A traveler US
I've dreamt about going back on a Puglia tour with Andrea and Angela (the Path tour guides) every week since I returned 3 months ago. And, yes, Puglia is an amazing region no matter how you see it, but going with Andrea and Angela takes you to the next level. They are so accommodating, so intelligent, so hip, so in-the-know, and so friendly. My friend and I genuinely consider ourselves friends of theirs following our one week biking around Puglia. I wish there were tours like this all over the world. My friend and I were pretty demanding as far as particular customers go. We had Andrea and Angela changing up routes and activities much more than most tour guides would ever be willing to change anything, and they were always on top of our changes, weaving them into an updated plan. Even when we were done with our one week bike trip and began our one week at a villa with friends, rather than use the villas services to help us with planning and activities, we utilized Andrea and Angela for an additional week - they are that good. Their bikes are in excellent condition. You have all the guidance you could ever want or need - sometimes they'll even pop-up mid-route to make sure you are on the right track. Their hotel recs are top notch. You never touch your luggage - it always ends up in your next hotel room. Ask them about the option of bluetooth music on your bike. Their restaurant recommendations are always on point - Angela is a fantastic cook herself. All in all, you'd be crazy not to travel Puglia without Path.
A traveler Montana
Just returned from 9 incredible days of mostly biking and some hiking in Puglia region of Southern Italy. Cannot overstate the incredible service and expertise of Andrea and Angela. Starting in the unforgettable Basilicata town of Matera was the perfect beginning to a fantastic trip. Their local guides/ shuttle drivers and top notch boutique hotels ( with great breakfasts) have been obviously chosen with care. Path's flexibility, and oversight of the trip was reassuring. Staying sometimes for 2 nights in some villages provided some rest while giving us the time to more explore these unique, historical and vibrant towns. Most rides were 50-60 km - very doable for experienced bikers. Mostly very quiet roads through farmlands and olive groves. Very courteous drivers respecting bikers on slightly busier coastal roads. As already reviewed, Angela's cooking class, wine and cheese evening and Lecce tours are not to be missed. Probably the most memorable part of our trip was getting to know this great couple who are doing what they love in the area of Italy they are passionate about. So glad we took their advice on what to see and do in Puglia. Any services they offer WILL be fantastic! B and M, Montana USA
We were very impressed with the wealth of knowledge and great organization skills from Andrea and Angela. Our bicycles were super, they supplied helmets, GPS navigator and detailed written instructions. We did some training before we left, and we are fairly active people, so, do train as per the organizers instructions if you can. We made a change to one of our activities while we were there and Andrea and Angela didn't blink an eye, they just organized something else for us. We enjoyed everything they organized, and everything we did by ourselves. The Olive groves and countryside is lovely. The ocean is so clear and the air, so fresh that you barely notice the hills ( ha!) We are not avid bike riders however, there are many of them out there in Puglia. Would I go again? Definitely!
We thoroughly enjoyed our half day learning to cook several pastas and traditional dishes with Angela and Andreas. Both of them were utterly kind and thoughtful and totally professional. Their passion and experience was genuine and added so much to our trip!
Betsy C. United States
We had a wonderful time in Angela's beautiful country home, only a short drive from the center of old Lecce in Apulia, Italy. There was also a bed and breakfast surrounded by lush landscaping and with a pool, vast vegetable gardens, and an olive grove, although we did not stay there. We spent about 4 hours with her drinking wine and learning the fine points of cooking stuffed eggplants and peppers, making 3 types of pasta, fresh tomato sauce, and finally, a delicious lemon cream dessert. This was a relaxing and at the same time stimulating day. Angela is a lovely and fun person and an excellent cook and teacher. Her husband, Andreas, joined us for the meal and was also great company. I would do it again in a minute if we ever get back there.
Andy M. Australia
Angela and Andreas arranged our walking trip in Southern Italy to perfection. Excellent accommodation, guides, and transport, with interesting side trips to sample the beautiful produce and food of the region, and scenic and well researched self-guided walks. We also stayed in their outstanding bed and breakfast near Lecce, completing the perfect holiday. We arranged our tour in Italy from Australia directly with Angela and Andreas, and dealing with and meeting them was a pleasure indeed. Bravo!
Wendy B. United States
Andreas and Angela have a great knowledge and love of Puglia, the olive oil, cheese, wine, history, and the culture. They arranged a ten-day tour working within our travel constraints. We started out in the seaside town of Trani, then onto Matera for a stay in a hotel in the caves. Our guide was outstanding. From there, we went on to Locorotundo, a great home base for exploring the area. This included a trip to the Trulli town, Alborobello. There, our charming guide illuminated the layered history of the trulli and the town so that it became so much more than just a stop on the tourist circuit. Both our guide in Matera and in Alborobello had grown up locally and had deep connections to their communities. The high point of the trip was getting to meet Andreas and Angela in Lecce, where we stayed in their bed and breakfast; an oasis of peace. From there, they took us on a magical tour of Lecce with a Baroque wonder around every corner. Along the way, we tasted very special local wine and cheese and ended the evening with a great meal of local cuisine. We also got a hands on lesson from Angela in pasta-making from which she prepared a wonderful lunch. Angela and Andreas have great warmth and humor, but at the same time, they are gifted at handling all the small details to make a memorable experience.
Traveler United States
We are a couple of grandmothers with fond memories of traveling with backpacks and Eurail passes, but now, 30 years later, we were ready for an upgrade. Andrea and Angela provided us with a whole new perspective on traveling. They designed an itinerary with gorgeous destinations, but since we rented a car, we were entirely free to explore the countryside en route to the next luxurious B&B. Besides our own meanderings, we had wine and olive tours that were extraordinary, and the guide who showed us Matera was absolutely fascinating. Andrea and Angela culminated the trip with an inside view of their beautiful Lecce, definitely a high light of our trip. I haven’t stopped talking about the amazing 3 weeks we spent in Puglia, and have already begun planning next year: hiking through Calabria and Sicily. Of course with Andrea and Angela at the helm. I can’t imagine seeing Italy without them.
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