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Pedalling through Puglia

Salento, the heel of Italy
You stay in a delightful selection of traditional working masserie or agriturismi – in contrast to an elegant and historic hotel overlooking the sea in Gallipoli.
 

Masseria Copertini (agriturismo), Vernole

Meal arrangements: dinner & breakfast

Masseria Copertini
This is a typical Salento masseria (farm), forming an ancient courtyard which occupies an isolated spot in the countryside. The buildings are made of local stone and are surrounded by fields, meadows and olive groves.

 

Masseria Panareo (3* agriturismo), near Otranto

Meal arrangements: dinner & breakfast

Masseria Panareo
Boasting glorious views towards the coast, this welcoming, family-run agriturismo enjoys a magnificent, secluded position on its own hillside amid vineyards and olive groves, just a mile from the sea. The vaulted dining room provides an atmospheric setting for delicious dinners made from fresh, regional produce. A panoramic outdoor pool completes the picture.

 

Masseria Alcorico (agriturismo), Gagliano del Capo

Meal arrangements: dinner & breakfast

Masseria Alcorico
Located just 800 metres inland from the coast, this delightful agriturismo has a genuine farmland setting and a palm-shaded swimming pool. There is a simple, homely restaurant serving buffet-style breakfasts and typical evening meals – a choice of what is fresh that day. The rooms have exposed stone ceilings and tiled floors.

 

Al Pescatore Hotel & Restaurant (4*), Gallipoli

Meal arrangements: breakfast only

Al Pescatore Hotel & Restaurant
In Gallipoli's historic centre, with its narrow streets and imposing cathedral, Al Pescatore Hotel & Restaurant is set in a historic building dating back to the 1600s, which has been sensitively modernised. It is close to the harbour, and is ideally located for wandering the atmospheric streets and alleyways of the Old Town. Breakfast only is included, giving you the opportunity to try one of the town’s many fish restaurants for dinner.

 

Masseria Chicco Rizzo (agriturismo), Sternatia

Meal arrangements: dinner & breakfast

Masseria Chicco Rizzo
This elegant and very welcoming hotel – a renovated 18th-century staging post – is located in the countryside just 13km from Lecce. It is surrounded by spacious gardens in which vegetables and other fresh organic produce are grown for the restaurant. There is a cosy lounge and bar, and the inviting outdoor pool area is another highlight.
 

 

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Accommodation
At a glance
Starting point: Masseria Copertini, Vernole
Days 1-2: Masseria Panareo, near Otranto
Days 3-4: Masseria Alcorico, Gagliano del Capo
Day 5: Al Pescatore Hotel & Restaurant, Gallipoli
Days 6-7: Masseria Chicco Rizzo, Sternatia
Extend your stay
For a 10-night holiday, add on two nights at the luxurious Masseria Montenapoleone and cycle to Alberobello to see the unique trulli (iconic cone-roofed houses).
Extra nights
There is plenty to see in Otranto and Lecce if you choose an extra night at Masseria Panareo or Masseria Chicco Rizzo in Sternatia, respectively. Both have the added attraction of a pool, as does the Masseria Alcorico near Gagliano del Capo, a good base for exploring the tip of Italy’s ‘heel’ further. Choose Gallipoli to further explore this historic town or to cycle up the coast to the Porto Selvaggio nature reserve, perhaps calling at Santa Maria al Bagno for lunch.