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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: Highlights Biking Tour

2. Lecce: Highlights Biking Tour

The tour begins with the visit to the main monuments, bicycle through the characteristic sights of the historical center. We will discover the majestic Piazza del Duomo, one of the most peculiar squares in southern Italy. The tour continues with the discovery of the monumental entrance to the city, Porta Napoli, and continues with the fascinating Basilica of Santa Croce, which reveals the artistic development of Lecce Baroque. The tour ends with the stroll through Piazza Sant'Oronzo where among historic palaces and churches we will discover the Roman vestiges of the Roman Amphitheater. And enjoy a little tasting of a local product during the tour.

From Ostuni: Lecce and Gallipoli Round-Trip Tour

3. From Ostuni: Lecce and Gallipoli Round-Trip Tour

Lecce, the Baroque masterpiece of southern Italy, has a long traditional affinity with Greek culture, going back to its foundation. The capital of Salento appeals for a unique combination of folklore, attractions, art and exciting scents. Admire the Cathedral, a wonderful example of baroque style, the former Convent of the Celestines, the Holy Cross Church, a symbol of the baroque style in Lecce built in 1646, the Arch of Triumph, erected in 1548 to pay homage to Charles V, and the churches of Saint Matthew, Saint John the Baptist and Saint Mary of the Graces. Gallipoli, from the Greek Kallipolis meaning beautiful city, is a fishing village on the coast of southern Puglia. Gallipoli old town, built on an island now connected to the mainland by a bridge, is a picturesque and nice place to stroll. The 17th century Baroque Saint Agate Cathedral is in the center of the town; several interesting churches are along the perimeter of the old town, facing the sea. The walls and bastions surrounding the old town have been built in the 15th century to fend off attacks, especially from pirates. The walls were altered in the 19th century, permitting beautiful views of the sea, port and harbors.

Lecce: Private Highlights Biking Tour

4. Lecce: Private Highlights Biking Tour

The tour begins with the visit to the main monuments, bicycle through the characteristic sights of the historical center. We will discover the majestic Piazza del Duomo, one of the most peculiar squares in southern Italy. The tour continues with the discovery of the monumental entrance to the city, Porta Napoli, and continues with the fascinating Basilica of Santa Croce, which reveals the artistic development of Lecce Baroque. The tour ends with the stroll through Piazza Sant'Oronzo where among historic palaces and churches we will discover the Roman vestiges of the Roman Amphitheater.

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What people are saying about Church of the Holy Cross, Lecce

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4.6 / 5

based on 7 reviews

We had the pleasure of having Luigi as a guide! He enchanted us from the first minute with the meticulous tales of history, legends, art, culture ..... with everything! 10 and praise to Luigi and thanks for the unforgettable hours spent together! Simply outstanding!

Lots of detailed information about the historical sights, nice guide, nice ending with local coffee and cake.

Beautiful city Lecce also known as the Florence of the South for its history and its art .. to visit!

Very good guide, extensive knowledge and has made the tour very enjoyable

Interesting tour. Excellent organization. Great guide.