Day 1 The Sassi of Matera. Arrive Matera, Italy.
Afternoon guided tour on foot of the Sassi and in the historic centre: the Baroque town; Romanesque Churches and cave civilisation (2 hrs). Dinner at a typical restaurant in the Sassi.
Day 2 Park of Rock Churches (Self Guided - 6 km, 4 hrs)
This morning visit a local bakery to see the making of Italian Matera bread. Continue to Murgia Timone, the plateau in front of the Sassi to walk the path dotted with caves and Rock Churches.
Day 3 Moors of Matera (Guided 8km, 4-5 hrs)
Discover treasures of the rock civilisation and its unique flora and fauna. Picnic at the once village of Cristo la Selva, then return by bus to Matera via the ancient Abbey of S. Michele Arcangelo.
Day 4 Valle d’Itria (Guided - 6 km, 3 hrs)
Transfer to the centre of Puglia. Covered with vineyards and olive groves, the valley is dotted with hundreds of trulli, (curious stone farmhouses). Walk from the 6thC church of San Pietro in Barsento through green pastures, woodland and along country lanes to the village of Alberobello where the streets are packed with ‘trulli’. Overnight in Alberobello.
Day 5 Locorotondo, Cisternino, Martina Franca (Self Guided - 4 hrs)
This is a strolling day of the three enchanting villages in the Itria Valley: Locorotondo, classified as one of the most beautiful towns in Italy and known for its DOC white wine; the white-washed village of Cisternino; and Martina Franca, a Baroque gem. Transfer to Ostuni for overnight.
Day 6 Ostuni - the ‘White City’ (Self Guided - 7km, 3 hrs)
Ostuni overlooks the Adriatic Sea and is known for its whitewashed walls and houses. It has a captivating medieval centre with a 15thC cathedral. Cross the town and enter the lush countryside to walk an old farmer’s path through olive groves bordered by stone walls. Return to Ostuni for overnight.
Arrangements end after breakfast.
Easy - walks are short to take into account the warm temperatures. Stony terrain especially in the Matera Gorge so ankle support boots are advisable.
Breakfast daily & 1 dinner.
Please note that pricing is per person in Euros
2018: Double / Twin Share €995, High season (July & August) surcharge €240, Single room surcharge €195
2018: Start any day March to October. Note: Travel in July and August is not recommended as it is very hot for walking.
In the heel of Italy’s boot lies an area rich in history and culture. On this walking holiday between Southern Italy’s two UNESCO World Heritage towns of Alberobello in Apulia, and Matera in Basilicata, you’ll see the unique Trulli architecture of Alberobello and the rock cave dwellings and stone houses of the ‘Sassi’ of Matera. The natural beauty, ancient culture, deeply-rooted local traditions, fresh Mediterranean food and above all, the warmth and hospitality of its people, makes for an unforgettable experience.