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Self - Guided Walking in Puglia and Matera
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Discover the beauty of Puglia and Matera at your own relaxed pace.
Trip Highlights
Start Destination
Matera
End Destination
Matera
What's included
  • All breakfasts
  • 1 dinner & 1 typical product tasting
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • Route notes
  • All baggage transport

All breakfasts and 1 dinner (in a typical Puglian farmhouse) on day 4 are included. There is also a wine and local product tasting. In Puglia you will find genuine regional cooking that has strong links to the land and the sea. To give you an example of the types of food on offer in Puglia: simple, tasty dishes such as the pasta delicacy “orecchiette” served with a sauce of turnip-tops or fresh tomato and sheep’s ricotta-cheese, “cavatelli” with pulses, aubergine and parmesan bake, courgettes “alla poverella” - marinated in oil, garlic, mint and vinegar, etc., to accompany grilled fish, seafood, horse-meat chops, lamb, “burrata” (soft mozzarella and cream cheese), mozzarella and “caciocavallo” sheep’s cheese... plus excellent wines. This region is a food lovers paradise!

Itinerary
1
Day 1
Start Matera.
Make your way to Matera from Bari or Brindisi airport. Spend the night in a charming hotel in the old city centre of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
2
Day 2
Beautiful morning hike to rock churches on the Murgia plateau.
This morning take a transfer and then a scenic walk to discover the Murgia plateau facing Matera, and take some time to admire the impressive rock churches of the 8th Century. This area is perfect for a spot of birdwatching as you walk amongst the pastures and stone farmhouses, keeping your eyes out for birds of prey as you go. In the afternoon enjoy a guided visit of the 'Sassi' area of the town followed by a tasting of some typical local products, such as wine and cheese. Overnight in Matera. Distance 7km, approx. 2 hours walking. Ascent 150m, descent 150m.
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Day 3
Morning transfer to Alberobello; afternoon tasting of wine and typical regional products.
Take a morning transfer to Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site, an intriguing city populated by dry stone dwellings known as 'trulli', nestled in amongst the beautifully exotic Itria Valley. Enjoy a wine and local product tasting, and, subject to availability, spend the night in a typical 'Trullo' in the historical centre of Alberobello.
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Day 4
Follow an old aqueduct through the Itria Valley, amongst ancient olive trees, vineyards and trulli.
Today you walk along an old aqueduct towards Locorotondo, through the gently rolling countryside of the Itria Valley. Walk through ancient olive groves, vineyards and trulli. Take a short (15 minute) train ride back to Alberobello. Distance 13km, approx. 4 hours walking. Ascent 100m, descent 100m.
5
Day 5
Transfer to Ostuni; the ‘White City’; optional loop walk.
Private transfer to Ostuni. This striking hilltop village, a short distance from the sparkling Adriatic sea, is known as the 'White City' due to its fortress of whitewashed buildings clustered together on the hillside. Ostuni's charm lies within the enchanting maze of Greek-style narrow streets, displaying some beautiful Mediterranean architecture. Enjoy a free afternoon with time to discover this enchanting town.
6
Day 6
Transfer to Ostuni train station and train to Lecce; optional walk in the city.
Take a private transfer to Ostuni train station and a train (60 mins) to Lecce. Enjoy some free time to discover the main monuments of the Salento region's capital, characterized by the baroque style. Optional city walk in the afternoon.
7
Day 7
Train to Otranto and hike along the coastline.
Take a morning train or bus to Otrano, a little seaside village facing the Adriatic sea and known as the gateway to the Orient. The Cathedral houses an impressive 'Tree of Life' mosaic which covers its entire floor, and is well worth a visit. Hike along the coastline, discovering the imposing coastal watchtowers, and appreciating the beautiful plantlife. Take a train or bus back to Lecce and spend the night there. Distance 11km, approx. 4 hours walking, ascent 100m, descent 100m.
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Day 8
End Lecce
End in Lecce after breakfast.
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