Walking in Puglia

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Puglia is a land forged in history by a mixture of civilisations and cultures. This enriching walking trip combines archaeological and architectural treasures, with hiking through valleys and along coastal paths surrounded by landscapes of red earth, olive groves and vineyards. See the unique dry stone cottages known as Trulli in intriguing Alberobello and the cave houses known as Sassi in Matera. Explore the enchanting maze of narrow streets in the ‘white city’ Ostuni, the seaside village of Otranto facing the Adriatic and visit the elegant Baroque city of Lecce.

Trip highlights

  • View the red earth of Salento and olive groves by the sea
  • Discover Lecce and its historic centre, and the seaside town of Otranto
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage trulli of Alberobello and the Sassi of Matera
  • Stay in atmospheric hand picked hotels and guesthouses


Day 1: Arrival in Lecce for sightseeing in Salento’s Baroque style regional capital

Make your own way to Lecce. From the train station you can walk to your accommodation (approx. 800m/0.5mi) or take a taxi (allow EUR15). A charming B&B located in the historical centre of the city will be your home for 2 nights. This afternoon you are free to discover the main monuments of the capital of the Salento region, which are Baroque style.

Day 2: Visit Otranto and hike along the Adriatic coastline, overnight in Lecce (4hrs)

The focus today is Otranto, a little seaside village facing the Adriatic sea. Take the bus or train this morning. Make sure you visit the Norman Cathedral to see the unique ‘Tree of Life’ mosaic floor. Hike along the coastline, discovering flowers and Mediterranean vegetation and the Saracen watchtowers. Bus or train back to Lecce to your B&B. Distance 11km/6.8mi, ascent +100m/328ft, descent -100m/328ft Note: there are no public transport connections between Lecce and Otranto on Sundays and public holidays so private transfers are required and the Saturday arrival supplement applies.

Day 3: Transfer to the charming whitewashed hilltop village of Ostuni, explore on foot (2hrs)

Private transfer to the station, then take a train to Ostuni. This striking hilltop village, a short distance from the seashore, is known as the “white city” due to its fortress of whitewashed buildings clustered together on the hillside. Private transfer from the station into town, with free time to discover the enchanting maze of Greek-style narrow streets and fine Mediterranean architecture. Dinner in a typical restaurant and overnight in hotel in Ostuni.

Day 4: Explore the countryside of Ostuni, transfer to Alberobello, renowned for its ‘trulli’ (3hrs)

Hike to discover the unique countryside of Ostuni. Enjoy a nice walk through millenary olive groves on red clay-like soil with wonderful views of the Adriatic. At 4pm, private transfer to UNESCO World Heritage listed Alberobello, with its intriguing dry-stone dwellings known as trulli, in the beautifully exotic Itria valley. Your accommodation is in the historical centre. Wine and typical product tasting, overnight in Alberobello in a trullo (subject to availability) Distance 9km/5.6mi, ascent +100m/328ft, descent -100m/328ft

Day 5: Discover the Itria Valley and Locorotondo (3.5hrs)

Today you discover the Itria Valley, walking along an old aqueduct to Locorotondo. Pass between olive trees, vineyards and trulli through this enchanting landscape. Return by train to Alberobello. Distance 13km/8mi, ascent +475m/1560ft, descent -410m/1345ft

Day 6: Transfer to Matera, guided visit of the ‘Sassi’ area (2hrs)

After breakfast, transfer to World Heritage listed Matera. Its fascinating ‘Sassi’, ancient cave dwellings that have been inhabited since Paleolithic times, have been excavated in the rocks facing a deep canyon. Upon arrival, after you check into your accommodation, enjoy a guided visit of the ‘Sassi’ area (approx. 2 hours). Overnight in Matera.

Day 7: Hike to discover the Murgia plateau and its 8th century rock churches (3hrs)

Morning transfer to the Park of the Rupestrian churches, where you can enjoy a wonderful hike to discover the Murgia plateau facing Matera, with its rock churches painted with Byzantine frescoes. The landscape here is of pastures and stone farmhouses, and there is the chance to watch the flight of different types of falcons. Dinner in a typical trattoria to experience the flavour of the region and overnight in Matera. Distance 7km/4.3mi, ascent +150m/492ft, descent -150m/492ft

Day 8: Trip concludes

The trip concludes after breakfast with your transfer to the bus or train station. We can arrange a private transfer from Matera to Bari, please ask for our rates.

What’s included

  • 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • 5 nights in charming B&Bs or 3 star hotels and 2 nights in a typical Trullo (subject to availability) on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (hotel taxes extra, payable locally – allow €10-15)
  • Private transfers as noted (Public transportation not included)
  • Wine and product tasting at Alberobello
  • Sassi Matera guided visit & typical products tasting
  • Emergency hotline
  • Information pack including route notes and maps per room booked. GPS Tracks are available on request.
  • Luggage transfer (max 20 kg pp)




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