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This trek crosses the ancient lands of Terra d’Otranto and Terra di Bari, beyond the imperceptible boundaries between Basilicata and Puglia. During this walking holiday in Puglia and Matera, you will visit and stay in the most popular towns of the heel of Italy: Matera, Alberobello, Ostuni and Lecce.
A walking tour in south Italy that shows some of the most beautiful paths of these regions, two Unesco towns, Matera and Alberobello, and the most representative cities of southern Baroque, such as Lecce and Martina Franca.
To brighten the last days will be the presence of the beautiful Adriatic Sea, that meets the Ionian Sea in the easternmost point of Italy, just south of Otranto: where the "first dawn" rises.

DAY 1
Welcome to Matera

Individual arrival to Matera and accommodation in hotel. Welcome to the City of Rocks.
It has been a Unesco site since 1991 and it was the European Capital of Culture in 2019: Matera will host you in its simple and genuine way, making you know about its historical centre, unique in the world, and its extraordinary landscapes.
Walking through Matera, you can find the ancient public oven where the housewives used to bake bread until the 1950s: they delivered it to the bakers to cook it, but first it was stamped.
Yes, you read that correctly: the bread stamps were commissioned to the shepherds, who made them during the transhumance. Away from home and with so much free time, they carved wood to make a stamp different from that of other families ... and the Matera bread is sooo good!

DAY 2
Matera and the Park of Rock Churches
10km, 3h, +210m -210m

After a rich breakfast, you will start your Walking holiday from Matera to Puglia with hiking down and up the ravine and coming up to Murgia Timone, inside the Natural Park Chiese Rupestri (Rock Churches) of Matera. Today’s route will take you along an enchanting panoramic trail, rich in naturalistic and stunning views over the Sassi, in frescoes and cave churches.
After walking, devote the last hours of the day enjoying the history of Sassi. To get a well knowledge of Matera, we recommend a visit to Casa Noha, a site preserved by the Italian FAI, where, in the rooms, short videos illustrate the evolution of the Sassi over time in a suggestive way.

DAY 3
From Matera to Alberobello, via Locorotondo
14km, 3h, +140m -110m

Private transfer to the Itria Valley, a territory that tries to keep its ancient balance between human life and nature, focusing on a local development that emphasizes its architectural and craft peculiarities.
The walk from Matera to Otranto goes into the heart of Puglia, where the towns of Martina Franca, Locorotondo and Cisternino are the last eastern edge of the Murgia plateau, bordering the Messapian plain of Salento. Today the path will take you to the village of Locorotondo by a walk onto the Greenway of Puglia Aqueduct, the longest aqueduct in Europe.
In Locorotondo, so called because it was "Luogo Rotondo" (round place) on the ancient lithographs, we suggest you visit the historic center, made of concentric lanes and unusual low-roof houses, the "cummerse".
Back by bus/train to Alberobello: here you will spend the next two nights. Today a nice tasting in a trullo shop will delight you.

DAY 4
From Alberobello to Martina Franca
17km, 4,5h, +130m -100m

Today’s walk will start from Alberobello to proceed southwards along country roads and short stretches of gently sloping paths.
One of the most beautiful naturalistic views will be the Bosco Selva, the "green heart” of the area and rare example of the vast oak forest that once covered the entire surrounding area. Continuing towards Martina Franca, among the high dry stone walls typical of this area and the wide pastures that preserve ancient Trulli, you will climb Monte San Martino to reach the elegant old town, splendid example of Puglia Baroque art.
Return to Alberobello for overnight by public transports (train or bus).

DAY 5
From Alberobello to Ostuni
12km, 3h, +160m -70m

From the Capital of Trulli you will reach by private transfer a Masseria, old farmhouse, in the Natural Park Dune Costiere.
Hike through fields and crops: here the soil is rich and generous, and each season is able to give an incredible variety of fruits and landscapes. After a short break in a small family-run farm, you will continue up the hills, through the forest, climbing slowly towards the white Ostuni and its hilltop old town.
On the way, you can also take a detour to the Sanctuary of San Biagio, an almost hidden rock settlement dating back to the Middle Ages. You will also pass close by the Archaeological Park of Santa Maria di Agnano, in which findings prove human presence in the area from the Paleolithic.

DAY 6
Ostuni and the Natural Park Dune Costiere
7km, 2h, +10m -140m

Today a short trail, mainly on gravel roads downhill towards the sea will take you to the edge of the Regional Natural Park Dune Costiere.
This protected area between Ostuni and Fasano, with its numerous natural habitats, ancient olive groves, historic farms and underground oil mills, develops an important role in the environmental protection and relevant sustainable economic development.
In an ancient farmhouse you will taste extra virgin olive oil, visit the underground oil mill supposedly dating back to Roman times, the private museum, the small 18th century church with its altar made of a white Lecce stone. Here the olive trees are waiting to be entered into the Unesco World Heritage list and you will discover why.
To follow a private transfer to Lecce. After check-in you will have time for a first visit to the capital of Salento Baroque, where you will stay the last two nights.

DAY 7
From Lecce to Otranto
8km, 2,5h +80m -80m

After breakfast you will reach Otranto by train or public bus. You will spend the day in and around the most eastern city of Italy, always been a link between East and West.
Down the coast there will be unexpected discoveries and unspoiled landscapes until you see the most eastern tip of Italy: the fascinating Cape of Otranto. Here the currents of the two seas, Adriatic and Ionian, separate and come together in an incredible scenery.
We will head back to Otranto not before an impressive detour to its, now famous, abandoned bauxite quarry or Blue Lake for a breathtaking picture full of colours and strong feelings.
Before returning to Lecce, still by local trasportation, we recommend a visit of Otranto old town, its Cathedral with the impressive mosaic of Pantaleone, and its Castle.

DAY 8
Lecce

After breakfast, end of services.

What´s included

    7 nights with breakfast
    2 tasting day 3 and 5
    Olive oil tasting and guided visit day 6
    Scheduled public and private transports
    Information package
    Smartphone offline GPS app (on request)
    Luggage transportation hotel to hotel
    Phone assistance 08:00-21:00

Not included

    Transfer IN and Transfer OUT
    Meals and drinks
    Entrance fees and tips
    City taxes
    Insurance and what´s not listed as Included

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Matera to Otranto€850.00     Wednesday, 14 April 2021
  
Private return airport transfers
€185.00 (10%) ( Per week )
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