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Escursione alle grotte di Santa Maria di Leuca

1. Escursione alle grotte di Santa Maria di Leuca

Si parte dal Porto Turistico di Santa Maria di Leuca per raggiungere le grotte più affascinanti intorno alla baia di Santa Maria di Leuca costeggiando Punta Meliso che ospita la Basilica Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae, il Faro di Leuca e la Scalinata Monumentale, osserveremo le ville ottocentesche e le cosiddette “bagnarole”, camerini in muratura che garantivano riservatezza alle signore durante i loro bagni in mare. Itinerario versante adriatico Dopo una breve sosta a Grotta Cazzafri, si prosegue alla volta di Grotta Terradico, delle Verduselle, Grotta del Soffio e Grotta della Vora. Per poter ammirare da vicino la bellezza di queste insenature, effettueremo una piccola sosta per una nuotata sotto la falesia e l’ingresso nelle grotte. Itinerario versante ionico La prima grotta che si incontra sul versante di Ponente, a ridosso di Punta Ristola è la Grotta Porcinara, subito seguita dalla Grotta del Diavolo. L’escursione prosegue con la Grotta del Fiume, la Grotta delle Tre Porte, la Caverna dei Giganti, Grotta della Stalla e la maestosa Grotta del Drago. Anche per il versante ionico è prevista una sosta per immergersi nell'acqua cristallina. Questa escursione prevede la visita di un solo versante, a discrezione dello skipper.

From Lecce: Otranto, S.M. Leuca, Gallipoli & Galatina Tour

2. From Lecce: Otranto, S.M. Leuca, Gallipoli & Galatina Tour

Take part in this tour to visit four of the most picturesque towns in Salento: Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca, Gallipoli, and Galatina. Follow a scenic route from the Adriatic to the Ionian Sea, between rocky coasts, small bays, and white Caribbean-style beaches. Stop first in Otranto, one of the most beautiful coastal villages in Salento. The town of Otranto is full of history and every corner highlights the passage of different civilizations, including the Romans, the Byzantines, the Ottomans, and the Aragoneses. Enjoy free time to visit the splendid Cathedral, the Church of Saint Peter in perfect Byzantium style, the Castle, the Towers, the mighty Pelasgi Bastions, and the walls that surrounded the whole of the ancient city. After Otranto, reach Santa Maria di Leuca, along the wonderful Adriatic coast, characterized by cliffs overlooking the sea, caves, and bays with rocky bottoms. Along the way, admire Santa Cesarea Terme, Castro Marina, and the Ciolo Fiord. Enjoy exploring Santa Maria di Leuca, the heel of Italy, where the Ionian Sea meets the Adriatic Sea. From this tip of Puglia, marvel at spectacular views of the harbor and the sea, as well as the sanctuary of Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae. Next, arrive at Gallipoli, the pearl of the Ionian Sea. This Greek city can be divided into two areas, the new village, where the tourist facilities and modern buildings arise, and the old part of the city, which is located on a limestone island connected to the mainland by a 17th-century bridge. Walk through a labyrinth of narrow streets in the historic center, home to traditional shops with local crafts, impressive Baroque churches, and aristocratic palazzi. See the Cathedral dedicated to St. Agatha, the Angevine Castle, and the Greek Fountain, one of the oldest fountains in Italy. Lastly, see Galatina, a gem of art, history, and tradition. Visit the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul and the ancient "courtyard houses". Stop at the Basilica of Saint Catherine of Alexandria is known for the mesmerizing frescoes inside, which were created by Giotto's disciples.

Santa Maria di Leuca: 2-Hour Private Tour

3. Santa Maria di Leuca: 2-Hour Private Tour

Experience a pleasant visit of Santa Maria di Leuca or, as it is commonly called, Leuca. The small town is located at the southeastern end of Italy and is important because it is symbolically located halfway between the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian. During the tour, admire the large port with its majestic lighthouse over 48 meters high and among the most important in Italy. The pleasant walk will continue until you visit the Church of Cristo Re, the many 19th century villas, the Corinthian column and the Monumental waterfall, completed in 1939 where the Apulian Aqueduct ends.  Finally, you will visit the basilica/ Sanctuary of Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae, consecrated in 1755.

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Another wonderful day spent with our Guide Stefano, wo was very professional, informative and very very kind and showed us in 2 days almost the whole of Salento, beautiful places, excellent food, wonderful sceneries!! We are so thankful for meeting you, thank you very much for your time and effort!! ☺️

Stefano was a perfect guide. Knowledgeable, personable and very accommodating. It was a real pleasure to have the chance to see these cities with him as our guide and driver. Cannot recommend him more highly

our guide Stefano made us discover the wonderful Salento, a highly recommended experience