Our journey in Valle d’Itria continues on its less beaten roads. This time we suggest you three perfects routes for those loving trekking and…
The greatest difficulty exploring the Itria Valley walking is not no-trained muscles or aching feet, but , the outstanding beauty to be looked up to, as there is so much to look at. A farmer ploughing his orchard, a donkey’s muzzle appearing from a dry-stone wall, a century-old beech to shelter under. Each Itria Valley’s country road can offer you all this: we just point out you three, knowing well not being thorough.
Route 1 • Martina Franca – Alberobello: a real soul trekking. A route both naturalistic and spiritual. Nearly 14km where, from the end of September to nearly a month, at day and at night as well, it is likely to come across hundreds of faithful and visitors of the Saints Cosma and Damiano.
Route 2 • Martina Franca – Locorotondo: the route nearly 7 km long , is included in the “Paths of the Gal”. The route starts from Martina Franca’s horse station – direction Cisternino – touches on the Capuchin Church, one of the first Christian settlement in this area, The Madonna of the Arch, then it goes on through vineyards, olive groves, small trulli and important farms. The charm of this itinerary is due to the very clear image of Locorotondo’s balcony that at once appears to the walker’s eyes and that goes with all the route along.
Route 3 • Martina Franca – Cisternino: May be the most charming itinerary, as it passes through the very heart of the Itria’s Valley. The track more than 12 km. long, passes through a very crowded country-side village, Contrada Sisto, and develops itself in a quiet, silent landscape, predominantly agricultural. Trulli here and there abandoned, typical votive Chapels witness of a rural Christianity, aromatic bushes and expanse of cultivated fields. It deserves a detour of the route – and a widening – the Botanic Conservatoire of “I Giardini di Pomona” (Pomona’s Gardens).
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