Tour 1 - Food and Wine - Bike & cooking (bicycle excursion + cooking class)
DEPARTURE POINT: Gallipoli old town – DURATION: full day
TRAVEL DISTANCE: approximately 30 km – DIFFICULTY: easy
Food and Wine cycling tour including cooking class. It starts in the morning from the village of Gallipoli, a fishing town that is located in southern Puglia, overlooking the Ionian Sea. In a few kilometers we will reach Alezio (ancient Messapian city, where there is an interesting museum on pre-Roman civilizations) and then Sannicola. Cycling on secondary country roads, among olive trees and dry stone walls, you reach "Tenuta mamma Anna" - a family-run “agritourism” where cooking class will take place. The products are harvested directly from the family garden and then move on to the preparation: "pitta di patate" (a kind of potato gateau, with a stuffing of tomatoes, olives, capers, onion and tuna), "pittule" (some fried dough balls), filled with tomatoes and capers, or empty to taste with honey) and hand-made orecchiette (a typical local pasta, shaped like an ear, prepared with fingers and a knife), the "pasticciotto cake" (a cake made with shortcrust pastry, filled with chantilly cream); These are some of the dishes that will be prepared. Following family lunch. On the way back we have the possibility to visit the baroque city of Galatone and the "radio museum" of Tuglie. The route is easy and suitable for everyone, possibility of electric bike.
Tour 2 - Lecce and surroundings
LECCE AND ITS NATURAL ENVIRONMENT (bicycle excursion)
o DEPARTURE POINT: Lecce old town – DURATION: full day
o TRAVEL DISTANCE: approximately 50 km – DIFFICULTY: average/easy
We start out from the old town of Lecce to reach the village of Acaya, the medieval fortified town, where we’ll admire the impressive castle, the boundary walls and the urban plan of the old town that has been left unchanged over time.
Then we head to the Cesine Natural Reserve, a wetland that is home to many species of plants and aquatic birds and today is a WWF protected area.
Break on the beach for a refreshing bathe if the weather allows.
On the way back through Strudà we will visit an olive grove where some trees are a thousand years old.
On our return we will stop for a tasting of products typical of Lecce. (It’s also possibile to organize with a diversion of approximately 6 km a cheese tasting along the way.)