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8 Days Self-Guided Walking Tour in the heart of Apulia, south Italy: from Alberobello to Ostuni

Alberobello, Italy

Puglia Walking Tour Italy

This tour offers you a chance to travel at a slow pace to discover a territory that tries to keep its ancient balance between man and nature, focusing on a local development that emphasizes its architectural features and craftsmanship. They are easy walks in touch with nature and the locals; you will discover step by step the wonders of the Valley of Trulli and relax among bucolic landscapes, ancient roads like the Via Traiana and pristine beaches of the Coastal Dunes Park.

Key information

  • Self-guided
  • Type of transportation: Walking
  • Starts in: Alberobello
  • Ends in: Ostuni

Highlights

  • Incredible views of the Itria Valley
  • Nature and history of the Coastal Dunes Park
  • The magic Trulli of Alberobello, part of the Unesco Heritage
  • The white cities of Ostuni, Cisternino, Locorotondo and Martina Franca
  • Tasting of EVO oil nearby the ancient Via Traiana
  • Taste local food and DOC wines
  • Daily breakfast is included
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer available:
Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (US$73 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Brindisi – Salento Airport (US$73 per person)
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be accommodated in typical Trulli and masserias, charming B&B and 3-star hotels:

  • Trullidea Resort or similar on the first night
  • Park Hotel San Michele or similar on the second night
  • BB Dimora Cappuccini or similar on the third night
  • In the park, wind down at Masseria De Michele or similar on the fourth and fifth night
  • Hotel Rione La Terra or similar on the sixth and seventh night.

Program

Day 1: Alberobello

Welcome to the city of Trulli, the ancient peasant dwellings on which it has been said so much. The last plausible hypothesis led to think of a link between Alberobello and Harran: in this ancient Turkish city on the border with Syria, typical alveolar houses are strikingly similar to the Trulli of Alberobello. To find out more about the history and legends related to the Trulli, it is strongly recommended that you visit the Museum of the Territory “Casa Pezzolla”.

  • Accommodation: Trullidea Resort or similar

Day 2: Alberobello - Martina Franca (about 18 kilometers, 4 hours 30 minutes walking, elevation up 140, down 120)

Today’s walk will head south on country roads and stretches of gently sloping trails. Enjoy the view and the nature of Bosco Selva, a rare example of the vast oak grove that once covered the whole surrounding area. Following directions for Martina Franca, among the high dry stone walls typical of this area, and along pasture fields that still preserve ancient Trulli, you will go up to Monte San Martino to reach the elegant old town center of Martina Franca, a vivid example of Puglia Baroque art.

  • Accommodation: Park Hotel San Michele or similar

Day 3: Martina Franca - Locorotondo - Cisternino (about 15 kilometers, 4 hours walking, elevation up 90, down 70)

Early in the morning, with a short public transfer, you reach Locorotondo, a village whose name recalls the characteristic shape of its historical center, a set of white houses arranged in concentric rings. The lands here are devoted to the cultivation of vines that give wines of high-quality, like the Locorotondo Doc.

After a visit to the old town, you get back on the track, now running along the Puglia Aqueduct, the longest in Europe. The final stretch will take you to Cisternino, a charming village renowned for the whiteness of its houses and for its “stoves”, reinvented butcher shops, where you can personally choose the meat cuts to be grilled on the spot for you.

  • Accommodation: BB Dimora Cappuccini or similar

Day 4: Cisternino - Natural Park Dune Costiere (about 16 kilometers, 4 hours 30 minutes walking, elevation up 30, down 200)

Before you leave Cisternino, take the time to stroll through its narrow streets to appreciate the details of the buildings, examples of baroque style and oriental Renaissance. The village is the result of a spontaneous settlement, "a great masterpiece of architecture without architects."

Back on the road, you climb down the eastern slopes of the Itria Valley until you get to the Regional Natural Park of the Coastal Dunes, among the most interesting protected areas of South Italy due to its many natural habitats and sites of historical importance: there is still trace of the ancient Via Traiana.

Crossing the agricultural village of Montalbano you will reach its dolmen, a megalithic monument hidden among ancient olive trees and once used for esoteric rituals that were quite common among the ancient inhabitants of this land. A few kilometers on the Via Traiana, a stretch of the ancient Roman road connecting Benevento to Brindisi, and you will get to the farm where you will spend the next two nights.

  • Accommodation: In the park, wind down at Masseria De Michele or similar

Day 5: Natural Park Dune Costiere (about 12 kilometers, 3 hours walking, elevation up 30, down 30)

You will need a full day to discover this Park and its many beauties. A loop trail brings you among olive trees that are thousands of years old and allows you a close look at fossil dunes, witnesses to the shift in sea level over the millennia. Cross endless pastures framed by the famous “blades”, canyons hiding ancient caves; between the fossil dunes and the new ones, you will find the wetland of the River Morelli, characterized by the presence of fresh water where eel fishing was practiced since the 19th century. The way back to the farm will be on the same gravel roads, leaving the sea behind you and continuing towards the imposing massif of the Murgia.

  • Accommodation: In the park, wind down at Masseria De Michele or similar

Day 6: Natural Park Dune Costiere - Ostuni (about 14 kilometers, 4 hours walking, elevation up 180, down 40)

Leaving the farm, you will at first walk in the countryside where tasty products that end up on the dinner tables of typical restaurants you might want to sit at are grown. After a short tasting, you shall come up the “mountains” by carefully choosing your path: through the forest, climb slowly towards the ancient village La Terra (The Earth), the highest and most characteristic hill of Ostuni.

If you like, you can also try a detour to the Sanctuary of St. Biagio, the most complete rocky settlement of Ostuni. When, among the olive trees, you can see the white inverted cone of Ostuni, then you will be near the Archaeological Park of St. Maria di Agnano, a site of exceptional historical value where a young woman of the Paleolithic era was found.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Rione La Terra or similar

Day 7: Ancient Masseria – Ostuni (about 12 kilometers, 3 hours walking, elevation up 130, down 130)

After breakfast, a short trail, mainly on gravel roads downhill towards the sea will take you back to the Natural Park of Coastal Dunes. This protected area between Ostuni and Fasano, with its numerous natural habitats, ancient olive groves, the historic Masseria farms, and underground oil mills, plays an important role in the environmental protection and relevant sustainable economic development.

Reaching an ancient farmhouse you can taste real extra virgin olive oil, visit an underground oil mill said to date back to Roman times and before, the private museum, the small 18th-century church with its altar made of local Lecce stone. The olive trees are now waiting for international recognition through a possible future inscription in the Unesco World Heritage list. The way back to Ostuni follows the same short trail.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Rione La Terra or similar

Day 8: Ostuni

After breakfast, end of services. If you still have time, Slow Active Tours recommends that you stroll randomly through the maze of winding streets of the old town, looking for a souvenir of your stay, perhaps a tool made out of olive wood, crafted by the strong hands of patient artisans.

Note

The tour is suitable for anyone with a minimum of training. The length of a walking day ranges from a minimum of 12 to a maximum of 18 kilometers, with almost undemanding unevenness and travel times between three and 4,5 hours.

The tours wind mainly through dirt paths and country lanes; rarely, and only when strictly necessary, on busy roads. It is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes, better if trekking boots, and to bring with you a hat, drinking water, sun cream, swimsuit and a waterproof jacket in case of rain.

Slow Active Tours will take care of your luggage while you are walking. In case you need anything, you can call Slow Active Tours emergency number anytime. Slow Active Tours staff will be available to make your holiday quiet and serene.

Included excursions

Local specialties

The package includes a guided tour with extra virgin olive oil tasting in a historic farmhouse in the beautiful countryside of Ostuni among ancient olive trees, the true wealth of these lands. Authentic flavors, DOC wines, Slow Food Presidium, and your taste buds will thank you!

Location

This tour will take you to interesting places in Puglia. In the heart of Puglia, the towns of Martina Franca, Locorotondo and Cisternino represent the last eastern edge of the Murgia plateau, bordering on the southern Salento plain. The Alberobello area completes the timeless magic of these places with its unique houses, today like yesterday, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves as far as the eye can see. Descending the Murgia plateau you will walk in the protected area of the Coastal Dunes Park, reaching the sea and so discovering Ostuni, the white village in between hills and plains.

Food

Daily breakfast is included in price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • Roadbook and information material
  • Public transport on day 3
  • Short tasting on day 6
  • Olive oil tasting and guided visit (in English) on day 7
  • Luggage transportation hotel to hotel
  • Phone assistance 24 hours

What's not included

  • Transfer in and transfer out
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel tourist taxes (about 14 EUR)
  • Insurance and everything not listed as "Included"

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Alberobello is easily reachable by car, train and by air.

BY CAR. The main highways are the A14 Bologna-Taranto and the A16 Napoli-Canosa. We recommend you to exit the motorway in Bari Nord and continue along the SS16 to Monopoli and continue on the SP113 towards Alberobello. Google maps can help you with the directions.

BY TRAIN. The Southeast Railways connects Alberobello with the train stations of Bari, Taranto, and Lecce. The Southeast Railways service is replaced by bus rides on Sundays and public holidays.

BY AIR. The closest airports are Bari and Brindisi, both connected with the most important Italian and foreign cities. From both airports, you should get to Bari train station by shuttle bus service or train, and catch the Southeast Railways train to Alberobello.

Airport: Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport Airport transfer available: Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (US$73 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Brindisi – Salento Airport Airport transfer available: Brindisi – Salento Airport (US$73 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Pricing information

Supplement per person:

  • Single room 195 EUR
  • Solo traveller 155 EUR 
  • Transfer Bari/Brindisi Airport – Alberobello (min. 2 people) 65 UER
  • Transfer Ostuni – Bari Airport (min. 2 people) 80 EUR 
  • Transfer Ostuni – Brindisi Airport (min. 2 people) 45 EUR
  • High season (from 25 March to 2 April and from 21 June to 2 September 2018): 120 EUR

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