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Puglia                  & Basilicata Self guided walking tours from Matera to Otranto


Puglia and Basilicata walking tours and holidays...explore hidden Italy hiking unique trails on a self guided trip.

A self guided walking vacation from Matera to Otranto, with a specialized local adventure company.

7 to 9 days of SELF or guided Customwalks across the Itria Valley, to hike the Salento peninsula and the Adriatic coast at your own pace

with overnights in Matera, Alberobello, Ostuni Lecce and Otranto, to enjoy Art , culture and Nature of unexplored southern Italy

An adventure and active holiday between Lucania and Apuylia to walk olive groves, breathtaking costal trails, old charming villages and vineyards, to discover a less traveled corner of sud Italia, through a series of new and extraordinary walks, completely off the beaten tracks.

Puglia and Basilicata offer all the excitement of a unique walking adventure, and the opportunity to explore a past rich of history, art and traditions, offering breathtaking nature, walks along forests, extinct volcanos, lakes and ravines. A trip where history explains art and art tells you the history of these regions, where human traces and art go back to the time when Puglia & Basilicata were emerged from the sea. Originally populated by ancient people coming from Anatolia, and Crete, both important Roman districts, Basilicata & Puglia with their Natural and Archaeological Parks, Dolmen and crypts, rural churches and frescos, food and gastronomy make this walking holidays in southern Italy both unique and unmissable.

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A self guided tour to hike Puglia and Basilicata,
sample program. All tours can be tailor made.


Day 1 & 2 Matera
Your walking holiday starts in Matera with a welcome aperitivo, a briefing and 2 walks to explore the old sassi quarter and the surroundings, getting familiar with the town of stones, UNESCO World Heritage whose inhabitants used to live in caves carved out of limestone, with more that 120 rupestrian churches with Byzantine frescos making this place unique and spectacular.

Day 3 Alberobello and the Itria Valley
the second Unesco site of this tour, Alberobello will disclose the Itria valley characterized by a flourishing vegetation where olive trees, white trulli (dry-stone houses with conical roofs made of lapidary stones) and local stone fortresses are scattered around. Two days to explore and walk along extremely narrow roads, with sharp bends and dead ends, tall narrow houses painted in their classic white colour and handsome buildings in baroque style. A visit to the local winery might add a gourmet touch to the day, for those interested in tasting the "Locorotondo", the famous white wine, considered one of the most promising quality white wines in the region.

(OPTIONAL EXTRA DAY) Ostuni
Further walk the Itria Valley and explore Ostuni the "white town". Ostuni's charm lies in the characteristic white walls of the houses in the old town. In fact, all the houses in the historic centre are only painted using white lime paint. This feature led to the town being called "the white town", the queen of the olive groves" and the "city of the crib".

Day 4 & 5 Otranto old town and the adriatic coast
The 2 last days will let you explore this charming hamlet on the adriatic coast walking the countryside and the sea side. Take a walk to discover and admire the town center, the Aragonese Castello and the Cathedral with the marvelous floor mosaic (1166) and its tree of life. Otranto is one of the easterly city of Italy at Roman time, it was more important than Brindisium as a point of embarkation for the East a charming pearl that give life to the words of Roberto Cotroneo: Otranto is "a collapsed star which includes the entire universe, where there is daily life and history, where the years do not go by and everything seems to interpenetrate, where it is easy for ghosts to speak to you in the streets, and where everyone knows they are in an unusual place, where time curves back on itself, it is not a straight line, and curving it withdraws into itself".

Day 6 Lecce
two days and two extraordinary walks to explore the Florence of Southern Italy Lecce, its beautiful surrounding country side and wineyards. Discover the old town centre of Lecce, with your private cultural walk and admire the most refined Baroque-style items and palaces of Puglia, where the architecture of portals, monuments and clerical buildings is characterised by some of the finest stone lacework. The city was built on the site of the ancient Roman town of Lupiae, was contested by the Byzantines, Lombards, and Saracens, elevated to a countship by the Normans and passed to the Aragonese kings of Naples in the in 1463. With its cathedral, the Basilica of Santa Croce, Churches and fine Baroque buildings is well known as the Florence of the south. A trek along the wineyrds surrounding Lecce with a private wine tasting tour will ensure some extra activity for your second day.

(OPTIONAL EXTRA DAY) Gallipoli
add an extra lay over day to further explore Lecce and take a day trip to the charming fishing town of Gallipoli .

Day 7 Departure
breakfast and transfer to Lecce for train or airport connections.

Trip details

Start/End:Matera | Lecce
Duration:8 Days 7 nights
CASUAL: from € 1450 pp (Based on 2 ppl double occupancy)
PREMIUM:
from € 2950 pp

Dates: Start any day from April to November
all departures private
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Trip highlights

  • Unique country walks & trails
  • fine wine and local food
  • Extraordinary landscapes and scenarios
  • Cultural tours

This trip includes

  • Premium accommodation & breakfast
  • some meals
  • food & wine experiences
  • local support
  • maps and instruction
  • all transfers as per itinerary
  • luggage transfer during the tour
  • Enquiry to know the full inclusion list

Not included

  • Flights & insurance
    • Airport drop off
    • Everything not mentioned on the included list above

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    Accommodation

    Accommodation is provided by a selection of 4 & 5 star charming small luxury hotels and farm houses.
    All rooms have en suite bathrooms, cost are calculated on two sharing a double room, and includes breakfast.

    Please enquire for a detailed tour program or to tailor made your itinerary and inclusion.

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