Top 10 Historical & Heritage Tours in Province of Lecce, Puglia

June 22, 2021 Diedre Savory

The Province of Lecce (Italian: Provincia di Lecce) is a province in the Apulia region of Italy. Its capital is the city of Lecce, which is known as the Florence of the South. The province itself is called the "Heel of Italy". Included entirely in the Salento peninsula, it is the second most populous province in Apulia and the twenty-first in Italy.
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1. Lecce and Gallipoli Full-Day Heritage and Wine Tour

Green Italy Tours
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Indulge in a chauffeured tour of wine, food, and the spectacular landscape of Puglia. Savour some of the best wines and get a glimpse of some of the region's architectural gems. You'll travel in comfort and style on this vineyard tour and Lecce visit.

Inclusions: Pick up / Drop off from Ostuni, Lecce, Bari, Visit to Lecce and Gallipoli, Lunch at an upscale restaurant, Winetasting – 5 award winning organic wines, Coffee Break, Private transport, fully equipped for your complete comfort, Expert bilingual (English/Italian, Spanish/Italian) tour escort (French, German, Japanese and Russian upon request)

Exclusions: Gratuities

Reviewed By Gracefulcoaching

Giovanni and his team created a wonderful experience for my clients on retreat in Puglia. Learning to make pasta by hand and then being served the most delicious lunch was a highlight. More so the way Giovanni took care of us was so personal, we got an authentic Italian experience with a local Italian! He made us all feel very at home , this added value he especially for my American clients who were visiting Puglia for the first time. I will be hiring Green Italy Tours for future retreats knowing I can trust the level of care and connection on offer. An insiders experience of Puglia, what more to ask for!

2. Valle d'Itria Tour with Professional Guide, from Lecce

Salento Experience Tours
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Departing from Lecce, you will travel aboard a comfortable air-conditioned minivan. This tour will give you the opportunity to discover the Itria Valley, an area characterized by the presence of the extraordinary "Trulli", mythical houses with a conical roof, built with overlapped dried limestone. The whole Valley is surrounded by wonderful countrysides dominated by a rich vegetation and natural landscapes. It includes characteristic villages,among which you will visit Alberobello, Martina Franca and Ostuni. Each of these towns appear magical and contain a fairy tale-like atmosphere.  

Inclusions: Professional guide, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Exclusions: Food and drinks, Gratuities

Reviewed By Kim L

We were staying in Lecce and did this tour in September. It was a great way to see the major sites of 4 nearby towns and hear some of the history. Our guide spoke very good english and he and our driver were both excellent. Highly recommended!

3. Walking tour Galatina, outstanding, mind-blowing Giottesque frescoes in Puglia

Le Terre Di Federico
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Highlights: Discover the Basilica of Santa Caterina, a treasury in the very heart of Galatina Walk in the streets of the historic center, a Jewel of Salento Compact , calm and beautiful  town

Inclusions: Professional guide, Local guide

Exclusions: Food and drinks, Transportation to/from attractions

Reviewed By RomeAddict

Better condition ruins, smaller, more accessible, great glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous ancient Roman's. Poppaea was Nero's wife. Ruins are about 90% wheelchair accessible.

4. Lecce. Journey to discover a charming baroque

Piazzetta Arco di Trionfo, 73100 Lecce LE, Italy Fabio Congedo
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The historic center of Lecce is one of the most interesting in Puglia. The particularity of its Baroque architecture derives from the ability of local artists and architects who, between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, have done something unique thanks to the quality of the tender local stone. Our tour will be a journey through time, from the splendor of the Roman Empire to contemporary Lecce. An elegant and refined city where churches and ancient buildings alternate artisan workshops (especially papier-mache), shops and places where you can taste typical products.

Inclusions: Guided walking tour

Exclusions: Entrance tickets to churches

Reviewed By AlisaTD

We had an AMAZING time with our tour guide, Fabio. He was so knowledgeable about the area and told incredible stories about the history of Otranto. We learned so much and he made it SO fun. This is definitely a must for any visit to Otranto. The city has so much history and this tour is the perfect way to see everything and learn a ton. This was one of the highlights of our trip to Puglia!

5. Gallipoli walking tour

Fontana Greca, Corso Roma, 73014 Gallipoli LE, Italy Turisti in Puglia - Day Tours
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Walking tour in one of the beautiful cities of Salento, with a prepared tour guide speaking Italian and English

Inclusions: tour guide

Exclusions: Lunch, Private transportation

Reviewed By Anthony L

The tour was wonderful and we were provided with a great deal of helpful information and suggestions for our stay in Puglia. This was our fist visit and day in Puglia

6. - 4 Days in Puglia from Alberobello and Matera to Ostuni and Lecce -

Tours of Puglia
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We offer tailored daily excursions and multi-day tours for our guests. They are all private exclusive itineraries and can be accompanied with luxury car, minivan or bus (according to the number of people in your party). Each vehicle is provided with Free On-Board Wifi. Each tour can be accompanied by an English speaking guide and a private driver (2 different persons).

Inclusions: Private tour guide, Transport , Accommodation

Exclusions: Gratuities

Reviewed By chooms

We set up a 4 day tour during our visit to Puglia recently. Months ahead I contacted Tours of Puglia to help us get the most of our visit. Francesca asked us what we wanted to see instead of telling us “this is the Tours we have”. Our main goal was to visit our ancestral home of Alberobello. I also asked her recommendations, which she gladly provided. She set up a full 4 days of touring which included 2 night stays in Alberobello (Trullo houses) and Lecce. We visited all of the main sites of Puglia like Locorotondo, Matera , Ostuni, etc....she included an incredible meal each day, including a meal at a Masseria....our guides, Vincenzo and Flo were beyond incredible....they were like walking historic encyclopedias. Vincenzo was instrumental is us locating the street in Alberobello where our grandmother was born. They, and our drivers, went out of their way to insure we missed nothing. We were just 4, so everything could be personalized. Everything went as planned and we could not have asked for for more....we cannot recommend Tours of Puglia mort highly...

7. Lecce Sightseeing Bike Tour and Papier-Mâché Workshop

Velo Service - Bike Rental & Tours
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Explore Lecce and discover picturesque and hidden corners with an expert guide and then meet a local artisan and join a papier mâché workshop in a typical atelier.

Inclusions: Light refreshments, All activities, Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only), Local guide, Bike rental and helmet

Exclusions: Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Reviewed By rozalska

Friendly, professional, and fair!!!!!!!! Lecce and its vicinity is beautiful and well worth discovering by bike. And the bike MUST be rented at Velo Service, because it gives you chance to meet Sonia, who assists you in choosing the right bike, who is not only committed to her job, and loves it, but also - if you are as distracted (speaking plainly - stupid) as I was, and forget your wallet - she calls you "it seems you forgot something". This was the best experience during my whole trip. Thank you!

8. Discover Otranto and its Countryside by Bike

Largo Porta Alfonsina, Via D'Aragona A, 20, 73028 Otranto LE, Italy Curioseety Lecce

Experience an amazing bike tour across Otranto and Salento countryside. Taste some local delicacies and live authentic experiences in Puglia. After meeting your guide and small group, and being matched with a suitable bike, saddle up for a thrilling tour of the Salento Peninsula. Follow a scenic route through the Idro valley, stopping to admire landmarks such as the St. Mauro Crypt, and exploring off the beaten track along dirt trails. Continue to Casamassella and pay a visit to the Constantine Foundation, a center dedicated to organic farming and traditional weaving with old looms. Finally, bike back along the magnificent coastal road towards Otranto, stopping to see the fortified farmhouse of Cippano, the Punta Palascìa lighthouse, the easternmost point of Italy, and a peculiar lake in a disused bauxite quarry. Return to Otranto in the late afternoon.

Inclusions: Bike rental, Local guide, Lunch, Insurance

Exclusions: Hotel pick-up, Hotel drop-off

Reviewed By biancamW670RP

The host cancelled as they didn’t accept bookings of one, they messaged me to tell me it had been cancelled and they would process it that day. I had been in contact again on Tuesday asking when they would cancel it as it was still showing as completed. It’s now Thursday still haven’t received confirmation it has been cancelled. Unsure if this is an issue with Trip Advisor or the operator, however it has not been a delightful experience.

9. Lecce Guided Walking Tour and Lunch with typical products

Porta Napoli, Piazzetta Arco di Trionfo, 73100 Lecce LE, Italy Salento Experience Tours

A guided walking tour to find out Lecce and its artistic beauties and its more typical flavors. You will remain enchanted visitng the historical center streets with the amazing buildings and the wonderful monuments. The tour also includes tastings of typical Salentine dismes and specialities.

Inclusions: Food tasting, Wine tasting, Professional guide, Snacks, Alcoholic Beverages

Exclusions: Gratuities, Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Reviewed By Kim L

We were staying in Lecce and did this tour in September. It was a great way to see the major sites of 4 nearby towns and hear some of the history. Our guide spoke very good english and he and our driver were both excellent. Highly recommended!

10. Private guide Corigliano Otranto, a corner of Greece in Italy

Le Terre Di Federico

Walking tour Corigliano d'Otranto, one of the places of Greek origin where still today we speak the griko, an ancient idiom of Greek origin

Inclusions: Driver/guide, Professional guide

Exclusions: Transportation to/from attractions, Food and drinks, Ticket entry

Reviewed By RomeAddict

Better condition ruins, smaller, more accessible, great glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous ancient Roman's. Poppaea was Nero's wife. Ruins are about 90% wheelchair accessible.

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