Lecce Culture & history

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Lecce: Baroque Architecture and Underground Walking Tour

1. Lecce: Baroque Architecture and Underground Walking Tour

The tour starts with a visit to the majestic Santa Croce Church, the jewel in the crown of Lecce’s Baroque architecture. From here, explore the nearby Piazza Sant’Oronzo, the former market square where you can find the Old Town Hall, the Roman Column, and the remains of a huge Roman amphitheater. Continue the tour with a walk through the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, which boasts a stunning Baroque palazzi and the recently restored Sant’Irene Church. Arrive at the breathtaking Piazza Duomo next, one of the most critically praised buildings in Italy. See the Archbishop’s Residence, the Seminary, the Bell Tower, and the cathedral. Finally, visit the underground Jewish Museum and discover the town’s fascinating Jewish history.

Lecce: Private Walking Food Tour

2. Lecce: Private Walking Food Tour

Embark on an exciting private tour through the city of Lecce, famous for its Baroque art and culinary specialties. Meet your local tour guide in the main square and start off by discovering the ruins of an ancient Roman theater right in the middle of the city. Then, stroll through the historic city center, taking in its refined and elegant atmosphere. Admire the local architecture, a unique style called barocco lecesse. This refers to the local stone carvings that decorate the façades of private buildings, churches, and balconies, as opposed to traditional Italian gold motifs. Throughout your walk, stop for tastings of local culinary specialties: rustico leccese (savory stuffed pastry), puccia (stuffed flatbread), pasticciotto (custard-filled puff pastry), and leccese coffee.

Lecce: Private Tour with Pasticciotto Tasting

3. Lecce: Private Tour with Pasticciotto Tasting

The discovery of Lecce starts from the beginning, pre-Roman and Roman, to the great period of the Baroque. Take a walk to the historic center that will take you to discover the wonders of Lecce, one of the most beautiful cities of southern Italy. The route starts from Porta Napoli to Piazza Duomo, Cathedral, Bell Tower, and Bishop's Seminar, the baroque heart of Lecce. Continue walking to the Church of St. Irene, Piazza Sant'Oronzo, where you can see the ruins of the Roman amphitheater, the church of San Marco and the Sedile. Walking through the streets of the old town, you will visit the Church of Santa Chiara and Roman Theatre, other important particulars of the story of Lecce. During the tour, you will taste a typical pasticciotto, a cake made with pastry and cream. The tour ends at the Basilica of Santa Croce, a jewel of Lecce Baroque and Celestine Convent.

Lecce: Guided Walking Tour & Wine Tasting with a Wine Expert

4. Lecce: Guided Walking Tour & Wine Tasting with a Wine Expert

Discover the historic city of Lecce on a private or shared guided walking tour and wine tasting. See the beautiful Santa Croce's Basilica and the massive Piazza del Duomo and learn about the delicious Salento wines of the area. Begin your tour with a stroll through Lecce. Stop at the Porta Napoli, the monumental entrance to the city, before heading to the baroque Santa Croce’s Basilica. Continue through the old town's narrow streets to reach the heart of Lecce, the Sant’Oronzo Square. Stop to admire the ancient Amphitheater and the Roman Theater before continuing to the immense Piazza del Duomo. Finish your walking tour at a local wine shop, where you'll meet an oenologist (wine expert). Taste 3 wines from the Puglia region: a negroamaro, a Primitivo, and a susamaniello, accompanied by light refreshments. As you sip, hear about the production process and techniques used to transform grapes into wine and the types of grapes used from your wine expert.

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What people are saying about Lecce

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 116 reviews

We went out with 9 people, first your bike was properly adjusted and we got water and then we went on the road. It was a nice international group and the route was manageable despite the heat, with regular stops at the sights and a lot of explanation about everything. Our guide, Antonio, is a walking/cycling history book, learned a lot again. Big thumbs up!

Wonderful day in Lecce, thanks also to the guidance of Prof. Luigi Bianco who with his professionalism allowed us to discover a splendid Lecce with its facets and details that we would not have been able to grasp on our own. Recommended visit

Great tour through out the city . Our tour guide was great , very Knowledgeable, and kept the tour upbeat and fun! It’s a beautiful city tour by bike. Refreshments are included also .

Was really a great tour, seen a lot well explained and very entertaining. Regardless of the tour, very nice conversations with our guide.

Unforgettable immersion in the art of Lecce, already wonderful in itself ... even more if accompanied by the talented Diletta!