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Lecce: Sightseeing Tour, the Florence of South Italy

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.

Santa Maria di Leuca: Capo di Leuca Boat Tour

Santa Maria di Leuca: Capo di Leuca Boat Tour

Discover the caves of the Ionian and Adriatic coasts of Capo di Leuca on a boat tour from Santa Maria di Leuca. Swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Salento coast and enjoy an aperitif on board. Meet your skipper and set sail from the port of Leuca. Cruise along the Adriatic coast and admire the views of the Punta Meliso, the lighthouse of Santa Maria di Leuca, and the wonderful caves of the Adriatic coast. Explore Punta Meliso, the lighthouse of Santa Maria di Leuca, and the wonderful caves of the Adriatic coast. See the Cazzafri, la Fiumara, Terradico, dei Gabbiani, Verdusella, Ortocupo/Soffio, della Vora, and della Cattedrale caves. Pass by Punta Ristola and discover the Grotta del Diavolo, del Cerchio, di Mesciu Giannu, del Fiume, del Presepe, delle Tre Porte, dei Giganti, del Drago, and degli Innamorati caves. Take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Salento coast before returning to the port of Leuca.

Van Tour Adriatic Coast from Roca to Otranto

Van Tour Adriatic Coast from Roca to Otranto

Embark on our VanTour Costa Adriatica for a hassle-free exploration of Salento. Departing from Lecce, choose between morning or afternoon shifts for a 5-hour tour. The tour kicks off with Roca and its Grotta della Poesia, a natural swimming pool nestled amidst breathtaking rocks (entrance ticket not included, available for purchase on-site). Descending along the Adriatic coast, our next stop is Torre dell'Orso, home to Le Due Sorelle, two twin rocks steeped in legend. According to folklore, these rocks represent young women who tragically drowned and were transformed into stone by the gods. Torre Sant'Andrea follows, boasting awe-inspiring sandstone stacks sculpted by wind and sea over centuries. Concluding our journey is Otranto, where you'll have approximately an hour to explore its enchanting historic center. Wander through narrow alleys, visit the Cathedral, the Castle, and St. Peter's Basilica, soaking in the town's rich history and charm. Return to Lecce with a heart full of memories and a camera full of stunning photographs capturing the beauty of Salento's Adriatic coast. Experience the wonders of Salento effortlessly aboard our VanTour, offering convenience and exploration in equal measure.

Sant'Andrea Island Boat Tour with aperitif on board

Sant'Andrea Island Boat Tour with aperitif on board

A perfect excursion to explore the sea of Gallipoli and its splendid landscape, discovering the Island of Sant’Andrea, one of the few islands in Salento accessible only by sea, a highly appreciated destination for snorkeling enthusiasts, and Punta Pizzo, a wonderful place known for its golden beaches and crystal-clear water, ideal for children to swim and have fun safely. On board, you can enjoy a tasty aperitif of Salento snacks, sip a drink offered by us, and take a refreshing swim in the magnificent sea of Gallipoli. The tours last approximately 3 hours and depart every day in the morning and afternoon; snorkeling equipment is included in the price and will be provided by Sea Tour staff. The itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, but your experience along the south side will still be fantastic and unforgettable.

Salento: Winery Tour and Tasting

Salento: Winery Tour and Tasting

Enjoy a guided tour of one of the oldest wineries in Apulia on this tour in Salento. See the lush rolling vineyards and venture into the cellars. Try a selection of wines paired with a traditional Italian snack.  Meet the winemaker and begin your tour of this winery that was founded in 1885. Learn about the wines that are produced by this winery like Primitivo, Negramaro, and a fruity rose`. Walk through the old cellar and see the oak barrels where the wine is aged. Listen as your guide explains how the wine is produced in detail. Take a stroll in the vineyards and see where the grapes are ripened to perfection in the rich Italian sun. Try 3 different wines in a guided tasting. Appreciate the depth of flavors hidden in each glass which is paired with Taralli (cracker-like bread).

Tour in Mini crociere Alle Grotte di S. M. di Leuca

Tour in Mini crociere Alle Grotte di S. M. di Leuca

Take a mini-cruise to visit the caves on both sides of Santa Maria di Leuca. Enjoy an aperitif on board and taste the typical "frisa salentina," one of the best products of the Salento bakeries. Be in front of the boarding point at least 15 minutes before the start of the tour. During the mini-cruise, life jackets, life buoys, life buoyancy aids, booms, and boards will be provided upon request. There is a toilet and bar on board the boat to purchase coffee, drinks, and soft drinks. On the upper part of the boat is the sunbathing area.

Tour alle Grotte di S. M. di Leuca per Piccoli Gruppi

Tour alle Grotte di S. M. di Leuca per Piccoli Gruppi

Sail along the coast of Santa Maria di Leuca on a boat tour. Take in the stunning views of the cliffs and caves while listening to your guide's commentary. Stop for a swim in the crystal clear waters. Board your boat and set off on your adventure. Sail along the coast and take in the beautiful views of the cliffs and caves. Listen to your guide's comments as you admire the view. Stop for a swim in the crystal clear waters. If you wish, you can visit both the Ionian and Adriatic sides of the coast (by prior arrangement)

Escursione in barca a vela

Escursione in barca a vela

Tutti i gg h 10.00 > 17.00 Versante Sud Isola di S. Andrea | Torre Pizzo ... Versante Nord Porto Selvaggio | Torre Uluzzo Breve briefing conoscitivo a bordo Navigazione sulle costa ionica del Salento Visite alle insenature raggiungibili solo dal mare, snorkeling e sup Sosta relax per bagno e aperitivo a bordo, bevande incluse. Every day 10.00am > 5.00pm Southern side Island of S. Andrea | Pizzo Tower ... Northern side Porto Selvaggio | Uluzzo Tower Short informative briefing on board Navigation on the Ionian coast of Salento Visits to the coves reachable only from the sea, snorkeling and sup Relaxing stop for swimming and reinforced aperitif on board, drinks included.

Wine Tour "The pearls of Manduria"

Wine Tour "The pearls of Manduria"

Reception of the guests with the welcome aperitif during which our painting will be in tasting - Negroamaro rosé IGP Salento accompanied by homemade friselline with fresh cherry tomatoes and our Jarche extra virgin olive oil. Guided tour in the cellar and, during the tour in the barricia, tasting of a primitive stapled directly from the barrique. The same type of wine tasted in barrique will then be tasted in the bottle (our primitive of Manduria DOP), to compare a wine in aging with the finished product, all accompanied by the tasting of local production pecorino cheese. At the end of the guided tour, tasting of our primitive of Manduria DOCG Natural Dolce accompanied by "hard pieces", typical Apulian sweets rich in almonds.

Boat trip from Castro to Malepasso

Boat trip from Castro to Malepasso

Make your holiday in Salento unforgettable with our boat trip to the caves of Castro and Santa Cesarea Terme! You can discover every nook and cranny of this impressive coast and dive directly from our boat into the crystal-clear waters of Salento. We will depart from the old port of Castro and head for the beautiful Grotta Palombara and Grotta Azzurra. You will then be impressed by the Grotta Zinzulusa, which owes its name to the stalactites on its ceiling. These seem to hang like rags, called "zinzuli" in the local dialect. We then reach the beautiful inlet of Porto Miggiano, where you can dive into the water directly from our boat. After this refreshing dive, we will re-board and reach Santa Cesarea Terme. This area is known for its sulphurous springs, and we will see one in particular that flows directly into the sea. The coast beyond Santa Cesarea is full of ancient watchtowers, as well as many caves and inlets. Next we will arrive to Malepasso inlet where there will be another stop for swim and an aperitif on board including friselline with tomato, olives an local products before returning to Castro.

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4.7
(33 reviews)

Very good visit, complete and full of knowledge. Lecce has so much to offer that hiring a local guide greatly enhances the experience. Furthermore, my father had a motorized chair and the guide adapted the route quite well to the specific needs of the chair (within the lack of adaptation that Puglia has for people with reduced mobility). This visit is highly recommended. Thank you very much, Federica!!

The winery tour was excellent with very interesting history/stories conveyed about the different wines and how the winery had developed. The wine tasting was generous and we loved their red wines that we ordered 12 bottles to be sent back to New Zealand. The food with the wine was generous and we enjoyed the break between each tasting where we could chat to the other people in the tour.

It was an incredible experience. I had already taken tasting tours, but meeting Laura and the place she has chosen to display her profession, vocation and professionalism have captivated me and my partner and we have been able to take a little piece of Puglia with us. We were amazed by Jorche's entrepreneurship. I hope one day to visit them again.

She was a very knowledgeable person and dedicated, loves her job. She was German, don’t remember her name. GREAT

Very good visit, very interesting. Elena was perfect!