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From Lecce: Full-Day Salento Tour with Professional Guide

From Lecce: Full-Day Salento Tour with Professional Guide

From US$ 257.14 per person

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Salento on an 8-hour scenic tour from Lecce. Discover the picturesque towns of Galatina, Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca and Gallipoli from a local perspective, and drink in the history and culture.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Pickup included
Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
Small group
Limited to 7 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Galatina, Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca and Gallipoli in one single day
  • Experience the breathtaking beauty of Salento
  • Stroll the colorful towns of Gallipoli and Otranto
  • Discover the many Baroque palaces and monuments in Galatina
Full description
This tour will give you the opportunity to visit the four most significant towns in Salento: Galatina, Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca and Gallipoli. 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 are the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, and the ancient "courtyard houses" and the buildings situated in the historical centre. Otranto is Italy’s easternmost town and is well-known as “Porta d’Oriente” (literally, “Door to the Orient”) The town of Otranto is full of history, and every corner highlights the passage of different civilizations, including the Romans, the Byzantines, the Ottomans and the Aragoneses. 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 of the ancient city make Otranto one of the most interesting cultural destinations in South Italy. After Otranto you will reach Santa Maria di Leuca, along the wonderful Adriatic coast, characterized by cliffs overlooking the sea, caves and bays with rocky bottom. Along the way you will admire Santa Cesarea Terme, Castro Marina and the Ciolo Fiord. 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 colourful 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 new village, where the tourist facilities and modern buildings arise, and the old city. The old part of the city is located on a limestone island connected to the mainland by a 17th century bridge. The historic centre 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 Cathedral dedicated to St. Agatha, one of the best examples of Baroque in Salento, the Angevine Castle built in the 13th century and the Greek Fountain, one of the oldest fountains in Italy.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off service in Lecce
  • Transport by minivan
  • Expert local guide
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

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  • Pets
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Overall rating

5 /5

based on 5 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    2.5/5
  • Transportation
    2.5/5
  • Value for money
    4/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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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

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July 11, 2019

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

September 6, 2021

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

September 27, 2019

Product ID: 91773