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How to Spend 1 Day in Lecce

How to Spend 1 Day in Lecce

Dubbed the “Florence of the South” for its sumptuous 17th-century architecture, Lecce is the most beguiling city on Puglia’s Salento peninsula. Its historic center is a treasure trove of baroque gems and artisan workshops, as well as a food lover’s paradise. Here’s how to experience this feast for the eyes and palate in one day.

Morning: Barocco Leccese

Lecce’s lavish architectural style, featuring magnificent facades carved from local pietra leccese stone, is so distinctive that it has its own label: Barocco Leccese, or Lecce baroque. Begin your visit of this jewel-like city with a guided tour through the old town (centro storico) to appreciate highlights such as the Basilica di Santa Croce, cathedral (duomo) and its Piazza del Duomo, and Church of Santa Chiara. Most walking, bike, and rickshaw tours also take in the impressive ruins of the city’s Roman amphitheater in Piazza Sant'Oronzo and the traditional shops along the winding lanes of the centro storico.

Afternoon: Stone and Paper

After the morning spent exploring the heights of the Barocco Leccese, turn your attention in the afternoon to the humble yet equally captivating local artisan traditions. Tour Lecce’s storied workshops with a guide as part of a shopping tour to take a deep dive into their history and techniques, or join a hands-on workshop to learn the secrets of stone carving or papier-mâché, two of the most important local handicrafts.

Night: Food and Wine

Salento is known for its excellent cuisine, and no visit to the peninsula is complete without sampling its classic dishes and remarkable wines. Join a food tour in Lecce to nibble unique street foods such as rustico leccese (puff pastry filled with tomatoes and mozzarella), pasticciotto (filled pastry), and taralli (olive-oil crackers) and sip wines produced in the surrounding countryside. True gourmands can pair a walking tour with a full dinner featuring the city’s most beloved dishes, or learn how to make them at home with a cooking class led by a local chef or home cook, followed by a celebratory meal to sample the recipes you’ve prepared together.

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Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Lecce

Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Lecce

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Get an authentic taste of local culture during this 3-hour cooking class in a private Lecce estate. Join the estate’s owners, both professional sommeliers, to create a meal of Pugliese specialties, and then enjoy your meal with a selection of fine wine.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.87
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$37.92
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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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$195.52
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$195.52
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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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$85.14
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$85.14
Price varies by group size