Our daily lives are increasingly dominated by digital and technology, but we are noticing that this is leading to a rediscovery of the desire for the “physical” world through activities and adventures in the open air and in contact with nature.
We would like to dedicate this blog article to the journey on foot, backpacking, to discover the territory.
“The act of walking immerses us in an active form of meditation that solicits the participation of all the senses, we walk for no reason, for the pleasure of savouring the time that passes, to discover unknown places and faces or even, simply, to answer the call of the road. Walking is a peaceful way of reinventing time and space. It involves a happy humility before the world” – David Le Breton, anthropologist of the body in “The World on Foot”.
Lao Tse wrote that a journey of a thousand kilometres always begins with a step. The first step, which is the only one that counts because without the first, as with breathing, there will be no others, because it marks a detachment. From everyday life, from affection, from comfort, from home, from work.
Whether you are an experienced walker or are just starting out in this sport and mentality, we would like to give you our 5 tips to help you get the most out of your walking trip:
- Empty your mind and learn to use walking to slow down, reflect on your life and look for constructive solutions. The slow and steady pace and the physical difficulties you will face will help you in this process.
- Actively live the group you are travelling with: this means sharing your emotions and feelings during the journey and sharing your knowledge with others.
- Make the most of your encounters with the local population, after all, this is the reason why you decided to set off on foot: to get to know nature and the people who live in these areas. From this point of view, you will also be more inclined to accept the unexpected and adapt to all circumstances.
- Discover the silence! It will help you reflect on the journey you are making and immerse yourself completely in the territory you are exploring.
- Learn to distinguish between what is necessary and what is superfluous: this is a theme that will recur throughout the journey: from preparing your rucksack, when you have to carefully select what you really need so as not to overload yourself, to what you choose to take with you along the way.
Puglia is a beautiful region to discover on foot
One of the Italian regions most loved by tourists from all over the world for the variety of its gastronomic and cultural offerings, Apulia offers continuous discovery, especially if you choose to see it from new points of view, perhaps through hiking or cycling.
Maybe not all of you are aware of this, but Puglia Cycle Tours also does hiking, with Puglia Hiking Tours! That’s why we are offering you a walking trip to discover the Gargano during the autumn and winter months. You can choose to go on a guided tour with us or on your own, following our tracks, or even build your own route with us.
We are sure that whichever option you choose, the trip will remain in your heart among promontories, villages fascinating for their culture and tradition and typical local farms.
GARGANO HIKING TOUR:
DURATION: 7 days
ROUTE: Monte Sant’Angelo à Mattinata à Monte Sacro à Masseria à Vieste
WHAT TO EAT:
– “Ciambott”. A typical fish soup, very tasty, with local and therefore fresh fish.
– Caciocavallo: The King of the Apulian cheeses, on the Gargano it is possible to taste it in its Podolica variant.
–Paposcia: Typical of Vico del Gargano, it is possible to eat it in the whole territory. The paposcia is a sandwich stuffed (like a pizza) with local specialities, cheese and grilled vegetables.
– Primitivo wine