PATH: Puglia & Basilicata guided walking tours - hiking and trekking holidays & trips in Southern Italy

slowalks                  a walking holiday from Matera to Otranto


A guided walking tour of Puglia & Basilicata,         unique country walks to hike Southern Italy   
in 10 days & 9 nights

A luxury holiday between Matera, Lecce and Otranto to experience, southern Italy wine & food, nature and people.

On this walking holiday between Puglia and Basilicata, hiking olive groves, breathtaking costal trails, old villages and vineyards, you will explore a corner of Southern italy 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.

walks                      sample tour program


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


9 days walking itinerary

Day 1 & 2 Matera & the surroundings

Day 3, 4 & 5 Alberobello | Cisternino | Ostuni | Martina Franca

Day 6 & 7 Lecce & Gallipoli

Day 8, 9 Otranto & the Adriatic coast

Day 1 & 2 TRANI & Castel del Monte 13 days tour only
On our 13 days walking tour of Puglia & Basilicata you start from Trani, little hamlet on the adriatic coast and spend 2 days visiting Trani old and its cathedral (1150-1250), one of the finest Romanesque churches in Apulia, hiking the wineyards surrounding the Castel del Monte UNESCO World Heritage site and enjoying the finest Apulian wine and food at our charming wine estate hotel.
Day 1 & 2 Matera
The 9 day walking tour starts in Matera with a welcome aperitivo, a briefing and the first guided walk just to get familiar with the town of stones, UNESCO World Heritage whose inhabitants used to live in caves carved out of limestone.
The second day, after breakfast you'll take the first country walk enjoying a guided trek along the Gravina of Matera, where more than 120 rupestrian churches with Byzantine frescos make this place unique and spectacular. Afternoon rest and dinner in one of the many restaurant of Matera, will conclude our day.

Day 3 Alberobello & the Itria valley
after breakfast a short private transfer to Alberobello will let you enjoy your second country walk and explore 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. A day to explore and walk along extremely narrow roads, with sharp bends and dead ends, tall narrow houses painted in their classic white colour, handsome buildings in baroque style. with the possibility, for those interested in wine, of tasting some "Locorotondo", the famous white wine, considered one of the most promising quality white wines in the region.

Day 4 Ostuni
breakfast and one more short transfer before your next walk will take you to 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 5 & 6 Lecce
two days and two extraordinary walks to explore the Florence of Southern Italy Lecce, its beautiful surrounding country side and wineyards. Discovering the old town centre of Lecce, with your private cultural walk will be an exciting adventure among 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.

Day 7 the Adriatic coast
today after a short transfer and a stop to visit a small local museun with its crypts and admire some unique wall paintings, we'll start our country walk toward the adriatic coast to reach our next hotel, not far from where Enea shored and where some of the oldest graffiti of Europe where found.

Day 8 & 9 Otranto & the adriatic coast
Two more days to hike and explore Otranto and the adriatic coast by foot and by boat. Otranto, with its Aragonese Castello, Cathedral and marvelous floor mosaic (1166) with its tree of lifeis 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 10 Departure
breakfast and transfer to Lecce for train or airport connections.

This tour can be tailor made for groups and private departures.
Contac us for detailed itineraries and quote.

13 days walking itinerary

Day 1 & 2 Trani and Castel del Monte

Day 3, 4 & 5 Matera & the Dolomiti Lucane

Day 6, 7 & 8 Alberobello | Cisternino | Ostuni | Martina Franca

Day 9 & 10 Lecce & Gallipoli

Day 11 & 12 Otranto & the Adriatic coast

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Trip details

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This trip includes

  • luxury accommodation & breakfast
  • most dinner and lunch
  • unique country walks & trails
  • van support & all transfer as per itinerary
  • service of 2 english speaking guides
  • historical and cultural notes
  • private wine tasting tours & cooking workshops
  • Cultural tours and much more
  • Please enquire to know the complete inclusion list

Not included

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

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Accommodation:

    Accommodation is provided by a selection of 4 & 5 stars charming hotels and historical residencies offering nowadays Luxury accommodation.
    All rooms have en suite bathrooms, cost are calculated on two sharing a double room, and includes breakfast.
  • Some of the hotels on this trip
  • Matera > Sant'Angelo sassi
  • Lecce > Risorgimento Resort
  • Otranto > Masseria Montelauro

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7 days 6 nights
Start/End: Lecce | Matera
Cost group 4 from € 3250
$ 4300
Cost group 6 to 2 from € 2950
$ 3950
single supplement: € 360