The route will lead you through the Apulian treasures. From the sea, in the city of Barletta, passing through the site of Canne della Battaglia, up to Castel del Monte. This is a path immersed in the nature of the Apulian countryside and in its distant past.
  • Travelling time: 5 hours
  • Difficulty: Family
  • Why we love it: The route is perfect for those who love vineyards and olive trees, which are the typical cultivation in Apulia. Moreover, you will dive into the mysterious past of these places.
  • Length: 42 km
  • Total Elevation Gain: 100 m
  • Way to travel: Bike
  • Cost: 0
  • Our Advice: We suggest riding a mountain bike or an Bike, in order to make less effort. Moreover, choose sunny days, ma avoid hot days. September/October and March/April is the perfect period to ride along this route.

Puglia has a lot to offer: crystal clear waters, beaches, and a mild climate. If you are looking for more secluded places, and you want to discover some of the fundamental historical places of these lands, prepare your bike and ride it!

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Panoramic view of the city of Barletta via

The itinerary starts from the city of Barletta, a city overlooking the Adriatic sea. Our advice is to take a few days and take the opportunity to visit what Barletta offers. Such as beaches, cultural sites, and evening entertainment.

The route to Canne della Battaglia

The route of Apulian treasures

The first stage of the route is Canne, which easy to reach by taking the SS93. An alternative road is the one that from Barletta crosses more internal and country roads: via Vecchia Canne. This first stop is 12.6 km from the starting point.

The route in Canne della Battaglia
Panoramic view of the archeological site of Canne della Battaglia via

Upon your arrival, you will find a site of great interest, dating back to 216 BC. Canne is a city that became famous after the Battle of Canne, which saw the victory of the Hannibal Carthaginian army over the Roman Republic during the Second Punic War. Subsequently razed to the ground in 1083. The place not only deserves a visit but also offers an extensive pine forest to rest, regenerate and enjoy a picnic in nature.

From Canne to Castel del Monte

Map of the itinerary

The itinerary from Canne della Battaglia to Castel del Monte is 32 km long. It has gentle descents and climbs immersed in the Apulian countryside. The destination can be reached along the Provincial Road 234 (SP234).

Castel del monte
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Castel del Monte is located in the Western Murgia. The 'castle' is actually a fortress, built by the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Frederick II of Swabia. Since 1996 it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The octagonal structure is unique and there are many legends about this fortress. Get them told by the locals! 

 Castel del Monte, the route of Apulian treasures

This is just one of the numerous bike itineraries on the Apulian territory. Dive yourself into a booming land, offering so much sun and warmth to its guests. Take a few days in this Italian region and take advantage of the quiet of nature, the sea, and small villages; you won't regret it!

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Author: Francesca Palmitessa

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