Amazing Apulia bike trip
If you’ll be in Puglia, and you want to see some different color from the blue sea discover the inside, not too far from the sea, follow us in this bike ride that starts from Ostuni, the white city, will bring us up to Polignano a Mare, through Cisternino, Locorotondo, Alberobello and Castellana Caves.
OSTUNI THE WHITE TOWN
Our route starts in front of the Cathedral of Ostuni, located on top of the highest of the three hills on which the city stands.
The Basilica, built in the late 1400, with splendid frescoes dedicated to the patron St. Horace and martyrdom of St. Blaise, is one of the few buildings not covered with white lime. The use of lime dates back to the Middle Ages, when the raw material is reperiva with more ease, and assured to the streets and the narrow spaces of medieval higher brightness.
This practice, which meant that it was called Ostuni the White City or Ostuni the Crib, and is a feature that makes it recognizable and memorable to visitors.
Through secondary roads, crossed by little traffic, which run parallel to the 17 provincial, walk ten miles and arrive in Cisternino overlooking the Itria Valley and is part of the “most beautiful villages in Italy”.
The town is well worth a visit and one of the main attractions is the complex of urban towers to the tower which is part of the Great Gate, originally a Norman-Swabian, about 17 meters high, on top of which sits a small statue of St. Nicholas. To enjoy the wonderful view of the valley which lies between Martina Franca Locorotondo, you can reach the viewpoint of Pineta.
Continuing our route on roads with little traffic, surrounded by olive trees with their fanciful shapes, after 12 km we arrive in Locorotondo, another country that is part of the “most beautiful villages in Italy“.
A stop in Locorotondo is an opportunity to assist in July and August at Locus Festival, which has a fine program of jazz, world music. The background to the exhibition a natural setting of great beauty, with picturesque farming village that takes its name from the curious circular plan of his village and is in a dominant position on a hill in the center of the valley and is characterized by rectangular houses with sloping roofs called “cummerse “made chiancarelle, which is abundant in the subsoil. The chiancarelle are thin slabs of limestone are made of the roofs of the trulli we meet in our next stop.
A little less than 10 km is the distance that separates Locorotondo Alberobello synonymous with trulli, the typical houses built with dry stone, whitewashed with lime base and conical roof of stone. The historic center is composed entirely of trulli and this has brought to the town for inclusion in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
Also worth a visit is the Sovereign Trullo, the highest in the country, with two floors and with a museum that illustrates how farmers once lived in the area, and the church of St. Anthony, with the dome-shaped trulli.The history of the trulli is linked to an edict of the Kingdom of Naples in the fifteenth century underwent a tribute every new settlement, the farmers not to pay, then started to use only stones, and found in round shape with self-supporting dome roof, composed of stone circles overlapped, the simplest configuration and solid, not to use lime.
THE CASTELLANA’S CAVES: the magnificence of the darkness
Other 14km of cycling in the countryside of the Apulian Murgia, surrounded by olive groves and cultivated fields and here we are in Castellana Caves, one of the most famous complex of underground caverns in the world, which attracts thousands of tourists every year.
You go down a flight of steps up to the great chasm of the Grotta Grave at the center of which stand colossal stalagmites, known as the Cyclops, and you can choose whether to follow the route short of a mile to the Cave of the Precipice or the 2 hours up to the shining White Cave , regarded as one of the most beautiful caves in the world. The temperature of the cave is 18 degrees year round, so for those of us who come from a few kilometers by bicycle is advisable to bring a sweater or a jacket.
POLIGNANO A MARE: THE LIGHT BLUE
Last hard 16 km through side streets, lined with trees perfectly aligned and create unique visual effects, and arrive in Polignano a Mare, a town famous not only for its beauty, but because was the hometown of Mr. Volare, Domenico Modugno.
This charming medieval village is perched on the upper rocky coast, where there are many caves, the most famous of which is Palazzese cave, it can be accessed by land, thanks to a narrow staircase carved into the rock, and by sea through two large natural openings. The center of Polignano is a succession of narrow streets with whitewashed houses with terraces, leaving overhanging the sea, and often emerge in which the remains of Roman rule. Do not forget that here and spends passed away Trajan, which even today are using the bridge Lama Monachile, deep throat north of Polignano.
Our day ends here, after about 50 km of cycling, many stages and many facets of Puglia, which often escape to the desire to lie in the sun, but they are often closer and less tiring than you think, maybe using a e-bike …
YOU MUST NOT MISS
… stop eating an ice cream in Ostuni at La Scala Creamery, ice cream that is on the right going up the stairs and in Polignano a Mare the ice cream shop “Super Mario Campanella Frost Mage.” In Cisternino there are famous butchers and during the summer they become even restaurants with tables scattered in the picturesque narrow streets of the village. You buy the meat, take a number and sit at the table. Must try if with patience.