Day 2: Monday
The trail of the Via Francigena (about 40 km)
After breakfast the whole group will meet: we will adjust our bikes and make sure everyone is ready for the first bike ride of the tour. We leave Lecce and head to our first stop: ‘Lu Furnu’ Giannocaro. This farm was the main agricultural center of Frigole village during the Second World War. Here you will have the opportunity to savour local breads, sweet, pastries, cakes and, above all, the tasty ‘pittule’ (dough balls). Pittule, local delicacies, should be eaten rigorously whilst still hot. Don’t worry about the carbs, you will sure burn them off on the cycling you do! After this stop, we continue towards the coast, finally reaching the Adriatic sea. This coastline is rugged and rural and there will be plenty of opportunities to stop and take pictures as well as taking dips into the sea along the way!
The last stage today will be a visit to the historical medieval Abbey of Santa Maria di Cerrate. The complex of buildings was constructed in the 12th century and represents one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture you will find in Puglia. In the afternoon, after the visit we will head back towards Lecce. We will follow the Via Francigena, the ancient road used by the pilgrims.
In Lecce you will have the evening free to do as you please. Visit the beautiful Baroque centre of the city or stop off at its chic bars such as ‘Quanto Basta’ for world class cocktails created by trendy Italian Barmen.
Free time in the evening to eat, drink and explore or join our
Optional typical dinner in a Restaurant in Lecce