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Puglia Bicycle Tours

Introduction

Puglia, a southern region forming the heel of Italy's "boot," is famed for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland and hundreds of kilometers of Mediterranean coastline. Capital Bari is a vibrant port and university town, while Lecce is known as "Florence of the South" for its baroque architecture. The central Puglian towns of Alberobello, Locorotondo, Cisternino and Martina Franca are famous for delightful old-town centres and their trulli, traditional circular stone houses with conical roofs. The centre of Alberobello is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to the high concentration of these distinctive constructions.

Wild beaches, seriously tempting food and wine, affordable prices - and few tourists - await those who venture to Salento, the sun-kissed peninsula in the south of Puglia. Here you can visit the fortified island town of Gallipoli and, on the southern tip, Santa Maria di Leuca, with its opulent Liberty-style sea-front villas.

Puglia offers not only some of Italy's loveliest beaches but also a sublime climate, a series of fascinating towns, a number of important archaeological sites and, last but certainly not least, an excellent culinary tradition bristling with local specialties!

Puglia's history is inextricably linked with those of other Mediterranean countries and the invaders who came from afar: the ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Normans, Emperor Fredrick II and the Spanish Bourbons. All left their imprint in some tangible way. Local and international festivals add a little spice to life, especially in the summer with events such as the Otranto Jazz Festival and La Notte della Taranta, where the area's traditional dance, the Pizzica is celebrated.

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Map of the Region

You may find it helpful to view and print off a copy of the regional map and cross reference with the description.

Puglia Route Map