Italy by Vespa: Charms and Wonders of Puglia
The price is per person and corresponds to a departure with 4 travellers and with one Vespa for two persons.
Additional Vespa: €260
The price includes:
- 4 day rental of one Vespa 125 cc shared by 2 persons
- Unlimited mileage
- Transfers to and from Bari airport or Brindisi airport (as applicable)
- 5 nights in a double room in a 3-star hotel on twin-sharing basis – a wide selection of hotels is available
- Third-party insurance of the Vespa
- Fire and theft insurance of the Vespa, with a deductible of €350 in the case of theft
- A helmet
- Road guide, detailed itinerary, travel notes in English and a list of recommended restaurants for each day
- Delivery of Vespa at the hotel
- Technical assistance
- Breakfast on days 2 to 6
The price does not include:
- Domestic and international flights
- Personal insurance covering repatriation and medical expenses
- Lunch, dinner, beverages
- Tours and activities mentioned in the itinerary
- Expenses of personal nature
- All services not mentioned in ‘The price includes’ section
- Additional Vespa: €260
- Insurance against cancellation: €20 per person
- GPS: €50
Day 1 Alberobello
Upon arrival at the airport of Bari or Brindisi, a private car is there to pick you up and take you to your hotel in Alberobello. Granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status, this charming town will serve as your base for the duration of the trip. You receive your Vespa scooter in the afternoon or the next morning, along with a helmet, the road guide, detailed plan and notes on your trip in English. This is followed by a briefing by Roberta’s team on the Vespa and your trip.
Day 2 Loop 1: Alberobello - Itria Valley – Alberobello
88 km of roads – 2h30m of driving
Today you set out to explore the beautiful Valle d’Itria or Itria Valley. The valley is famous for the trullis, traditional whitewashed, cone-roofed dwellings that can be found all over. You ride your Vespa till Martina France, the largest town in the Itria Valley, and explore the old city centre known for its beautiful baroque-style architecture. Here you should taste the local speciality, unegranita, a refreshing drink made with coffee and fresh cream. Back on your Vespa, you ride to Ceglie Messapica, a welcoming city with a surprising number of restaurants and home to the International Centre of Mediterranean Gastronomy. After Ceglie, you ride to Grottaglie, a city famous for its ceramics. You then return to Alberobello via Locororondo.
Day 3 Loop 2: Alberobello – Ostuni - Alberobello
90 km of roads – 2h30m of driving
Today, you head towards the Adriatic coast on your Vespa. You start by visiting Capitolo, followed by Egnazia, an important and fascinating archaeological site along the Adriatic coast. After Egnazia, you ride to the picturesque port of Savelletri, where you can take a boat trip from Torre Canne or rent a Zodiac. The next stop is at Ostuni, Puglia’s White City perched atop a hill that offers spectacular views of the plains dotted with countless olive trees. On your way back, you can stop by the charming villages of Cisternino and Locorotondo.
Day 4 Loop 3: Alberobello - Grotte di Castellana - Alberobello
97 km of roads – 2h45m of driving
Today, you take your Vespa to the incredible limestone caves of Grotte di Castellana (or Castellana Caves) forming Italy’s largest natural subterranean network. You then drive to the town of Putignano and visit its beautiful historic centre known for the traditional elliptical structure inherited from the medieval times. You then head to Gioia del Colle, a little town in the heart of Puglia. In addition to being the centre of production of mozzarella cheese, the town is also famous for the Gioia del Colle Primitivo red wine with the fruity aromas of plums and cherries. You then return to Alberobello, via Noci and Barsento.
Day 5 Loop 4: Alberobello – Gravina - Alberobello
102 km of roads – 3h of driving
This day is dedicated to exploring the natural beauty of Puglia region and particularly the Gravina, one of the largest canyons in Europe. You arrive in Massafra and visit its churches and rural surroundings. You then drive to Palagianello, where an imposing castle overlooks the Gravina. One can also find the remnants of a troglodyte village in this town. On your way back to Alberobello, your guide Roberta recommends that you make a stop at Mottola. You can explore its charming historic centre, its typical whitewashed houses, and the numerous small squares where people meet. You then return to Alberobello for your last night in the Apulia region.