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Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Lecce with Dinner

Live an authentic culinary experience in Lecce, the baroque capital of Apulia. Enter the home of Giovanni, and enjoy an amazing hands-on cooking followed by a convivial dinner with his family. Giovanni' home is in a typical farmhouse located just outside Lecce´s  historic center. With his wife, he welcomes curious travellers into his great hall, complete with fireplace, as if it is your own home. Both of them are passionate for cooking, fine wine and art. They also organize cooking courses and guided tours of wine cellars, if you wish. Giovanni adores cooking and hosting guests, together with the help of his wife, who is originally from the southern region of Puglia. Together they have refined a menu of Pugliese specialties, using products and raw materials from the region, like fish and vegetables from the local market, and olive oil from Salento. Get ready to learn some of the secrets of our cuisine and enjoy the meal with your friends and family. This is a typical menu you will prepare and taste: • A Puglia speciality as an appetizer • Cream of broccoli with burrata cheese and anchovies • Cavalieri spaghetti with ‘hung’ tomatoes • Negroamaro pot roast with creamed Galatina potatoes • Salento pasticiotto flan.Don't miss the chance to live this unique culinary experience.

$370.14 Day Trips & Excursions

Semi-Independent Tour to Galatina and Gallipoli from Lecce

The pick-up will take place at 9am in your favourite location in Lecce.Your first stop in this driven tour will be in Galatina. Galatina is the city in which testimonies of the Latin and Greek cultures coexist in harmony, mingling with the magic-esoteric "tarantism", which is why the city rites can be called an "outdoor museum" and in 2005 was declared City of Art. One of the most important buildings is the Church of Santa Caterina, a fresco jewel in Gothic-Byzantine style and therefore declared National Monument; and the Mother Church dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul.Then there are the numerous palaces in precious and elegant Baroque style; the three gates of the city, only evidence of the ancient city walls, and the three Basilian crypts intended as places of worship and abode by the Basilian monks.After Galatina, your driver will take you to Cantina L'Astore in Cutrofiano, about 100 hectares of vineyards and olive groves, where you can have lunch and taste local wines.Finally, your driver will take you to Gallipoli, the tourist center for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear water.Gallipoli is a trendy town that still keeps the atmosphere of the ancient fishing village. Its name derives from the greek "Kalé polis", which means "beautiful city" and is in fact called Pearl of the Ionian Sea. The old town is situated on a limestone island connected to the mainland by a stone bridge, and it is a continuous overlapping of building structures of various periods and different cultural backgrounds. The architecture of the buildings enchants with its wonderful Baroque style, characterized by sumptuous decorations with floral motifs and angels and the use of Carparo, a calcareous stone that comes from the cementation of limestone sediments, usually in the marine environment.After a walk downtown, we strongly recommend a stop in Piazza della Dogana, home to the folklorist fish market. Every day the fishermen open their oily fish shoals, sea bream and sea bass, groupers and octopuses. You will find a mix of perfumes and silver fish that contrast with the bright colors of the boats and the blue sea.At the end of the walk your chauffeur will be waiting to take you back to the meeting point in Lecce at 4.30pm

$460.36 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Galatina, outstanding, mind-blowing Giottesque frescoes in Puglia day Trip from Brindisi

We will pick you up from any location in Brindisi such as hotels, private villas, bed and breakfast, train station, airport or the port and our professional driver will take you to Galatina. Here there will be a licensing guide waiting for you and starting the walking tour.Located 20 km south of Lecce, Galatina unveils an artistic splendor started in the fourteenth century with the Orsini del Balzo family. The tour will lead to the discovery of real jewels, starting with the Basilica of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, a treasure chest that houses magnificent frescoes commissioned by Princess Maria d'Enghien who in the fifteenth century called the best artists of Naples to realize valuable painting cycles comparable to those of Assisi. The Basilica blends more architectural styles, from Romanesque to Gothic, from Norman to Byzantine and also includes an elegant cloister with eighteenth-century frescoes, the museum with an arabesque ceiling and a room dedicated to relics and votive offerings. After admiring the Basilica, the tour continues with the church of Saints Peter and Paul, the Orsini palace and the pretty old town. When your time at Galatina ends, return to your minivan for the private drive back to Brindisi