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Lecce: Walking Tour

1. 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.

Lecce: Baroque Architecture and Underground Walking Tour

2. 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: Sightseeing Tour, the Florence of South Italy

3. 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: 2-Hour Guided Tour

4. Lecce: 2-Hour Guided Tour

Meet your friendly guide at Porta Napoli, the arch of Triumph which marks the entrance to the historic city center. After a short meet and greet with your friendly and informative guide, set-off on your 2-hour sightseeing tour and get acquainted with the city of Lecce. Follow your guide from the heart of the city to the baroque Cathedral. On your tour, discover the Roman Amphitheater built between the 1st and 2nd-centuries BC, which in the past could hold about 25,000 spectators. At the end of your tour, you will stop under the column of the Patron of the city, Sant' Oronzo, who would rid the city of the plague. Throughout the course of your tour, visit many of the city's most culturally and historically significant landmarks and learn about Lecce through your knowledgeable guide.

Lecce: Private Tour with Pasticciotto Tasting

5. Lecce: Private Tour with Pasticciotto Tasting

The discovery of Lecce starts from the beginning, pre-Roman and Roman, to the great period of the Baroque. Take a walk to the historic center that will take you to discover the wonders of Lecce, one of the most beautiful cities of southern Italy. The route starts from Porta Napoli to Piazza Duomo, Cathedral, Bell Tower, and Bishop's Seminar, the baroque heart of Lecce. Continue walking to the Church of St. Irene, Piazza Sant'Oronzo, where you can see the ruins of the Roman amphitheater, the church of San Marco and the Sedile. Walking through the streets of the old town, you will visit the Church of Santa Chiara and Roman Theatre, other important particulars of the story of Lecce. During the tour, you will taste a typical pasticciotto, a cake made with pastry and cream. The tour ends at the Basilica of Santa Croce, a jewel of Lecce Baroque and Celestine Convent.

Lecce: Private Walking Food Tour

6. Lecce: Private Walking Food Tour

Embark on an exciting private tour through the city of Lecce, famous for its Baroque art and culinary specialties. Meet your local tour guide in the main square and start off by discovering the ruins of an ancient Roman theater right in the middle of the city. Then, stroll through the historic city center, taking in its refined and elegant atmosphere. Admire the local architecture, a unique style called barocco lecesse. This refers to the local stone carvings that decorate the façades of private buildings, churches, and balconies, as opposed to traditional Italian gold motifs. Throughout your walk, stop for tastings of local culinary specialties: rustico leccese (savory stuffed pastry), puccia (stuffed flatbread), pasticciotto (custard-filled puff pastry), and leccese coffee.

2-Hour Private Walking Tour of Lecce with a Local Guide

7. 2-Hour Private Walking Tour of Lecce with a Local Guide

From the Messapic and Roman era to the great period of the Lecce Baroque, a walk through the historic center of Lecce will take you to discover the wonders that make the city one of the most beautiful cities in Southern Italy. The itinerary of this private tour led by an expert guide begins at Porta Napoli and continues towards Piazza Duomo, the Baroque heart of Lecce. Then, you will pass by the Church of Sant'Irene and head towards Sant'Oronzo Square, where you can admire the remains of the Roman Amphitheater, the Church of San Marco and the famous "Sedile" (Seat). Strolling through the streets of the historic center, you will then reach the Church of Santa Chiara and the Roman Theater, two other representative sites of the history of Lecce. The itinerary ends with the Basilica of Santa Croce, jewel of the Baroque of Lecce, and the Convent of the Celestines.

Lecce: Best of Lecce Walking Tour and Pasticciotto Tasting

8. Lecce: Best of Lecce Walking Tour and Pasticciotto Tasting

Explore one of the most stunning places in all of Italy. The historical center and the monuments of Lecce are rich in unusual ornaments and colorful decorations. Find out the history behind them in this fabulous, informative tour on foot. It is a must for lovers of art and culture to explore Lecce, right on the heel of Italy's famous boot shape. At the end of the tour, the guide will take you to the local bakery. Sample such delicacies as the "Apasticciotto"- a famous traditional pastry.

Lecce: Guided Electric Scooter City Tour with Jewish Museum

9. Lecce: Guided Electric Scooter City Tour with Jewish Museum

Travel back in time on this guided electric scooter tour in Lecce. Gain insight into the city's facinating Roman, Jewish, and Baroque history on this unique tour. Feel like a local as you explore the city with a guide who knows it well.  Meet your guide at the tour supplier's office and board your electric scooter. Ride to the Santa Croce Church to admire this jewel of Baroque architecture. Visit the underground Jewish Museum and discover the town’s facinating Jewish history.  Continue to the Piazza Sant’Oronzo, which once was the market square. View the Old Town Hall, the Roman Column, and the remains of a huge Roman amphitheater. From here, enjoy a walk down the narrow Corso Vittorio Emanuele street which boast a Baroque palatial building and the recently restored Sant’Irene Church. Arrive at the breathtaking Piazza Duomo, where you can admire its unusual design. Make your way to the Archbishop’s Residence, the Seminary, the Bell Tower, and the cathedral. Pass by the Roman theater, the Palmieri Convitto library, and the Carlo V Castle. See the three gates of the old town at Porta Napoli, Porta Rudiae, and Porta San Biagio. Leave the historic center to admire the city walls and take in the greenery of Belloluogo Park which hosts a medieval tower. Finish your tour at the tour supplier's office where it began.

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What people are saying about Lecce

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 130 reviews

Very friendly and very professional guide. The tour will last 2 hours and half and we will go through all the explanations. Ens is going to discover a city full of enchantment.

We visited Lecce, the cradle of the Apulian baroque, with Aurora, a very prepared, friendly and helpful guide. 3 hours of flying tour.

The guide Luigi who was assigned to us was very professional; his preparation is excellent. Well done.

It is worth the trip to take a guide and visit Lecce, the florence of the south.

Great experience. Aurora nice and competent. We suggest.