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!
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 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.
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.
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 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!
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!
Author: Francesca Palmitessa
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