From Lecce: Full-Day Salento Tour with Professional Guide

From Lecce: Full-Day Salento Tour with Professional Guide

From $230.31 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.
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the dramatic coastal landscapes of Salento
  • Visit picturesque towns and villages such as Galatina, Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca and Gallipoli
  • Stroll the colorful towns of Gallipoli and Otranto at your own pace
  • Meet local artists and the craftsmen
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Professional guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 /5

    based on 3 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

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

    September 7, 2019

    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

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