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Lecce: Walking Tour

1. Lecce: Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the Baroque architecture of Lecce on this guided walking tour. Discover the art and culture of the city's churches, antique buildings, and papier-machè masterpieces. Your tour begins from Sant'Oronzo square, where you will find a Roman Amphitheater which was first discovered at the beginning of the 20th Century. The itinerary goes on to the historic center, which is rich with churches and old buildings decorated by Baroque Art. During the tour, it will be possible to look at papier-machè artisans at work. This kind of art belongs to Lecce from the 17th Century, when it was conceived to decorate churches, back when the paper was the only material available. It continues to adorn the houses and the churches of this magical city thanks to old masters and young people.

Lecce: Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

2. Lecce: Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

Visit Lecce by foot. Take a private tour and discover the most beautiful places with an experienced guide. Choose between a morning, afternoon or evening departure and discover the spirit of fascinating Lecce. Admire historical attractions, including the Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Sant'Oronzo and the ornate Basilica of Santa Croce, as well as Piazza Duomo. Learn about authentic local culture and traditions and sample mouth-watering food, such as gelato or bruschetta, and a glass of wine. Enjoy a flexible itinerary and individual attention from your guide.

Lecce: Rickshaw Guided City Highlights Tour

3. Lecce: Rickshaw Guided City Highlights Tour

Experience a pleasant, multilingual (shared) or monolingual (private) tour in the comfort of modern, environmentally friendly rickshaws with an experienced guide. The tour starts with a visit to the main sights, through the characteristic narrow streets of the historical center. Discover the huge Piazza del Duomo, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. The tour continues by discovering the monumental entrance to the city, Porta Napoli, to continue with the fascinating Basilica of Santa Croce, which reveals the artistic development of the Lecce Baroque. The tour ends by pedaling to Piazza Sant'Oronzo, where among historical buildings and churches you will discover the Roman remains of the Roman amphitheater. Between history and culture, the inevitable is the discovery of typical flavors, a tasting of the excellences available according to the season. Enjoy a little tasting of a local products during the tour.

Lecce: Baroque Architecture and Underground Walking Tour

4. 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: Walking Street Food Tour

5. Lecce: Walking Street Food Tour

Explore Lecce as part of a walking group tour with an experienced guide. See the city's main sights, meandering through its whitewashed streets to iconic locations like the Piazza del Duomo and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Tuck into a small tasting of a surprise local product at the end of the tour, to perfectly round off your Italian trip. Begin your tour by heading to Lecce's main sights, walking through the characteristic narrow streets of the historical center. For instance, discover the impressive Piazza del Duomo, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. Continue by discovering the monumental entrance to the city, Porta Napoli, before carrying on to the fascinating Basilica of Santa Croce, which displays the artistic development of the Lecce Baroque. Round off your tour by heading to Piazza Sant'Oronzo, where, among historical buildings and churches, you marvel at the historic remains of the Roman amphitheatre. After getting your fix of history and culture, dive into another side of Italy: its flavors. Taste a delicious local product - a surprise - that is befitting of the season.

Lecce: Guided Bike Tour

6. Lecce: Guided Bike Tour

Visit Lecce by bicycle. Take a private tour and discover the most beautiful places with an experienced guide. Choose between a morning, afternoon or evening departure and discover the spirit of fascinating Lecce. Admire historical attractions, including the Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Sant'Oronzo and the ornate Basilica of Santa Croce, as well as Piazza Duomo. Learn about authentic local culture and traditions and sample mouth-watering food, such as gelato or bruschetta, and a glass of wine. Enjoy a flexible itinerary and individual attention from your guide.

Lecce: Sightseeing Tour, the Florence of South Italy

7. Lecce: Sightseeing Tour, the Florence of South Italy

Following a pick-up from Naples Gate, drive to the historic city of Lecce to admire Baroque buildings, whitewashed houses, and more. Your tour of the “Florence of Southern Italy” includes Lecce Cathedral. Originally built in 1144, and completely restored between 1659-70, the addition of a 5-story bell tower and octagonal loggia helped turn it into one of Italy’s most important cathedrals. Continue to the Church of the Theatines, dedicated to St. Irene, and marvel at the expansive façade of different styles. The portal is surmounted by a statue of St. Irene by Mauro Manieri, while the altar of St. Michael the Archangel boasts a copy of an eponymous painting by Guido Reni. Nearby is the Rococo altar of St. Andrew Avellino, and the mid-17th-century altar of St. Orontius by Francesco Antonio Zimbalo. Admire the altar of St. Irene with its canvas by Giuseppe Verrio, and the 9 busts of saints housing historic relics. See the altar of St. Stephen, containing the “Stoning of St. Stephen” by Verrio. Visit the 2nd-century BC Roman Amphitheatre near Piazza Sant'Oronzo. Once able to seat more than 25,000 people, it is now half-buried by monuments built over it throughout the centuries. Go to the column that holds a statue of Lecce’s patron saint, St. Oronzo, given to the city by Brindisi for St. Oronzo’s reputed role in curing Brindisi of the plague. Once one of a pair, it marked the end of the legendary Appian Way, the main road between Rome and southern Italy. Walking through the streets of the old town, visit the Church of Santa Chiara and Roman Theatre.

From Lecce: Full-Day Salento Tour with Professional Guide

8. From Lecce: Full-Day Salento Tour with Professional Guide

This tour will give you the opportunity to visit the four most significant towns in Salento: Galatina, Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca and Gallipoli. 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 are the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, and the ancient "courtyard houses" and the buildings situated in the historical centre. Otranto is Italy’s easternmost town and is well-known as “Porta d’Oriente” (literally, “Door to the Orient”) The town of Otranto is full of history, and every corner highlights the passage of different civilizations, including the Romans, the Byzantines, the Ottomans and the Aragoneses. 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 of the ancient city make Otranto one of the most interesting cultural destinations in South Italy. After Otranto you will reach Santa Maria di Leuca, along the wonderful Adriatic coast, characterized by cliffs overlooking the sea, caves and bays with rocky bottom. Along the way you will admire Santa Cesarea Terme, Castro Marina and the Ciolo Fiord. 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 colourful 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 new village, where the tourist facilities and modern buildings arise, and the old city. The old part of the city is located on a limestone island connected to the mainland by a 17th century bridge. The historic centre 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 Cathedral dedicated to St. Agatha, one of the best examples of Baroque in Salento, the Angevine Castle built in the 13th century and the Greek Fountain, one of the oldest fountains in Italy.

Lecce: Private Tour with Pasticciotto Tasting

9. 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.

From Lecce: Full-Day Valle d'Itria Tour with Guide

10. From Lecce: Full-Day Valle d'Itria Tour with Guide

A tour to the discovery of 3 characteristic villages of Itria Valley: Alberobello, Ostuni, Martina Franca. The whole Valley is surrounded by wonderful countrysides dominated by a rich vegetation and natural landscapes and includes picturesque villages. Each of these villages seems enveloped in a magical, almost fairytale-like atmosphere. Alberobello, a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1996, is the town in Puglia with the largest number of Trulli. Destination of millions of tourists crowding its narrow streets, Alberobello offers visitors a unique scenario. Particularly striking are the two districts: "Rione Monti" with its local handcraft shops and "Aia Piccola", where the most ancient Trulli and little museums are situated. Martina Franca is in the eastern hills of the Murge. It is a melting pot of history and art. Its historical centre, very charming and quaint, appears to the visitor in a spectacular maze of narrow streets, whitewashed houses, charming streets, old churches and wrought iron balconies. Among the structures that characterize the Old Town are the Palazzo Ducale, the Palazzo Stabile, the Basilica of San Martino, Piazza XX Settembre and Piazza Roma. Ostuni is known as the “White City" par excellence. It is situated on the Murge Hills with steep walls and its historic centre, painted only in white, is a proliferation of plans, of ups and downs, of alleys and stairways, of tangled streets that cross arches and squares. On its summit stands the monumental Cathedral, in late Gothic style.

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What people are saying about Lecce

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4.4 / 5

based on 26 reviews

Luna brought us closer to Lecce in an interesting and informative way. We were able to see more buildings by bike than on foot. The bikes were in good condition. In between, we were invited to a quick coffee and a sweet treat on the cathedral square, while Luna explained everything. Even as a German, I was able to follow the English explanations well.

Very interesting bike tour. Although we had already visited the city a little, we learned a lot. And it's nice to ride a bike in Lecce. Thanks to Agathe, our French-speaking guide who took good care of us.

Dileta was a wonderful guide. She kept the right pace, with great historical facts. Our family enjoyed the tour a lot. We did not see the time pass by.

Very informative tour of the city of Lecce thanks to the in-depth knowledge of our friendly guide Agathe whom we warmly recommend.

guide very prepared and attentive to all participants