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How to Spend 3 Days in Lecce

How to Spend 3 Days in Lecce

With three days in Lecce, you’ll be able to savor this baroque jewel at leisure, delve into the highlights of the surrounding Salento Peninsula, and strike out as far as the port city of Bari or the Sassi di Matera UNESCO World Heritage Site in neighboring Basilicata. Here are your best options for three days in and around Puglia.

Day 1: Sumptuous Lecce

Delve into the ornate Barocco Leccese —Lecce’s unique style of baroque architecture marked by facades intricately carved with flora and fauna—on a guided walking, bike, or rickshaw tour through the historic center. Admire blockbusters such as the cathedral, Church of Santa Chiara, and Basilica of Santa Croce, as well as the Roman amphitheater in Piazza Sant'Oronzo. Afterwards, visit the historic workshops where local artisans have been hand-crafting papier-mâché and limestone sculptures for centuries; perhaps join a hands-on handicrafts workshop yourself. Finally, sample traditional cuisine with a food-and-wine tour through the city center or a cooking class with a local chef.

Day 2: Hilltop and Coastal Villages

Leave the city behind and head to the UNESCO-listed round stone trulli cottages in Alberobello—as well as Polignano a Mare and Cisternino—for a day of village hopping. A popular option for wine aficionados is a wine-and-food tour in the Salento countryside surrounding Lecce. Enjoy tastings of Negroamaro and Primitivo in a few of the area’s small wineries; generally wine tours include a stop for lunch featuring local specialties. Alternatively, set your sights on the coast with a day trip to the charming fishing village of Otranto to visit its cathedral, Church of San Pietro, and Aragonese Castle before spending a few hours on the beach.

Day 3: Bari or Matera

On your final day, strike out even farther afield to the bustling port city of Bari, the largest metropolis in Puglia and home to a charming historic center known as Bari Vecchia. Take a walking tour through its narrow lanes lined with churches and pretty squares, and stroll its seaside promenade. Alternatively, visit one of the most striking destinations in southern Italy, the Sassi of Matera. Located on a cliffside in the neighboring region of Basilicata, this rupestrian city is built above a network of ancient caves and grottoes, used as dwellings and churches for centuries. Today Matera’s historic caves house trendy hotels, restaurants, and art galleries; join a guided tour to learn about the city’s history and visit the caves and churches along its steep lanes.

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

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 keysest wine selections — paired with savory regional treats.
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  • 8 hours
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Lecce Private Food and Sightseeing tour

Lecce Private Food and Sightseeing tour

Explore Lecce in the evening with your own private guide who showcases both the city’s landmarks and its tasty food and wines. Visit seven restaurants for tastings of authentic local food specialties and wines, and view important Baroque architectural monuments such as the Church of Saint Chiara, the Lecce Cathedral, and the Palazzo dei Celestini. Your tour includes food and wine tastings, a 2-course dinner, and snacks.
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  • 3 hours
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$197.12
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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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