Interested in Puglia? Here’s the Scoop.

We’re hosting weekly info and Q&A sessions to discuss the Puglia Bike Trip. Here is a summary of what we cover.

1. ITINERARY

You can view the itinerary here:
http://piccolinaadventures.com/docs/puglia/bikingpuglia2014-15.pdf

Puglia is one of those places that continuously fills me with magic and wonder!! Hope it will do the same for you too!

The itinerary is crafted from my own personal experience and the recommendations of local friends. So we go visit Mamma Maria who taught me to make Puglia’s orecchiette pasta, and she teaches our group, not only to make pasta, but an entire meal as well! We visit Signore Fabio who welcomes our group each year with a party and live concert of folk music. Renato takes us out on his motorboat boat. And each trip is about having local friends share the beauty of their homeland with us. And having a good time. ūüôā

2. GETTING THERE

We try to make it as easy on you as possible and coordinate the start/end of trip to coincide with the bullet train to/from Rome.
Travel suggestions are detailed here:
http://piccolinaadventures.com/docs/puglia/arriving_in_puglia.pdf

3. BIKES & RIDING

We ride quality Italian-made aluminum city touring bikes. They are good for the mixed-terrain riding we do. We also have van support on road for the longest rides. Pace is relaxed.
http://www.bottecchia.com/tempolibero/categoria/trekking-city-it-it/

4. PACKING, WEATHER & PRE-DEPARTURE INFO

http://piccolinaadventures.com/docs/pred/puglia_pre_departure_june.pdf

Feel free to call or email with any questions!
Laura

Pearls of Adventure from Sicily

Ciao Tutti!

I’m sitting in the living room¬†of¬†our apartment on the Ionian sea in the town¬†of¬†Riposto. I hear the waves crash outside my window, an occasional vespa vroom by, and the sound¬†of¬†laughter as a family heads out for breakfast.

It’s a holiday. A sacred don’t- do- anything- but- hang- with- friends- and- family day. A go- to- the- beach- and- play day.

We just finished our fullest season yet, and I am looking forward to a day of rest.

As the morning opens,¬†I wanted to share a some stories from the season’s grand finale:¬†the Sicily Avid Cycling trip.

Memories return as colors and images, then form into emotions, then solidify¬†into moments …¬†pearls¬†of¬†adventure¬†… that call to be shared.

Enjoy!

Photo by Zakistudio

We paused in Piazza del Popolo early one morning on our way out ofPalazzolo Acreide. I was floored by the grandiosity of the architecture in this tiny town.

Palazzolo, along with every other city in the region, was completely destroyed by a devastating earthquake in 1693. To rebuild, the noble aristocracy invited talented architects to come re-design their hometowns in the style of the time: Spanish Baroque. They planned the city, streets and structures with care. The result is a strikingly harmonious and well-organized town with stately palaces and magnificient churches.

Photo by Ed Cornelius III

Our first ride through the scenic Anapo Valley. We traversed rolling hills, passed flat-topped mesas, peered down into Pantalica canyon, spotted necropoleis dug into the walls, and conquered some crazy climbs into the hilltop villages.

Here, we’re triumphantly descending out¬†of¬†Cassaro.¬†See route.

It didn’t take much to make us¬†happy: beautiful views, bicycles and a sense¬†of¬†adventure.

And good food.

 Photo by Ed Cornelius III
Nella, our talented and generous host in San Giacomo, runs an agriturismo with her daughter and mother.¬†All three generations spent a morning teaching us to roll cavatelli, make focaccia ragusana and¬†zucchini sauce. They make their own cheese on the farm and … there is no cheese like fresh ricotta!
Photo by Zakistudio

Yes, this is real. Rounding the south eastern point of Sicily.

This may have inspired the buzzword of the trip:

Amazing!

Photo by Zakistudio

Don’t tell the nutritionist, but gelato is the best energy bar ever invented.

Photo probably by Ed on¬†Zaki’s¬†phone!

Zaki on his third cappuccino and twelfth fig.

Puglia & Sicily Lists  

We’re putting together trip-specific mailing lists to keep you informed about reservations, travel updates, discounts and real-time information about the trip you’re interested in. We’ll also put you in touch with¬†our local guides.

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Love!

Laura