Tasty and baroque Lecce
Tasty and baroque Lecce
A tour in the city center of Lecce (called the Southern Florence for its wonderfull architecture) to discover why it has been included by Lonely Planet in the top ten of the cities to visit. An itinerary through the history of Lecce and its symbols (churches, monasteries, palaces, squares, castle): from the Roman domination (when it was called Lupiae) to the Baroque style. The city tour will include the most important monuments: Sant’Oronzo square, Roman Amphitheatre, Roman Theatre, Celestini Palace, Holy Cross Basilica with its wonderfull baroque facade, the stunning Duomo square (one of the few “closed” square of Italy), some palaces (Carafa, Adorno, Marrese, Palmieri-Guarini, etc.), Charles V Castle, some other interesting churches (S. Irene, S. Matteo, S. Chiara, the Greek, etc.), the ancient city gates (Rudiae, Napoli, S. Biagio) and the Jewish heritage. During the tour we can stop to visit an artisan workshop (papier-maché, etc.) and/or to taste a typical “fast food” of Lecce (from the salty Rustico to the sweet Pasticciotto or an ice-cream) and/or a coffee in a artisanal roasting bar.
Some idea for changes to the itinerary It’s also possible to extend the tour with a meal in a typical restaurant; a cooking lesson; a wine, cheese or some other typical product tasting; a visit to some other attraction inside (Faggiano Museum discovered by chanche in a private house and showing more than 2.000 years of history) or outside the city center (i.e. the church of San Niccolò and Cataldo a wonderful example of medieval architecture and the neighbors Monastery of Olivetani and the monumental cemetery) or in the surroundings (the wine area of Salice Salentino and Guagnano, Galatina called the southern Assisi, Corigliano with its castle, the Unesco site of Otranto, the area of dolmen and menhir, the lively and picturesque Gallipoli, Nardò (and its baroque style city center, as well as wines and evo), the cliffs of Porto Selvaggio,
- half day (up to 4 hours) guided visit
- food and personal extras
- entrance tickets (if any): Faggiano Museum 3€
- 25€ per each extra hour (if any) exceding 4 hours
- transportation: it's a walking tour but, if you come from another city, I can arrange a transfer for you or we can meet at the railway station
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