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Self-guided Cycling

Web code IT254

Italy / Apulia

Unspoilt landscapes and local delicacies

Apulia is characterised by endless olive groves, long fields of grain and vineyards. You will start cycling in Matera, UNESCO world heritage site with its “sassi”, and arrive in Lecce, also known as “Florence of the South” because of its magnificent baroque architecture. This bike tour will lead you into a region of scenic beauty, whose principal characters are the wild landscape and the local delicacies.
  • Day by Day


    1. Matera
    Individual arrival. Over millennia, inhabitants of the region have carved dwellings directly into ravines and gullies made of tuff (or tufa), a characteristic honey-colored soft stone. These houses are called “Sassi”, today a World Heritage site.
    2. Matera – Gioia del Colle (35 km)
    Today you will discover by bike the karstic landscape of a vast region called Murge and will finally arrive in Gioia del Colle, with its imposing Norman castle. According to a local legend, a noblewoman travelling through the Murge lost her precious necklace, which was found again in a place called “Gioia del Colle” since then (gioia/gioiello means “jewel”).
    3. Gioia del Colle –  Alberobello (40 km)
    You will cycle to the famous “trulli”, which were generally constructed as dwellings or storehouses. Alberobello is situated upon two hills. On the eastern hill is the new town. On the western hill the trulli are lined up in an urban conglomeration, divided into two districts: Monti and Aia Piccola, both World Heritage sites.
    4. Alberobello – Ostuni  (55 km)
    You will cycle through the countryside up to Ostuni, which is reputed as an architectural jewel, and is commonly referred to as “the White Town” for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture.
    5. Ostuni – Brindisi (50 km)
    Today you will finally reach the sea in the reserve of Torre Guaceto, with one of the best preserved Saracen towers.
    At the end of the stage you will arrive in Brindisi, one of the most important Adriatic harbours in Roman times. A column indicated there the end of the Via Appia Traiana, which then became the Southern Via Francigena when pilgrims and crusaders embarked in Brindisi for the Holy Land.
    6. Brindisi – Lecce (60 km)
    You will cycle across a vast wine-producing area, famous for red wines such as Negroamaro and Primitivo. Once in Lecce, you will meet another Roman column like the one of Brindisi. According to the inhabitants of Brindisi, the column of Lecce has been stolen from their hometown, while the people of Lecce say that the column is actually a present for them. Anyway, on this column you can now admire the local saint: St. Oronzo.
    7. Loop of Lecce (35 km)
    Passing through the nature reserve “Le Cesine” you will arrive to the sea, with its long sandy beaches. Further on, you will reach the hamlet Acaya, built by the emperor Charles V. Its castle hides also a Byzantine cloister, which is older than the hamlet itself. Finally you will cycle back to Lecce for the overnight.
    8. Lecce
    Departure after breakfast.

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.



  • Route profile
    • Total length: 265 km
    • Total vertical up: 1,360 m
    • Terrain: 95% tarmac, 5% unpaved
    • Train connection among the overnight stays: day 5 and 6
    • Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 6.

    Mostly in the lowlands, sometimes hilly, on lightly trafficked roads.


    Some days the itinerary will be flat, others it will present some hills. Suitable for everyone in good physical condition and with some cycling experience.



  • How to get there

    Matera is connected with the following airports:
    Bari: 70 Km, Brindisi: 140 Km.


    Private transfers:
    - at the booking time you can also book a private transfer to Matera: transfer about 75 min, price: 45 € per person, min. 2 persons.

    - Private transfer: the private transfer is on request at the time of booking.

    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: and



  • Accommodation and meals

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.

    You will be accommodated in 3/4* hotels (in Alberobello in some cases a typical “widespread hotel”, the so called “trulli”).

    All rooms have en suite facilities and air conditioning; in the Trulli accommodation there is no air conditioning, as their thermal isolation is ensured by the construction method of the trullo itself.

    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:
    - double room is a room with one double bed
    - twin room is a room with two single beds
    - triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a sofa bed.



  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero bikes are available in different sizes and frames:
    - Touring bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
    - E-bike 9-gear Shimano

    - aluminium frame
    - mudguard
    - rear rack
    - comfort gel saddle
    - anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    - ergonomic bicycle grips
    - Speed Lifter system

    Bike insurance
    An insurance against theft and damage is included in the rental bike price. In cases of careless or improper behavior the insurance will not cover the costs.

    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
    1 cycle computer  
    1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    1 front bar bag or 1 map holder
    1 water bottle (0.75 l)
    1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers
    1 combination bike lock

    At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61 cm. All our helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.


  • Accompanying material

    The Information Pack (one per room) includes:

    - final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
    - luggage labels to be attached to each piece of luggage to be transported
    - hotel vouchers to be handed in to the hotel reception upon arrival

    Girolibero Greens booklets:
    1) Travel guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and places of interest of the areas you pass through during your tour.
    Plus: local events, fun facts, suggestions on how to make the best of an extended break along the route, and tips on local wining and dining.
    2) Detailed Maps of the itinerary: in colour and scaled 1:75.000/50.000, an altitude profile chart and maps of any historic city centres you will visit.
    3) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.


  • By your side

    In Matera you will meet our representative who:
    - will illustrate the tour
    - will deliver your bikes
    - will be available (about 30 minutes) for any questions you may have.

    The exact time and place of the meeting will be specified in the Final Tour Details. We kindly ask you to advise if you cannot attend the meeting.

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us as follows:
    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

  • 3 Variations

Tour details


from 890 €

8 Days / 7 Nights, 3/4* hotels or Trulli in Alberobello

Tour type
Self-guided tour



SA 4.07 - 15.08.2020
Special departure dates for at least 5 people.


Season 1: 4.07 - 15.08.2020

Price per person
890 € in double room, 3/4* hotels (in Alberobello in some cases a typical “widespread hotel”, the so called “trulli”)


  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook
  • Luggage transportation
  • Hotline service

Not included

  • Local taxes (approx 10-15 €)
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

Supplements per person
230 € single room

Extra nights in in double/single room with breakfast:
75/105 € in Matera
60/90 € in Lecce

Transfers (to be confirmed when booking the tour):
50 € p.p. Bari-Matera (min. 2 persons)
Brindisi–Matera, Lecce–Bari, Lecce–Brindisi: on request

Girolibero rental bikes including insurance against theft and damage:
85 € Touring bike
195 € E-bike

Additional bike accessories on demand:
15 € helmet (head circumference from 54 to 61 cm)

130 € 3rd/4th person in room

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