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Lecce: Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

1. Lecce: Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

Visit Lecce by foot. Take a private tour and discover the most beautiful places with an experienced guide. Choose between a morning, afternoon or evening departure and discover the spirit of fascinating Lecce. Admire historical attractions, including the Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Sant'Oronzo and the ornate Basilica of Santa Croce, as well as Piazza Duomo. Learn about authentic local culture and traditions and sample mouth-watering food, such as gelato or bruschetta, and a glass of wine. Enjoy a flexible itinerary and individual attention from your guide.

Lecce: Rickshaw Guided Tour

2. Lecce: Rickshaw Guided Tour

Experience a pleasant, multilingual (group) or monolingual (private) tour in the comfort of our modern, environmentally friendly rickshaws with an experienced guide. The tour starts with a visit to the main sights, through the characteristic narrow streets of the historical centre, we will discover the huge Piazza del Duomo, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. The tour continues by discovering the monumental entrance to the city, Porta Napoli, to continue with the fascinating Basilica of Santa Croce, which reveals the artistic development of the Lecce Baroque. The tour ends by pedalling to Piazza Sant'Oronzo, where among historical buildings and churches we will discover the Roman remains of the Roman amphitheatre. Between history and culture, the inevitable is the discovery of typical flavours, a tasting of the excellences available according to the season. Enjoy a little tasting of a local product during the tour.

Lecce: Walking Street Food Tour

3. Lecce: Walking Street Food Tour

Explore Lecce as part of a walking group tour with an experienced guide. See the city's main sights, meandering through its whitewashed streets to iconic locations like the Piazza del Duomo and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Tuck into a small tasting of a surprise local product at the end of the tour, to perfectly round off your Italian trip. Begin your tour by heading to Lecce's main sights, walking through the characteristic narrow streets of the historical center. For instance, discover the impressive Piazza del Duomo, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. Continue by discovering the monumental entrance to the city, Porta Napoli, before carrying on to the fascinating Basilica of Santa Croce, which displays the artistic development of the Lecce Baroque. Round off your tour by heading to Piazza Sant'Oronzo, where, among historical buildings and churches, you marvel at the historic remains of the Roman amphitheatre. After getting your fix of history and culture, dive into another side of Italy: its flavors. Taste a delicious local product - a surprise - that is befitting of the season.

Lecce: Baroque Architecture and Underground Walking Tour

4. 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: City Highlights Biking Tour with Food Tasting

5. Lecce: City Highlights Biking Tour with Food Tasting

Discover the top sights of Lecce by bike on this guided tour. Peddle through the Old Town's characteristic narrow streets as you pass by vestiges of imperial Rome and baroque churches. Savor authentic local flavors during a tasting experience.  Meet your guide at the activity provider's shop and get fitted with a bike. Set off through the streets on a biking adventure through the sights of the historical center. Cruise thorugh the majestic Piazza del Duomo, one of the most peculiar squares in southern Italy. Ride to the monumental entrance to the city, Porta Napoli, and continue to the fascinating Basilica of Santa Croce, which is a stunning example of the artistic development of Lecce Baroque. Ends with a stroll through Piazza Sant'Oronzo where a you can view the Roman Amphitheater. Try local products like homemade ice cream or sausages and cheese. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour. 

Lecce: Walking Tour

6. Lecce: Walking Tour

Your tour begins from Sant'Oronzo square, where you will find a Roman Amphitheater which was first discovered at the beginning of the 20th Century. The itinerary goes on to the historic center, which is rich with churches and old buildings decorated by Baroque Art. During the tour, it will be possible to look at papier-machè artisans at work. This kind of art belongs to Lecce from the 17th Century, when it was conceived to decorate churches, back when the paper was the only material available. It continues to adorn the houses and the churches of this magical city thanks to old masters and young people.

From Lecce: Ostuni, Alberobello, Polignano Tour

7. From Lecce: Ostuni, Alberobello, Polignano Tour

The first stop of the tour is Ostuni,a picturesque town to be experienced. Known as the "White City," Ostuni boasts a wonderful medieval village rich with alleys and whitewashed houses which recalls an oriental landscape. You will have free time to visit the old town center characterized by alleys, sloping stairs, courtyards, and small squares with whitewashed houses, craft shops, and typical small shops. After Ostuni reach Alberobello, crossing some charming villages located on top of the hills. The landscape is a continuous succession of ancient olive trees and trulli. Visiting beautiful Alberobello is like a journey in a timeless country. You will have free time at your disposal to explore its characteristic historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is integrally made up of Trulli, disticntive white, pyramidal structures that make it unique in the world and represent one of the most extraordinary examples of Italian folk architecture. Particularly striking are the two districts: "Rione Monti" with its local handcrafts shops and "Aia Piccola", where the most ancient Trulli and little museums are situated. After Alberobello, descending towards the Adriatic Sea, reach the beautiful Polignano a Mare, birthplace to the famous Domenico Modugno. Polignano a Mare stands on a cliff falling sheer to the sea. Explore the historic center and the remains of Roman rule. Among the latter, the bridge of the Via Traiana, still viable. Entering the historic center, through a maze of streets, alleys, and squares animated by local shops and restaurants, you find yourself on three terraces overlooking the sea to enjoy a breathtaking view.

Lecce: Sightseeing Tour, the Florence of South Italy

8. Lecce: Sightseeing Tour, the Florence of South Italy

Following a pick-up from Naples Gate, drive to the historic city of Lecce to admire Baroque buildings, whitewashed houses, and more. Your tour of the “Florence of Southern Italy” includes Lecce Cathedral. Originally built in 1144, and completely restored between 1659-70, the addition of a 5-story bell tower and octagonal loggia helped turn it into one of Italy’s most important cathedrals. Continue to the Church of the Theatines, dedicated to St. Irene, and marvel at the expansive façade of different styles. The portal is surmounted by a statue of St. Irene by Mauro Manieri, while the altar of St. Michael the Archangel boasts a copy of an eponymous painting by Guido Reni. Nearby is the Rococo altar of St. Andrew Avellino, and the mid-17th-century altar of St. Orontius by Francesco Antonio Zimbalo. Admire the altar of St. Irene with its canvas by Giuseppe Verrio, and the 9 busts of saints housing historic relics. See the altar of St. Stephen, containing the “Stoning of St. Stephen” by Verrio. Visit the 2nd-century BC Roman Amphitheatre near Piazza Sant'Oronzo. Once able to seat more than 25,000 people, it is now half-buried by monuments built over it throughout the centuries. Go to the column that holds a statue of Lecce’s patron saint, St. Oronzo, given to the city by Brindisi for St. Oronzo’s reputed role in curing Brindisi of the plague. Once one of a pair, it marked the end of the legendary Appian Way, the main road between Rome and southern Italy. Walking through the streets of the old town, visit the Church of Santa Chiara and Roman Theatre.

Lecce: Guided Rickshaw Tour

9. Lecce: Guided Rickshaw Tour

Let a multilingual expert tour guide show you the treasures of the town of Lecce on board an ecological rickshaw. In addition to the main tourist attractions, such as Piazza Sant'Oronzo, Piazza Duomo and the Basilica of Santa Croce, you can admire the glorious ruins of the Roman theater and amphitheater and the lavish Baroque churches of Lecce. Together with your guide, you will reach the monumental doors and the impressive palaces and courtyards telling the millennial history of the city. Then, you will venture down the hidden corners of the ancient hamlet, rich in legends and interesting stories. During the tour, you will have the chance to visit the ancient local craftsmanship shops, such as the papier-mâché shops or the Leccese stone carving workshops. Finally, taste some traditional wines and foods from the Salento region, riding through the city alleys on your safe and eco-friendly vehicle.

Lecce: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

10. Lecce: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Arrive at the home of your expert host for a memorable private dining experience where you will taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian mothers. During an exclusive cooking demonstration, feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as your host shares the secrets of her family cookbook while preparing the dishes right in front of you. Once the end result is ready, sit at an authentic Italian dining table and enjoy your 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert.

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What people are saying about Lecce

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 274 reviews

This tour was fantastic! Not only were they very accommodating and rescheduled our your when we had an emergency, but the tour itself was so informative, pleasant, and comfortable. We learned things about Lecce that we would have never learned on our own. The guides were friendly, patient with our questions, and some English very well. We were nothing short of impressed!!

We went out with 9 people, first your bike was properly adjusted and we got water and then we went on the road. It was a nice international group and the route was manageable despite the heat, with regular stops at the sights and a lot of explanation about everything. Our guide, Antonio, is a walking/cycling history book, learned a lot again. Big thumbs up!

Beautiful city. Our guide, Diletta, was courteous, professional, funny and super thorough. A tour that allowed us to get to know Lecce and its main characteristics, thus giving us the opportunity to better understand what we saw individually in the afternoon, walking around the city. Thanks Diletta!

Wonderful day in Lecce, thanks also to the guidance of Prof. Luigi Bianco who with his professionalism allowed us to discover a splendid Lecce with its facets and details that we would not have been able to grasp on our own. Recommended visit

Was really a great tour, seen a lot well explained and very entertaining. Regardless of the tour, very nice conversations with our guide.