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  2. Apulia
  3. Lecce
  4. Day Trips

From Lecce: Full-Day Salento Tour with Professional Guide

Product ID: 91773
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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.
About this activity
Duration 8 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English, Italian

Pick-up service

Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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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
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
• Please bring your passport and camera
• Wear comfortable shoes
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