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Lecce: Guided Rickshaw Tour

1. Lecce: Guided Rickshaw Tour

Let a multilingual expert tour guide show you the treasures of the town of Lecce on board an ecological rickshaw. In addition to the main tourist attractions, such as Piazza Sant'Oronzo, Piazza Duomo and the Basilica of Santa Croce, you can admire the glorious ruins of the Roman theater and amphitheater and the lavish Baroque churches of Lecce. Together with your guide, you will reach the monumental doors and the impressive palaces and courtyards telling the millennial history of the city. Then, you will venture down the hidden corners of the ancient hamlet, rich in legends and interesting stories. During the tour, you will have the chance to visit the ancient local craftsmanship shops, such as the papier-mâché shops or the Leccese stone carving workshops. Finally, taste some traditional wines and foods from the Salento region, riding through the city alleys on your safe and eco-friendly vehicle. Each rickshaw can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child up to 10 years old. 

Lecce: Long Bike-Rickshaw City Tour & Local Flavors

2. Lecce: Long Bike-Rickshaw City Tour & Local Flavors

Join a guided tour led by an expert multilingual guide and discover the main attractions of Lecce, visiting the city on a funny and eco-friendly rickshaw. Visit of the main turist attractions such us Sant'Oronzo square, Duomo Square and Santa Croce Basilica, as well as the amazing ruins of the Roman theather and amphitheatre and the sumptuous churches of the Baroque style.  Tour throughout  the monumental doors, the amazing historical palaces and courts and the most picturesque and hidden places of the old city, full of legends and interesting anecdote.  During this unique experience, among monuments and shops, you will visit old boutique selling local handcrafts, such us papier-mache crafts and the stones of Lecce, taste local wine and products, visit an ancient cellar collecting the best wines from allover Salento; A unique experience combining art, culture, flavours and popular traditions. Each rickshaw can accomodate 2 adults and 1/2 children up to 10 years old.

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.

From Lecce: Otranto, S.M. Leuca, Gallipoli & Galatina Tour

4. From Lecce: Otranto, S.M. Leuca, Gallipoli & Galatina Tour

Visit 4 of the most picturesque towns in Salento on your own—Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca, Gallipoli, and Galatina. Take a scenic route from the Adriatic to the Ionian Sea, between rocky coasts, small bays, and white beaches. Head to your first stop of Otranto, a town in Salento full of history. Every corner highlights the passage of different civilizations, including the Romans, the Byzantines, the Ottomans, and the Aragoneses. Enjoy free time to visit 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 ancient city. Next, reach Santa Maria di Leuca, along the wonderful Adriatic coast, characterized by cliffs overlooking the sea, caves, and bays with a rocky bottom. Along the way, admire Santa Cesarea Terme, Castro Marina, and the Ciolo Fiord. Explore Santa Maria di Leuca, the heel of Italy, where the Ionian Sea meets the Adriatic Sea. From this tip of Puglia, soak in spectacular views of the harbor and the sea, as well as the sanctuary of Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae. Continue along the Ionian coast to Gallipoli. This Greek city can be divided into 2 areas: the new village, where the tourist facilities and modern buildings arise, and the old city. The old city is located on a limestone island connected to the mainland by a 17th-century bridge. During your free time, explore the historic center through a labyrinthine weave of narrow streets. Pass by traditional handicraft shops, impressive churches, and aristocratic palazzi. Also worth seeing are the Baroque Cathedral dedicated to St. Agatha, the Angevine Castle, and the Greek Fountain, one of the oldest fountains in Italy. End the tour with a visit to Galatina, a real gem of art, history, and culture. Step inside the Basilica of Saint Catherine of Alexandria to marvel at the frescoes created by Giotto's disciples. You can also visit the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, and the monuments in the historical center.

From Lecce: Full-Day Salento Tour with Professional Guide

5. 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

6. 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.

From Lecce: Otranto Bauxite Quarry & Punta Palascia

7. From Lecce: Otranto Bauxite Quarry & Punta Palascia

The pick-up will take place at 9:00 am at your chosen location in Lecce. The first stop is Otranto, the most eastern city of Italy, a “bridge” between the East and West, a place rich in history, art, culture and Caribbean beaches. You will start by visiting Aragonese Castle, a defensive stronghold of the city and a real masterpiece of military architecture being today a place of culture. The interior of the castle is in fact the site of interesting exhibitions that the public can access free of charge.  After visiting the castle, you can take a walk in the old town, a maze of narrow streets and alleys, the oldest and most characteristic part of the city. Stroll down the narrow streets, which occasionally give way to the azure sea views as you are transported back in time with small houses, plots of stairways, green courtyards and shops of handicrafts and local crafts. To refresh yourself from the walk, the chauffeur will stop for lunch at the Farm "Le Creste," an ideal place to eat healthy and genuine products surrounded by nature. Here, you will taste typical dishes of the Apulian tradition in a warm and friendly atmosphere, a safe place to recharge. As the last stage, you can choose between a former quarry of bauxite or Punta Palascia or both. The former quarry of bauxite is almost a lunar environment created by the presence of a former quarry used to extract the 'red ore' which has formed an emerald green lake that makes the view simply extraordinary. The color of the water creates a fascinating contrast to the surrounding rock walls which shine with a beautiful deep red. The landscape is surrounded by vegetation with its bright green, a wonderful place to visit at least once in your lifetime. Punta Palascìa creates a meeting point between the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic Sea. From there, you can enjoy a breathtaking views characterized by a beautiful lighthouse known as one of the five most important in the Mediterranean that stands out among the rocks and overlooks the vast almost never-ending sea. At the end of the walk, your chauffeur will be waiting to take you back to the meeting point in Lecce at 4:30pm 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 locations you want to visit and the price of entrance tickets. Entrance fees are not included.

Alberobello and Ostuni Tour

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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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4.2 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Very interesting and pleasant way of visiting Lecce. For a group of 6 persons we rented three rickshaws with guide. The guides were very enthusiastic and explained everything in English. We laughed much. The tour lasted 1,5 hour and we saw the highlights of Lecce. We also stopped for a coffee which was a treat of the company. Afterwards they sent us pictures. Everything was perfect. We enjoyed every minute! Thank you.

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.

Our guide was Davide a very knowledgeable guy who studies languages. The ride is beautiful and leaves a wonderful cultural richness. Absolutely recommended.

Tour with the Fahrradrischka has proven itself in the narrow streets! Was entertaining and very interesting.