Last episode of this journey in the Valle d’Itria: slow routes, less known paths and natural landscapes, so amazing, so breathtaking. This time we go to…
Three villages, 15 km., a couple of hours ride through one of Apulia’s most exciting cycle paths following a tract of the Ancient Apulian aqueduct that links Cisternino Figazzano’s countryside to the Ulmo’s pinewood near Ceglie Messapica.
Riding above the water, on a plain solid carpet made of well crashed stone, surrounded by a landscape that, fragments after fragments changes, amazes and moves you. The wind draws long waves on cornfields, peaceful sheep grazing along the slopes, while we riding our bike pass through canal bridges winding among the Mediterranean bushes. Halfway, getting nearby the roadman’s house at Galante’s countryside, the local country-people turn right to get to the alimentary bar very well-known because of its “panzerotto” (soft half-moon shaped bread filled with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce): anyway it is also this a means to know an area, isn’t it? Got back onto the bicycle saddle again, we reach an Aleppo’s pine grove: the Ulmo’s pinewood, the green lungs of Ceglie Messapica area, where you can have a rest (the spring water set at the sides of the area is reknown for its pureness) and decides to carry on along the back dirt road, with heavier steps but with hearts much more lighter.
Useful info: in the described above Ancient Apulian aqueduct, are not present any particular difficulties and slopes, and because of this, it can be afforded even by children.
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