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The sheep-tracks
Accustomed to distractedly travelling through the territory in a North-South direction, towards the obligatory destination of Castel del Monte, an extraordinary transversal system was forgotten for a long time. It is at least as dense as the road system and, fortunately, is still intact and waiting to be rediscovered: the network of transhumance sheep-tracks. Castel del Monte is probably the only geographic point of reference visible from all points of this vast territory and it inevitably catches the eye. Splendid and enormous jazzi (open-air corrals for the sheep, delineated by dry-stone walls) are frequently seen, and other very long dry barriers cut the high lands geometrically and section the hills, designating and regulating the system of "parks" and "pastures" It is possible to walk along the walls, or ride a mountain bike, crossing pastures and the remains of ancient oak forests. This is the preferred habitat of asphodels, thistles and all of the shrubbery typical of the Murgia.

There are many (at least 60) poste (or ancient transhumance "stations"), but there are countless dry-stone trullos, shelters and huts for storing straw. There are a multitude of directions in which to venture, just follow the slopes, descend into the flood grounds, climb back out, orient yourself with Castel del Monte, which at times disappears to then reappear, follow the dry-stone walls: a spectacular view is guaranteed!
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