Take your time to wind through the understated bustle of rural life from Ostuni to Alberobello, via Cisternino and Locorotondo, two more towns with ancient hearts and narrow lanes to discover.
A gently uphill day, you should take your time to enjoy the scenes of rural life as locals work in the fruit orchards and vegetable plantations along the way. With more rural settlements dotted along the way, and a wider variety of crops and farming, you will really see the diversity of country life here today. As you make your way closer to Alberobello, the occasional Trulli house will become a multitude of Trulli! A classic symbol of Puglian life and history. You will soon lose count! Cisternino is a bustling town with a view, worth a detour into the old center. Locorotondo is a lovely small town to stop for a stroll around the narrow lanes and old-town heart. The countryside cycling is gently uphill, so expect to take your time, but on mostly quiet roads you will feel relaxed and ready to enjoy the slower pace of life and cycling! Your reward is Alberobello, possibly the most iconic town in the entire region, with 1000s of Trulli packed together to create a simply beautiful town.
Go at a gentle pace today, end really enjoy the scenes of rural life at work, and the peace of the countryside.
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 all 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.
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.
Always take special care at railway level crossings and without exception comply with any warning lights or barriers.
Whilst we will try to flag any junctions which need special attention in the turn by turn directions, it is prudent to take extra care at every junction, particularly as some of the road markings and signs in Puglia vary in quality, so it is not always immediately clear which approaching traffic should give way.
Pay particular attention around 2km after Cisterino, when there is a left turn at some Trulli houses which involves crossing the road at a blind corner.
In Cisternino, depending on the day or time, you may encounter a market on one of the streets. In that case, you should dismount to walk the bike through.
One-Way Systems - Important
In Cisternino, we suggest (to assist with negotiating the one-way system) that you dismount from the bike, as on one street for a short distance you will be proceeding against the flow of traffic. If you are using solely the app to navigate, please look out for contradictory one way signs in these towns, and heed the road rules. This warning only applies for a short distance of up to around 200m.
Points of Interest
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.
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.