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Vineyards & Castles of the South

Unspoiled Basilicata & Puglia
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We also offer the 9-night Vineyards, Castles & Trulli, which finishes at an elegant hotel in Noci, giving you the chance to cycle to Alberobello and the Itria Valley.
Join Inntravel's Peter on a cycle through the south
Ever wondered what it's really like to cycle on Italian roads? Join Inntravel's Peter Hunt as  he journeys through Basilicata and Puglia to discover a land of courteous drivers and so much more... Read more >
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel cycling, luggage transported
  • idyllic rural cycling
  • wonderful vineyards
  • fascinating medieval fortifications
  • stay in unique Matera

Situated at the northern end of Italy’s ‘heel’, the rural provinces of Basilicata and Puglia are largely unspoiled and unknown to many, although they hide a truly astonishing wealth of artistic and historic treasures. From the coast at Bari, the undulating countryside of Puglia, dotted with the historical remains of myriad invaders, gradually climbs up into the hills of Basilicata, where local customs and traditions have survived for centuries in seemingly timeless hill-top towns protected by spectacular fortresses.
Nothing prepared us for the amazing spectacle that is Matera - it really was like going back in time.
Starting from Puglia, you cycle to the Castel del Monte, an octagonal and enigmatic hill-top fortress, and Venosa, the ancient Roman town where Horace, the Latin poet of Carpe Diem, was born. Having passed through the vineyards of Vulture, you cycle south through rolling hills of wheat until you reach your final destination, UNESCO-protected Matera, with its unique sassi houses built into the rocks. There is a noticeably slower rhythm to daily life here and you are encouraged to immerse yourself in the charm and peacefulness of Italy’s ‘deep south’.

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