“Apulia on bike” proposes a discovery of the suggestive Puglian landscapes of the Valle d’Itria and the Murgia, offering bicycle lovers the opportunity to experience unforgettable moments in contact with the most uncontaminated nature.
Discover the most beautiful places in the Valle d’Itria
Selva di Fasano
La Selva di Fasano, located about 450 meters above sea level, stretches along the high hills of the Murgia.
An area full of fantastic views, Mediterranean vegetation, trulli and caves.
In the heart of the Selva di Fasano stands a characteristic trullo-shaped church that can not be missed!
The Selva di Fasano is also known for the Safari Fasanolandia zoo, one of the largest zoos in Europe where animals live in freedom and in contact with nature.
Alberobello, a town in the province of Bari, is better known as the “capital of the Trulli”.
The historic center is made up of original conical buildings made with the prehistoric technique of “dry stone slabs”.
The roofs of the buildings are characterized by the frequent presence of mythological or religious symbols, made with the use of white ash. In 1996 Alberobello has become an UNESCO world heritage.
Conversano is located south of Bari and 219 meters high above sea level.
Built on a pleasant hill of the Murge, just 8 kilometers from the sea, it is surrounded by a green countryside characterized by expanses of almond and cherry orchards, olive groves and vineyards.
Conversano is also rich in monuments to visit, including the Aragonese castle, the cathedral and the convent of San Benedetto.
Polignano a Mare
Polignano a Mare, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, rises above the sea with crystal clear waters and has a beautiful coastline full of caves.It is the birthplace of the singer Domenico Modugno, who here inspired his famous song “Nel blu dipinto di blu”.
The historical center is rich in Arabic, Byzantine, Spanish and Norman traces.Polignano also has a wonderful old town full of small stone streets and balconies overlooking the blue sea where you can enjoy a spectacular view.
Savelletri is a charming and suggestive landing point on the Adriatic. Its cliff, about 5 kilometers long, and the sea full of delicacies make it a pleasent tourist destination.
The right occasion to taste the excellent swordfish of the place is the patronal feast of San Francesco da Paola, honored with the evocative procession in the sea and the traditional swordfish festival.
A few kilometers away you can visit the archaeological park of Egnazia.
Archaeological Park Of Egnazia
In the archaeological park, located a short distance from the town of Fasano and a few kilometers from the coast, it is possible to admire the remains, the ruins and the Messapian tombs of the ancient city of Gnathia.
In the rooms of the archaeological museum it is possible to admire the ancient pottery in “Gnathia style”.
The findings date back to both the Bronze Age and the Roman age.
Monopoli is another gem along the Adriatic Sea and is 40 kilometers from Bari, the capital of Puglia.
Its castle and the ancient walls one time defended its 99 city districts.
The terrace of the “Loggia del Pilato belvedere” dominates a landscape characterized by fortified farms, ancient churches, rock settlements and sumptuous villas.
The fortified farms, characteristic of the area, are widespread throughout the territory. The symbol of the city is the Castle of Charles V, placed here to protect the entrance to the port and built on the seashore during the Spanish domination.
In the country side of Monopoli, you will also find the Lama degli Ulivi Botanical Garden, characteristic for its caves, the rock churches and over two thousand Mediterranean plant species.
Putignano is a town that is about 40 kilometers from Bari and is famous for its Carnival which is considered the oldest in Europe.It was built on three hills and is 375 meters above sea level. The town is characterized by elegant buildings, including Palazzo del Balì, the ancient residence of the Knights of Malta, now hosting a civic museum. It is fascinating to explore the underground areas of the surrounding countryside, in particular the Grotta del Trullo, an impressive karst cavity embellished with beautiful crystalline inflorescences and a forest of stalactites and alabaster stalagmites.
Noci is a real labyrinth of alleyways.
It is a pretty town halfway between Bari and Taranto, located on the promontory of the Murge, between the towns of Putignano, Alberobello and Gioia del Colle.Immersed in the area of trulli and caves, Noci is surrounded by an important natural heritage, composed of woods and forests.
Grotta del Trullo
The cave of Putignano, better known as the “grotta del Trullo”, is the first carsic cave in Puglia open for turistic visits. Also it is one of the most beautiful caves in Italy.
Its discovery dates back to 1931 when, during the excavation work, this large cavity came to light. In an interplay of extraordinary beauty and variety in shapes and colors, stalactites and stalagmites sparkle as they are constantly affected by the dripping water.
The main cave is divided into two parts: the upper and lower cavities. Together they reache approximately 20 meters in depth.