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8 Days Coast to Coast Cycling Tour in Italy
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Trani, Barletta-Andria-Trani, Apulia, Italy

Exciting Italy Cycling Tour

In this cycling tour, you will be cycling through a really unbeaten but perfect land for cyclists: no traffic and terrific landscapes. You will cross valleys, climb the Apennines, and reach the Pollino National Park, the largest natural area in Italy, ending in Maratea where there is a breathtaking view of the Tyrrhenian Coast. This is definitely an exciting cycling tour you've been waiting for!

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Hilly and mountainous
  • Difficulty level: Challenging (Cyclist needs to have high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs / or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Total Distance : 286 miles / 460 kilometers
  • Bike type: Road bike, hybrid bike


  • Cycling to the coast of Tyrrhenian Sea
  • The astonishing landscape of the Calanchi
  • Cycling through the rolling hills of Valle del Basento
  • Luggage transfer, road book, and technical assistance
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts


6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport
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You will be accommodated in three-star hotels during the cycling tour.


Day 1: Trani

Arrival and get settled in at your hotel in Trani, an old town facing the Adriatic Sea. There is a lovely historical centre, Romanesque Cathedral, castle, gardens and old port where you are suggested to have dinner, choosing from the fish menu at one of the small restaurants. Dinner on your own and overnight stay.

Day 2: Across the Alta Murgia National Park - The Moors

Move inland to the Unesco Heritage site of Castel del Monte, an outstanding example of Medieval architecture. Passing over the Alta Murgia and through Gravina you’ll reach Matera, known for its “Sassi”. The Sassi are houses dug into the tuff rock itself, which is characteristic of Basilicata and Puglia. Many of these “houses” are really only caverns, and the streets in some parts of the Sassi are often located on the rooftops of other houses. The ancient town grew in height on one of the slopes of the ravine. The ravine, that was created by a river but is now a small stream, is known locally as “la Gravina”. Dinner on your own and overnight at your Hotel in the Sassi District.

  • Distance: about 115 kilometers

Day 3: The Apennines

You will pass along the Lake of San Giuliano, cycling through the rolling hills of Valle del Basento you reach the mountains in the Park of Piccole Dolomiti Lucane. Overnight in Accettura. You are suggested to have dinner at Pezzolla restaurant, Ferula Viaggi favorite in the region.

  • Distance: about 90 kilometers

Day 4: The Calanchi Valley

Enter the Agri River valley and from the woods, you’ll suddenly find yourself in the middle of the astonishing landscape of the Calanchi which are deforested, sandy-soiled hills. Stop in Tursi for dinner (on your own) and overnight stay.

  • Distance: about 80 kilometers

Day 5: To the Pollino National Park

After visiting Santuario di Anglona, continue through the orchards of the Costa Jonica. After that, start climbing to the Pollino National Park: one of the prettiest and biggest in Italy. Dinner on your own and overnight stay at Terranova del Pollino.

  • Distance: about 80 kilometers

Day 6: On the peaks of the massif

This is possibly the hardest stage of the tour. Through forests, long climbs, wide valleys, and pretty villages to reach San Severino Lucano and Viggianello. Dinner on your own and overnight stay.

  • Distance: about 45 kilometers

Day 7: Maratea

Through the Valle del Noce you reach the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. A beautiful coastal road leads you to Maratea. Dinner on your own and overnight stay.

  • Distance: about 80 kilometers

Day 8: End of tour

Breakfast and transfer to Bari Karol Wojtyla Airport (BRI).


During this cycling tour, you will visit various destinations in Southern Italy, including Trani, Castel del Monte, Matera, Piccole Dolomiti Lucane, Accettura, Agri River valley, Santuario di Anglona, Pollino National Park, Terranova del Pollino, San Severino Lucano, and the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea.


Overlooking an enchanting port in which typical fishing boats swarm and dominated by the impetus of its most distinctive symbol, that of the splendid Romanesque Cathedral, Trani imposes itself with its breathtaking scenery, rich in history and harmonious architectural lines, both permeated of the influence of Frederick II of Swabia, which made Trani its maritime fortress.

The history of the city develops through the centuries, becoming the protagonist of its maximum splendor in the fifteenth century, when it is formed as a fundamental maritime center and exchange of the lower Adriatic and welcomes an arsenal of the Serenissima Republic of Venice, then seeing the ‘500 site of the Royal Hearing, moment from which the city will continue to establish itself as a fundamental judicial seat. Over a considerable period of time, which extends from the Middle Ages to the 18th century, many noble palaces rise up within the city limits, which have always contributed to enhancing its already valuable heritage.

Among the most important structures in the city, it is necessary to mention the Swabian Castle, strongly desired by Frederick II and whose work began in the year 1230. This was the wedding place of the son of the emperor of Swabia, Manfred, with Elena d‘ Epirus, in 1259, after ten years before the work was commissioned to strengthen the manor.

Both the Cathedral of San Nicola Pellegrino and the Swabian Castle can be seen from the sea, a strong point of the city that is enveloped by its waves, constituting one of the main tourist impulses that guarantees an abundant influx of foreigners during the summer months. Consult the page dedicated to hotels and bed and breakfasts in Trani.

Castel del Monte

Castel del Monte is a medieval castle that overlooks the city of Andria at an altitude of 540 meters. It was built by the emperor Frederick II in the 13th century as part of his network of strategically placed defensive castles and residences.

Castel del Monte is famous for its mysterious and unique shape: it was built in an octagonal shape, with each of the eight corners sporting an octagonal tower.

The castle was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1996, and it is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Southern Italy.

What makes Castel del Monte is its architecture: the castle is built in the shape of an octagon, with a diagonal size of 56 meters. The octagonal plan represents the intermediate figure between the square (the symbol of the earth) and the circle, representing the infinite sky.

The structure has two stories, each with eight interconnected chambers. From the towers you get on the rooftop porch, cleared with stone pieces orchestrated in a herringbone design. The display seen from these porches was an awesome key favorable position amid the Middle Ages, as should have been obvious foes drawing closer from miles away. Back then, the greater part of the rooms was beautified with valuable polychrome marble, mosaics, compositions and woven artworks, however tragically Castel del Monte has been ransacked by its fortunes by plunderers and vandals. The greater part of the entryways are still pleasantly enhanced with shaded marble, yet nothing stays of the stylistic theme that encouraged the eyes of Frederick II.


Getting around Matera is like living in a forgotten past. When you visit this evocative city in Basilicata but just 6 kilometers (about 4 miles) from the border with Puglia, the feeling is to enter a crib. For this Matera is also called “the second Bethlehem”, and it was the setting of films like Mel Gibson’s The Passion and The Matthew’s Gospel according to Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Until the ’50 the population lived in caves dug in the mountain and people were forced to abandon those houses to settle in modern neighborhoods. No one would have thought that those caves, the “stones”, would become the symbol of a city that is reborn: in fact in 1993 UNESCO included the “Sassi” of Matera in the world heritage list, as “an example of a thousand-year life system to be preserved and handed down to posterity”. More precisely, the recognition made to the city is that of being “a model of life in balance with the environment, with which it integrates without distorting it while exploiting its resources”.

The rock that surrounds Matera and that the master craftsmen of this land have learned to work in ancient times is called ‘calcarenite’ or ‘tuff’, as local people say. The material, friable and adaptable, is offered in large quantities by the mountain that dominates the city, so the people of Matera seemed normal to go up there and dig into that rock to build a house. The material that was extracted was worked to become the facade of the house.

The first house was joined by others, and others, until it became a network of dwellings and tunnels and lanes that pass one on the other, one inside the other, and are transformed into that magic called Sassi: a gigantic sculpture, a miracle of urbanism recognized as World Heritage of Humanity. From that moment on, intense restoration and recovery works have been carried out. Today a visit to the Sassi represents a real dive into the past of this ancient people.

Matera, however, is not just Sassi. The city contains, in fact, different areas related to different eras: the oldest is in the Civita district, which due to its morphological characteristics can be considered a natural fortress, with the Romanesque Cathedral, built between 1268 and 1270 on the Acropolis, which presents an interior rich in works of art, including a Byzantine Madonna of the thirteenth century called “della Bruna”.

The medieval-Renaissance part is instead located along the “Piano”, at the edges of the Sassi. Finally, there is the new city, with very elegant buildings made by the most famous Italian architects.

There are many mother churches dating back to the thirteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a large group in the Baroque style of which St. John, St. Dominic and the Cathedral are the oldest.

Matera represents, in some way, the symbol of a rural civilization that manages to keep its traditions alive. The highest expression of rock art developed in the territory of Matera is in the many churches excavated in the tufa, very often frescoed, scattered on the murgic plateau or incorporated into the urban fabric of the Sassi of Matera.

Pollino National Park

The Pollino National Park is located between two regions, Basilicata and Calabria. It also ranges from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Ionian. The whole area of Pollino covers 192.565,00 hectares of land and is formed by the Massiccio del Pollino and Orsomarso. The mountain range that is part of the southern Apennines bordering the Basilicata and Calabria boasts the highest peaks of southern Italy which remain snowed for a long period that begins from November and ends in May with the melt the first snow.

The height of its peaks reaches 2,200 meters above sea level. The natural area that enjoys a wide prestige is composed of dolomite rocks, limestone bastions, walls of architectural fault, cliffs, very deep gorges, karst caves, volcanic timbers, sinkholes, plateaus, meadows, high altitude pastures, morainic accumulations, glacial cirques and erratic boulders.

The fabulous Parco del Pollino, thanks to its precious riches and beauties that jealously guards, is today considered the most extensive protected area in Italy.

From a naturalistic point of view, this area is of considerable importance, given also the forests of holm oaks, maples and beeches that cover it, the different rivers that cross it, including the Sinni (formerly called Siris and 94 km long is one of the main of the Basilicata for richness of water), and the different species of animals that inhabit it: from the wolf to the wild cat, from the squirrel to the wild boar, without forgetting the roe deer, the only survivor of the great family of deer and roe deer that were once numerous.

As in the other parks of Italy, the main activity inside the Pollino consists of walks along the paths; in this park the paths leading to Piani di Pollino, the peaks of Dolcedorme, the Serra di Crispo, the Raganello gorges are to be covered.

However, sports enthusiasts can take part in mountain biking, horse riding, and canoeing, as well as exciting rafting trips along the rapids.

But in the Pollino Park are also kept the customs and typical products of Basilicata, for those who want to stay in this beautiful region it is useful to plan an itinerary through some of the countries that contribute, each in its own way, to make unique and evocative the Pollino.


Beaches set between promontories, clear waters and lush vegetation, recall total relaxation, Maratea stands in a panoramic position, on one of the most striking stretches of the Gulf of Policastro, in Basilicata.

Perched on Mount San Biagio, the city overlooks a magnificent stretch of the Tyrrhenian Sea and is a popular destination for those who want a holiday of sea, relaxation, culture and Italian flavors.

In the ancient core of the historic center of Maratea, the medieval system still survives with narrow streets and important buildings, artistic and architectural remains.

Maratea is also known as the city of the 44 churches, for the numerous religious buildings, chapels, monasteries, caves, and hermitages scattered all over the territory, all embellished with splendid works of art and all open to visitors: starting from the Church of San Vito of the eleventh century, one of the oldest. Then there is the Basilica of San Biagio, dedicated to the Patron Saint and built on top of Mount San Biagio, where there are the remains of the ancient Maratea. To visit also the Church of the Immaculate, adorned with precious frescoes, the Church of the Annunciation, the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore and the Church of the Madonna degli Ulivi.

Interesting also the cave of the Angel, hidden between the clearing on Monte San Biagio. Considered by many the residence of a hermit, for the tradition of Maratea it was the first place of Christian worship in the area.

Moreover, the whole area of Maratea has a great naturalistic value and the beaches are one of the most appreciated by bathers: there are many, in fact, from those accessible only by sea, isolated and surrounded by wild nature to those equipped and welcome to tourists who seek comfort as well as relaxation.

Maratea also offers a lot to scuba diving enthusiasts: beautiful and uncontaminated seabeds where an extraordinary variety of fauna lives.


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 days of cycling
  • Luggage transfer
  • Technical and emergency assistance
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts

What's not included

  • Bike: Hybrid bike available at 80 Euro per stay or Road Bike at 150 Euro per stay
  • Transfer Bari Airport to Trani 40 Euro for 2 persons package or 20 Euro for 4 persons package
  • Medical / luggage insurance
  • City taxes (for self-guided tour)
  • Drinks
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Entrance fees
  • Tips
  • Personal extras

How to get there

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Airport: Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport Airport transfer included: Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.
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