The landscapes of Acaya (about 40 km)
Cycle from Lecce towards the coast where you reach the nature reserve protected by the WWF, Le Cesine. It’s the ideal habitat for Migratory birds and numerous species of reptiles and amphibians. Immerse yourself among the olive trees and bamboo-caned roads until you reach Acaya, a beautifully preserved example of a Southern Italian sixteenth century fortress village. Taste typical local products before returning to the city.
On the trail of the Francigena Road (about 45 km)
You will cycle between dry stonewalls and olive trees until you get to Santa Maria di Cerrate, a medieval abbey commissioned by Count Tancredi and today its among the assets of the Italian Environment Fund. Follow in the footsteps towards the sea that were once walked by pilgrims to the ports of Otranto and Leuca to embark for the Holy Land. Here we make an obligatory stop at "Lu Furnu" from the masseria of Giannocaro, an important agricultural centre during the Second World War, to taste excellent typical products cooked in a stone oven.