LECCE & OTRANTO


HOUR BY HOUR ITINERARY

9.30am :


Meeting with your private guide at your hotel for a private walking tour of Lecce, called the Florence of the South, one of the greatest baroque towns in the world, even defined by the 18th century traveller Thomas Ashe "the most beautiful city in the world". Enjoy a guided tour of the town that will include the main attractions of the town. The most important religious building in Lecce are the Church of the Holy Cross, with a richly decorated fa├žade with animals, grotesque figures and vegetables, and a large rose window, and the Lecce Cathedral, originally built in 1144, and rebuilt in 1230. With regard to the civil buidings, Lecce is rich in historical traces, such as the Roman Amphitheatre, built in the 2nd century, the Park Tower, one of the medieval symbols of the city and surrounded by a ditch, the Castle of Charles V, built in 1539-49 , and the Triumphal Arch.


12.30pm :


Lunch in a local restaurant centrally located in Lecce, with local specialties such as Pasta with fish-made sauces.


02.00pm :


Transfer to Otranto and visit of the town at leisure. Otranto is a town directly overlooking the Adriatic sea and full of charm. Its main sight is The Castello Aragonese (Castle) in Otranto, reinforced by Emperor Frederick II and rebuilt by Alphonso II of Naples in 1485-1498. It has an irregular plan with five sides, with a moat running along the entire perimeter; its towers include three cylindrical ones and a bastion called Punta di Diamante ("Diamond's Head"). The Cathedral as well is really interesting, consecrated in 1088, with a mosaic floor, a rose window and a side portal of 1481.



05.00pm :


End of the tour and transfer back to Lecce.