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Puglia Biking: Italy's Sun-Drenched Adriatic Coast

Italy

from $3,998* per person 6 Days April-June, August-October
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: Backroads 26 people max
  • Bari, italy
  • Active & Adventure trips
It's just a complete contradiction. It reminds you of whitewashed coastal villages of Greece but it's distinctly Italian. There's an island-like easiness but it's part of the mainland. You'll ride along the deep blue waters of the Adriatic that are still one moment and dramatic the next. The people are welcoming and down to earth but the foods are explosive and even piccante (spicy) at times. Authentic farmhouses have been transformed into exquisite inns. Every turn on your adventure will feel familiar and foreign at the same time. Welcome to Puglia.

  • Unbeatable views of ancient olive orchards, whitewashed villages and age-old farmhouses
  • Ride on quiet one-lane orchard roads, cooled by sea breezes, under big blue skies 
  • A sommelier-led tasting of full-bodied Primitivo and other notable Pugliese vini
  • The World Heritage site of Alberobello with 1,500 trulli
  • Dine on organic homemade Pugliese dishes with a wine pairing at each course

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Days 1-2 Unbeatable views of ancient olive orchards, whitewashed villages and age-old farmhouses  Bike past fields of strawberries and fennel, and a sea of shimmery olive trees Explore the sun-bleached fishing town of Polignano a Mare, with narrow winding streets and limestone cliffs Join us for a sommelier-led tasting of full-bodied Primitivo and other notable Pugliese vini.

Day 3 Ride on quiet one-lane roads, cooled by sea breezes, under big blue skies, and along the Murgia, an impressive limestone plateau Ever wondered how mozzarella is made? Learn how it's done at a visit to an agriturismo with a mozzarella master, then enjoy samples Get cooking with local Pugliese chefs during an unforgettable culinary lesson.

Day 4 Alberobello: a World Heritage site with 1,500 cone-roofed trulli  Pedal rolling country roads through the fertile Val d'Itria to Martina Franca, rich in Baroque and medieval architecture.

Days 5-6 Dine on organic homemade Pugliese dishes with a wine pairing at each course Peaceful lanes lead to Ostuni, la città bianca (the white city), which spans three hilltops and is crowned by a Gothic cathedral Spin to Egnazia, ruins of a 5th century B.C. Roman port city.

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