Lecce: Private Rural Salento Tour
- Private group
- Duration: 7 hours
Meet your tour guide and begin a private guided tour of Galatina, the third most populous municipality in Salento. It's a fascinating town rich in Baroque art and history. You will walk through the historical center, among typical alleys, surrounded by ancient palaces, churches, and squares. Galatina boasts one of the most beautiful and important basilicas in Italy, the St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral. It was built in a Romanesque-Gothic style between 1369 and 1391 at the behest of the Orsini Del Balzo family who, at the beginning of the fifteenth century, decided to totally paint the interior of the building. The rich pictorial cycle, of notable artistic importance, represents various biblical scenes: genesis, the apocalypse the 7 sacraments, and more. Art lovers will be amazed by the charm and importance of this basilica. The visit includes a walk through the historical center. ...
You'll begin by meeting with your driver and guide in Lecce before your departure. Later, you'll arrive to Galatina at 9:00AM to begin a private guided tour of the city. You will visit one of the most beautiful and important Basilicas in southern Italy, Saint Catherine of Alexandria in the Gothic-Romanesque style, which includes a walk in the historic center to admire the clock tower and the ancient gates to the city. Following that, you'll arrive to Soleto at 11:00AM to begin your second private and guided tour. Soleto is a charming authentic village of which you will be able to appreciate the 14th and 16th-century art of its civil buildings which are characterized by coats of arms and Baroque ornaments. You'll later arrive to Masseria le Stanzie at 12:30PM. There you will visit the Masseria and its ancient Ipogeo oil mill, before returning to Lecce.
Your experience begins as you meet with your driver and guide before departing from Lecce. Upon arrival in Galatina, you'll begin a private guided tour. Galatina is a beautiful town of Salento, rich in Baroque art and important monuments. You will visit the Basilica of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, one of the most beautiful basilicas in southern Italy which was built in a Gothic-Romanesque style. You will also visit the clock tower, the sedile, and the ancient city gateways, before you depart towards Soleto. You will soon arrive in Soleto, where history and art lovers will have the opportunity to visit the Byzantine church of Santo Stefano. There you can stroll among the alleys of the village to admire the Orsinian spire and mother church. Following this exploration, you will be provided with a break for lunch. Following lunch you will depart for Corigliano d'Otranto, where yo...
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