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Church of the Holy Cross, Lecce

Church of the Holy Cross, Lecce: Our most recommended tours and activities

Lecce: Baroque Architecture and Underground Walking Tour

1. Lecce: Baroque Architecture and Underground Walking Tour

The tour starts with a visit to the majestic Santa Croce Church, the jewel in the crown of Lecce’s Baroque architecture. From here, explore the nearby Piazza Sant’Oronzo, the former market square where you can find the Old Town Hall, the Roman Column, and the remains of a huge Roman amphitheater. Continue the tour with a walk through the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, which boasts a stunning Baroque palazzi and the recently restored Sant’Irene Church. Arrive at the breathtaking Piazza Duomo next, one of the most critically praised buildings in Italy. See the Archbishop’s Residence, the Seminary, the Bell Tower, and the cathedral. Finally, visit the underground Jewish Museum and discover the town’s fascinating Jewish history.

Lecce: Rickshaw Guided City Highlights Tour

2. Lecce: Rickshaw Guided City Highlights Tour

Experience a pleasant, multilingual (shared) or monolingual (private) tour in the comfort of modern, environmentally friendly rickshaws with an experienced guide. The tour starts with a visit to the main sights, through the characteristic narrow streets of the historical center. Discover the huge Piazza del Duomo, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. The tour continues by discovering the monumental entrance to the city, Porta Napoli, to continue with the fascinating Basilica of Santa Croce, which reveals the artistic development of the Lecce Baroque. The tour ends by pedaling to Piazza Sant'Oronzo, where among historical buildings and churches you will discover the Roman remains of the Roman amphitheater. Between history and culture, the inevitable is the discovery of typical flavors, a tasting of the excellences available according to the season. Enjoy a little tasting of a local products during the tour.

Lecce: Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

3. Lecce: Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

Visit Lecce by foot. Take a private tour and discover the most beautiful places with an experienced guide. Choose between a morning, afternoon or evening departure and discover the spirit of fascinating Lecce. Admire historical attractions, including the Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Sant'Oronzo and the ornate Basilica of Santa Croce, as well as Piazza Duomo. Learn about authentic local culture and traditions and sample mouth-watering food, such as gelato or bruschetta, and a glass of wine. Enjoy a flexible itinerary and individual attention from your guide.

Lecce: Guided Bike Tour

4. Lecce: Guided Bike Tour

Visit Lecce by bicycle. Take a private tour and discover the most beautiful places with an experienced guide. Choose between a morning, afternoon or evening departure and discover the spirit of fascinating Lecce. Admire historical attractions, including the Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Sant'Oronzo and the ornate Basilica of Santa Croce, as well as Piazza Duomo. Learn about authentic local culture and traditions and sample mouth-watering food, such as gelato or bruschetta, and a glass of wine. Enjoy a flexible itinerary and individual attention from your guide.

Lecce: Guided Walking Tour & Wine Tasting with a Wine Expert

5. Lecce: Guided Walking Tour & Wine Tasting with a Wine Expert

Discover the historic city of Lecce on a private or shared guided walking tour and wine tasting. See the beautiful Santa Croce's Basilica and the massive Piazza del Duomo and learn about the delicious Salento wines of the area. Begin your tour with a stroll through Lecce. Stop at the Porta Napoli, the monumental entrance to the city, before heading to the baroque Santa Croce’s Basilica. Continue through the old town's narrow streets to reach the heart of Lecce, the Sant’Oronzo Square. Stop to admire the ancient Amphitheater and the Roman Theater before continuing to the immense Piazza del Duomo. Finish your walking tour at a local wine shop, where you'll meet an oenologist (wine expert). Taste 3 wines from the Puglia region: a negroamaro, a Primitivo, and a susamaniello, accompanied by light refreshments. As you sip, hear about the production process and techniques used to transform grapes into wine and the types of grapes used from your wine expert.

Bike Tours in Lecce and Wine Tasting with an Oenologist

6. Bike Tours in Lecce and Wine Tasting with an Oenologist

Discover the historic city of Lecce in Italy's heel on this guided wine bike tour, multilingual (group) or monolingual (private). Are you ready to discover the fine wines of Salento? Then let's go! We will immerse ourselves in the historical centre of Lecce to discover its architectural treasures. Then we will learn the secrets of the wine tradition and culture of this beautiful region of Puglia in a wine cellar accompanied by an oenologist. The tour begins by visiting the main attractions of the old town such as Porta Napoli, the monumental entrance to the city, Santa Croce’s Basilica with its fascinating baroque style and Sant’Oronzo Square. The tour goes on through the characteristic narrow streets of the old town, discovering the Amphitheater and the Roman Theater, the squares and the lovely baroque style from Lecce, visiting the immense Piazza del Duomo, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. The tour ends with a stop at a wine shop to taste three wines from the Puglia region: a negroamaro, a primitivo and a susamaniello. An oenologist will explain the transformation of grapes into wine, the grapes suitable for its production, but also the production process itself, and the techniques associated with it.

Lecce: Tour and Artisanal Ice-Cream Workshop

7. Lecce: Tour and Artisanal Ice-Cream Workshop

The private tour begins visiting the main attractions of the old town such as Porta Napoli, the city monumental entrance; the charming Santa Croce Basilica with its Baroque style and Saint Oronzo square. Tour goes on along the authentic narrow streets to discover the roman vestiges of the amphitheater and theater as well as the other minor squares and churches to find out the original artistic development of the Baroque style in the city. Tour ends in a small ice creamery craft workshop, located in the old town. We will learn how to recognise the best ingredients and how to prepare a delicious artisanal ice cream, guided by the expert hands of Sandra.You just have to taste it!

Lecce: Street Food Tour by Rickshaw

8. Lecce: Street Food Tour by Rickshaw

The tour begins with a visit to the main sights, passing through the characteristic narrow streets of the historic centre, we discover the majestic Piazza del Duomo, one of the most beautiful in Italy. The tour continues by discovering the monumental entrance to the city, Porta Napoli, and continues with the fascinating Basilica of Santa Croce, which reveals the artistic development of Lecce Baroque. The tour concludes by pedalling to Piazza Sant'Oronzo, where we discover the remains of the Roman amphitheatre among historical buildings and churches. Between history and culture, the experience of typical flavours is a must. Tastings of excellences of our territory among those available according to the season.

Lecce: Rickshaw Tour and Wine Tasting with an Oenologist

9. Lecce: Rickshaw Tour and Wine Tasting with an Oenologist

Experience a private or group wine tour in the comfort of a modern, environment-friendly rickshaw with an oenologist guide. Discover its architectural treasures and learn the secrets of the wine tradition and culture of this beautiful region of Puglia in a wine cellar. Begin the tour by visiting the main attractions of the old town such as the monumental entrance to the city, Porta Napoli. Then, admire Santa Croce’s Basilica with its fascinating baroque style, and Sant’Oronzo Square. Head through the characteristic narrow streets of the old town, discovering the Amphitheater and the Roman Theater, the squares and the lovely baroque style from Lecce. Then, visit the immense Piazza del Duomo, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. Stop at a wine shop to taste 3 wines from the Puglia region: a negroamaro, a primitivo, and a susamaniello. An oenologist will explain the transformation of grapes into wine and explain about the production process itself, and the techniques associated with it. After the tour, you can explore the churches on your own by buying an entry ticket inside the Cathedral.

Lecce: Street Food Tour by E-Scooter

10. Lecce: Street Food Tour by E-Scooter

Discover the sights and tastes of Lecce on a guided tour. Zoom through the narrow streets to take in the main attractions, including piazzas, churches, the remains of a Roman amphitheater, and more. Stop along the route to sample delicious seasonal specialties and meet the locals who make them. Meet your guide, climb on your e-scooter, and head off to visit the main sights, passing through the characteristic narrow streets of the historic center. Discover the majestic Piazza del Duomo, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, with the Cathedral of Maria Santissima Assunta at its center. Continue to the monumental entrance to the city, Porta Napoli, then the fascinating Basilica of Santa Croce, which reveals the artistic development of Lecce Baroque. Next, head to Piazza Sant'Oronzo, where you will discover the remains of a Roman amphitheater among historical buildings and churches.

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What people are saying about Church of the Holy Cross, Lecce

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 91 reviews

Luna brought us closer to Lecce in an interesting and informative way. We were able to see more buildings by bike than on foot. The bikes were in good condition. In between, we were invited to a quick coffee and a sweet treat on the cathedral square, while Luna explained everything. Even as a German, I was able to follow the English explanations well.

Very interesting bike tour. Although we had already visited the city a little, we learned a lot. And it's nice to ride a bike in Lecce. Thanks to Agathe, our French-speaking guide who took good care of us.

Dileta was a wonderful guide. She kept the right pace, with great historical facts. Our family enjoyed the tour a lot. We did not see the time pass by.

Very informative tour of the city of Lecce thanks to the in-depth knowledge of our friendly guide Agathe whom we warmly recommend.

guide very prepared and attentive to all participants