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Apulia and Matera


Sassi of Matera and Trulli: biking among typical architectures and green inland landscapes

Dates upon request

The tour starts off by the sea, develops in the inland, in the marvelous Apulian countryside with olive and almond trees, gardens and beautiful typical houses, and finishes by the sea again.

The first romantic church we visit is the cathedral of Trani. We can enjoy it closely from the windows of our hotel, a beautiful palace of the 18th century. Than we will visit some spectacular castles built by Federico II during the Holy Roman Empire, first of all Castel del Monte, UNESCO World Heritage Site that we reach after a smooth climb.

We cross the undulating landscape and arrive in Murgia. After the karst plateau that lais between Apulia and Basilicata, we stop by at Ruvo di Puglia and we visit Altamura, that is known because of the typical bread and the cathedral. Only later, finally, we arrive to the city in the stone: Matera. A lot of the Sassi, the old homes dug in the chalky stone, have been now restaurated and inhabited. We visit the park of the old rocky churches, a lot of them have lovely frescos inside, and we walk some old paths.

Among the visits, one is very special: the Cripta del Peccato Originale (the crypt of the original sin), which is out in the countryside and we will zigzag to reach it.

Left the charming Matera behind, we enter in Itria Valley among the Trulli (typical and special stone home with a conical roof). We will visit some of them and see them around us while we bike, sometimes grouped in villages, as the unique Alberobello. From the green countryside we lead again towards the coast. Following roads among fields and finally a road on the ridge of a hill, we reach Ostumi, the white city, above the sea.

From Ostumi we go slowly downhill, cross ancient olive trees fields and finally touch the sea, along the coast, that alternates low cliffs and sand narrow bays. The bike day finishes in Monopoli, one of the most beautiful towns of the area.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Matera: Sassi and the park of the rocky churches; Castel del Monte; Alberobello: Trulli.
The most beautiful Italian villages: Cisternino - Locorotondo
Orange flag: Cisternino - Alberobello
Blue flag beaches 2016: Ostuni


This trip has already been tested and can be adapted to small or bigger groups. We propose  guided tours leaded by our guides who speak english, german, french, spanish and portuguese. We can provide this trip also without leaders as long as the group can follow the tracks using a gps since itineraries develop on broads that are not always easy to find.

On demand we can also provide other services as, for instance, a bus following the group or electric bikes and much more. Big groups are kindly invited to book in advance. 

To contact us:
Speaking english – spanish – french
Anna Magrin – anna@simonettabiketours.it

Speaking german – portuguese
Elisa Zambelli – elisa@simonettabiketours.it

Services included in our previous tours

  • 7 nights with breakfast in four stars hotel.
  • 7 three-course-dinners with typical local recipes, one drink (1/4 liter wine or 300 cl beer is included), tap water and bread included.
  • 6 packed lunches, which includes sandwiches, fruit, a dessert, water.
  • 3 tour couriers, 2 by bike and one with the agency van.
  • Visits (see the program).
  • Agency van, which follows the whole tour in order to guarantee: the luggage transport service, the picnics for lunch and snacks, the availability and the assistance during the tour.

Extra services

Bike renting: renting an excellent bike costs 100 euro for the 8 days of the tour. Renting a bike includes: safety lock, water bottle, waterproof Ortlieb back bike pack.

Transport from Bari airport to Trani and from Monopoli to Bari airport: it is possible to book this transport. The cost will depend on how many participants make this request.


How to Book



Duration: 8 days, 7 nights, 6 biking days.

When: upon request

Difficulty: intermediate/beginners

Where: Italy > Apulia and Basilicata

Tour description: The tour is a trail for a total of 6 bike days, with start in Trani and arrival in Monopoli. The trail follows secondary roads with low and middle car traffic, as well as roads among the olive trees with very low car traffic. The road bank is mostly asphalt, rarely we will be pedaling on nice dirt roads. The path is quite flat with few climbs and up and downs.

Visits: Castel del Monte, Matera old city center, Cripta del Peccato Originale, Cristo La Selva in the Gravina di Matera, Alberobello.



Day 1
Independent travel with arrival at Trani.

Day 2
Trani > Ruvo di Puglia
About 63 km – about 550 meters height difference

Day 3
Ruvo di Puglia > Matera
About 67 km - about 500 meters height difference

Day 4
Matera > San Giuliano Lake > Matera
About 55 km - about 400 meters height difference

Day 5
Matera > Alberobello
About 70 km – about 200 meters height difference

Day 6
Alberobello > Ostuni
About 50 km – about 150 meters height difference

Day 7
Ostuni > Monopoli
About 50 km – route mostly downhill or flat

Day 8
Breakfast at the hotel, free day and individual way back.

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