10. Matera Zone: E-bike Tour delle Murge and Cooking Class
This splendid region in Puglia offers an abundance of opportunities to explore and discover its hidden gems. The Murge area is characterized by a vast plateau that stretches over several municipalities in the central part of Puglia. This area is renowned for its unique landscapes, which are dominated by green paths, rolling hills, and stunning panoramic views. An e-bike tour through this region is an ideal way to explore its hidden corners and to get up close and personal with its rich flora and fauna. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to ride along green paths that wind through fields of olive trees, cherry trees, and almond trees, admiring breathtaking landscapes along the way. You will be able to stop and take in the views of the vast plains that extend as far as the eye can see, with small towns and villages dotted here and there. One of the highlights of the tour is the chance to encounter various species of wildlife, including birds of prey, such as hawks and buzzards, and small mammals, such as foxes and hedgehogs. You will also have the opportunity to explore ancient farms and karst caves, which are unique geological formations that have formed over millions of years. In addition to the natural beauty of the region, the tour will also take you to discover archaeological sites of great interest. The Murge area has a rich history that dates back to ancient times, and there are many sites that offer a glimpse into the past. You will have the opportunity to visit ancient tombs, ruins of old churches, and fortified farmhouses. Moreover, the tour will allow you to taste typical local products, such as sheep cheese and Primitivo wine. The region of Puglia is renowned for its culinary tradition, which is based on simple, authentic ingredients and traditional recipes that have been passed down through generations. You will have the opportunity to taste some of these delicious products and to learn about their production process. Once you arrive at the end point of the tour, you will participate in a cooking workshop where you will learn to prepare the famous Puglian panzerotti, which are a typical dish of local cuisine. The workshop will be conducted by an expert chef who will guide you through the preparation of this delicious dish, from the dough preparation to the frying. You will learn about the different types of fillings that are used in the preparation of panzerotti, and you will have the opportunity to experiment with your own combinations. At the end of the workshop, you will have the opportunity to taste your freshly prepared and fried panzerotti accompanied by a glass of local wine. This will be a perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor while admiring the beautiful views of the surrounding landscape.