Venture to the end of the world on this day tour of the Salento peninsula. Explore historic Santa Maria di Lecusa, at the southernmost tip, and marvel at the underground olive press in Specchia. Enjoy a break for lunch in picturesque San Gregorio.
What to Expect
Begin this full-day excursion with an 08:00 pick-up at your preferred location in Lecce and head off to Santa Maria di Leuca, the first stop on the tour.
Santa Maria di Leuca is situated on a lovely bay at the southernmost tip of the Salento peninsula, and is a place steeped in history. According to legend, it was here that Aeneas, the Greek hero considered the founder of Roman culture, set foot on land. In addition, Saint Peter is said to have initiated his missionary work in Italy here.
Visit the cathedral that was built on the site of a temple dedicated to the goddess Minerva. On the right-hand side when you enter, you’ll see a relic recovered from the temple.
The best way to admire this area and its fascinating geological formations is by boat and there is no shortage of local sailors ready to take you out to sea, off the coast where the world ends. A boat tour to explore the numerous underwater caves which characterize this stretch of coast is recommended.
Your chauffeur will drive you to Patù/San Gregorio for lunch, where you’ll enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Bar del Moro, and take in the breathtaking panorama as you savor dishes prepared with typical local products.
Next you’ll continue on to medieval Specchia. The historic center was developed during the 15th century around the primitive nucleus of the castle. Visit the underground hypogeous olive press, recently restored, and a testament to the historical importance of olive oil production in Specchia and in Puglia in general.
Following your time in Specchia your chauffeur will drive you back to Lecce.
A tour guide is not included, a suggestion may be to bring a guidebook. Remember to check on the website the opening times of the location you want to visit and the price of entrance ticket. Entrance fees are not included.
- Pick-up and drop off at the location of your choice in Lecce
- Transportation by private car or minivan
- Driver at your disposal for the entire tour
What's Not Included
- Entry fees
- Food and beverages
Know Before You Go
• Infant seats are available on request if supplier is advised at the time of booking