Welcome to Lecce
If Puglia were a movie, Lecce would be cast in the starring role. Bequeathed with a generous stash of baroque buildings by its 17th-century architects, the city has a completeness and homogeneity that other southern Italian metropolises lack. Indeed, so distinctive is Lecce’s architecture that it has acquired its own moniker, barocco leccese (Lecce baroque), an expressive and hugely decorative incarnation of the... Read More
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Private Transfer: Hotel to Brindisi Airport
When it's time to head to Brindisi-Salento Airport, ensure you make your flight with this convenient private departure transfer. You'll be picked up from your hotel in Lecce, Otranto, Gallipoli, Alberobello, Ostuni and Fasano and driven in the comfort of a private vehicle to the airport. You'll ride in a Mercedes E-Class or Opel Vivaro vehicle, depending on your group size.To make a booking for this private departure transfer from your accommodation to Brindisi-Salento Airport, simply make a note of your flight and hotel details when booking. Your transfer will be confirmed within 24 hours of booking, and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. It's that easy!Price is per person, based on eight adults per vehicle.
Semi-Independent Tour to Otranto and Punta Palascia from Lecce
The pick-up will take place at 9 am at the hotel (at the junction) in Lecce. The first stop is Otranto, the most eastern city of Italy, a “bridge” between East and West, a place rich in history, art, culture and Caribbean beaches. You can start with the visit of the Aragonese Castle, a defensive stronghold of the city, a real masterpiece of military architecture and today a place of culture. The interior of the castle is in fact the site of interesting exhibitions that the public can access free of charges. After visiting the castle, you can do a walk in the old town, a maze of narrow streets and alleys, the oldest and most characteristic part of the city. A stroll down the narrow streets, which occasionally give way to the azure sea views, you are transported back in time, with small houses, plots of stairways, green courtyards, and shops of handicrafts and local crafts. To refresh yourselves from the walk, the chaffeur will be a stop for lunch at the Farm "Le Creste", an ideal place to eat healthy and genuine products in contact with nature. Here we will taste typical dishes of the Apulian tradition in a warm and friendly atmosphere, a safe place to recharge. As the last stage, you can choose between a former quarry of bauxite or Punta Palascia or both! The former quarry of bauxite is almost lunar environment created by the presence of a former quarry used to extract the 'red ore' which has formed an emerald green lake that makes the view simply extraordinary. The color of the water creates a fascinating contrast to the surrounding rock walls, which shine with a beautiful deep red. The landscape is surrounded by vegetation with its bright green creates a wonderful place to visit at least once in their lifetime. Punta Palascìa, which creates a meeting point between the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic Sea. From there you can enjoy a breath-taking view characterized by a beautiful lighthouse, known as one of the five most important in the Mediterranean, that stands out among the rocks and overlooks the vast almost never-ending sea. The drop-off will be at 4,30pm at your favourite point.Note: The english speaker drivers are not guaranteed. It depends on their availability.Tour guide is not included, we suggest you to have a guidebook. We remember you to check on website the opening times of the location you want visit and the price of entrance ticket. The fees are not included.
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
Tour in the Natural Beauties of Salento: Santa Maria di Leuca and Specchia
Get picked up at your hotel or other location in central Lecce by your driver for the day.Travel first to Santa Maria di Leuca, which sits on the southernmost tip of the Salento peninsula on a stunningly beautiful bay. It's a popular town with visitors, and is steeped in history. According to legend, it was in this area that Aeneas, the founding father of the Roman people, set foot on land. And Saint Peter is said to have started on his missionary work in Italy from here. Visit the town's cathedral, which is located where there was once a temple to the goddess Minvera - on the right when you enter the church you can see a relic from this time.Hire a local sailor to take you on a boat tour, which is the only way to see the truly fascinating underwater caves and other geological formations off the coast.Continue to Patù/San Gregorio, where you can eat lunch (own expense) at the Bar del Moro, a local relaxed atmosphere with a breathtaking panorama. Sample typical local products in the various dishes.Next, head for Specchia, where the historic center is still set according to a typical Medieval town plan, where the center is the castle. The most evocative part of the village is that behind the castle, among flights of stairs and short, narrow streets, among the alleyways and courtyards. Don't miss the recently-restored underground olive press, a testament to the historical importance of olive oil production in Specchia and in Puglia in general. There are four underground olive presses - Scupola, Cicca, Perrone, and Francescai Neri. The mills were built in the 15th-19th centuries, carved out of the soft tufa rock.At the conclusion of the trip, your driver will return you to your starting point in Lecce.Please note: This day trip does not include a tour guide, and all exploration is self-guided. Entry fees, boat trips, and meals are all at your own expense.
Private Tour: Castro and Otranto Day-Trip from Lecce
The pick-up will take place at 8:30am at your favourite location in Lecce. The first stop is Castro, with its mild atmosphere, the generous nature, its enchanting sea , the beautiful scenery , it is one of the most beautiful port of tourist of Salento. Castro is characterized by the particular salting buildings and pedestrian streets where you can admire the beautiful view of the bay and the Adriatic Sea up to Santa Maria di Leuca. Of particular interest is the Aragonese Castle of the XVI century and the Byzantine Church of the tenth century. Very fashinating is also the Zinzulusa Cave, sits near Castro. It is one of Salento's most impressive karstic phenomena, so we suggest you to do a boat-tour in the cave, and do a jump in for a swim in the crystal-clear water, if the weather permits it. Driving along a coastal road, through the town of Santa Cesarea Terme and Porto Badisco, you will admire an unique landscape, our chaffeur will bring you to Otranto for lunch time at the farmer "Le Creste". Lying deep in Italy’s stiletto, Otranto is a mix of history, architecture, views, sea-front restaurants and white sandy beach makes it one of Puglia's most interesting, charming and picturesque towns. The imposing castle, thick perimeter walls and robust towers (built after the town was liberated from the Turks in the late 15th century) dominate much of the town, giving way to a small port, a series of sea-front promenades with excellent fish restaurants and the town's very own beautiful white sandy beach and turquoise waters. The delightful Romanesque cathedral, dating back to 1088 and boasting extensive 12th century floor mosaics, is another highlight that should not be missed. After this exciting day, your chaffeur will bring you back at the favourite point. Note: Tour guide is not included, we recommend you to have a guidebook
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, a professional sommelier and enjoy an amazing hands-on cooking followed by a convivial dinner with his family.Giovanni' home is in a seventeenth-century palace located on the main street of Lecce’s historic center, just a moment’s walk from the city’s beautiful baroque cathedral and Piazza Sant’Oronzo. 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 professional sommeliers with a passion 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.