This tour will include some splendid “jewels” of the Salent: Lecce (also known as the “Florence of the South”), Otranto with the beautiful mosaic floor in the Cathedral ), Galatina and Gallipoli (the wonderful Greek colony).
Accommodation: In order to avoid having to move from hotel to hotel and also to give you ample opportunity to enjoy Lecce’s shopping possibilities, gastronomy and nightlife, you will spend all 3 nights in a hotel in the historical center of Lecce.
A driver will pick you up at the airport of Brindisi and take you to your hotel in Lecce. The baroque city Lecce is the capital city of the Salento peninsula. Then your guide will take you on a sightseeing tour of Lecce . By the way, the city was also the capital of the Ancient Terra d’Otranto on the Puglian peninsula. Lecce is called the Southern Florence for its wonderful architecture. You will discover why it has been included by Lonely Planet in the top ten of the cities to visit. The guided tour will take you 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 typical “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.) è denominata la Firenze del Sud per la ricchezza e bellezza della sua architettura. Il suo centro storico è ricco di testimonianze che vanno dall’antica Roma fino allo splendore del Barocco. Visiteremo l’anfiteatro ed il teatro Romano, le sue splendide piazze (Piazza Duomo e Sant’Oronzo), la Basilica di Santa Croce, i suoi palazzi ed alcune delle altre chiese barocche, il castello Carlo V, le antiche porte, un laboratorio artigiano per scoprire i segreti della cartapesta Leccese.
In the morning you will leave Lecce and go to Otranto (Unesco world heritage). Otranto is not far from Lecce and its Cathedral there is one of the world’s largest mosaic floors. We will also visit Otranto’s Castle and have some refreshments. Afterwards a private transfer will take you back to Lecce, where you will have some free time to enjoy the town. (Dinner and overnight stay in Lecce.)
Today you will visit Galatina, a town that i salso called the “Southern Assisi” because of its beautifully decorated church Santa Caterina d’Alessandria that is only surpassed by the beauty of the Basilica di Assisi. Galatina is also a symbol or Puglian folk music, known as “tarantismo” and of Puglian folk dance called “pizzica”. It is time for some refreshments and in the afternoon you will visit Gallipoli. The atmosphere is vivid. You will visit the Castle, the baroque cathedral, the Church Chiesa della Purità (beautifully decorated with a wonderful canvas behind the altar) and the picturesque harbor. We will then visit a subterrenean oil mill that was built in the 17th century and used to produce lampo il that was exported to many European countries. In the evening you will return to Lecce, have dinner and stay in the hotel in Lecce, which will be your gracious home during this vacation.
Depending on your departure time and your interests, you can choose one of our optional excursions. We recommend a visit of the white city Ostuni, of the trulli city Alberobello (UNESCO world heritage site), of Brindisi (the door to the Orient), to Corigliano d’Otranto with its castle, etc.) … or to dedicate the day to relaxing and wellness. You could also spend some time at the seaside or go shopping in Lecce.
Price starting from 900 euro per person (minimum number of participants: 2 persons)
The price includes
- All private transfers mentioned in the programme
- Entrance fees (if necessary)
- 3 nichts in a hotel in lecce
- English speaking guide during the whole tour
- Cooking class and tasting as mentioned in the programme
The rate does not include
- Lunches and dinners
- Travel insurance
- Services not mentioned in the programme
You can pay by either giving credit card details following our instructions at the time of booking, or by bank transfer. We do not keep your card details. Alternatively, payment may be made by electronic transfer for which full information will be provided at the time of booking.
The last date for payment of the balance of the cost of your holiday will be due to us at least 30 days before the Tour Start Date. We will tell you that last date for payment after we have confirmed our acceptance of your booking.
If you do not pay us before the last date for payment, we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled. If we do that, you accept that a cancellation fee will be due to us.
Surcharges and refunds
The prices given on our web site and in our offers sent by email to our clients are calculated at costs current at the time we fixed them. If costs rise or adverse currency exchange rates apply, you agree that we may increase prices at any time to a maximum of 10% of the advertised cost of the Tour. If we do this we shall tell you the costs which have risen and the percentage by which they have risen.
No matter what the increase, we shall not increase the cost less than 20 days before the departure date.
If we increase the price of your Tour by more than 10%, you are free to cancel. In that circumstance we will return to you all money paid to us.
As we say on the Tour web pages, a minimum number of 2 participants are required in order for a Tour to be viable. In the unusual event that we cancel a Tour, we shall return the full amount of your deposit or other payment.