Don Tonino's Way: itinerary and stages

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Don Tonino's Way was created to promote the figure of Tonino Bello, an Apulian priest and bishop who has always dedicated himself to people's lives. Here is the itinerary and the stages.

Don Tonino's Way (Puglia): information

Don Tonino Bello, an Apulian priest and bishop who spent a lifetime founding a welcoming community, opening his home to the poor and migrants, one day recited this sentence: "The road is long, but there is only one way to know where it can lead: to continue the journey. Setting out on the road pushes us to look within, to look beyond, to meet the other and to find the other. ".



Thanks to this phrase, in the summer of 2020 the Way of Don Tonino by the Diocese of Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi.

How many and what are the stages of Don Tonino's Way: length, level of difficulty, city and diocese to visit

The suggestive Way of Don Tonino takes place on a single itinerary that from Molfetta, the episcopal city of the Bishop of Salento origins, arrives at Alessano where his remains are kept and then continue towards the beautiful Sanctuary of Santa Maria di Leuca.

Dante's Way: exile stages and duration of the route

Il path of the Don Tonino Way it winds inside the innermost and wildest Puglia, is 414 kilometers long and touches, from the north of Bari to Salento, as many as 32 cities and 9 dioceses.

Here are the 18 stages of Don Tonino's Way:

  1. From Molfetta to Ruvo di Puglia: the route is 21,06 km long, the difficulty is medium and to admire is the centuries-old olive tree of Antignano.
  2. From Ruvo di Puglia to Terlizzi: the route is 21,25 km long, the difficulty is medium and touches the Complex of Santa Maria di Cesano and the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Sovereto.
  3. From Terlizzi to Giovinazzo: the route is 16,98 km long, the difficulty is medium and thanks to the Route of the Churches and Rural Architecture you get to Giovinazzo.
  4. From Giovinazzo to Bari: the route is 22,9 km long, the difficulty is medium, runs along a part of the Bari coast and crosses the coastal village of Santo Spirito.
  5. From Bari to Rutigliano: the route is 21,82 km long, the difficulty is medium and, before reaching Rutigliano, it crosses the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Pozzo in Capurso and the town of Noicattaro.
  6. From Rutigliano to Castellana Grotte: the route is 27,21 km long, the difficulty is medium and winds through the lush Apulian countryside, also touching the beautiful Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Conversano.
  7. From Castellana Grotte to Noci: the route is 21,62 km long, the difficulty is medium and passes through Putignano, the Carnival city of Puglia, before finding itself in front of the Benedictine Abbey of Madonna della Scala in Noci.
  8. From Noci to Alberobello: the route is 19,70 km long, the difficulty is medium and crosses the wonders of the Itria Valley until it reaches the famous Capital of the Trulli, Alberobello.
  9. From Alberobello to Martina Franca: the route is 19 km long, the difficulty is medium and, crossing characteristic rural landscapes, you arrive at the baroque city of Martina Franca.
  10. From Martina Franca to Ceglie Messapica: the route is 22,62 km long, the difficulty is medium and thanks to the Pugliese Aqueduct Cycle Tourism Route you can reach the charming village of Ceglie Messapica.
  11. From Ceglie Messapica to San Vito dei Normanni: the route is 21,46 km long, the difficulty is medium and, crossing rural landscapes embellished by the Mediterranean scrub and the famous Apulian dry stone walls, you arrive at the wonderful town of San Vito dei Normanni and the Basilica of Santa Maria della Vittoria.
  12. From San Vito dei Normanni to Mesagne: the route is 21,12 km long, the difficulty is medium / low and reaches the majestic Matrice Church of Messagne.
  13. From Messagne to Torchiarolo: the route is 30,16 km long, the difficulty is medium / low, it first touches Cellino San Marco and, along the Messapi del Vino itinerary, the Via Francigena and the Via Traiana Calabra, you arrive in Torchiarolo.
  14. From Torchiarolo to Lecce: the route is 23,19 km long, the difficulty is medium / low, and before arriving in Lecce, you will touch the Abbey of Santa Maria di Cerrate di Surbo which can be reached along the Via Francigena del Sud.
  15. From Lecce to Galatina: the route is 28,03 kilometers long and winds through the heart of Salento and Salento Greece, the difficulty is medium / high and touches the village of San Donato di Lecce, the Dominican Convent and the Mother Church of Santa Maria Assunta di Sternatia, the Church of Santo Stefano di Soleto and then arrive in the splendid Galatina.
  16. From Galatina to Ruffano: the route is 29,29 kilometers long, the difficulty is medium / high and you reach the “City of Ceramics of Salento” Cutrofiano after which, among farmhouses, farms and ancient churches, you reach Ruffano.
  17. From Ruffano to Alessano: the route is 26,58 kilometers long, the level of difficulty is medium, it passes through the incredible villages of Specchia and Tricase and then reaches the Tomb of Don Tonino Bello.
  18. From Alessano to Santa Maria di Leuca: Don Tonino's Way has come to an end, the last stage that reaches the magnificent Sanctuary of Santa Maria di Leuca is 15,6 kilometers long and the difficulty is medium / low.



We point out that the Way of Don Tonino it is well signposted and can also be traveled by bicycle.

Along the way you will find refreshments, fountains and accommodation facilities of all kinds that will always welcome you with open arms.

To get information about the "pilgrim's guide", "prepare for the journey" or to get some very simple advice, visit the website www.camminodidontonino.it

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