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Stage 7 - Matera - Brindisi

The stage

The seventh stage of the Giro d'Italia 2020 starts from Matera, the city of the Sassi, then bids farewell to Basilicata, before entering Puglia after a few kilometres. Before beginning our journey on the roads of the Giro, we have chosen ten places where you can start exploring Puglia and its treasures.

Tappa 7 - Matera-Brindisi

The first place passed by the Giro d’Italia convoy is Castellaneta, a historic town in Puglia, overlooking a ravine, with a very ancient history inspired by nature and art.

Castellaneta Cathedral

As the race continues, we arrive in Taranto.
Seen from above, “the city of two seas” has a concentrated history that is intertwined with the sea and unravels in the old town, between noble palaces and underground treasures.
Absolutely not to be missed is a stroll through the old town, with the Cathedral of San Cataldo (the oldest cathedral in Apulia - 10th century) and the Church of San Domenico. Then there is the swing bridge (opened in 1887) that connects old Taranto with the modern city, the National Archaeological Museum of Taranto - MArTA and the Aragonese Castle, designed by the Sienese architect, Francesco di Giorgio Martini, and commissioned by Ferdinand of Aragon around the end of the 15th century, which stands on the shore guarding the navigable canal.

Aragonese Castle, Taranto

Leaving Taranto, we enter the heart of Puglia and arrive in Grottaglie, the “ceramics town”. The town is known for its Ceramics Museum, where the area’s history is preserved. An entire district is even dedicated to ceramics, with a creative forge of refined terracotta works, and where over 50 artisan workshops can be found.

Ceramics District, Grottaglie

The Giro d’Italia stage ends in Brindisi, an ancient crossroads of people and cultures. Pilgrims who wanted to reach Jerusalem along the Francigena Way passed through here, and the Appian Way, the Regina Viarum, which still connects Brindisi to Rome, also ends here. Going up Virgil’s Staircase, you find yourself in front of the two Roman columns that mark the end of the Appian Way.

Virgil's Staircase, Brindisi

Among the main attractions not to be missed in Brindisi are the Forte a Mare (Aragonese Castle), characterised by its red-coloured brickwork, Swabian Castle, commissioned by Frederick II as a fortified garrison residence, the Provincial Archaeological Museum, Balsamo Palace, the Monument to Italian Sailors, and the San Pietro degli Schiavoni district, characterised by the ruins of Roman Brindisi, with a walkway, the remains of houses and a spa complex.

Swabian Castle, Brindisi

By bike

The itineraries suggested by Viaggiare in Puglia allow you to travel freely and sustainably, surrounded by nature, art and unforgettable landscapes.

In the heart of history

Ravine of Laterza

A fascinating itinerary in a little-known corner of Puglia, steeped in imagery that remains etched in the memory.
The itinerary starts from Ginosa and, passing through the Grand Canyon of Italy at the foot of Laterza, crosses Castellaneta, Mottola, Crispiano and Grottaglie.
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Riding to the strains of Volare

Polignano a Mare

An itinerary to be followed at a leisurely pace, enjoying the splendid landscapes of the Adriatic coast. Departing from Brindisi, a stage city in the Giro d'Italia, you continue north, passing the historic centres of some of Apulia’s white cities: Ostuni, Monopoli and Polignano a Mare will seduce you with their beauty. The itinerary comes to an end in Bari. The city, which boasts the largest seafront promenade in Italy, is to be discovered at a leisurely pace, losing yourself in the elegant Murattian quarter and in the hypnotic atmosphere of Bari Vecchia.
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The wine of the Messapians

Lecce

A simple itinerary but one that will evoke unforgettable memories.
Grottaglie is the starting point for discovering the great cities of Messapian origin, while from Manduria, you can look over the vineyards of the prized Primitivo and then towards those of the intense Negroamaro. Two of the three versions of the route have the same finishing point: Lecce, the elegant lady of Baroque and stone embroidery.
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