Wine, Gourmet & Heritage: day trips & excursions from Lecce
Monday: Otranto, Castro & Tricase 125 Euros pp
Otranto is known for its cathedral with fantastic mosaics, as well as for its medieval castle that inspired Horace Walpole's novel. We will visit this seaside town from where crusaders and knight templars would leave for the Holy Land. Optional lunch at "Pizzica" (35 Euros) in Castro, a small and fascinating fishing village, or at Tricase's "Anime Sante" (45 Euros) run by local fishermen. In the afternoon visit Tricase and optional winetasting at award winning winery. Departure at 10,00 am, back at 6,30 pm.
Tuesday: Salento Wineries 145 Euros pp with lunch included.
Visit two wineries in Salice Salentino and taste their award winning wines. Optional third winery or one hour visit to Porto Cesareo in the afternoon (35 Euros pp). Departure at 9,30 am, back at 5,00 pm.
Wednesday: Matera 135 Euros pp including tickets to exhibits .
A visit to the famous "Sassi" (cave dwellings) in Matera, now a Unesco World Heritage site, allows you to step back in history. Matera is said to be one of the world's oldest towns. Your first glimpse of the "Sassi" is sure to stay in your memory forever. Haunting and beautiful, the Sassi sprawls below the rim of a yawning ravine like a giant nativity scene. Although many buildings are crumbling, others have been restored and transformed into cosy abodes, restaurants and cave-hotels. Tour leaves Lecce at 8,30 am and return at 6,30 pm. Optional memorable 3 course lunch at amazing "Falco Grillaio" or "Gatta Buia" in Matera at 35 Euros pp.
Thursday: Ostuni, Alberobello and Polignano 125 Euros pp. including tickets to museums
Ostuni (the white city), Alberobello (trulli village, UNESCO world heritage site) and Polignano a Mare (situated on the Adriatic cliffs). Optional 3 course lunch at amazing "Cantina" in Alberobello (n.1 on Tripadvisor, 45 Euros) and/or winetasting at the Wine Museum of Cantina Albea (20 Euros). Departure from your hotel in Lecce at 9,00 am, back at 6,30 pm.
Friday: Gallipoli and Nardo' 125 Euros pp. including tickets to oil mill museum.
We visit Gallipoli a quaint fishing village, its name comes from ancient Greek “Kalle Polis” (beautiful city.) Visit the old town with its amazing maze of alleys, the Cathedral and an underground oil mill dating back to the 14th century. Optional lunch at fantastic fish restaurant "Puritate" (45 Euros) and/or winetasting of five award winning wines at Schola Sarmenti in Nardo' (20 Euros). Departure at 10.00 am, back at 6.00 pm.
Saturday: Trani & Castel del Monte. Price 165 Euros including ticket to the castle and guided tour.
Castel del Monte, built in 1240, was one of Frederick II Hoenstaufen's favourite residences. He has been the first modern ruler in European history and had indeed had the good fortune to have grown up in Sicily and Puglia in a mixed culture that uniquely combined elements of antiquity, Arabic and Jewish wisdom, the Occidental spirit of the Middle Ages, and Norman realism. The intellectual life of his court reflected this heritage. A courtly “republic of scholars,” it nurtured and fostered the natural sciences as well as philosophy, poetry, and mathematics, and translations as well as original writing, both in Latin and in the vernacular (early Italian). The pursuit of knowledge without special respect for traditional authorities was characteristic of Frederick and his court.
Optional lunch at Corte in Fiore in Trani (50 Euros) or Montegusto in Castel del Monte (35 Euros)
Sunday: Otranto, Castro and Tricase 135 Euros
Otranto, Castro and Tricase. Known for its cathedral with fantastic mosaics, as well as for its medieval castle that inspired Horace Walpole's novel. We will visit this seaside town from where crusaders and knight templars would leave for the Holy Land. Optional lunch at "Altro Baffo" (45 Euros) in Castro, small and fascinating fishing village, or at Tricase's "Anime Sante" run by local fishermen. In the afternoon visit to Tricase and optional winetasting at award winning winery. Departure at 10,00 am, back at 6,30 pm.
Departure from your hotel in Lecce. We require reservation 24 hours in advance. Please ask your hotel reception desk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Gio’s mobile phone +39.340.7678256
We also offer “Private Tours” to the above destinations as well as to those listed below, at 165 Euros pp all included (Lunch at excellent restaurants + wine tastings) for 6 participants, 175 Euros pp for 4 participants, 185 Euros pp for 2 participants, discounts for larger groups. Departure from your accommodation.
Mysterious Castel del Monte & Trani, famous for its romanesque cathedral (1143 AD) set against the Adriatic crystal waters. Optional lunch at Corte in Fiore in Trani and/or winetasting at either Tormaresca, Rivera or Torrevento. Approx 2 hours drive from Lecce.
Matera, home of director Francis Ford Coppola. Due to its similarities with Jerusalem, Matera has lent itself to film settings like “The Last Passion of Christ”. A visit to the famous “Sassi” (ancient cave dwellings) and Ruperian churches allows you to steep yourself in history. Optional lunch at “Falco Grillaio”. In the afternoon visit to the “Cave of the Original Sin” or wine tasting at “Polvanera” or “Patruno Perniola” winery in Gioia del Colle. Approx 2 hours drive from Lecce.
Salento Wineries. Taste some of the best Apulian wines at a selection of 2 amazing wineries in the Primitivo & Negramaro district, Salice Salentino.
Taranto. Founded by the Spartans 2,700 years ago, Taranto features many historical attractions like the 15th Century Aragonese Castle and the Greek Doric Temple ruins as well as many medieval and baroque palaces in the old town. The National Archeological Museum, “MARTA” features a collections of Greek and Roman jewels known as “Ori di Taranto”. Approx 1,5 hour drive from Lecce.
Monte Sant’Angelo and San Giovanni Rotondo. Visit these magical places where Padre Pio lived and the sanctuary of “San Michele Arcangelo” dating back to the 5th Century. Approx 3 hours drive from Lecce.
Optional lunches at award winning restaurants 35/45Euros pp (with wine included)
Cooking classes with lunch (or dinner) from 115 Euros pp.(including pick up from your hotel in Lecce).
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