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Walks in Puglia and Matera


Lounge Hotel sassi

Hotel Sassi ***

Matera (Days 1+2+3)

Situated in Matera's historic centre with fantastic views of the Sassi, the Hotel Sassi is a unique hotel in a unique location!
With some of the 33 quirky rooms being set within the old caves of this C18 edifice, all offer ensuite facilities and most have private balconies.
Breakfast is taken on the terrace or in the cave dining room.
There is a great selection of restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.

*On selected dates in 2018, you will be staying in a superior room at the Hotel Sassi in Matera  (May 12, 26, Sep 22, 29 and Oct 13 departures).

Further details on the hotel website.

* Note: the Itinerary below will be reversed on Mar 31, Apr 21 and Oct 6 2018 departures.

Day 1  Arrive at Matera

We meet you at Bari airport and take you (1 hour) to your hotel. Our hotel is located in the heart of the Sassi district, a UNESCO World-Heritage Site since 1993. There is usually time to wander through the narrow alleys of the town’s famous cave-dwelling district and enjoy the unique atmosphere of this enchanting city at night.

Day 2 Matera and its Sassi district  7km/4mi/3.5hrs

We start the week with a short hike to the Murgia plateau, a vast protected area home to over 150 rupestrian churches dating back to the 8th century, once inhabited by hermits and adorned with Byzantine frescoes. We descend down the Matera's canyon until we reach a suspension bridge which allows to cross on the other side of the valley. We then hike to the top of the ravine following a pathway which ends with a spectacular view point of Matera's Sassi district. In the afternoon we walk back to Matera for a guided tour: accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, we wander through the narrow alleys of the town's famous UNESCO cave-dwelling district and learn of the history of this fascinating place. The rest of the day is free to discover the city at our own pace.

** Please note that at the time of writing the suspension bridge connecting Matera to the canyon trail is not accessible due to landslide. In the event it does not reopen in time for your departure, complimentary transfers will be arranged to the trailhead and back. This would result in the walk being of slightly shorter duration.**

Meals included: breakfast

Day 3 The Canyon and Rock Churches of Matera 12km/7.0mi/4.5hrs

Today we will transfer by train and bus to the outskirts of Matera, where our walk starts. The trail will take us through dramatic rugged landscape made of limestone, gravel paths, fields and almond and olive groves, in an area which was once home to prehistoric men and cave dwellings. The area is particularity picturesque in spring, when many species of butterfly, orchid and cyclamen are found.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 4 Ostuni and walk to typical Masseria  6km/3.0mi/2hrs

In the morning we take a private transfer to the white city of Ostuni, famous for the dazzling effect of its whitewashed houses. After some free time spent discovering this elegant hilltop town at our own pace, we explore the beautiful surrounding countryside on foot, walking through ancient olive groves and vineyards overlooking the Adriatic coast. Along the route we stop for a visit at the archaeological park of S. M. Agnano. Delicious dinner and overnight in a beautiful Masseria - a renovated farmhouse typical of the Apulian region.

Meals included: breakfast, dinner


Masseria Morrone* AAA

Ostuni (Day 4&5)

The agritourismo Masseria Morrone is situated a few miles outside Ostuni, surrounded by olive groves and stunning countryside, a working farm in the 18th century, now owned by the Leara family, offers accommodation in 10 air conditioned ensuite bedrooms all of which have been beautifully renovated.

Breakfast is a feast of homemade breads and jams, and there is a lovely sun terrace with beautiful views out to the sea in the distance.

*On the Sep 22 and Oct 13 2018 departures the group will stay in a **** hotel in the historic center of Ostuni.

Further details on the hotel website.

Day 5 Free Day Optional excursions include visiting the Baroque city of Lecce or the picture-perfect coastal village of Polignano

Today is free to discover the many jewels of this beautiful region. We recommend to take a day trip to the beautiful Baroque city of Lecce, known as the 'Florence of the South', and home to over 40 churches, countless palaces, as well as a Roman amphitheater and theater. Alternatively, you could travel to the the picturesque town of Polignano a Mare, a shining gem on the coast of the Valle d’Itria, perched atop a 20m high limestone cliff above the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic. Both of these destination are reachable by train from Ostuni. In the evening we will regroup to enjoy a delicious dinner in Ostuni or at the masseria.

Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Day 6 - Walk to the Adriatic Coast - 10km/6mi/3hrs 

Morning walk from the Masseria to the coast, where we have time to relax on a beach or swim in the mild waters of the Adriatic sea (depending on the season). In the afternoon we make our way to Alberobello by minibus, home to 1500 Trulli (conical roofed houses) that have made its historical centre a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The origin of these funny-looking stone dwellings is obscure. However, local farmers claim they were originally built in an effort to evade taxes. When the tax inspectors were in the area, the dry stone walls could easily be dismantled by simply removing the key stone above the door and quickly rebuilt after the inspection. In the evening we enjoy a delicious wine and produce tasting.

Meals included: breakfast

Hotel Ramapendula

Hotel Ramapendula ***

Alberobello (Days 6+7)

The Hotel Ramapendula is within walking distance of the fascinating Trulli district, declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The rooms are bright and airy, with small balconies, all are ensuite.
The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, and the charming restaurant offers local specialities along with European cuisine.

Further details on the
hotel website.

Day 7 Walk over the hills of the Itria Valley;visit Locorotodo 13km/8mi/4.5hrs

Our destination today is Locorotondo. Sitting on the top of a hill, it is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and is renowned for its white wine and Cantina Sociale, the local winery. Following narrow country lanes, we walk over the rolling hills of the idyllic Itria Valley, dotted with olive trees, vineyards and trulli. At the end of the day we take a short train ride back to Alberobello.

Meals included: breakfast

Leave Alberobello

We take you to the Bari airport after breakfast.


The terrain and type of path will vary from man made paved tracks and tarmac to gravel, sections of days 2 and 3 cover some rough terrain so walking poles are recommend. Some ascents and descents should be expected, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Please be aware that Puglia can be very warm, possibly reaching 30C/86F+ in the summer.

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