Gallipoli, Italy

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  • Discovering history and cooking: Galatina, Gallipoli

    1. Discovering history and cooking: Galatina, Gallipoli

    The pick-up will take place at 9am in your favourite location in Lecce. Your first stop in this driven tour will be in Galatina where Latin and Greek cultures coexist in harmony, an "outdoor museum" that in 2005 was declared City of Art. After Galatina, your driver will take you to Cantina L'Astore in Cutrofiano, about 100 hectares of vineyards and olive groves, where you can have lunch and taste local wines. Finally, your driver will take you to Gallipoli, the tourist center for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear water. Gallipoli is a trendy town that still keeps the atmosphere of the ancient fishing village. Its name derives from the greek "Kalé polis", which means "beautiful city" and is in fact called Pearl of the Ionian Sea. After a walk downtown, we strongly recommend a stop in Piazza della Dogana, home to the folklorist fish market. Every day the fishermen open their oily...

  • Gallipoli: Historic Guided Walking Tour

    2. Gallipoli: Historic Guided Walking Tour

    Meet your local guide at La Fontana Greca, a beautiful fountain that dates back to the 3rd century and is considered to be one of the oldest in Italy. Then set out for a guided walking tour of the city’s most beautiful and iconic historic landmarks and buildings. Gallipoli is considered to be the Pearl of the Ionian Sea and is famous for its crystalline sea. But, no less important is its historic center which preserves ancient buildings, beautiful Baroque churches, and characteristic alleys. The city is split into 2 areas, the modern village and the historic center, which is located on a small island connected to the mainland by a bridge and surrounded by ancient defensive walls. As you walk through the historic center, admire the Baroque architecture of the religious and civil buildings which are decorated with extravagant floral and angelic motifs. From your guide, learn about the hi...

  • From Lecce: Otranto, S.M. Leuca, Gallipoli & Galatina Tour

    3. From Lecce: Otranto, S.M. Leuca, Gallipoli & Galatina Tour

    Visit 4 of the most picturesque towns in Salento on your own—Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca, Gallipoli, and Galatina. Take a scenic route from the Adriatic to the Ionian Sea, between rocky coasts, small bays, and white beaches. Head to your first stop of Otranto, a town in Salento full of history. Every corner highlights the passage of different civilizations, including the Romans, the Byzantines, the Ottomans, and the Aragoneses. Enjoy free time to visit the splendid Cathedral, the Church of Saint Peter in perfect Byzantium style, the Castle, the Towers, the mighty Pelasgi Bastions, and the walls that surrounded the ancient city. Next, reach Santa Maria di Leuca, along the wonderful Adriatic coast, characterized by cliffs overlooking the sea, caves, and bays with a rocky bottom. Along the way, admire Santa Cesarea Terme, Castro Marina, and the Ciolo Fiord. Explore Santa Maria di Leuc...

  • Gallipoli: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

    4. Gallipoli: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

    See the main sights of the fortress city of Gallipoli on the tip of the Salentina Peninsula, and discover one of the most important locations in Apulia. Meet your guide on the Corsa Roma, and set off for the Fontana Greca next to the castle. Once thought to be the oldest fountain in Italy, the Greek Fountain features 4 caryatids below the architrave and was inspired by the classical architecture of Ancient Greece. Next, cross the bridge that connects the Old Town to the new city center, and enter the heart of Gallipoli, protected by the imposing 13th-century Angevine-Aragonese Castle, built by the Byzantines. Stroll from Via Antonietta De Pace to the cathedral dedicated to St. Agatha, who was martyred in the Sicilian city of Catania, but whose relics are housed in Gallipoli. Peek inside to see ornate decorations of marble, wood, and paintings. Continue along winding streets, admiring...

  • From Lecce: Salento Coast Day Trip

    5. From Lecce: Salento Coast Day Trip

    Meet your guide and the driver in the morning and depart for your first stop on this day trip of the Salento Coast. Arrive in Otranto at approximately 9:15 AM and enjoy a privately guided tour of what is arguably one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Hear how Otranto was considered the gateway to the country for peoples coming from the East. See its preserved ancient monuments, the impressive Aragonese Castle with its towers and defensive walls, and the beautiful cathedral with its medieval mosaic.  Set off from Otranto at about 12:30 PM to enjoy a panoramic tour of the coast. Admire the beautiful views of the crystal clear sea before arriving in San Maria di Leuca, a town located on the southern tip of Puglia. Visit the Basilica-Sanctuary Santa Maria De Finibus Terrae and the town's iconic lighthouse located on Punta Meliso, just a few meters from the Basilica square. Afterward, he...

  • Gallipoli: 4-Hour Historic Tour from Lecce

    6. Gallipoli: 4-Hour Historic Tour from Lecce

    The day begins with pick up from the meeting point in central Lecce. Once in Gallipoli, the tour begins at the famous Greek fountain, one of the oldest in Italy and built in the 3rd Century A.C. Walk through the historic center and marvel at the 16th Century defensive walls, baroque churches, and characteristic alleys.  Once the 2-hour walking tour has finished, return transport to Lecce is provided.

  • From Lecce: Full-Day Otranto and Gallipoli Tour

    7. From Lecce: Full-Day Otranto and Gallipoli Tour

    From the convenient meeting point in Lecce, depart with your driver and guide in the direction of Otranto. Begin the guided tour on foot from the Aragonese Castle, built at the end of the 15th century with its towers and walls that protected the city. Discover the history of Otranto, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, overlooking the sea which is located at the easternmost point of the heel of Italy. During a guided tour of Otranto, discover the historical center with its ancient palaces and churches. From time to time you’ll catch glimpses of the village landscape meeting the famous crystal sea. Take the opportunity to enter the Cathedral of the Annunciation which houses one of the most beautiful mosaics in southern Italy, built in the second half of the 12th century and representing the tree of life. Continue to Gallipoli and explore this beautiful location at your own pace...

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