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Luxury Culinary Bike tour in Puglia

Puglia, The spur and heel of Italy’s boot with its predominant flatness, is an ideal cycling territory. In this food and wine bike tour you will enjoy and learn how to cook regional specialties with a local chef: nothing matches the handmade Orecchiette. 
Dishes are enlivened with seafood, fruity green olive oil together with fresh green vegetables and huge, bursting tomatoes, considered one of the most enviably healthy diets in Europe!! Cycling creates appetite and perhaps nowhere else in Italy it is produced a food as fresh and good as it is here.
What about wine? You will find the Primitivo di Manduria, a distant cousin of California’s Zinfandel grape, another amazingly successful red wine is Salice Salentino, a powerful red wine made primarily with Negro Amaro … you will taste in the cellar!
Discover the unique trullo dwellings in the Itria valley, roaming the rural countryside, where you will see the whitewashed houses with conical stone roofs and will realize how they blend with the well-tended orchards and vineyards of the vast landscape. You can get a sense of what it might have been like to live in a Trullo hundreds of years ago.

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
1

Welcome in Puglia: Locorotondo

Meeting in Bari station or hotel at 11.00 and transfer to Leonardo Trulli resort
After everyone arrives at the villa, we will have a briefing and custom fit you to your bikes. Depending on time arrival we will have the time for a short test ride.
First cooking class with local Chef Francesco from Arte e Cibo, who will share secrets of local dishes as you help her chop fresh tomatoes and choose the perfect olives. After the class, we will all enjoy a delicious dinner together paired with some of our favorite local wine


2

Alberobello

from Locortondo to Alberobello Distance 55 km/34 miles
back to leonardo trulli total distance 69 km / 43 miles
We start our cycling week with the nice ride to highlight of Alberobello.
After breakfast at the resort, start the bike ride inland: you will cycle through the peaceful countryside ride past olive groves and rock-strewn fields to the stunning Alberobello with its flood of unique trulli: whitewashed houses with conical stone roofs, the most famous architectural symbol for which the region is known. 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
3

Martina Franca & olive oil tasting

Distance 69 km /43 miles
Highlight today is Martina Franca and olive oil tasting at Frant’Olio.
We start form the resort and all on small secondary road – passing the village of Noci, we will get in Martina Franca – a must-see town for its marvelously intact historic center, beautiful Baroque architecture, and stunning palazzo- First stop for a cappuccino in one pasticceria in the center.
Back in the saddle and reach Cisternino, one of the most lovely and chic hilltop towns in Puglia, you will soak in sweeping views of the Itria Valley below and see firsthand why this town is starting to gain some serious international repute
Now is time to go at 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!
4

Cycling coast & Torre Egnazia + Ostuni

Distance 55 km /40,5 miles
Today skirt 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 trulli Resort you will reach Savelletri on the coast then torre a canne still 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. Last part is uphill to get in Ostuni village.
Lodging ostuni palace & dinner at Taverna della Gelosia
5

Wine day in Salento + Lecce

Distance 56 km /35 miles
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.
Tonight dinner is at Osteria degli Spiriti
Lodging hotel Masseria&spa LuciaGiovanni
6

Santa Cesarea & Otranto

Distance: 64 km/40 miles
Cycle skirting coast and ride passing Otranto: the old town center is the first compulsory stop to discover beautiful spots and views striking for the southern aspect of the houses, painted in bright colors and enclosed in the wall fortifications overlooking the south bank of the harbor. We pass Santa Cesarea hot spring and Grotta Zinzalusa it is a fantastic grotta on the seaside where is possible have a great view overlooking the panorama. You will love the tiny roads that sometimes seem like bike paths. Farewell gourmet dinner at Masseria
Lodging hotel Masseria&spa LuciaGiovanni

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Arrivederci al prossimo bike tour!

In Lecce train available to Bari or Brindisi Airport or fast train to other Italy destination
Leonardo Trulli Resort - outside
Leonardo Trulli is located a few km from Locorotondo - Locus Rutundi. The Resort was renovated and organized with respect for the natural spaces and for the cultivations that the ancestor Leonardo had started almost a century ago. The pool is built in a natural valley where there was a large open-air cistern used to collect rainwater.
Leonardo Trulli Resort
Sleep in a trullo will make your holiday unique: the warm and cosy athmosphere, the cone vault, the exposed stones convey the magic of these original buildings with no equal in the world. Stepping outside the trullo the private garden spreads the fragrances of aromatic plants.
Leonardo Trulli Resort - rooms
All the trulli of the Resort are authentic and original of the eighteenth century and fully equipped for your unforgettable trulli holidays. They were returned to the original raw stone after a wise conservative recovery. Provided of all comforts, each room is equipped with air conditioning and underfloor heating. The furnishings are of high quality and all linen are in natural cotton, hand-embroidered by an artisanal manufacturer of Salento.
Leonardo Trulli Resort
Each trullo overlooks a private garden, discreet and reserved, with outdoor showers, deckchairs and sun loungers, to enjoy the surrounding nature among the olive trees and the perfume of aromatic plants
Leonardo Arte e Cibo
Arte e cibo is the restaurant and it means Art & food. Here they interpret the tradition or the land, best expressed through typical dishes. Heatlhy and tasty cuisine is the highlight of the resort- they have own garden and cultivate many vegetables: zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes and aromas: mint, thyme, basil and others, all colected daily and used fresh!
Masseria Lucia Giovanni - Lecce
Few minutes' drive from Lecce's historical center, Masseria & Spa LuciaGiovanni is a 17th-century manor house with a distinctive Moorish style, a free luxury spa, and a 5249 ft² swimming pool. Rooms have a unique and elegant design, with original features such as arched ceilings and stone floors. The wellness center includes an indoor salt-water pool, hot tub, sauna, and sensory shower.

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Price & Inclusions

Price 
Cost: Euro 2900 per person in double occupancy
Single room supplement euro 490

Inclusions
Six nights in luxury Resort & 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
Cicloposse water bottle
Transfer on day one from station
Sales taxes

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, rent of bike

Bike Rental for entire tour
Hybrid bike   euro 180
Race bike       euro 210
E-Bike            euro 210

Note
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 Which is 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.

Tour Reviews

26 Ottobre 2016

Giuliana it was fabulous. We really enjoyed the region, the people and the food. We thought your organisation was great and we’d throughly recommend both you and Puglia to anyone!

26 Ottobre 2016

Ciao Giuliana and Marco, Cindy and I want to thank you for the wonderful experiences we had while biking in Puglia. This was our third ride with Cicloposse, having previously ridden in Tuscany and Umbria, and neither of us can decide which ride was the best. All three offer wonderful insights into Italy, and it’s our dream to come back again. Everything (again) was perfect (accommodations, bikes, maps). PS – Please feel free to use me as a reference if you’d like

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