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  1. 1. Southern Visions Villa & Bike Program WELCOME TO PUGLIA! We will meet at Ca del Fico any time after check in at 4 p.m. on your Saturday arrival date. It is very important to note that check in at the Villa is on Saturdays, or special approval will need to be made by the Owner and Southern Visions. It is very important to note that not all of your bicycle rides will originiate from the villa, so it is important that you rent a car for your trip. This trip is so special because not only will you have the luxury and comfort of a private villa, but we have designed a fantastic trip that is customizable by you! Your cycling routes and trip design are flexible in that you are able to decide in which order you will experience the days below. We think you will be very impressed with the caliber of bicycle we provide, a Dynatek Road Bike with Shimano parts. What you get: 8 Days with 7 Nights Lodging in a beautiful villa in Monopoli Two (2) Top Notch Southern Visions Bikes 1 Bike Rack and Installation Welcome briefing, logistic talk and a Bike fitting Detailed Maps and Route Notes Peace of Mind knowing you are with the most professional service in Southern Italy COST per person (Ask about specific dates to confirm rates; general, seasonal rates below) Seasonal Rates 2399.00 Euros Low Seson 1449.00 Euros Mid Season 1759.00 Euros High Season 2179.00 Euros
  2. 2. Peak Season 2399.00 Euros Southern Visions Puglia 7 Day Villa and Bike Itinerary Day 1 – Saturday - Arrive in Monopoli. You will be met by one of Southern Visions (SV’s) professional guides, who will go over all the logistics, answer questions, fit you to your bikes, provide you with all pertinent contact info for Puglia, and give you an introduction to the Villa. Your guide will review your route maps and make suggestions for places to visit this evening and dine! Welcome to Monopoli!!! Day 2 - Today is a short loop ride to the Roman Ruins of Egnazia, and then you will cycle along the coast into the town of Savelletri for a stop. Savelletri is a very colorful village with fisherman boats and the freshest seafood in Puglia. Cycle back to the villa in the afternoon and take a rest before venturing out to the Centro Storico of Monopoli, where there are so many wonderful dinner options, which include restaurants off the port that serve some of Italy’s freshest seafood. Or, if you choose, sample some of the best pizza at Il Tronco……whichever dinner option you choose, make sure to leave room for a gelato at one of the many shops in the city. (30 km ride) Day 3 – Monopoli/Polignano/Conversano Loop Ride – Today, you will load your bicycles on your car rack and drive to your origination point, Masseria Tenuta Chianchizza. From here, you pedal north along the coast to the postcard vista town of Polignano. This is a great way to get your morning started, as you enjoy a ride through a town that even the Southern Visions Team considers its own little respite from its busy workdays in Monopoli. Although this is a morning ride, we strongly suggest a breakfast of an amazing gelato or even more intense granita di caffe from “Il Super Mago del Gelo” – The super magician of ice cream. You then pedal inland to Conversano, the first of many beautiful hilltop towns. Conversano is full of character and a great way to get the legs prepared for riding all week. We will provide you with the best options and stops, and suggest some of our favorite locations for lunch. You glide back down from Conversano to Monopoli and the Masseria Tenuta Chianchizza, where you will put the bikes back on the rack and head back to the villa for a rest or into town for a walk. We hope you enjoy this active day! (58 km ride) Day 4 – Take a day off and go explore Salento! We would recommend take a day off at this point to head down to Lecce, which is known as the Florence of the south. We can help you locate a charming papier-mâché making studio, antique shops and many more interesting places in this artistic, baroque style town. Make sure to enjoy a lazy cappuccino at a local cafe in this amazing architectural gem of a city. And, no trip to Lecce is complete without trying the rustico and pasticchico – we guarantee you will have one in each hand, eating to your heart’s content. Day 5 – Alberobello & the Itria Valley! Wake up and rack the bikes for an action packed day that will begin and end in Alberobello. Your Southern Visions Guide will meet you and take you on a professional, guided walking tour of Alberobello. We will roam around the historic center of Alberobello, navigating through narrow streets, browsing through the indigenous souvenir shops, and tasting local food at the shops. Next, follow the cycling route deep into the Itria Valley to visit stunning Locorotondo, nicknamed “città del vino” for its excellent dry white spumante wine made from verdeca grapes. Take the
  3. 3. opportunity to stroll through the atmospheric alleyways bedecked with geraniums and citrus plants. Continue cycling on to Martina Franca, a must-see town for its marvellously intact historic centre, beautiful Baroque architecture, and stunning palazzi, an architectural jewel, splendidly positioned on the hillside with wonderful panoramic views across the Itria Valley. After Martina Franca, cycle along the route back to Alberobello, and re-rack the bikes for transport back to the Villa. Tonight may be a good night to relax at the Villa! (49 Km ride) Day 6 – We recommend taking one day to relax and enjoy some sensory experiences. We can recommend a way for you to embark on an olive oil tasting, indulge your culinary senses, and visit some local special sites based on your desires and needs. We can also offer you services direct to your villa at Ca del Fico, which include an olive oil massage, relaxing by the pool, and/or bringing in a private chef join for a cooking lesson and meal. Day 7 – Cisterno & Ostuni. Today, your ride will begin and end at the Masseria Salamina. First, you will ride from Masseria Salamina to Cisternino, one of the most lovely and chic hilltop towns in Puglia. Here you will have sweeping views of the Itria valley below and a chance to see why this town is starting to gain some serious international status. You then cycle through the olive groves and rock strewn fields to the stunning Citta Bianca, Ostuni. Here you will enjoy a fabulous lunch on your own and breathe in the clean air from the sea only 6KM away. Following lunch, you will pedal back down Pezze di Greco to your car at Masseria and then back to villa. “La dolce vita” ( 65 km ride) Day 8 – Arrivederci! We bid you farewell today. We know you will be changed for the better having visited us in Puglia, as we are all changed for the better living here. It will be our pleasure to assist you in checking out of Ca del Fico by 10:30 a.m. We look forward to seeing you again in Puglia, as we know once you have visited the Region, you will be back for more.
  4. 4. Cà del Fico Details - Views of which dreams are made Cà del Fico is a beautifuly restored villa with trullo, typical of this region of Italy. The accommodation has been completely updated and is now fully modernized to create a delightful and romantic setting in real comfort. The villa sits in its own gardens planted with many unusual and exotic plants and has the most gorgeous views over the surrounding olive groves down to the Adriatic Sea at Capitolo with its beautiful beaches. The villa comprises 2 bedrooms in total; 2 double, 1 of the bedrooms with en-suite facilities. The property also has 2 single sofa beds located in the ‘veranda’. This gives room for up to 6 people. Bed linen and towels are provided for your use. The villa has 1 bathroom and 1 WC for your party's use. A Radio system will play your cd’s and the the wifi internet will allow you to connect with your families and the world outside! To prepare food you will find a cooker, an oven, a fridge, a freezer. You will also find a washing machine and clothes dryer. This is a non-smoking villa. The villa is in a very quiet area, with an east facing garden and patio area, a lovely pool, sea views, panoramic views, and a barbeque. Close to the villa you will find a beach, swimming, sailing, water skiing, boat hire, wind surfing, fishing, horse riding, golf, tennis, historic sites, a museum, a theatre/cinema, shopping areas, a restaurant, a food shop. FINAL THOUGHTS Please be sure to note these important contact numbers, should you need assistance before, during, or after your trip: Puglia: +39.340.264.4128 or +39.080.416.0030 U.S.A: +1.713-540-0989 We suggest you arrive at the Bari or Brindisi Airport at a time which allows you to rent your vehicle and drive to the Villa to arrive for a check in time no earlier than 4:00 p.m., on your chosen Saturday arrival. ARRIVING AND DEPARTING - LOGISTICS After reviewing the following information, please inform us of your arrival and departure plans on the Personal Information Form. Flight arrangements We recommend flying into Milan or Rome. You can then catch a flight to Bari (airport code: BRI) from either city. Or, if you don’t mind the longer travel time and the possibility of delays, you can take the train to Bari. You can see below. Getting from the Bari airport to the Bari train station A taxi ride from the airport to the train station takes 25-30 minutes and costs around €20. An Autolinee Tempesta bus ride to the Bari train station takes approximately 30 minutes and costs €4,15.
  5. 5. Taking the train to Bari from Rome, Milan or Florence The trip from Rome takes about 5 hours; from Milan it’s about 8 ½ hours; from Florence, expect approximately 7 ½ hours of travel. Train travel in Italy We suggest purchasing rail tickets and making reservations through your own travel agent. For more information on rail travel in Italy, visit the web There you can purchase tickets and book your seat by using your credit card. You can purchase Italian rail tickets from any train station in Italy, but some very small stations. Many stations are equipped with automatic ticket machines, from which you can purchase tickets and reservation coupons for travel in Italy and for principal cross-border routes. The machines accept cash, credit card and ATM card with your PIN. If you travel on one of Italy’s faster trains, including Eurocity, Intercity and Eurostar, you’ll be charged a supplemental fare in addition to the regular ticket price. If you travel on these trains without your supplemental ticket, you’ll be fined. Eurostar and Intercity trains require a seat reservation for travel at all times. For travel on intercity trains, reservations are not mandatory; however, you may want to pay the extra reservation charge for a guaranteed seat, simply for peace of mind. If you know you’ll be taking the train during a peak local travel period, such as a holiday, you’ll definitely want to make reservations or you risk standing for your entire trip. Italy’s slower train (Rapido, Espresso, Regionale, Inter regionale and Locale) don’t require a reservation or a supplement ticket. Boarding the train To find your platform, which will be listed at least 10 minutes prior to departure, check the small TV screens or the larger schedule boards in the main station area. If you are travelling without reservations, you’ll need to validate your “open” ticket by stamping it at one of the small yellow machines located on each train platform (the machine stamps the date and the time on the open ticket to prevent multiple uses). If you forget to stamp your ticket before boarding, tell the on-board ticket inspector immediately to avoid a supplementary fee. WHERE TO STAY BEFORE & AFTER YOUR TRIP BARI PALACE HOTEL Via Lombardi 13 GRAND HOTEL LEON D’ORO 70122 Bari Piazza Aldo Moro 4 tel. +39 080 5216551 70122 Bari tel. +39 080 5235040
  6. 6. HOTEL VILLA ROMANAZZI HOTEL BOSTON Via Giuseppe Capruzzi 326 Via Piccinni 155 70124 Bari 70122 Bari tel. +39 080 5427400 tel. +39 080 5216633 HOTEL ADRIA HOTEL VICTOR Via Zuppetta 10 Via Nicolai 71 70121 Bari 70122 Bari tel. +39 080 5246699 tel. +39 080 5216600 MATERA LA CASA DI LUCIO HOTEL RIDOLA - Albergo in dimora storica Via S. Pietro Caveoso, 66 Via Morelli 13 75100 Matera 75100 Matera Tel. +39 0835 312798 tel. +39-0835-318811 HOTEL SANT’ANGELO ALBERGO DEL SEDILE Rione Pianelle - Piazza San Pietro Caveoso Recinto Sedile n. 4 - Piazza del Sedile 75100 Matera Matera tel. +39 (0)835 314010 tel +39.0835.333436 LOCANDA DI SAN MARTINO HOTEL IN PIETRA Via Fiorentini, 71 Via San Giovanni Vecchio, 22 75100 Matera 75100 Matera tel +39 0835 256600 tel +39 0835 344040 ALBERGO ITALIA Via Ridola 5 75100 Matera tel: 0835 333561, 0835 337689 LECCE
  7. 7. Hotel Patria Palace Piazzetta Riccardi 73100 Lecce (Lecce), Italy +39 0832 245111 Hotel delle Palme Via Di Leuca, 90 73100 Lecce (LE), Italy +39 0832 347171 Grand Hotel Tiziano Viale Porto d'Europa, s/n 73100 Lecce tel. +390832 272111 B&B Palazzo Rollo Via Vittorio Emanuele II, n°14 Lecce Tel. +39.328.9540585 - +39.0832.307152 All tours operated by Active Cultures LLC