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My husband and I have just returned from a cycling trip in Puglia. Here are the basics, and I'll expand later:

Flight to Rome via US Airways
followed by a same-day
Flight to Bari via Alitalia

Pugliairbus Shuttle (3-5 Euros per person and takes about one hour or more, ) to Matera to see the sassi
and we stayed at the
B&B Donna Eleonara ( +393296810281,

Took Pugliairbus Shuttle back to Bari Airport
Took taxi to Bari (around 28 Euros)
where we stayed at the
Hotel Oriente ( +39.080.5255100,
and ate at
La Locanda di Federico (+390805227705,
We met our cycling group at the Bari Centrale Train, shuttled to a masseria above Polignano a Mare for lunch, and then took off on bikes.
Visited Polignano a Mare, then made our way to Conversano, where we stayed at
Corte Altavilla (+390804959668,
and ate at
Pasha' (+39 080 4951079,
Headed out next day to Alberobello, where we took a tour of the trulli
Leaving there, we cycled to our next sleep at the
Masseria San Martino (, +39 080 489 8882),
where we would stay for two nights,
and we ate the first night at another property,
Masseria Brigantino (can't find phone, but you can see property here: )

The next day we mainly cycled from town to town, traveling through Cisternino to get to Ostuni. We
drank a gallon of beer at
The Blue Eyes Cafe (right next to the big parking lot)
and ate lunch at
Osteria del Tempo Perso (+390831303320,
We returned home to Masseria San Martino after a quick beach dip at Torre Canne.

Coast to coast cycle:
Started in Santa Maria al Bagno, dipped toes in Ionian Sea, cycled to Corigliano for a gallon of beer and a picnic lunch, cycled to Porto al Bagno to dip toes in to the Adriatic (and drink a lot of beer).
We stayed at
Masseria Panareo ( +39 0836.812999,, right between Otranto and Porte al Bagno, for the next two nights.
Ate in Otranto at some hole-in-the-wall which was good but can't remember the name.

Cycled the next day all the way down the Adriatic Coast to Santa Maria de Leuca, the bottom of the "heel" of Italy, passing through the villages of Santa Cesarea Terme (thermal waters) and then Ponte Ciolo (famous for cliff diving).

At last night at the Masseria Panareo.

Headed up to Lecce for two nights where we stayed at two different hotels (long story):
Patria Palace (
Risorgimento Resort ( +39 0832 452 447, ate at
Alle due Corti (+39 0832-242223, the first night and some hole in the wall the second night. But we lived at Il Alvino ( -- will discuss more later.

Taxi to Brinidisi Airport (around 50 Euro)
Flight to Rome via Alitalia
Taxi to hotel (48 Euro flat fee)
Hotel for two nights in the Aventino/Testaccio area:
Hotel San Anselmo (+39 06 570057,

Ate at two Testaccio restaurants:
La Villetta

Saw the Vermeer exhibit at Scuderie del Quirinale
Took a food tour with Eating Italy Food (800-838-3006,

Car to Rome FCO (48 Euros)
Flight to US via US Airways

Some various topics to be covered later:
Why we cycle--and with whom

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