 hours

Length: 8,5 km

Day 5

Uno scorcio della Valle d'Itria

Itria Valley

This day is dedicated to visiting enchanting villages in the Valle d’Itria. The first, Locorotondo is one of the “most beautiful villages in Italy”, famous for its DOC white wine. Cisternino is a small village with its labyrinth of dirt roads. Finally Martina Franca, a true baroque jewel. Transfer to a farmhouse near the coast. Overnight stay.

Mostly flat

Duration: 6 hours

Length: 6 km

Day 6

Ostuni and Monopoli

oday we go to the discovery of Ostuni and the olive groves that surround it. Known as the “white city” due to the color of its walls, Ostuni overlooks the Adriatic Sea and boasts a charming medieval center with a 15th-century cathedral. Crossing the city, you arrive in the lush countryside with a great variety of vegetation such as oaks, corks and carob trees and you follow an ancient path of the farmers, bordered by dry stone walls and a sea of olive trees. Oil tasting and light lunch. Afternoon in Monopoli, an enchanting city on the sea. Back to the farm and overnight.

Mostly flat

Duration: 6 hours

Length: 6 km

Day 7

Breakfast and end of services

Breakfast and end of services.

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