The capital of Puglia baroque style
On a guided tour of Lecce, you will admire elegant baroque palaces and magnificent baroque churches constructed from the warmly colored Lecce stone. These beautiful buildings surround the ancient ruins of what was once a Roman city called Lupiae. In this beautiful town, just below the ground level of the main square, we can find a restored 2nd-century-AD amphitheatre, discovered about 100 years ago. During the visit, we will take you through the most charming streets in search of the other traces of the ancient times, like the roman theatre, which is hidden amidst the old town maze.
Get ready to be enchanted by the splendor of the baroque city, by the richness of the decorations, by the creativity of the sculptors, who made Lecce the so-called “Florence of the South”.
But Lecce is not just history and culture: The city also has a lively nightlife, nice shops, bars, restaurants and excellent pastry shops, where you can taste the traditional pasticciotto, a crusty pie, filled with custard and black cherry.
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Visiting a traditional olive oil mill, we will learn about the traditional method of olive oil process, which uses granite millstones, as well as the modern processing system. We will taste different extra virgin olive oils produced by an olive oil farm in the heart of the wonderful Itria Valley. read more
In introductory Apulian cooking classes you will have the chance to gain practical knowledge about some of the most typical dishes of Puglia, including the most famous orecchiette with broccoli rabe. read more
We will take you to the most authentic places, and we will introduce you to Apulian restaurants selected by the Slow Food Movement... read more
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The most important Roman town in Puglia, the old “Brundisium” was connected to Rome through the ancient Via Appia—the Appian Way. Brindisi was for hundreds of years the bridge to the East and the crossroads of merchants, crusaders, sailors and several religious orders, including the mysterious Templar Knights, from all over Europe. read more
Ceglie Messapica is an authentic temple of gastronomy. Enjoy a fascinating walk along its enchanting streets and piazzas, in the heart of the Itria Valley. We will immerse ourselves in the daily life of a typical southern Italian town. Ceglie, that was an impressive Messapian fortress during the VIII century bC, is today one of the most fascinated cities of Puglia, the unmistakable skyline is dominated by the tower of ducal castle and the polychrome dome of the collegiate church. read more
This charming town with Greek roots has a majestic baroque Cathedral dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul and a stunning gothic church... read more
Gallipoli is an enchanting coastal town rich in history because of its Greek roots and its wonderful Baroque and Renaissance buildings. We will walk through the alleys of the old town, which connected to the mainland by a seventeenth-century bridge. read more
Grottaglie, the hometown of ceramic, sits on a small hill not far from Taranto, on the edge of the Murge terrace, surrounded by spectacular canyons... read more
Nardò is the most populated town of the province of Lecce, and one of the ancientest of the region. During the XVI century the city was the cultural capital of Salento thanks to the Acquaviva family, dukes of Nardò. read more
Before tasting the Primitivo di Manduria wine, we will have a walk through the alleys of the ancient towns of Oria and Manduria... read more
The gleaming white city of Ostuni sits atop the last hill of the southern Murgia plateau. Looking out from its fortifications, your eye is drawn over a plain full of ancient olive trees toward the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. read more
Otranto is the door to the East. For centuries, it was an outpost of the Byzantine Empire on Apulian soil, as well as the cultural and artistic center of the entire region. read more
Santa Maria di Leuca is truly the heel of Italy, the place where the Ionian Sea meets the Adriatic Sea. From this tip of Puglia will admire spectacular views of the harbor and the sea, as well as the sanctuary of Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae. read more
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