• Puglia Walking Tour Italy
  • Puglia Walking Tour Italy
  • Puglia Walking Tour Italy

The Puglia Walking Tour

Small group tours of Italy

Puglia is a southern Italian region boasting wonderful food, a rich history, beautiful towns to visit... and a few surprises! On this tour you walk through the countryside amongst olive groves and trulli houses, through vineyards alongside dry-stone walls. We have routes that are on walking tracks through flat countryside and a few country lanes. The area has centuries of history that reveal itself to you as you pass through at a pace allowing you to appreciate the smaller details. The walks allow you to get a close up feel for the land, the people and the traditions.

This 7 day Puglia Walking Tour is fully guided and provides a combination that gives you a wonderful stay in Puglia, seeing all the highlights plus exploring the countryside on foot.  Check out our Tripadvisor tour reviews.

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ON THE PUGLIA Walking Tour You Will EXPERIENCE:

  • Walking in Matera, a town built into a hillside where caves and houses merge together (UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • Walking in the Valle d’Itria through trulli and drystone wall lanes
  • Ancient Paths, walk along the ancient Roman Trajan’s Way
  • Byzantine Frescoes, in the caves of Matera on our walk along the canyon
  • Lecce, a walking tour seeing the ornate 17th century baroque buildings
  • Alberobello, where we see the distinctive trulli, conical houses built centuries ago and still in use today (UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • Martina Franca, one of the Baroque towns of Puglia where you are immersed in authentic Italian culture
  • Locorotondo, voted as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy
  • Ostuni, the ‘white town’ with a commanding hilltop presence
  • Polignano a Mare, perched above the turquoise waters of the Adriatic
  • Olive Oil, from trees that are centuries old, with a tutored degustation of several types of olive oil
  • Meals showcasing the best of Puglia, enjoyed each day with menus designed to cover the ranges of foods available here with a focus on regional specialities... every meal will be different and specific to the places we visit


the Puglia Walking Tour also Includes:

  • 'Italy With Pleasure' provides a Tour Manager for the duration of the trip, who will coordinate all activities and accommodation
  • All walks are fully guided
  • All accommodation is included
  • All breakfasts are included with the accommodation, plus main meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All costs/entry fees for the activities listed in the itinerary are included
  • All transport during the tour is included. Transport is in our van/minibus with a professional driver



Puglia Walking tour experience

Puglia Italy tour experience




During this tour you stay in the Valle d’Itria, the area famous for trulli houses, in the town of Martina Franca. The historic centres of this town is lined with elegant baroque palaces of the noble families, evocative lanes amongst the whitewashed buildings, and piazzas with the traditional ‘passeggiata’ in full swing each evening.

You stay in what is known as a ‘scattered hotel’, this is a new concept that is becoming very popular in some Italian historical centres. With a central reception (& free wifi, rooms serviced daily, etc.), the rooms are in beautiful 18th century palazzi. The rooms are tastefully presented, spacious, with high vaulted ceilings and the ubiquitous limestone paving adding to the sense of history.

For this week, you live amongst it.

Staying in the historic centre of town also aligns with our responsible tourism charter, being supportive of local and historic initiatives. Here you can feel immersed in the local lifestyle, and it is easy to wander out in the evening for dinner and gelati. By the end of the week, you’ll be greeting your neighbours with a ‘buongiorno’ every morning!



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Day 1 - Buongiorno Puglia!

We meet in Bari, the main city of Puglia, and from here we start our discovery of the region.

Our first stop is Ostuni, known as “la città bianca” (the white town). Ostuni is a cluster of whitewashed buildings perched on a hilltop overlooking the coast. Walking through the narrow streets of Ostuni is like being in a forgotten time, evocative and ancient, looking out over an expanse of olive trees. We advise keeping your camera at the ready!

Towards evening we reach the Valle d’Itria, the area famous for trulli houses, our base for the next six nights. We stay for the week in the charming town of Martina Franca, which has a historic centre lined with elegant baroque palaces of the noble families, evocative lanes amongst the whitewashed buildings, and piazzas with the traditional ‘passeggiata’ in full swing each evening. Over the next few days you'll have plenty of time to explore the town at your own pace.

Tonight we dine together, having our first introduction to the cuisine of Puglia.

Meals: Dinner

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Day 2 - Alberobello and Trulli

In the morning we start to explore the fascinating area that you are based in. Starting with an area that has many working agricultural enterprises, we move on to look through a series of medieval countryside churches, some of which are abandoned, others are still in use by the local communities.

We see evidences of how people have lived here in times past, such as ‘cisterna’ underground tanks for water collection, and ‘aia’ raised platforms for the drying of grain. As we walk through the countryside you will have the history of the area explained to you, while seeing first hand the combination of age-old practices along with more modern technology used to work this land today.

We enjoy a lunch focussed on region’s food. The cuisine of Puglia is based on the produce at a very local level, so is different to the food from other Italian regions. Seasonal vegetables, as well as focaccia and other breads, dominate this cuisine. All these are based on the abundant fresh ingredients as well as the ever-present extra virgin olive oil - a simple and effective cuisine. Recipes have been handed down through the generations and are truly expressive of the Mediterranean diet.

In the afternoon we drive to the picturesque Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a unique town with streets lined with 'trulli'. In fact it is known in Italy as the “Capital of trulli”. Trulli are small stone houses with a distinctive conical roof, built 300-400 years ago. By walking along its narrow streets, you will be fascinated by the magical and fairytale atmosphere of this place. We explore this town together, and learn about why and how these dwellings were built, and about the cryptic symbols painted on the roof-cones.

You’ll also have some free time to browse the shops of Alberobello and to wander around.

Walking Details:

The walk is fully guided.
Total Distance: 7.5 miles / 12 km
Duration of walking: 2.5 hrs
Terrain: Well formed track, country road, slight inclines.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 3 - The Ancient Plains

After a short drive toward the coast, we begin today’s walks and start to really get an understanding of the depth of history that we are surrounded by. Walking first through open plains, we come across abandoned cave dwellings and working areas, such as olive oil mills.

Further on we see a ‘dolmen’, a Bronze Age remain thought to have been used for burial rites. Dolmen are a type of ‘standing stone’ structure, and there is some debate as to their exact function.

Part of the route we walk today is the ancient Roman road called Trajan’s Way. This was built to connect Rome with the port of Brindisi further south in Puglia, and the trade routes that extended out from there.

We arrive at our lunch venue, enjoying the time to recharge and relax.

After lunch we visit a 'masseria'. A masseria is a historic farm centre, originally with all the estate's workers living in the fortified buildings. Nowadays some of these estates are still agricultural enterprises, while others have been converted into boutique lodges. The masseria that we visit still produces organic extra virgin olive oil from trees that are many centuries old.

This land has been worked for thousands of years - we are shown the remnants of the ancient Roman agricultural production here, along with items from habitation from the middle ages through until modern times.

After seeing the ancient trees, we enjoy a degustation of a range of olive oils. This allows us to compare the different tastes from the olive varieties grown here.

WALKING DETAILS:

The walk is fully guided.
Total Distance: 7.5 miles / 12 km
Duration of walking: 3 hrs
Terrain: Well formed track, flat.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 4 – A Bucolic Stroll

Today you walk along a scenic route through the Valle d’ Itria. This is the area called the Valle d’Itria, a high plateau with an interesting mix of olive and almond trees, artichokes and capers. Your trail is an old water supply route now converted into a walking and cycling path.

Walking through this countryside you can see how some aspects of life here follow the seasonal cycles of planting and harvest, as they have done for many generations.

From the end of the path walk the final two kilometres along country roads lined by dry stone walls into the town of Locorotondo.

Locorotondo is a hilltop town in the Valle d’Itria overlooking the rich horticultural landscape. Locorotondo, has been voted as one of the “Borghi più belli d'Italia” (most beautiful villages of Italy). The town is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Valle d'Itria, a broad fertile valley. Locorotondo is renowned for wine production, with a DOC classification for the local white wine.

The town is a great place to explore on foot as it is compact centre spans on central piazza. The historic part of town - the centro storico - is circular with little lanes lined with historic buildings, including some impressive baroque archways.

Mid-afternoon your driver will pick you up from Locorotondo and drive your accommodation in Martina Franca.

WALKING DETAILS:

The walk is fully guided.
Total Distance: 8 miles / 13 km
Duration of walking: 3 hrs
Terrain: Well formed walking track, level, final 3km on a country road.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 – Lecce: The Marvels of Elegant Baroque

Today we travel to Lecce, a city that flourished in the 17th century when elegant baroque buildings were built by the ruling classes. The baroque style features ornate decorations on the facades of churches and palaces.

We take a private walking tour around Lecce with a local expert guide to have the key sights explained to us. The baroque style here is distinct from that in other parts of Italy, both stylistically and in the use of beige local stone.

As well as the architectural and historical features, Lecce is an elegant town in which to indulge in more modern pleasures. There are many interesting boutiques and cafes, and the piazzas are full of life in this important southern Italian centre.

After some free time in central Lecce we have lunch in a local restaurant, where we experience the food specific to this part of Puglia, called ‘the Salento’. We dine on foods such as ‘ceci e tria’ (a type of pasta dish only made in Lecce), and of course we finish with the delicious ‘caffe leccese’ (espresso on ice with sweet almond syrup).

We then move on to Polignano a Mare on the coast nearby, an impressive town clinging to a promontory suspended above the Adriatic’s turquoise waters. With a history spanning back to the 4th century BC as a Greek settlement, Polignano a Mare is a charming town centred around the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. The town was on the ancient Roman Trajan’s Way, and you can still see the remains of this route. Polignano a Mare encircles a pebble beach, nestled in a cove between rocky cliffs. The beach is suitable for swimming.

WALKING DETAILS:

The walk is fully guided.
Total Distance: 3.7 miles / 6 km
Duration of walking: 2 hrs
Terrain: Paved and flat (city walk).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 – Matera: A Step Back In Time

This morning we travel to the town of Matera in the neighbouring Basilicata region. Visiting Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is like a step back in time. In fact this is one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. The oldest cave dwellings go back to the Bronze Age.

We spend the morning walking on the paths along the river valley known as the ‘gravina’. We will provide transport to and from the best place to start the walks from, just out of Matera.

The walks will be done with the assistance of a local guide, so that the best route will be taken, and the points of interest shown to you.

These walks will give you an even better insight into the lifestyle of times past. There are over 150 “chiese rupestre” (cave churches) in the Matera area, and the majority of them are actually strung out along this valley. You will see where the monks lived, and there are precious Byzantine frecoes in many of these churches. Historically a large proportion of the proportion of the men from Matera spent most of their time living here in the valley, tending their animals, and returning periodically to their families in the town of Matera.

Since we are in the Basilicata region, our lunch here focuses on the specialties from this inland region.

In the afternoon we visit the town of Matera - the 'sassi' cave area. This consists of houses carved out of the rock face along the side of a steep ravine. We visit, and enter one of the typical houses built into the rock, showing the difficult existence in these conditions.

Our local guide here gives us an interesting insight into life in Matera, both now and in the past. In fact his grandparents lived in these caves.

We also visit a cave church hewn out of the rock, featuring Byzantine frescoes and with interesting histories as their usage has evolved and adapted to the conditions over the years.

Matera was used for the filming of Mel Gibson's “The Passion of the Christ” - you'll see why it is so easy to imagine Matera as being completely removed from the modern age.

WALKING DETAILS:

The walk is fully guided.
Total Distance: 6.2 miles / 10 km

Duration of walking sections:
2 hrs before lunch, 2 hrs after lunch

Terrain:
Morning – unsealed trails, some inclines
Afternoon – paved, some steps and inclines

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 – Arrivederci Puglia

Today is our last day in Puglia, we organise transport for you to your departure point in Bari and bid you “buon viaggio”.

The tour finishes in Bari at 11 a.m.

Meals: Breakfast



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Puglia Walking Tour Price:

€1950 ( GBP£1700 / US$2250 / AUD$2800 / NZ$3050 / CAD$2900 )

* Price is denominated in Euros
* Prices listed are based on twin share

Single supplements of €100 for solo travellers


Puglia Walking Tour Dates:

6 - 12 May 2018
16 - 22 September 2018


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