Italy by bike from Matera to Lecce
Italy by bike: from Matera to Lecce
Ours is a wonderful country full of ancient and fascinating places rich in tradition and history. Each region has its own charm, its secrets and its places to explore.
Today we will focus in particular on Puglia and Basilicata, two regions rich in culture, tradition and spectacular landscapes.
The structural and territorial conformation of Italy and the presence of innumerable specially created itineraries, allows cycling and non-cycling enthusiasts to travel far and wide throughout the boot.
In particular, Puglia and Basilicata are rich in cycle paths, purposely built to allow enthusiasts to explore the territory far and wide.
Most of these cycle paths represent real itineraries that can be followed in particular periods of the year to better appreciate their potential.
Puglia and Basilicata: stages compared
Basilicata is a region with strong contrasts from the orographic point of view, the territory is in fact 92% covered by hilly plateaus and mountains, only 8% of the territory has a flat morphology.
At first, this may seem like an obstacle, but in reality it is not, since most of the territory has been beaten and made accessible to traffic.
MTB enthusiasts choose this region precisely for the frequent presence of off-road routes within the Lucanian mountains.
Puglia is known for its coasts and their traditional festivals, for its wonderful sea and above all for its excellent food.
What is not known to all is the Apulian hinterland, these huge expanses of arid land, interspersed with the presence of olive trees, vines, low houses, frame beautiful landscapes and millenary traditions that can fascinate.
Cycling as a life experience
Choosing to undertake a trip by bike does not mean carrying out a simple physical activity. It actually means a lot more.
Firstly, this particular type of activity takes place in a group, so the trip is an opportunity to meet new people, exchange ideas and personal suggestions.
In addition, the presence of other people acts as a moral support for those who need encouragement along the way.
Traveling a region by bike means enjoying all its potential to the fullest, appreciating its landscapes, vegetation, climate, getting to know its inhabitants by crossing even small urban centers, retracing history and traditions by visiting symbolic stages and places experiencing them firsthand. .
Certainly the physical effort required is not minimal, but it must not be seen as an obstacle to achieving the final goal, that is to complete the path.
The journey can be compared to the path that each of us lives in his daily life. The obstacles are undoubtedly there, but it is the way we overcome them that allows us to face the next ones and that makes us mature in terms of acquired experience.
For this reason, approaching this type of activity with the right mindset and the right attitude will allow you to overcome it easily and enrich your life with a new experience.
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Matera-Lecce, on bike between Basilicata and Puglia
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