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Gallipoli: Historic Guided Walking Tour

1. 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 history of the city and its architecture, then enjoy a stroll along the coastline to marvel at stunning views across the sea.

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Gallipoli: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

2. 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 typical houses, before you reach the coast, where numerous 13-17th-century churches can be found, including the Church of Santa Maria della Purità, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, and Church of San Domenico al Rosario.

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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 Leuca, the heel of Italy, where the Ionian Sea meets the Adriatic Sea. From this tip of Puglia, soak in spectacular views of the harbor and the sea, as well as the sanctuary of Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae. Continue along the Ionian coast to Gallipoli. This Greek city can be divided into 2 areas: the new village, where the tourist facilities and modern buildings arise, and the old city. The old city is located on a limestone island connected to the mainland by a 17th-century bridge. During your free time, explore the historic center through a labyrinthine weave of narrow streets. Pass by traditional handicraft shops, impressive churches, and aristocratic palazzi. Also worth seeing are the Baroque Cathedral dedicated to St. Agatha, the Angevine Castle, and the Greek Fountain, one of the oldest fountains in Italy. End the tour with a visit to Galatina, a real gem of art, history, and culture. Step inside the Basilica of Saint Catherine of Alexandria to marvel at the frescoes created by Giotto's disciples. You can also visit the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, and the monuments in the historical center.

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Gallipoli: 4-Hour Historic Tour from Lecce

4. 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.

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Discovering history and cooking: Galatina, Gallipoli

5. 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 fish shoals, sea bream and sea bass, groupers and octopuses.  At the end of the walk your chauffeur will be waiting to take you back to Lecce. A tour guide is not included, a suggestion may be to bring a guidebook. Remember to check on the website the opening times of the location you want to visit and the price of entrance ticket. Entrance fees are not included.

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