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How to Spend 2 Days in Lecce

How to Spend 2 Days in Lecce

The cultural and geographical heart of Puglia’s Salento Peninsula, Lecce is home to the region’s finest architecture and perfectly located to explore other highlights both inland and on the coast with ease. Here’s how to take in the best of the city and surrounding peninsula in just two days. 

Day 1: The Capital of Salento

**Morning:**Start the day by taking in Lecce’s magnificent 17th-century baroque churches and palaces with a walking, bike, or rickshaw tour through the historic center. Marvel at the ornate facades of the cathedral (duomo), Basilica di Santa Croce, and Church of Santa Chiara, as well as the ruins of the Roman amphitheater in Piazza Sant'Oronzo. 

**Afternoon:**Dedicate the afternoon to exploring the captivating artisan workshops that are a cornerstone of Lecce’s culture. Join a shopping tour to meet the city’s craftspeople, or opt for a practical workshop to hone your skills at traditional stone carving or papier-mâché with a master teacher at a storied atelier.

**Night:**The three pillars of Lecce’s unique spirit are its architecture, artisans, and cuisine. Explore the last with a food tour highlighting the city’s street foods and local wines or a walking tour paired with a traditional dinner. Another foodie option is a cooking class with a local instructor followed by a festive meal. 

Day 2: Striking Out in Salento

**Morning:**Now that you’ve savored Lecce, spend your second day exploring the Salento Peninsula. Head just north to the Itria Valley, home to some of the most captivating small towns in Puglia. Tour the gnome-liketrulli cottages in Alberobello and the postcard-perfect hill towns of Polignano a Mare and Cisternino. 

**Afternoon:**Gourmands can deepen their knowledge of local Negroamaro and Primitivo wines, as well as other gastronomic delights, with a wine-and-food tour in the countryside just beyond Lecce’s city limits. Visit small wineries for tastings and lunch featuring specialties from nearby olive-oil mills, farms, and other local producers. 

**Night:**Lecce may be set inland, but Puglia is primarily a coastal region. Enjoy its pretty coastline and crystalline waters with a jaunt to the historic fishing village of Otranto. Take a peek at its cathedral, Church of St. Peter, and Aragonese Castle, and then relax on the beach as the sun goes down.

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Lecce Bike Tour

Lecce Bike Tour

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Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Lecce on a leisurely bike tour. Pedal through the flat, bike-friendly streets and piazzas with a local guide and visit highlights like the Basilica of Santa Croce, Piazza del Duomo, and the ruins of an ancient Roman amphitheater. Enjoy the fresh air and flexibility of a 2-wheeled tour, and stop often to snap photos, browse local boutiques, and sample regional food and wine.
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  • 2 hours
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Valley D'itria full day tour Cisternino Alberobello and Polignano a Mare

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Valley D'itria full day tour Cisternino Alberobello and Polignano a Mare

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Visit La Valle d’Itria on a day trip from Lecce to discover the highlights of one of Puglia’s most enchanting regions. After a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage–listed village of Alberobello to see its cone-roofed trulli houses, you’ll visit the family-run La Cantina restaurant for a 4-course lunch. With your appetite sated, you’ll finally head to the seaside at Polignano a Mare where sweeping coastal vistas await.
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  • 9 hours
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Primitivo and Negramaro Wine Tour Departing from Lecce

Primitivo and Negramaro Wine Tour Departing from Lecce

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Get to know the sunny, seaside region of Salento through its most famous product: wine. Departing from Lecce, you’ll be introduced to native grape varieties and learn how wines have flourished in the arid climate. Visiting two wineries with an expert sommelier, you’ll cover the ins and outs of local wine-making, with a chance to savor some of the tastiest wine selections—paired with savory regional treats.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Tour: Lecce Guided Walking Tour

Private Tour: Lecce Guided Walking Tour

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One of the jewels of Puglia, Lecce is rich in history and world-class sights—and a private walking tour is the perfect way to get up close and personal and immerse yourself in the city’s atmosphere. Admire the ruins of the city’s Roman–era amphitheater, see the baroque splendors of the Piazza del Duomo, take in the Basilica di Santa Croce, and learn more from your guide.
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Otranto and CastroFull-Day Tour

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Otranto and CastroFull-Day Tour

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Visit Puglia’s seaside towns of Otranto and Castro on a day trip from Lecce. Making it easy to explore the two coastal stunners, the trip packs in lunch at Castro’s La Pizzica trattoria, transport direct from your hotel, and ample free time in each town. You’ll learn about the region from a guide as you travel, and hear about local landmarks such as the Cathedral of Otranto and the Castle of Castro Marim.
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  • 9 hours
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Lecce Rickshaw City Tour

Lecce Rickshaw City Tour

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Immerse yourself in the rich architectural array of Lecce during a private 3-hour rickshaw tour of the charming city. After selecting a departure time to suit your schedule, greet your guide and climb aboard your comfortable rickshaw. Cruise past historical highlights like the Roman amphitheater; absorb the Baroque beauty of monuments like the Basilica di Santa Croce; and delve into authentic local culture as you stop to sample local specialties in popular eateries. Receive the undivided attention of your guide on this tour.
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  • 2 hours
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Lecce Cooking with locals, farm to table and market tour experience

Lecce Cooking with locals, farm to table and market tour experience

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Immerse yourself in Italian food culture with this half-day Lecce cooking tour. The farm-to-fork experience includes the harvesting of vegetables from a village garden, shopping at a market for local ingredients, and taking part in a fresh pasta-making class to create the typical Puglian orecchiette pasta. The best is saved ‘till last: You’ll sit down to eat your creations with dessert, coffee, and local wine, too.
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Otranto and Surroundings Full-Day Bike Tour

Otranto and Surroundings Full-Day Bike Tour

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Cover more sights in less time during this scenic, off-the-beaten-track bike tour, with stops at prehistoric ruins, a Byzantine crypt, and the turquoise bay of Porto Badisco, with options to swim or rent a canoe. Enjoy fresh, regional delicacies with a traditional local lunch spread, cooked in a stone oven. You’ll also be treated to a tasty iced coffee as you cruise the magnificent coast.
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  • 8 hours
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Lecce Rickshaw Tour with Papier-Mâché Workshop

Lecce Rickshaw Tour with Papier-Mâché Workshop

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Lecce is famous for its papier-mâché handicrafts and this behind-the-scenes workshop offers a fascinating insight into the unique art form. Admire landmarks such as Santa Croce Basilica, Porta Napoli, and Saint Oronzo square on a rickshaw ride; get hands on making papier-mâché crafts; then sample an array of local wines and regional specialties.
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  • 3 hours
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Lecce Shopping and Handicrafts Tour

Lecce Shopping and Handicrafts Tour

Lecce is famous for its traditional handicrafts, papier-mâché figures, and artisan products, and this 3-hour shopping tour offers the inside scoop on shopping in the city. Along the way, admire landmarks such as Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo; shop for souvenirs at luxury boutiques and ateliers; then relax with a traditional Italian aperitivo.
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  • 3 hours
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Lecce Guided Walking Tour and Lunch with typical products

Lecce Guided Walking Tour and Lunch with typical products

Nestled in Italy’s southern Apulia region, the historic city of Lecce prides itself on its fresh, local produce—with family recipes passed down the generations. On this walking tour, follow your guide through the city streets and hit to pattractios including the Basilica of Santa Croce and the Roman amphitheater ruins. Sample locally made cheeses, wines, and ‘salumi’ (cold cuts of Italian meat), and gain insight into the role food plays in Lecce society.
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  • 4 hours
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