From Locorotondo to Ceglie, there are so many kilometres to do with a mountain bike, among trulli and olive groves.
In the Itria Valley, an enchanted corner of Puglia, there is '' a water way '', which runs for thirty kilometres about, along the first stretch of completed cycle-way Apulian Aqueduct. Here there is a magical view and there is no better way to savour a long ride.
An old service road follows the route of the Apulian Aqueduct. It has become a variant route of the n. 11 Bicitalia network, the bike lane of the Apennines, that goes from Liguria up to Reggio Calabria crossing the Puglia.
It starts from the charming village of Locorotondo, which, for its typical white houses, the “Cummerse '', deployed along concentric streets, looks like a crown on a hill, 410 meters high.
Gradually coming down from the balcony of the Itria Valley, in the plains along the roads, you wander the curves of the countryside; they come to the land and its perfumes.
In the already built Apulian Aqueduct Ciclovia there’s the real path which starts from Contrada Figazzano and go through bumps and gentle valleys, trulli and dry stone walls, vineyards and olive groves as far as the eye can see. The passage of some rare agricultural vehicle going towards the agricultural fields seems to be the only distraction during the nice walk, immersed in another dimension, outside of the time.
At sunset, surrounded by the Apulian countryside, the ride may not lead you to a better place of Ceglie, a picturesque town in the heart of the Itria Valley, which boasts the recognition of cities and land of gastronomy.
After visiting the charming square of Ceglie, overlooked by the Mother Church and the Ducal Castle, It is the perfect time to discover the prestigious local gastronomy. Just choose between the typical '' stove '' attached to butchers, where directly order the meat from the exposed bank and numerous small restaurant, where you can taste all the delicacies of local cuisine.
At times like this, it is appropriate to say, “The appetite comes with biking"