Olive groves, gorgeous whitewashed villages, charming locals, luscious food and generous hospitality sampled against the stunning aquamarine Adriatic – all play a part in this delightful trip through idyllic Puglia and Basilicata, capturing the true magic of old Italy. The history, landscape and architecture reflect the myriad civilizations that were drawn to the region’s influential port towns and position on the Adriatic; the Greeks, Romans, Venetians, Normans and Spanish all left their mark here. Our routes feature sublime coastal walks, whitewashed towns, fortified farms, and distinctive stone trulli, while the culinary highlights include fresh seafood, local wine and olive oil. What’s more, given its relative underdevelopment, Puglia offers some of the best and most remote walks we know.
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Explore with a country walk to Otranto, the most eastern town in Italy. Visit the cathedral before returning to the hotel for an informal yet informative wine tasting and dinner at the masseria.
Embark on a glorious coastal loop walk allowing you to discover the countryside surrounding your hotel and the sea side, with its cliffs and watching towers dotting the Adriatic coast a baluard against the Turkish incursions.
Begin your day with a morning walk along the coast before heading to Lecce, the jewel in the crown of Spanish Baroque in Italy, its abundance of culture has earned it the moniker “the Florence of the South.”
Begin the day exploring the hilltop town of Ostuni, the "white city". Late morning you'll drive a short distance to a country walk through the Itria Valley countryside. The walk will lead you toward the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello.
You are in store for a truly scenic and breathtaking walk following a path that winds along the edge of the Gravina di Matera river and park with stops and visits to numerous cave complexes and rupestrian churches.
Experience the simple charms of southern Italy unaffected by tourism in Bernalda. The almost hidden entrance of the Palazzo Margherita is set between the old and new town along what is essentially Main Street, offering its guests the chance to observe both.
Based on your outbound flight time and onward travels we have organized a drive to Bari airport. Arrivederci!Show All Days VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.