A ride through the heart of Trulli country linking Alberobello to Ostuni via Locorotondo and Cisternino.
The ride allows you to glimpse the past of this area. All four towns visited have old towns which retain significant architecture from the past and give some sense of life then. In the countryside many Trulli dwellings still stand.
Some have been modernized in spectacular fashion while others are sadly decaying. However although the old towns and buildings still stand, this is a working environment. New areas of the towns have grown up and the land is still actively worked.
The route goes straight out into the countryside, where you can play spot the trullo! You follow cycle routes which keep you off the main roads but sometimes need you to pay attentions to turns. There's a steep hill to reach the plateau where Locorotondo sits, it's worth it though for the great views and to be able to wander around the old town.
Coming off the plateau, you regain quiet roads and take a cycle track, Don't be daunted, the first unmade up track soon becomes good tarmac without a car in sight. Again there's a steep hill into Cisternino but great views on arrival and a handy cafe at the viewpoint. The route takes you through the old town and then back onto quiet lanes into the centre of modern Ostuni. Beat the oneway system by counting the turnings and your chosen road will take you all the way into the historic town centre.
The old town of Ostuni is on a steep hill with great views from the top. It also contains many restaurants and other shops, so find time for a wander and your first glimpse of the sea.
Before starting your ride it’s always worth inspecting your bike for any damage. Check for any damage to the frame, components or wheels. Ensure there are no loose cables and that the tyres are inflated and the brakes are working. Always wear a helmet when cycling. If you are doubtful of the condition of your rental bike please call the office or the local bike hire on the number provided in your information pack.
Beware of traffic especially when entering and leaving the towns where the traffic flow tends to be highest. Take care on the day’s descents; make the most of the downhill but don’t speed around corners where you can’t see what’s coming ahead of you on the narrow single-track roads. There are also some overhanging trees so watch out for wet patches of tar or fallen branches on the road. Always treat descents with respect!
Do remember to ride on the right-hand side of the road and whilst drivers in Puglia are respectful of cyclists', please do be mindful of other road users at all times, obeying local road signs and any change in road conditions.
Tips, hints and links
Cisternino has a lovely ancient town center with sights such as the Chiesa Matrice. You will have to dismount your bike for a short distance approaching the old town, so it is worth making a short detour to walk around.
Locorotondo is known for it's circular format, and the old town is a pretty diversion.
Food & Drink
Cisternino is a good point of the journey to take a rest, however as with some of the other towns in the region, restaurants may close during the day depending on the season, so it is worth taking a picnic lunch just in case, although there should be a cafe or gelataria open. Other than this, you could stop in Locorotondo too, once again there are a few cafes, but they do also close seasonally during the day so bear this in mind and always have some picnic food with you (a tomato and olive focaccia is a particular favourite for a mid-cycle snack!).
Of course, always take plenty of drinking water too.
This ride is available on: ECSGCHOP
Always be prepared to cycle through a change of weather conditions and do check for any local weather warnings before cycling. Make sure to always carry weather appropriate gear and clothing with you (including sun protection). Most cyclists wear [fingerless] cycle gloves for some padding on the handlebars. Don't forget a spare battery pack for an emergency charge of any navigation unit you may decide to use.