Sassi and Trulli

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Easy Walks in Matera and Puglia

A week walking amongst the treasures of Mediterranean culture. You are in the heel of Italy’s boot, where the landscape will surprise you with its many architectural marvels made by local people over the centuries. Stone trulli buildings and cave-like sassi dwellings will remind you of ancient cultures.

Day 1

Independent arrival at the Bari airport and transfer to Matera. Get settled in at your cave hotel or Old Residence. Afternoon: guided tour of the Sassi (UNESCO world heritage site), and the historic centre: the Baroque town, the Romanesque Churches and the rock civilization (duration: 2 hours). Dinner at a typical restaurant in the Sassi.

Day 2 – Old Cave Villages

4/5 hrs – Length: 8 km – Grade: easy to moderate
Here you’ll take a short trip on the Matera Moors to discover the treasures of rock civilization and its unique flora and fauna. Route: Santa Barbara (Byzantine rock church), Grotta dei Pipistrelli (cave of bats), Jazzo di Lamaquacchiola and more rupestrian villages. Pack-lunch in the caves. Afternoon: transfer by local bus to visit the village of Montescaglioso with its ancient Abbey of S. Michele Arcangelo. Back to Matera by bus, dinner on your own and overnight stay.

Day 3 – The Park of the Rock Churches

6 hrs – Length: 8 km – Grade: easy to moderate
Walking downhill to cross the canyon and up to Murgia Timone, the plateau in front of the Sassi. Start walking along the path visiting caves and Rock Curches. Back to Matera on foot passing through the Murgecchia caves and the big quarry used for contemporary art exhibition. Dinner on your own and overnight stay.

Day 4 – The Valle d’Itria

4 hrs – Length: 8,5 km – Grade: easy
Today you travel to the lush Valle d’Itria in central Puglia. Covered with vineyards and olive groves, the valley is dotted with hundreds of trulli, curious stone structures once used by Apulian farmers of centuries past.
Moving from the 16th-century church of San Pietro in Barsento, you start your walk through green pastures, woodland, and along country lanes flanked by stone walls and seemingly endless olive groves and trulli. You reach the village of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, whose streets are literally packed with trulli houses. Dinner on your own and overnight stay in a trullo.

Day 5- Locorotondo, Cisternino and Martina Franca

6 hrs – Length: 6,0 km – Grade: easy
This is a day for visiting the enchanting villages in the Itria Valley:Locorotondo, one of the “Borghi più belli d’Italia” (the most beautiful towns in Italy), is a town famous for its DOC white wine. Cisternino, a whitewashed small village, with its maze of streets. Martina Franca, a real Baroque gem. Transfer to a Masseria (local fortified farm house turned in an hotel) near the coast. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6 – Ostuni, the White City

3 hrs – Length: 6,0 km – Grade: easy
This morning you discover the nearby historical village of Ostuni. Known as the “white city” for its whitewashed walls, Ostuni overlooks the Adriatic and boasts a captivating medieval centre with a 15th-century cathedral. Crossing the city, you enter the lush countryside. Home to an abundance of oak, cork, and carob trees, this ancient farmer’s path, bordered along the way by sturdy stone walls, winds through a sea of secular olive trees. Olive oil tasting and light lunch. Afternoon in Monopoli and farewell dinner. Back to the Masseria overnight stay.

Day 7

Breakfast and transfer to Bari airport. End of services.

Prices per person:

€ 1.225,00 (4 participants min)

€ 1.050,00 (8 participants min)

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Included services

6 nights
All breakfasts and 3 dinners
All transfers
Expert guide for all the tour
Information material

Excluded services

Luggage/medical insurance, city taxes, drinks, entrance fees, lunches and 3 dinners, tips, personal extras, everything which does not come under the heading “included services”.

Single room supplement: € 210,00

Duration: 6 days walking on hilly and easy paths
Stages: from 2 to 5 hours to be covered during the day.
Climate: pleasant spring and fall, warmest from mid June to August
Accommodations: Cave hotel, Trulli house and Masseria (holiday farm)
Closest airport: Bari (54 km from Matera)

2017 departures: June 4, September 10, October 22 (guaranteed with 4 participants min.)

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