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From Lecce: Full-Day Salento Tour with Professional Guide

1. From Lecce: Full-Day Salento Tour with Professional Guide

Explore Salento and its picturesque towns on a small group, full-day tour from Lecce, traveling by air-conditioned coach with room for no more than 7 passengers. Following a pick-up from your hotel, drive to Galatina, a real gem of art, history and traditions. Of extraordinary beauty is, in particular, the Basilica of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, second only to the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi for the presence of many frescoes inside, which were created by Giotto's disciples. Other monuments to visit include the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, the ancient "courtyard houses" and the buildings situated in the historical center. Otranto is Italy’s easternmost town and is well-known as “Porta d’Oriente” (literally, “Door to the Orient”). The splendid cathedral, the Church of Saint Peter in perfect Byzantium style, the castle, the towers, the mighty Pelasgi Bastions and the walls that surrounded the whole ancient city make Otranto one of the most interesting cultural destinations in the south of Italy. Santa Maria di Leuca sits on the southernmost tip of the Salentine peninsula, bathed by two seas, the Ionian Sea to the west and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Santa Maria di Leuca is a tourist center famous for its colorful natural landscape that blends in with its majestic architecture. Located on the Japigo promontory is the Basilica of Santa Maria De Finibus Terrae (at the ends of the Earth). From the basilica, you can reach the old port on foot via two ramps of 300 steps each. Gallipoli is considered the pearl of Salento. This Greek city can be divided into two areas: the old city and the new village, where the tourist facilities and modern buildings arise. The old part of the city is located on a limestone island connected to the mainland by a 17th-century bridge. It is surrounded by defensive walls built mainly in the 14th-century. It is characterized by a labyrinthine weave of narrow streets, home to traditional shops of local handicrafts, numerous impressive Baroque churches and aristocratic palazzi. Also worth seeing are the cathedrals dedicated to St. Agatha, one of the best examples of the Baroque in Salento, the Angevine Castle built in the 13th-century and the Greek Fountain, one of the oldest fountains in Italy.

From Lecce: Full-Day Valle d'Itria Tour with Guide

2. From Lecce: Full-Day Valle d'Itria Tour with Guide

Alberobello, a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1996, has the largest number of Trulli in the town of Puglia. With destinations that attract millions of tourists to its narrow streets, Alberobello offers visitors a unique scenario. Two particularly striking districts include: "Rione Monti" with its local handcrafts shops and "Aia Piccola", where the most ancient Trulli and little museums are situated. Martina Franca is in the eastern hills of the Murge. It is a melting pot of history and art.Very charming and quaint, its historical center, with a unique artistic beauty, is presented to visitors in a spectacular maze of narrow streets, whitewashed houses, charming streets, old churches, valuable Baroque buildings, and wrought iron balconies. Among the structures that characterize the Old Town are the Palazzo Ducale, the  Palazzo Stabile, the Basilica of San Martino, Piazza XX Settembre, and Piazza Roma. Ostuni is known as the “White City" par excellence. It is situated on the Murge Hills with steep walls and its historic center, painted only in white, is a proliferation of plans, of ups and downs, of alleys and stairways, of tangled streets that cross arches and squares. On its summit stands the monumental Cathedral, in late Gothic style. Please note that the order of the visits may change.

Alberobello and Ostuni Tour

3. 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.

Natural Beauties of Salento: Leuca & Specchia Day Tour

4. Natural Beauties of Salento: Leuca & Specchia Day Tour

Begin this full-day excursion with an 08:00 pick-up at your preferred location in Lecce and head off to Santa Maria di Leuca, the first stop on the tour. Santa Maria di Leuca is situated on a lovely bay at the southernmost tip of the Salento peninsula, and is a place steeped in history. According to legend, it was here that Aeneas, the Greek hero considered the founder of Roman culture, set foot on land. In addition, Saint Peter is said to have initiated his missionary work in Italy here. Visit the cathedral that was built on the site of a temple dedicated to the goddess Minerva. On the right-hand side when you enter, you’ll see a relic recovered from the temple. The best way to admire this area and its fascinating geological formations is by boat and there is no shortage of local sailors ready to take you out to sea, off the coast where the world ends. A boat tour to explore the numerous underwater caves which characterize this stretch of coast is recommended. Your chauffeur will drive you to Patù/San Gregorio for lunch, where you’ll enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Bar del Moro, and take in the breathtaking panorama as you savor dishes prepared with typical local products. Next you’ll continue on to medieval Specchia. The historic center was developed during the 15th century around the primitive nucleus of the castle. Visit the underground hypogeous olive press, recently restored, and a testament to the historical importance of olive oil production in Specchia and in Puglia in general. Following your time in Specchia your chauffeur will drive you back to Lecce. 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 entrance ticket. Entrance fees are not included.

From Lecce: Castro & Otranto Nature to History Tour

5. 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

4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Beautiful experience that made us understand the artistic complexity.

Wonderful experience. Francesca, the guide, managed to transmit her uncontested love for her land, through salient descriptions supported by a great culture. The tour allowed us to understand the variety and the artistic complexity that distinguishes these places, which go far beyond the usual "Lecce Baroque". This territory has such a wide variety that only a guide rooted in the place can transmit. Stefano is also excellent as a driver: precise, punctual and always available. Those for this tour were the best money spent. Thanks again to Francesca, we will carry the memories of this day in the heart. D & S

Wonderful tour! Fabulous driver and guide. Only my husband and I on the tour. They were both fine to be with. We went to Four towns and the last town our guide had been born in, so it was all very special

Our tour guide, Dontella, and our driver were wonderful. The tour was relaxing informintive and interesting. Lunch was amazing!

Excellent tour, very knowledgeable guide and helpful and calm driver. I recommend doing it.

Great tour, saw a lot in one day. Driver and guide were both excellent.