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The Association Polyxena and the Park Dune Costiere are pleased to invite you, on Sunday, June 19th, to a one-day trip to discover the biodiversity of the flora and fauna of Puglia, using our senses. We’ll lead you to two fascinating places of Apulia: the Park’s protected area and the Botanical Garden Lama degli Ulivi in Monopoli

At 10 am we’ll have a walk led by Polyxena to discover the butterflies in the Park, during a careful activity of "Butterfly Watching”. Armed with butterfly nets, guides, compasses, magnifying glasses, you’ll be involved in an action of biodiversity monitoring. The meeting place is at the cava di "Pezze Caldara", where the Park has recreated the typical Mediterranean habitat, home to a great variety of species of butterflies.

Then in the afternoon, at 4 pm, we’ll continue with a visit to the Botanical Garden Lama degli Ulivi, in Conghia district in Monopoli. A more than three-hectare garden, where there are plants from the four corners of the planet, by all the Mediterranean climate environments. A sensory walk will allow you to perceive intensely the scents, shapes, sounds and curiosity housed by the garden. In addition you’ll have the opportunity to visit the new House of Butterflies "Farfalia", a 300 square meter structure where typical local butterflies are bred.

The two trips can be carried out independently or in combination. Participation is free, for a maximum number of 20 participants. The activity is conducted by Polyxena authorized hiking guides. Information and reservations: e 3462495668.

The quay named Cave di Pezze Caldara is located in Pilone-Rosa Marina (GPS: 40.801303, 17.536001), at the beginning of the road leading to the Masseria farm L´Ovile.

To reach the Botanical Garden Lama degli Ulivi you must, from the highway S.S. 16, take the exit "Monopoli - S. Francesco da Paola" and follow the directions to "Vivai Capitanio", in the district called “Contrada Conghia 298” (GPS: 40.903653 / 17.304325).  

We are pleased to invite you, next Saturday at 4,30 pm in The Park Dune Costiere, for two hikes to discover and learn about the "fiorone di Torre Canne", local variety of early fig. 

The event, organized by the Associations Madera Bike and Gaia Enviromental Tours in partnership with the Park Dune Costiere and Franchino (a local farmer), aims at increasing the knowledge and awareness about the local early fig special cultivation, along the fossil dunes, influenced by the sea wind. 

Madera Bike Tour is organizing the bike hike, starting at the Albergabici in Montalbano at 4,30 pm. The organizers will provide you with bikes, helmets and technical assistance. Info and reservations: 327.5785185 - Daniele.

Gaia Enviromental Tours is organizing a trekking experience: we´ll leave at 4,30 pm from the Lido Morelli beach. After a fast excursion at the Morelli river we´ll reach the fossil dunes and the early fig cultivation behind them. Info and reservations - 347.0042961 Maria Franca. 

Possibility to buy the product.  

Sunday April 17th, 10 am.

Spring walk to discover the wild orchids in the Educational Wood and Adventure Park “Ciuchino Biricchino” in the Ostuni hills.

In spring, the meadows, the pastures and the roadsides become a wonderful palette of colors. Among the touches of the painter, there are also the wonderful wild orchids, authentic natural works of art, precious miniatures that attract pollinating insects and excite many fans.

In the amazing landscape of the Educational Wood and Adventure Park “Ciuchino Biricchino”, in the hill area of Ostuni, we’ll see and learn more about the wild orchids Anacamptis morioOphrys luteaOphrys apulicaSerapias lingua, and many more, during a pleasant stroll in the pastures with outcropping rocks and among clearings in the forest of local ancient holm oaks.

Meeting at 10 am at the park Ciuchino Birichino (N 40°43,975´ - E 17°32,437´), easily reachable by the provincial road S.P. 17 Ostuni – Cisternino.

The low difficulty 2 hours walk, will end at 1 pm.

The initiative is carried out in collaboration with the adventure and educational park “Ciuchino Birichino" and the Regional Park Dune Costiere from Torre Canne to Torre San Leonardo.

Special discounts available for the occasion, i.e:

- if the participants to the walk want to have a picnic in the wood after the activity and still enjoy in the afternoon, they can join the Tree-treck activities; 

- those who have already booked to join the tree-treck, can join the morning walk.

*for more info about the tree-treck and about the picnic area in the Adventure Park, you can call  the number 328 8485157.

Reservation is recommended calling the number 366 5999514 or e-mailing to  

Saturday, April 9th, 10:00 am

Stroll on the fossil dunes of the Park in search of the precious wild orchids.

Serapias apulicaSerapias linguaOphrys passionis ssp. passionis are the names of some of the amazing orchids that we’ll admire on the fossil dunes,  small hills next to the sea, witness of what was the shoreline several millennia ago.

We will move along the ridge of the fossil dunes of the Park, admiring the sea from the high Mediterranean maquis next to the beach, to rediscover the contact with nature and the extraordinary diversity of wild orchids, outrageously perfect miniatures, to the point as to deceive pollinators.

During the walk, we will learn about several other blooms, typical of soils with outcropping rock as the arganetta, from which the red to dye fabrics was extracted, linen fairy (Stipa Austroitalica), endemic grasses in central and southern Italy that can be seen swaying with long feathery and silver plumes.

Meeting at 10 am, at the entrance of the camping Il Pilone (N 40°48,195´ - E 17°32,321´).

The stroll will end at 1 pm.

The walk is organized by the Coop. Ass. Serapia in collaboration with the Park Dune Costiere from Torre Canne to Torre San Leonardo.

Sneakers and comfortable clothing are advised. We also suggest you to bring your camera. 

For any two adults, one child up to 10 years participates for free.

Booking is advisable, calling the number 366 5999514 or writing to

In the framework of the “Month of Soft Mobility”, we are pleased to invite you to the 9th edition of the National Day of the UN-forgotten railways, promoted by Co.Mo.Do. (, from March 6th to April 6th 2016, and supported by the Regional Natural Park Dune Costiere. The event aims at strengthening the collective work of re-appropriation of open spaces and their practicability.

The coop. Ass Madera, Serapia, Gaia and Impact, with Forplay s.rl. support the initiative on Easter Monday day, to enjoy a good company and to experience the new bike path leading from the Park to the museum and the archeological area of Egnazia. 

For walking itineraries and bike hikes, the meeting is at 10 am at the AlbergaBici (former roadman´s house) In Montalbano di Fasano (N 40° 46´44" - E 17° 28´60" - ex S.S. 16 Fasano-Ostuni km 870).

Three distinct and contemporary itineraries will take place: cycling, walking and twizy (electric quadricycles).

 CYCLING ITINERARY (let by the coop. Ass. MadEra and Impact)

Leaving from the former roadman’s house in Ostuni, recently renamed Albergabici, we will reach the Via Traiana, old roman road, to enjoy the green landscape in the heart of the olive grove plan, and so we’ll reach the ancient rock settlement of Lama d´Antico and the archaeological area of Egnazia.

We will have the opportunity to appreciate a historical itinerary, recently set up with literary panels produced through by the association Italia Nostra Sez. Messapia, the Park Dune Costiere and the Archaeological Museum of Egnazia, reporting literary quotations by famous travelers who went  through it.

Possibility of bike hiring (man, woman and child).

Packed lunch in a picnic area. The bike hikes ends at around 5.30 pm.

The route (on asphalt) has a length of about 30 km, mostly flat and without difficulty. We recommend comfortable clothing and sportswear.

Participation fee with own bike, 10,00 € per person.

Possibility to rant a bike for 5,00 €, reservation required.

WALKING HIKE (led by the coop. Ass. Gaia and Serapia)

Leaving from the Albergabici we’ll have a walking hike to discover the Park’s biodiversity, from the monumental groves up to the sea. 

We’ll cross pastures, corn fields, small canyons, we’ll get to the sea, we’ll walk among the fossil dunes full with wild orchids, until we reach the Morelli River wet area, crucial for migratory waterfowl and man’s activities. We’ll walk along the coast, see the Lighthouse of Torre Canne and Torre San Leonardo, and go back to the hinterland full of olive trees sculpted by incredibly bizarre shapes and where we’ll meet and admire the dolmen Montalbano, along the ancient Via Traiana.

Packed Lunch at Morelli river. The excursion ends at around 5.30 pm.

The itinerary is about 12 km long, made up by low difficulty dirty roads, beach, asphalted road.

Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended, camera is highly suggested.

Participation fee, 8,00 € per person (4 euros for kids from 6-10 y.o.)  


TWIZY (led by Forplay s.r.l. and coop. Impact)

We’ll start from Ostuni (at the headquarter of Forplay, industrial area of Ostuni) an amazing journey by TWIZY, electric, silent ans non polluting two-seater quadricycle. We’ll cross the ancient Via Traiana, surrounded by olive groves, old white farmhouses and spring perfumes.

Along the way we will visit an ancient underground oil mill, we will stop at the Dolmen Montalbano, reaching the Lama d´Antico rock park in the late morning.

After visiting the Park and the Rock Churches and after (packed) lunch, we will drive towards the sea, crossing Savelletri, until we reach Egnazia.

 The afternoon will be dedicated to the discovery of this ancient Roman cities located in a beautiful natural and environment, before coming back from the coastline.

The return is scheduled at 17.00.

Participation fee:

- 35,00 € per person (Vehicle used by 2 people);

- 45,00 € per person (Vehicle used by 1 single person);

- 25,00 € for kids from 5-10 y.o)  

Driving conditions as provided for by the Italian code (the driver must have a driving license and be at least 16 years or older to carry a passenger, the passenger can’t be younger than 5 y.o).

Booking required within March 25th.


CICLYNG ITINERARY   coop. - +39 327 5785185

WALKING HIKE        coop. SERAPIA: - +39 366 5999514

                                          coop. GAIA: - +39 347 0042961 / +39 320 6251107

HIKE BY TWIZY    FORPLAY srl: - +39 337 937353 / +39 360 908574 

Monday Feb. 22 2016 h. 5.30 pm - Istituto Tecnico Agrario - Ostuni

“RPD 2014-2020 measures: Innovation, training and other tools for the development of the area”: this is the main theme of the seminar held on Monday February 22, starting at 5.30 pm, at the Istituto Tecnico Agrario of Ostuni (C.da San Lorenzo).

The event is organized by Federparchi, Regional Natural Park Dune costiere da Torre Canne a Torre San Leonardo, the foundation ITS Agroalimentare Puglia and by  Singri Srl, a spin-off of the University of Bari.

This meeting - moderated by the journalist Giannicola D’Amico - will be opened by Mrs. Anna Luisa Saladino, Director of the high school Istituto superiore “Pantanelli-Monnet”, followed by the Mayor of Ostuni, Mr. Gianfranco Coppola, the President of the ITS Agroalimentare Puglia Foundation Vito Nicola Savino and the President of the Park Dune Costiere and of Federparchi Puglia Enzo Navarra. 

The paper introduced at the meeting will be about: The Technical school training and firms: the right strategy for the future" by Maria Grazia Piepoli from the ITS Foundation, and "The new opportunities offered by the Apulia Rdp 2014-2020" by Vincenzo Fucilli, president of Sinagri srl and Pierpaolo Pallor, member of the CREA (Research Council in agriculture and agrarian economy analysis)


Saturday, February 13 at 11:00 am in Milan, Giunti publisher, the Regional Natural Park Dune Costiere from Torre Canne Torre S. Leonardo, the Natural Reserve of Torre Guaceto and the Province of Lecce will present the book “I Parchi del Salento. Anime e stagioni di una terra viva”.

A tour guide book translated into 5 languages that reveals interesting and unknown features of places rich in nature, history and culture; an area that attracts tourists from all around the world, but generally just for the sea. This guide, full experiences  and tips for travelers, will show you the way to live Salento throughout the year with a range of options (as trails for walking, biking or horseback riding in protected areas of Salento, the experiences related to the rural world, the hidden treasures of the hinterland, etc.; these tips are useful both for those who visit Salento in summer and want to diversify their experience, and for those who want to discover it in the other seasons of the year.

Saturday, February 13 2006 at 11:00 am - Borsa Internazionale del Turismo 2016 (BIT 2016) - Milan

stand Pugliapromozione (Pad. 9 Area Leisure Stand A30-C23)  

Mer 2 Dic 2015
Terra Madre Day 2015

All Sundays in December and January the focus of the activities will be the ancient mullet and eel fishing in the Natural Park Dune Costiere. We’ll visit the old plant of Morelli River on foot or by bike.

These activities, organized by the Regional Park Dune Costiere along with the local Slow Food Piana deli Ulivi and the coop. Gaia and Madeira, provides an interesting program full of excursions on foot or by bicycle to learn about rural landscapes and natural and organic agricultural production of the Park.

The hikes will prepare the participants to join the Terra Madre Day, held on December 13th all around the world, promoting sustainable production and consumption methods implemented by the community of fishermen and farmers. These include the local food products as sustainable fisheries and organic aquaculture and numerous wild edible herbs, coming from the great agricultural biodiversity of our territory.

Hiking info & reservations 347.0042961 Sunday, Dec. 6th at 9.30 am - meeting point Torre s. Leonardo Sunday, Dec. 13th at 9.30 am "       "                                  Terra Madre Day Sunday, Dec. 20th at 930 am "    " Sunday, Dec. 27th at 9.30 am "     " Sunday, Jan. 3rd at 9.30 am  "     "

After a short walk on the beach, with the guides of the Coop. Ass. Gaia, we will reach the ancient aquaculture facility, home to species such as eels and the golden-ear-mullet, and where fishermen will show how fisheries was made I ancient times.

BIKE info and reservations 327.5785185

Sunday, Dec. 6th at 9.30 am - meeting point Albergabici Sunday, Dec. 13th at 9.30 am "       "                                  Sunday, Dec. 20th at 930 am "    " Sunday, Dec. 27th at 9.30 am "     " Sunday, Jan. 3rd at 9.30 am  "     "

Madera Bike Tour is pleased to invite you to its bike hikes through the trails of the Park, starting at the AlbergaBici Montalbano - destination Morelli River,  the old aquaculture facility located behind the coastal dunes. Small demonstration of ancient techniques of fishing by the Gallo family and return to the starting point.

At the end of each hike you can have lunch in one of the Park’s farms.

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE "Dune costiere da Torre Canne a Torre S. Leonardo" - e-mail PEC