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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: Walking Street Food Tour

2. Lecce: Walking Street Food Tour

Explore Lecce as part of a walking group tour with an experienced guide. See the city's main sights, meandering through its whitewashed streets to iconic locations like the Piazza del Duomo and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Tuck into a small tasting of a surprise local product at the end of the tour, to perfectly round off your Italian trip. Begin your tour by heading to Lecce's main sights, walking through the characteristic narrow streets of the historical center. For instance, discover the impressive Piazza del Duomo, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. Continue by discovering the monumental entrance to the city, Porta Napoli, before carrying on to the fascinating Basilica of Santa Croce, which displays the artistic development of the Lecce Baroque. Round off your tour by heading to Piazza Sant'Oronzo, where, among historical buildings and churches, you marvel at the historic remains of the Roman amphitheatre. After getting your fix of history and culture, dive into another side of Italy: its flavors. Taste a delicious local product - a surprise - that is befitting of the season.

Lecce: Guided Bike Tour

3. 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: Private Tour with Pasticciotto Tasting

4. 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.

From Bari: Puglia Private 9-Day Trip by Van with Villa

5. From Bari: Puglia Private 9-Day Trip by Van with Villa

Puglia is a region with a rich history, with ancient Greek and Roman ruins scattered throughout the region. It is known for its delicious cuisine, with dishes such as orecchiette pasta and pane pugliese (a type of bread) being popular both in Italy and abroad. The region is also home to several beautiful beaches, as well as charming hilltop towns and villages, making it a popular destination for tourists. Overall, Bari and Puglia are rich in culture, history, and natural beauty, making them a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Italy. Itinerary for 9 days Day 1 Arrive in Bari. Meet and greet at the airport. Check into your private villa in Capitolo and rest, have a glass of wine, beer, snack etc. Dinner at Gran Pavese seafood restaurant close to your villa. Day 2 Visit Castellano Cave located in the city of Castellana Grotte Explore the city of Monopoli on a walking tour. Main attractions: Basilica Cattredale Maria Santissima della Madia, Castello di Carlo V Evening dinner in Monopoli historic center. Day 3 Explore the city of Bari historic center. Main attractions: Basilica San Nicola, Mincuzzi Palace Explore the city of Polignano A Mare Main attractions: Piazza Dell'orologio, Ponte Borbonico di Lama Monachile Dinner in historic center of Polignano A Mare Day 4 Relax at the villa, enjoy the swimming pool or explore the beautiful beaches in Capitolo Dinner in Monopoli Day 5 Explore Zoosafari near the city of Fasano Visit the city of Alberobello - unesco heritage site Main attractions: Trulli di Alberobello historic center, Belvedere Santa Lucia observation deck Dinner in the vicinity of your villa to be decided. Day 6 Visit the city of Martina Franca historic center. Main attractions: Basilica di San Martino, Piazza Maria Immacolata, Piazza XX Settembre, Porta di Santo Stefano Visit the city of Locorotondo historic center. Main attractions: Chiesa Madre San Giorgio (church), Church of Madonna della Greca Day 7 Visit historic center of Lecce Main attractions: Duomo di Lecce, Anfiteatro Romano Visit the city of Ostuni and it’s main attractions: Duomo di Ostuni, Chiesa di San Francesco (church) Day 8 Return to city of Bari for more shopping and evening dinner. Spend full day or half day at your preference Day 9 Depart from Bari and return home, taking with you many unforgettable memories of your trip to the Puglia region.

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What people are saying about Lecce

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4.5 / 5

based on 116 reviews

Beautiful city. Our guide, Diletta, was courteous, professional, funny and super thorough. A tour that allowed us to get to know Lecce and its main characteristics, thus giving us the opportunity to better understand what we saw individually in the afternoon, walking around the city. Thanks Diletta!

Wonderful day in Lecce, thanks also to the guidance of Prof. Luigi Bianco who with his professionalism allowed us to discover a splendid Lecce with its facets and details that we would not have been able to grasp on our own. Recommended visit

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.

Unforgettable immersion in the art of Lecce, already wonderful in itself ... even more if accompanied by the talented Diletta!

guide very prepared and attentive to all participants