Cycling in Puglia for My Birthday

Tomorrow is the day I leave for Puglia!  It has really been a long time since I have bicycled anywhere in Europe other than France, so I’m really excited.  In case you missed an earlier post, I have a special birthday next week, and I wanted to spend it cycling, but it’s way too cold, rainy and windy in France, so I decided to go to southern Italy.  I am going to the land of pasta, olive oil, mozzarella cheese and big red wines.  This region is perfect for a slow adventure.  I cannot wait.

My journey will begin in Matera right on the border of Puglia and Basilicata, two of the least visited areas in Italy.  From there, we’ll cycle on to Gioia del Colle, City of Joy and home to over 20 different cheese companies, several vineyards and the Marella pasta factory.  From there, we’ll cycle through the countryside to Noci, where we’ll visit several vineyards, then on to Alberobello, home to the famous conical dwellings called trulli.  Then it’s on to the hilltown of Martina Franca, followed by the white city of Ostuni.  Finally I’ll spend my birthday cycling to the seaside town of Polignano a Mare, which is built into the cliffs.

Stay tuned for updates from the road.  I’ll share all the unexpected happenings and tell you what it’s like cycling in this region. I’m hoping for nice weather and no rain!

Posted by Maggie LaCoste

I love the adventure and unpredictability of experiencing France by bike. Cycling in France is the ultimate slow travel adventure, an opportunity to see it through the back door in a way few tourists experience. One week on a bike in France and life takes on a different meaning! I created Experience France By Bike to inspire recreational cyclists to visit France the slow bike, and to be the best source of information for planning the perfect bicycling adventure. I encourage readers to embrace the uncertainty of the road ahead and to take the path less traveled, exploring roads, towns and villages that you would never experience traveling by car.