Bike Tour in Salento's Greece

Nature and history in South Puglia, between Baroque and Taranta

A historical and linguistic island inside Salento.
Travelling through Salento’s Greece means recall the centuries of Hellenic, Byzantine, Norman and Spanish domination in an area where they still speak the ancient griko.

The 28 km long bike tour will show you the towns of Carpignano Salentino, Martano, Castrignano de' Greci, Melpignano and Corigliano d'Otranto. Between Baroque and Taranta.

Technical tips:
In warmer seasons be sure to have water supplies, the path is very exposed.

Points of interest

CHURCH OF ST. GEORGE MARTYR
CHURCH OF ST. GEORGE MARTYR

The foundation of the Mother Church located in Serrano dates back to the fourteenth century. It was radically rebuilt in the second half of the nineteenth century, after a first renovation in the mid '700. The interior, a single nave with side chapels communicating with each other, is a Latin cross. Of great interest the altars, some of which date back to the eighteenth century.

CHIESA MARIA SS. ASSUNTA
CHIESA MARIA SS. ASSUNTA

Located in the heart of Carpignano Salentino, the mother church is dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption. Rebuilt in the seventeenth century on a fifteenth century building of modest size, it is built with an elegant local stone and it has a large staircase which leads into the building. Inside there are valuable works of the eighteenth century and sumptuous Baroque altars.

MOTHER CHURCH OF ST. GEORGE
MOTHER CHURCH OF ST. GEORGE

The present church of Melpignano is the result of a significant program of renovation and expansion, which occurred at the end of '700, from the old parish church dating back to the early decades of the sixteenth century. The exterior has the original sixteenth-century portal, with an high-relief depicting St.George slaying the dragon. The interior, with three latin cross naves, holds precious baroque altars.

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Technical data

City of departure: Carpignano Salentino

Departure: Serrano

City of arrival: Corigliano d'Otranto

Arrival: Corigliano d'Otranto

Length (Km): 28

Difficulty: Easy

Discipline: Cycling

Type of Itinerary: Half Day

Difference in height (m): 100

Difference in downhill (m): 70

Highest point (m): 140

Lowest point (m): 70

Duration (h.): 3

Useful Links

http://www.greciasalentina.gov.it