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Pedalling through Puglia to Alberobello

Salento, the heel of Italy
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This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel cycling, luggage transported
  • leisurely routes on quiet roads, including spectacular coastal rides
  • fascinating culture and cuisine
  • stay in traditional masserie  (farmsteads)
  • explore historic Lecce and Alberobello, renowned for its trulli houses

The gently rolling plains of Salento form the heel of Italy, a bucolic landscape of ancient olive groves, drystone walls and traditional masserie  – ancient villa estates that have survived the turmoil of centuries, and which still maintain the countryside in time-honoured fashion.
From the sophistication of Baroque Lecce in the north to the iconic lighthouse at Santa Maria di Leuca on the southernmost tip, Salento (Italy’s ‘heel’) is as timeless and authentic as the country gets.
     
There are reminders of other eras, too, in the form of the ancient ‘Grika’ language still spoken in some parts (the Greeks were the first to settle the region), Norman watchtowers, splendid Baroque towns such as Poggiardo and Lecce – known as the ‘Florence of the South’ – and the astonishing trulli  houses of Alberobello, built in the 15th century of white stone and topped with conical stone roofs.

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