The famous river in Apulia, known as "hidden river", passes through unique and suggestive landscapes, covered by the Mediterranean scrub and typical conical stone constructions, called "trulli". Today it is accessible thanks to a project financed by the Apulia region and realized by the Apulian aqueduct, to make walks and bicycle tours. This project encourages a different form of tourism, eco-sustainable, with total respect to its history and its places and sites.
The paths, that is the second european itinerary realized on an aqueduct, are part of the national cyclable itinerary number 11 (called Appennini cycleway) of the Bicitalia network. It has concerned mainly the line between Cisternino and Ceglie Messapica, in about 10 km, and it is only the first step of a cycleway project in Apulia, that aims to have 250 km.




The water cycleway

According to the experts in the field ,the "water cycleway" represents the first Italian infrastructure of that kind and maybe the first in Europe. It has been forecasted a luxury "greenway", that is a route without pollution and covered by natural landscapes of highvalue, so a precious resource to make walks and bike tours. First of all, it is an opportunity for local communities which aim to an eco-sustainable tourism. The project is meant to be an extension of the national cyclable itinerary starting from the National Park and Casentine Forests between the regions of Toscana and Emilia Romagna, alongside the Appennini's mountains, and ending in Apulia.
Moreover, the plan envisages conservation treatments of the infrastructures, such as bridges , and it enhances the valorisation of the most important european aqueduct and its engineering masterpiece, giving such a big contribute to the knowledge and protection of the water.

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YESTERDAY

a stretch of the "Acquedotto Pugliese" in "Foggia

TODAY

Water cycleway

TODAY

Water cycleway