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Lecce: 2-Hour Guided Tour

1. Lecce: 2-Hour Guided Tour

Meet your friendly guide at Porta Napoli, the arch of Triumph which marks the entrance to the historic city center. After a short meet and greet with your friendly and informative guide, set-off on your 2-hour sightseeing tour and get acquainted with the city of Lecce. Follow your guide from the heart of the city to the baroque Cathedral. On your tour, discover the Roman Amphitheater built between the 1st and 2nd-centuries BC, which in the past could hold about 25,000 spectators. At the end of your tour, you will stop under the column of the Patron of the city, Sant' Oronzo, who would rid the city of the plague. Throughout the course of your tour, visit many of the city's most culturally and historically significant landmarks and learn about Lecce through your knowledgeable guide.

Lecce: Baroque Architecture and Underground Walking Tour

2. 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: Walking Tour

3. Lecce: Walking Tour

Your tour begins from Sant'Oronzo square, where you will find a Roman Amphitheater which was first discovered at the beginning of the 20th Century. The itinerary goes on to the historic center, which is rich with churches and old buildings decorated by Baroque Art. During the tour, it will be possible to look at papier-machè artisans at work. This kind of art belongs to Lecce from the 17th Century, when it was conceived to decorate churches, back when the paper was the only material available. It continues to adorn the houses and the churches of this magical city thanks to old masters and young people.

Lecce: Sightseeing Tour, the Florence of South Italy

4. Lecce: Sightseeing Tour, the Florence of South Italy

Following a pick-up from Naples Gate, drive to the historic city of Lecce to admire Baroque buildings, whitewashed houses, and more. Your tour of the “Florence of Southern Italy” includes Lecce Cathedral. Originally built in 1144, and completely restored between 1659-70, the addition of a 5-story bell tower and octagonal loggia helped turn it into one of Italy’s most important cathedrals. Continue to the Church of the Theatines, dedicated to St. Irene, and marvel at the expansive façade of different styles. The portal is surmounted by a statue of St. Irene by Mauro Manieri, while the altar of St. Michael the Archangel boasts a copy of an eponymous painting by Guido Reni. Nearby is the Rococo altar of St. Andrew Avellino, and the mid-17th-century altar of St. Orontius by Francesco Antonio Zimbalo. Admire the altar of St. Irene with its canvas by Giuseppe Verrio, and the 9 busts of saints housing historic relics. See the altar of St. Stephen, containing the “Stoning of St. Stephen” by Verrio. Visit the 2nd-century BC Roman Amphitheatre near Piazza Sant'Oronzo. Once able to seat more than 25,000 people, it is now half-buried by monuments built over it throughout the centuries. Go to the column that holds a statue of Lecce’s patron saint, St. Oronzo, given to the city by Brindisi for St. Oronzo’s reputed role in curing Brindisi of the plague. Once one of a pair, it marked the end of the legendary Appian Way, the main road between Rome and southern Italy. Walking through the streets of the old town, visit the Church of Santa Chiara and Roman Theatre.

Lecce: Private Tour with Pasticciotto Tasting

5. Lecce: Private Tour with Pasticciotto Tasting

The discovery of Lecce starts from the beginning, pre-Roman and Roman, to the great period of the Baroque. Take a walk to the historic center that will take you to discover the wonders of Lecce, one of the most beautiful cities of southern Italy. The route starts from Porta Napoli to Piazza Duomo, Cathedral, Bell Tower, and Bishop's Seminar, the baroque heart of Lecce. Continue walking to the Church of St. Irene, Piazza Sant'Oronzo, where you can see the ruins of the Roman amphitheater, the church of San Marco and the Sedile. Walking through the streets of the old town, you will visit the Church of Santa Chiara and Roman Theatre, other important particulars of the story of Lecce. During the tour, you will taste a typical pasticciotto, a cake made with pastry and cream. The tour ends at the Basilica of Santa Croce, a jewel of Lecce Baroque and Celestine Convent.

Lecce: Private Walking Food Tour

6. Lecce: Private Walking Food Tour

Embark on an exciting private tour through the city of Lecce, famous for its Baroque art and culinary specialties. Meet your local tour guide in the main square and start off by discovering the ruins of an ancient Roman theater right in the middle of the city. Then, stroll through the historic city center, taking in its refined and elegant atmosphere. Admire the local architecture, a unique style called barocco lecesse. This refers to the local stone carvings that decorate the façades of private buildings, churches, and balconies, as opposed to traditional Italian gold motifs. Throughout your walk, stop for tastings of local culinary specialties: rustico leccese (savory stuffed pastry), puccia (stuffed flatbread), pasticciotto (custard-filled puff pastry), and leccese coffee.

Alberobello and Ostuni Tour

7. Alberobello and Ostuni Tour

The pick-up will take place at 8:30 am at your requested location in Lecce. The first hot spot of your chaffeur driven tour will be Alberobello, which is famous for its unique buildings called trulli (trullo in singular). A typical trullo has a cylindrical base with a conical limestone-tiled roof. Though built without cement, their thick white-painted stone walls ensured coolness in the summer and warmth in the winter. The roof was often painted with an evil eye, a cross, or an astronomical symbol and topped by an ornamental flourish. The walls are traditionally painted white and the interior of a trulli is mainly made from wood. Owing to the concentration of houses, trulli have few openings outside their doorway and a small aperture provided in the roof cone for ventilation. As a result, it can be quite dark inside. The Trulli of Alberobello, thanks to their unique characteristics and historical significance, constitute one of Puglia’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is certainly worth a visit, so you can’t miss this magical place. To refresh yourselves from the walk, the chaffeur will make a stop for lunch at the "Zio Peppe” farm in Martina Franca. Next, your chauffeur will bring you to Ostuni. First founded by an indigenous tribe some 600 years before Christ, Ostuni’s long and varied history saw it pass from the Romans to the Ostrogoths, from the Lombards to the Saracens, from the Byzantines to the Normans, from the Hohenstaufen to the Angevins and from the Aragonese to the Bourbons. The most distinguishing characteristic of Ostuni, and the reason for it's called “La Città Bianca” (the white city), is its uniformly white buildings. You should visit the "Old Town”, built on top of a hill and still fortified by the ancient walls. On top of the hill, in a quiet, little square you can visit the Cathedral, built in the fifteenth century in "humble stone.” The building with its flamboyant Gothic style was built in 1400 and boasts a magnificent rose window - among the largest in the world. As the last stop, pop round to the local museum. There you can admire precious flint tools, pottery objects, metal objects, casts of burials, and the reconstruction of the Santa Maria d' Agnano Cave where the Prof. Coppola, unearthed the burial of a pregnant Paleolithic age approximately 20 years called “la donna di Ostuni” in 199, unique relic of this kind. At 5pm your chaffeur will take you back to your requested location. Note Tour guide is not included and it is suggested to have a guidebook. Remember to check on the website the opening times of the location you want to visit and the price of entrance ticket. Entrance fees are not included.

Lecce: Guided Electric Scooter City Tour with Jewish Museum

8. Lecce: Guided Electric Scooter City Tour with Jewish Museum

Travel back in time on this guided electric scooter tour in Lecce. Gain insight into the city's facinating Roman, Jewish, and Baroque history on this unique tour. Feel like a local as you explore the city with a guide who knows it well.  Meet your guide at the tour supplier's office and board your electric scooter. Ride to the Santa Croce Church to admire this jewel of Baroque architecture. Visit the underground Jewish Museum and discover the town’s facinating Jewish history.  Continue to the Piazza Sant’Oronzo, which once was the market square. View the Old Town Hall, the Roman Column, and the remains of a huge Roman amphitheater. From here, enjoy a walk down the narrow Corso Vittorio Emanuele street which boast a Baroque palatial building and the recently restored Sant’Irene Church. Arrive at the breathtaking Piazza Duomo, where you can admire its unusual design. Make your way to the Archbishop’s Residence, the Seminary, the Bell Tower, and the cathedral. Pass by the Roman theater, the Palmieri Convitto library, and the Carlo V Castle. See the three gates of the old town at Porta Napoli, Porta Rudiae, and Porta San Biagio. Leave the historic center to admire the city walls and take in the greenery of Belloluogo Park which hosts a medieval tower. Finish your tour at the tour supplier's office where it began.

From Lecce: Castro & Otranto Nature to History Tour

9. From Lecce: Castro & Otranto Nature to History Tour

The pick-up will take place at 8:30 am at your chosen location in Lecce. The first stop is Castro, with its mild atmosphere, generous nature, enchanting sea and beautiful scenery, it is one of the most beautiful ports of Salento. Castro is characterized by the particular salting buildings and pedestrian streets where you can admire the beautiful view of the bay and the Adriatic Sea up to Santa Maria di Leuca. Of particular interest is the Aragonese Castle of the XVI century and the Byzantine Church of the tenth century. Near Castro, Zinzulusa Cave is also fascinating. It is one of Salento's most impressive karstic phenomena, so a boat tour in the cave is suggested and a jump into the crystal clear waters for a swim if the weather permits. Driving along a coastal road through the town of Santa Cesarea Terme and Porto Badisco, you will admire an unique landscape while your chauffeur brings you to Otranto for lunch. Lying deep in Italy’s stiletto, Otranto is a mix of history, architecture, views, seafront restaurants and white sandy beaches makes it one of Puglia's most interesting, charming and picturesque towns. The imposing castle, thick perimeter walls and robust towers (built after the town was liberated from the Turks in the late 15th century) dominate much of the town, giving way to a small port, a series of seafront promenades with excellent fish restaurants and the town's own beautiful white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. The delightful Romanesque cathedral, dating back to 1088 and boasting extensive 12th century floor mosaics, is another highlight that should not be missed. After this amazing day, your chaffeur will bring you back to the point of departure.  Note: A tour guide is not included, a suggestion may be to bring a guidebook. Remember to check on the website the opening times of the location you want to visit and the price of the entrance tickets. Entrance fees are not included.

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What people are saying about Lecce

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 26 reviews

Fabulous introduction to the history and life in Lecce.

Fabio was wonderful with his thorough archeological, historic and gastronomic knowledge of Lecce and Puglia in general. His style was engaging and he made us feel right at home with knowledge that we would not have found without him. His advice about restaurants was excellent and his quote “glorious food, it’s not just nutrition” was just right. He also gave us great advice on what else to see in the area.

Very good experience can strongly recommend. Fabio knew all about history in Lecce and Salento. Came up with a lit of tips where to eat, have pastry and ice. Due to heavy rain we had to stop the tour on tuesdax ended it in Wednesday. Thank you so much for the flexibility

Very friendly and very professional guide. The tour will last 2 hours and half and we will go through all the explanations. Ens is going to discover a city full of enchantment.

We spent a really interesting morning with Aurora who brought Lecce to life for us - both past and present with her deep knowledge of the rich history of the city.

Prepared and attentive guide, he gave us priceless hours immersed in the historical and artistic atmosphere of Lecce.