Specializing in bike tours with a cultural focus, Ciclismo Classico is stacking up kudos from Outside and National Geographic Traveler magazines, and from such media as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Bicycling, and Forbes.
Cycling Around Puglia
Among their many bike tour choices in Europe, “La Bella Puglia” features a route that meanders through idyllic winelands, ancient towns, olive groves and the rugged coastline. Greek, Norman, and Arab history and architecture are on the itinerary, including three UNESCO World Heritage sites:
- Baroque architecture in Lecce
- In the Trulli region, 1,000 conical dwellings in Alberobello
- Matera the “City of Stone” with 155 cave churches
- Restored agricultural estate in Selva di Fasano
- Rustic coastal town of Savelletri, white-washed town of Ostuni
- Greek ruins in the ancient Messapian town of Egnazia
Tour leaders were born and raised in Italy and Europe and live there year-round––they are fun and passionate about showing off vera Italia, their authentic Italian culture.
Food? it is Puglia, after all
Homemade and locally sourced traditional food, from bruschetta with roasted peppers to grilled calamari to artisan cheeses, breads baked in wood-burning ovens, fresh seafood, burrata di Andria, orecchiette con le cime di rapa, minestrone di fave, roasted local lamb . . .
Accommodations: 4- and 5-star hotels, B&Bs or family inns.
Your choice of a 30-speed Bianchi road bike with aluminum frame, carbon fork, and Campagnolo or Shimano Components OR an ultra-performance, 24-speed Ciclismo Classico exclusive hybrid with aluminum frame (women’s hybrid also available)
“La Bella Puglia” is 9 days June – October 2019, from $5,195 pp, athletic beginner level, lightly rolling terrain. Sag wagon? Of course! Accommodations, breakfasts, some lunches, most dinners.
[pullquote]Another world-renowned bike tour company, Butterfield & Robinson offers a similar itinerary with the same luxury-level amenities and highly qualified guides. Butterfield will also arrange for you to take this Puglia bike tour with your own group, and/or will also custom-design a private tour.[/pullquote]