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The Jewish Museum, Lecce

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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: Jewish History Walking Tour

2. Lecce: Jewish History Walking Tour

Baroque Lecce is extremely well known, but the 17th century is just a recent part of a long history for this city. Lecce has been influenced by many ancient and important cultures, including Messapians, Greeks, Byzantines, Normans, French Angevins, and Spanish Aragonese. Begin your journey through the streets and alleys of medieval Lecce, focusing on its Jewish community. Visit Via della Sinagoga, the old path which used to lead to one of the most beautiful synagogues in South Italy. Following that, discover Vico della Saponea alley and walk through Via Abramo Balmes, a street dedicated to one the most important Jewish figures in Lecce. Take a trip back in time by visiting the evocative underground area of the Jewish Museum. The area is situated on the remains of the Synagougue, and includes a mikveh and mezuzah. Learn more about the Jewish community, including why the Jews were forced to leave Lecce.

Lecce: Guided Electric Scooter City Tour with Jewish Museum

3. Lecce: Guided Electric Scooter City Tour with Jewish Museum

Travel back in time on this guided electric scooter tour in Lecce. Gain insight into the city's facinating Roman, Jewish, and Baroque history on this unique tour. Feel like a local as you explore the city with a guide who knows it well.  Meet your guide at the tour supplier's office and board your electric scooter. Ride to the Santa Croce Church to admire this jewel of Baroque architecture. Visit the underground Jewish Museum and discover the town’s facinating Jewish history.  Continue to the Piazza Sant’Oronzo, which once was the market square. View the Old Town Hall, the Roman Column, and the remains of a huge Roman amphitheater. From here, enjoy a walk down the narrow Corso Vittorio Emanuele street which boast a Baroque palatial building and the recently restored Sant’Irene Church. Arrive at the breathtaking Piazza Duomo, where you can admire its unusual design. Make your way to the Archbishop’s Residence, the Seminary, the Bell Tower, and the cathedral. Pass by the Roman theater, the Palmieri Convitto library, and the Carlo V Castle. See the three gates of the old town at Porta Napoli, Porta Rudiae, and Porta San Biagio. Leave the historic center to admire the city walls and take in the greenery of Belloluogo Park which hosts a medieval tower. Finish your tour at the tour supplier's office where it began.

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What people are saying about The Jewish Museum, Lecce

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 54 reviews

Fascinating history of the now nonexistent (and erased) Jewish community that once thrived in Lecce. Meaningful to all faiths and nationalities. One suggestion: mention the meeting point is actually INSIDE the Jewish museum

Wonderful tour because we had a truly exceptional guide, well prepared with absolute competence and kindness. Lecce seen with a guide like Luigi from the Infotab agency is worth the trip

The guide provided interesting insights that sparked many questions. Great advice provided

Great way to experience the city and learn about the history and beauty of Lecce

Spectacular. I really liked it a lot. The guide was very knowledgeable.