The meeting time is usually at 1pm at the first hotel, which allows you to arrive from Rome by train in the morning. Our area manager will do bike fit and answer any questions you may have. The ride on this day is a loop ride to Egnazia, a Roman port city dating to the 5th century, where remnants of the ancient road to Rome, a beautiful Acropolis and other monuments still exist. Back in Monopoli there are many tempting restaurants that you can choose between.
Distance: 19 km, elevation gain 53 m or 11 km, gain 26 m.*
Today’s ride is along the Adriatic to the vibrant fishing village of Polignano a Mare, where white-washed buildings appear built out of the limestone cliffs and the winding streets are adorned with flowers and plants. Enjoy one of the chic cafes here before continuing on to Conversano for lunch. You’ll have an option to return directly back to Monopoli or take a longer route via Castellana Grotte where underground caves can be explored. Distance: 7 km, elevation gain 10 m or 14 km, gain 10 m or 58 km, gain 480 m .*
Today you’ll cycle to the Unesco World Heritage site of Alberobello which boasts over 1500 trulli distinctive round stone buildings with conical slate roofs. The short option will take you directly to Locorotondo, with more trulli. A longer option will take in the Bosco delle Pianelle Nature Reserve. Either way, we recommend allowing time for a wine tasting in town before dinner as this region is well-known for its white DOC wines.
Distance: 35 km, elevation gain 657 m or 42 km, gain 236 m.*
On your second day here, there is a wonderful ride to the sea-side town of Grottaglie or a shorter option that will have you back early for further exploration of Locorotondo.
Distance: 34 km, elevation gain 330 m or 28 km, gain 363 m.*
Start your day cycling to Martina Franca, an ancient city with stone walls, stunning piazzas and tiny winding streets. You’ll pass through olive groves, vineyards, and forested lands on a road with very little traffic. Enjoy a picnic in Cisternino or sample one of the specialities of this city, bombettes, a type of roasted meatball in one of the many restaurants. We’ll finish the day in Ostuni, known as the “white city” with its Arab influenced architecture and a labyrinth of streets designed to confuse invaders.Don't miss a visit to a local hand made ceramic shop.
Tonight, we have arranged a cooking class at a local tratoria where you will enjoy eating the apulian specialities you prepared.
Distance: 34 km, elevation gain 382 m or 43 km, gain 399 m.*
This day will start with a transfer by local train to Torre Rinalda for a coastal ride with the aquamarine Adriatic at your side. The sea-side town of San Foca awaits you for lunch (re recommend a gelato here) and afterwards you’ll continue south to historical Otranto, the most eastern point on the Italian peninsula.
Distance: 70 km, elevation gain 240 m.*
This is the one of the most rewarding ride today! For those who want the challenge, we’ve included a century ride option all the way to Marina dei Leuca. Both rides will take in Santa Cesarea Terme, with unsurpassed architectural and natural beauty in one of Italy’s most serene locations. Back in Otranto, enjoy the lively nightlife in this town.
Distance: 35 km, elevation gain 238 m or 77 km, gain 1278 m.*
You’ll ride into Lecce today, and the route is through quiet countryside where the local dialect is similar to ancient Greek. Arriving to Lecce, sometimes referred to as the ‘Florence of the south’, you’ll be astounded by the architecture, and cultural attractions. Best seen on a walking tour, we’ll provide a local guide to show you the sites on an afternoon walk.
Distance: 47 km, elevation gain 188 m.*
Be sure to spend a final few moments enjoying the delights of Puglia before you catch your train to your next destination.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.
"The overall experience: It was a good tour for a couple with a variety of cycle touring experience. It got us to a part of Italy that we would not have seen had it not been for a suggestion from Eve Cabanel. We would definitely do it again."
- S. Danno & M. McNeill
"“Very pleased with the accommodation!! Wonderful location and high standards. We loved the destination, perfect choice of town and cities, would not have changed a thing. We had the trip of a lifetime! It was the perfect mixture of natural beauty, culture, food, exercise and elegance. We are counting down the days until our next summer with Randonnee!” - S & M Colomby