Motorcycle Route 962 km, 5 days / 4 nights
Meeting of the participants in Lecce, the capital of the Salento region, known as the “Florence of the Baroque.” Dinner and overnight
Lecce / Gallipoli / Torre San Giovanni / Santa Maria di Leuca / Lecce – 205 km
The morning will be dedicated to the visit of the city, with its beautiful Piazza del Duomo, the heart of the religious life of Lecce, the Basilica of Santa Croce, the Roman Amphitheatre, which was built in the second century AD and St. Horace Square, the main square of the characteristic mosaic pavement . At the end of the visit, we head towards the coast. We arrive in the small town of Santa Caterina, and then towards the south, where Gallipoli dominates the landscape. Kalle Polis, the beautiful city of the Greeks, with its impressive old town: either the ramparts that surround the old part as its castle recall the history of the city, made of sieges and battles. Continue along the coast, dotted with sixteenth century watchtowers From Santa Maria di Leuca begins the most “motorcycle road” of the day, with the landscape completely dominant, with wild cliffs and beautiful bays such as Porto Badisco. Quick but exciting visit to Otranto before the return to Lecce.
Lecce / Manduria / Alberobello / Gravina di Puglia – 257 km
Riding the motorcycle, destination Gravina di Puglia, a beautiful town between Apulia and Basilicata. Departure from Lecce to reach the Consortium of wine producers in Manduria, 900 hectares of vineyards cradle of the “Masters of the Primitive,” discovery of the production of this fruit nectar of ancient tradition, then tasting with typical products. Our journey continues through scenic roads to stop in the famous town of Alberobello, with its now famous “trulli” arranged in an urban area divided into two districts: Monti and Aia Piccola, both national monuments and in 1996 recognized as World Heritage Site, unique in the world. The arrival of the day will be in Gravina di Puglia. The city, home to the Alta Murgia National Park, is an old town with winding streets and intricate, medieval houses, the ruins of the Castello Svevo (built by Frederick II of Swabia), the Basilica Cathedral and the Bridge Viaduct of 700 that connects the two banks of the river Gravina. Dinner and overnight
Gravina di Puglia / Castel del Monte / Monte Sant’Angelo – 309 km
This morning we will start in the direction of Castel del Monte, the most famous of the castles designed and built by Emperor Frederick II of Swabia, the “crown of Apulia”. It is situated on a hill chain of the Western Murgia, 540 meters above sea level. Early in the afternoon the journey will continue towards the Gargano National Park, crossing the salt marshes of Margherita di Savoia, made by evaporating pools and the huge piles of salt, clearly visible even from a distance as you approach the coast. We are in the highest town in the Gargano, Monte Sant’Angelo, famous for the shrine of St. Michael the Archangel (UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011), a pilgrimage site of crusaders and faithful Christians since the sixth century. On a clear day, the view extends over much of the Tableland and dozens of miles of coastline. After hotel accommodation in the historical center time for explorations in the old town.
Gargano / Vieste / Peschici / Torino di Sangro – 190 km
The last day of our trip will end with a brief but fascinating program that will allow us to continue driving in the beautiful roads of this great promontory named the “spur of Italy”, giving our attention to its northern part and the area of the lakes of Lesina. The Natural Park of Gargano offers to the visitor a variety of different habitats and biodiversity that will leave you breathless. After that we will reach again the national motorway to northern Italy and our discovery of the heel of Italy ends.