BASILICATA & PUGLIA

7 DAYS /6 NIGHTS

EASY LEVEL

50 KM

MAX 16 PAX

6 days walking among the treasures of Mediterranean culture, among Unesco Sites and the Lucanian dolomites. Easy excursions with little difference in altitude but with surprising landscapes. 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

Matera and the Park

– Morning: you’ll meet your local guide for a 2 hour tour in the Sassi of Matera. Urban trekking in the Sassi districts (UNESCO heritage) and in the historic centre: the Baroque city, the Romanesque churches and the rock civilization.

Matera is a labyrinth of winding streets, neighborhoods, squares, caves, and rock churches that have been literally carved out of the rock while other parts have been constructed or added. Other interesting sites are all conveniently located in the medieval and Renaissance parts of Matera, between the two rock towns. You will see the churches of Purgatory, St. Francis of Assisi, S. Lucia and Materdomini, and finally the cathedral, one of the last buildings erected in the Apulian-Romanesque style. Lunch on your own

–  Afternoon: transfer to the close by Park of the Rock Churches, a protected nature sanctuary consisting of dramatic cliffs, ravines, gorges, and prehistoric caves. You’ll take a short trip on the Matera Moors to discover the treasures of a rock civilization and its unique flora and fauna.

Dinner will be on your own in one of the typical restaurants in Matera.

Gradient: 200m

Duration: 5-6 hours

Length: 8km

Day 3

The Lucanian Dolomites

Transfer to Pietrapertosa (90 minutes), in the Gallipoli Cognato and Lucan Dolomites Park. Exploring the village while reaching the starting point of the hike. From the Saracen fortress of Pietrapertosa, almost completely dug into the rock, that offers a super panoramic view of the Basento valley, you will visit the old town with its many steps and the valuable Mother Church. In Pietrapertosa we’ll buy our lunch for the picnic along our path. At the foot of the castle there is a path that goes down to the Caperrino stream, then you will cross an old bridge, dominated by the steep Dolomites of Pietrapertosa and, finally, you will climb to Castelmezzano. Tour of the old town and picnic on the castle. Transfer back to Matera. Dinner on your own. Overnight stay.

690 m climb / 690 m downhill

Duration: 6 hours

Length: 8km

Day 4

The Valley of Itria

Today we will travel to the lush Valle d’Itria in central Puglia (60 minute transfer). Covered with vineyards and olive groves, the valley is dotted with hundreds of “trulli,” curious stone structures resembling beehives that were once used by Apulian farmers of centuries past.  We’ll reach our trail and head near the 6th century church of San Pietro in Barsento, a neighbouring town near Alberobello. A picturesque walk will lead us through green pastures, woodland, and along country lanes flanked by stone walls and seemingly endless olive groves and trulli. We’ll reach Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the Italian “Capital of Trulli”. You’ll have the rest of the afternoon to freely roam though this fairytale town. You will stay overnight in Alberobello in a charming “Trulli”. Dinner will be on your own.  

Mostly flat

Duration: 4 hours

Length: 8,5 km

Day 5

Uno scorcio della Valle d'Itria

From Alberobello to Locorotondo

Starting from Correggia hamlet, you will walk the Aqueduct trail and you will reach one of the most enchanting villages in the Itria Valley. Locorotondo, one of the “Borghi più belli d’Italia” (the most beautiful towns in Italy), is a town famous for its “Denominazione di Origine Controllata” (DOC) white wine. The town stands on a small hill commanding wonderful views over the scenic countryside.  After our visit we’ll transfer to Ostuni where we check in at our hotel in the old town. Dinner on your own.

Mostly flat

Duration: 5 hours

Length: 10 km

Day 6

The White City

This morning we’ll discover the “white city” of Ostuni, famous for the dazzling effect of its whitewashed houses and arguably one of the most stunning cities in southern Italy. It’s a genuine and charming example of Mediterranean architecture. Ostuni overlooks the Adriatic Sea and boasts a captivating medieval center with a 15th century cathedral.   The views to the Adriatic are magnificent. Crossing the city, we’ll enter the lush countryside, home to an abundance of oak, cork, and carob trees. This region is also thick with shrub vegetation such as wild broom and bay laurel. We’ll walk on an ancient farmers’ path bordered by sturdy stone walls that wind through a sea of gnarled olive trees. Back to Ostuni, farewell dinner and overnight.

Mostly flat

Duration: 3 hours

Length: 6 km

Day 7

Tour Ends

Your tour ends today. After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the Bari Airport to continue your stay in Italy or fly back home.

Transfer to the airport: upon request

Is it possible to add pre tour in Matera and post tours in Bari or Monopoli, the pre and post tours could be selfguided walking tours or cycling tours with different itineraries offered with the official tour.

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