Wonderful Lecce: from Lupiae to Baroque

Duration: 4 hours

Language: English

Availability: all year long, Monday – Saturday

Meet up location: wherever you like in Lecce

End location: wherever you like in Lecce

Activity level: light

Tour type: art and history, culture and traditions, wine and gastronomy

Tour description

A tour in the city center of Lecce (called the Southern Florence for its wonderful architecture) to discover why it has been included by Lonely Planet in the top ten of the cities to visit.

The guided visit will be a tour through the history of Lecce and its symbols (churches, monasteries, palaces, squares, castle): from the Roman domination (when it was called Lupiae) to the Barocco style.

The city tour will include the most important monuments: Sant’Oronzo square, Roman Amphitheatre, Roman Theartre, Celestini Palace, Basilica of Santa Croce with its wonderful baroque façade, the stunning  Duomo square (one of the few “closed” squares of Italy), Adorno Palace, Carafa Palace, Charles V Castle  , some other interesting churches (S. Irene, S. Matteo, S. Chiara, the Greek, etc.) the ancient city doors (Rudiae, Napoli, S. Biagio).

During the tour e can stop to visit an artesan workshop (papier-maché, etc.) and/or to taste a tyoical “fast food” of Lecce (from the salty Rustico to the sweet Pasticciotto or an ice-cream) and/or a coffee in a artisanal roasting bar.

Other options, more ideas for your perfect itinerary:

It’s also possible to extend the tour with a lunch/ dinner in a typical restaurant a cooking lesson, a winery, a cheese or some other typical product producer, a visit to sights inside or outside of Lecce (i.e. of san Niccolo and Cataldo, a wonderful example of medieval architecture) or in the surroundings (the wine area of Salice Salentino and Guagnano, Galatina called the southern Assisi, Corigliano with its castle, Otranto, the area of dolmen and menhier, etc.)

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