- $1,999 for a nine-day bicycle tour of Puglia, Italy ($2,750 value)
Throughout nine awe-inspiring days of bicycling through Puglia, Italy, cyclers will eat lunch with a farmer’s family, spend the night in 500-year old restored apartments, travel by motorboat to visit the Adriatic Sea Caves, learn to hand-make pasta, and visit Alberobello, an UNESCO heritage site. Other highlights include spending a night in the Baroque city of Lecce, visiting an underground olive mill, visiting the frescoed crypt of St. Angelo made by fugitive monks in the 1200’s, or walk on one the best-preserved Norman-Byzantine mosaic floors in Europe.
In addition to the bicycle tour, this Groupon includes high-quality bicycles, lodging, multiple meals, activities, and more.
“This turned out to be one of the more memorable experiences in my life and easily one of the best traveling experiences I have ever had."
“This trip let me forget that I was a tourist in a foreign country."
“This trip changed my life."
For the owner of Piccolina Adventures, this praise is par for the Italian cycling course. The reason: while living in Italy, Laura Frew amassed both great experiences and great friends, and wanted to share her collective knowledge with fellow travelers.
Enter Piccolina Adventures, her experiential travel company that sends visitors to Tuscany, Puglia, or Sicily to see the regions on bicycle. Treks include visits to the houses and businesses of locals, where guests sample ricotta, learn to roll pasta, or explore sprawling vineyards all while accompanied by both English- and Italian-speaking guides. In the words of Frew, "We are redefining travel, moving away from the typical 'seeing' of a place, toward 'experiencing' its authentic pulse, real people, and traditional culture."