Coreggia

Puglia, Italy

Walk 6 - Putigano to Alberobello walking and hiking route

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Walk Instructions

This is a long (approx 18.5km) linear walk which can be achieved with the help of the railway, as both towns lie on the FSE line. Trains run roughly every hour (no trains on Sundays). Train times are available at stations or on the internet (www.fseonline.it). The route is mostly on tarmac roads, and with the exception of a short stretch for which we give an alternative, is also suitable for cyclists.

We suggest taking the train from Alberobello to Putignano and walking back - the train journey takes about 20 minutes. The walk starts from Putignano station, where it is also possible to park. The highlight of the walk is the masseria and pretty church of Barsento whose historical importance is testified by the network of roads from the nearly towns, and the medieval tracks which converge on the church.

Refreshments

Bars and restaurants are available in both towns, but except for one restaurant en route, which may not be open, there is nothing between the towns, so carry what you need.

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We turn right out of Putignano station and follow Via Vicenzo Petruzzi, which bends sharply left and soon reaches the ring road. We cross over and continue straight ahead. (There is a gated path to the left which runs past the school. If open, it can be used as an alternative to the next stretch of road which has no pavement). We continue for a further block, which has a pavement, until we reach a large open space where we turn half left onto Corso Umberto I (SS172). We take the 3rd road left, Via Margherita di Savoia. After passing several small entries on our right, we turn right into Via Fornello which leads us into the old town. This is a maze of alleys, passageways and small squares. At a T junction we meet Via Santa Chiara (90km from station). One block to the right is the church and convent of that name. But we turn left, along Via Santa Chiara, which becomes Via Santa Maria. On our left is the curved baroque facade of Santa Maria La Greca. Just past the church we turn right into Via Gradini Angelini (gradini are steps). We follow the steps round to the right, onto Via Minzele. We emerge at a T, facing a green door in the imposing side wall of the main church, San Pietro Apostolo.

We turn right to emerge onto Piazza Plebiscito, where we can admire the Romanesque facade of the church with its rose window and artistic portal. Beyond it, we pass the Palazzo Romanazzi Carducci/Palazzo del Balo. On the corner opposite is Il Sedile, once the town hall and prison, now the tourist office. At the bottom of the square we turn left into Corso Vittorio Emanuele. At the end of the Palazzo wall we can turn left into a little square, which has some interesting architectural features, but is now overwhelmed by a water tower. Bending round to the right we skirt round the back of the Convento delle Carmelitane, now the library. We turn into Via Porta Barsento to reach the town gate of that name, which now opens on to the ring road around the old town. We are now about 2km from the station.

On the large square in front of the gate stands the baroque monastery church of San Domenico. Beyond is the monastery building (now a nursery school). Above its main door is a relief of a dog with a torch in its mouth, symbolising the work of the order and probably also a reference to the Inquisition: Dominicani - Domini Canes - the dogs of the Lord.

We follow Via Vicenso Laterza past the monastery and out of town for 300m to a crossroads with traffic lights. Here we turn right and almost immediately bear left into a minor road, SS Spine Rossine (WP15). In about 700m, at a fork as the road dips into a valley, we take SC Pozzi dei Cani on our left (south south east, WP16), and go uphill again between garden walls. Soon afterwards (WP17) we merge into a road that comes from our left. It has a sign for Restaurant Michel dell Aia. After about 300m the road bends right, but we turn left up La Frascini (WP18), following another sign for the restaurant which we soon pass on our left. At a crossroads (WP28) we go straight ahead into SC Quattrocchi. Then at WP29 we turn right into Via Angelini (not named here). At WP19 we turn left onto Via Sovero. In 500m we reach a water tower, which dominates the landscape, providing welcome if narrow shade. We continue along this quiet country road, which now leads us between meadows and cornfields, and eventually woodland, for 2km. On our right we see Masseria Trulli Rondinella, no. 30, a big square house, with a row of trulli once used as stables (WP20). As we approach the top of a rise we may glimpse to the left a row of white painted pinnacles belonging to a masseria which we will soon pass. 700m after Trulli Rondinella, we arrive at a main road, SP161, where we turn left (WP21). In 300m we reach the gates of Barsentum, formerly Masseria De Bellis, whose pinnacles we glimpsed earlier. It is a fortified masseria, founded in medieval times, but with a manor house that was added to the agricultural trulli buildings in the nineteenth century. Now it has been converted into an elegant venue to host weddings and other events.

We continue along the main road, as it sweeps round and then down into the valley, for another 600m until on our left (WP22) we turn into the section of the old road leading to the old country church of Barsento. Some people think the church dates back as far as the sixth century. It has undergone many modifications over the years, and includes some trulli incorporated into the apse; however in May 2009 it was not possible to walk round the church, owing to renovation work.

There used to be a path down from the church to the main road and this may yet be restored. But we have to retrace our steps 180m back to the main road and turn left down the road for about 250m. When we come level with the church above, we spot a set of wooden barriers to the right (WP23) which lead to a newly restored stretch of footpath, the Antico percorso medioevale di Barsento. (This is a delightful grassy track which is quite stony in parts and may not be suitable for cyclists. An alternative route back to Alberobello, described below.

Continuing the route, we take this path which leads south west, then veers west, and come to the first of a set of display boards (WP24) describing the Sito Archeologico di Barsento. Later boards explain the local wildlife, and all show maps of the path.

At this first board we fork right and follow the main track between stone walls. It is waymarked on white stone markers with ‘B 2007’.

After about 1km we reach a gravel track where we turn left (south, WP25), by a restored trulli complex. In 200m we veer right in front of some gateposts, and continue for 2km to reach a main road SP239 (WP26). We cross the road to an overgrown track diagonally opposite which leads down to the cistern Foggia Traversa, and then up again to a minor road WP27. We turn left, heading east north east on this road running between the main road and the railway. This is the same route as the last section of the Beyond Alberobello walk.

After about 1.5km we join the main road, still heading east. Just before the main road bends right to pass under the railway, a narrow asphalt road leads us to the left through gardens with pretty groups of trulli. At a T junction, we turn sharp right (WP14). The way to Alberobello leads mostly gently downhill between walls and olive groves, to the town that we can now see ahead.

An attractive chapel lies to our left shortly before the level crossing, where the road curves sharply down to dip to cross the track, before rising to resume its original line. Beyond, fields and gardens give way to increasing numbers of new houses and, closest to town, modern housing estates. After a small roundabout, our road bends left and then merges into the Barsento road, which we follow downhill for 20m to a crossroads. If we need to return to Alberobello station, we turn left into Via Cesare Battisti and continue to the Piazza in front of the Basilica dei S.S. Medici in 350m, where we do slightly right, then left into Corso Trieste Trento. In another 450m we reach the station.

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Disclaimer: This route was correct at time of writing. However, alterations can happen if development or boundary changes occur, and there is no guarantee of permanent access. These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that neither HPB Management Limited nor any other person connected with Holiday Property Bond is responsible for the safety or wellbeing of those following the routes as described. It is walkers' own responsibility to be adequately prepared and equipped for the ‎level of walk and the weather conditions and to assess the safety and accessibility of the walk.

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