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Lecce: Walking Tour

1. Lecce: Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the Baroque architecture of Lecce on this guided walking tour. Discover the art and culture of the city's churches, antique buildings, and papier-machè masterpieces. 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.

Lecce: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

2. Lecce: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Arrive at the home of your expert host for a memorable private dining experience where you will taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian mothers. During an exclusive cooking demonstration, feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as your host shares the secrets of her family cookbook while preparing the dishes right in front of you. Once the end result is ready, sit at an authentic Italian dining table and enjoy your 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert.

Lecce: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

3. Lecce: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private pasta-making class at the Cesarina's home, learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by a glass of local wine. During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal to you the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic regional pasta recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Each participant will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines.

Lecce Private Home Cooking Class

4. Lecce Private Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines.  During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Lecce

5. Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Lecce

Get hands-on help preparing your own dinner from a friendly chef. Enter the home of your teacher and follow their guidance to prepare a menu of traditional Apulian recipes. You will use fresh produce and raw ingredients sourced from the local market. Discover how to make perfect home made pasta. Later, enjoy the fruits of your labor with a lovely dinner with the chef. Get the recipes and continue your cooking adventure back at home.

Lecce: Market Tour and Private Home Cooking Class

6. Lecce: Market Tour and Private Home Cooking Class

Taste the traditional flavors of Italy with a cooking demonstration and dining experience, led by an expert home cook. Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes as your guide shares their cooking wisdom, which has been passed down in their family for generations. Wander through the local area with your guide to shop for the ingredients to use in your cooking class. Learn how to choose the best produce, and enjoy the distinctive atmosphere of the Italian market. Back at your local guide’s home, immerse yourself in a private cooking class. Discover the secrets of some of the most famous regional cuisine. Put your cooking skills to the test and then enjoy a meal to taste everything you’ve made, accompanied by a selection of local wines. 

Lecce: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

7. Lecce: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

On this tour, you can go food shopping like a local with your "Cesarina", enjoying the distinctive Italian local markets and learning how to recognize the best produce from the land. Then, attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of her/his family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with side dish and dessert with drinks (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars and coffee). Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

Lecce: Street Food Tour by Bike

8. Lecce: Street Food Tour by Bike

The tour begins with a visit to the main sights, passing through the characteristic narrow streets of the historic centre, we discover the majestic Piazza del Duomo, one of the most beautiful in Italy. The tour continues by discovering the monumental entrance to the city, Porta Napoli, and continues with the fascinating Basilica of Santa Croce, which reveals the artistic development of Lecce Baroque. The tour concludes by pedalling to Piazza Sant'Oronzo, where we discover the remains of the Roman amphitheatre among historical buildings and churches. Between history and culture, the experience of typical flavours is a must. Tastings of excellences of our territory among those available according to the season.

Lecce: Best of Lecce Walking Tour and Pasticciotto Tasting

9. Lecce: Best of Lecce Walking Tour and Pasticciotto Tasting

Did you know that Thomas Ashe named Lecce the “most beautiful city in Italy”? You have a chance to find out for yourself! The historical center and the monuments of Lecce are rich in unusual ornaments and colorful decorations. Would you like to find out what they characterize? Together with the professional local guide, you will walk through this wonderful city. It is a must for lovers of art and culture. Is Lecce on the heel of the boot? At the end of the tour, the guide will take you to the local bakery. You will try “Apasticciotto”- a famous traditional pastry. You have to pay extra for the church entrance. You will also get to experience the following attractions: - Basilica di Santa Croce - Centro Storico - Museo Faggiano - P.za del Duomo - Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption and Saint Orontius

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What people are saying about Lecce

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 38 reviews

The tour was beautiful and the guide very prepared and nice, too bad there was a little misunderstanding with the appointment that two discordant communications arrived on the time and the meeting point. Other than that I recommend it, and kudos to Anita the guide.

What a wonderful morning we had at Matilde's beautiful villa We were welcomed warmly and made a number of authentic Puglian dishes. Cannot recommend her highly enough

We had an amazing experience at Guilia's home. She made us feel at ease when we got there and served us some of the best food we had in Italy. We'll be back!

the tour was made interesting ... enjoyable ... by the guide Leante Luigi .... to recommend ... !!!

visit rich in color, in knowledge with a very nice guide.