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Lecce: 2.5-Hour Street Food Tasting and Walking Tour

1. Lecce: 2.5-Hour Street Food Tasting and Walking Tour

Taste the best traditional snacks Lecce has to offer while exploring the quaint city center and its impressive monuments. Meet your guide at Porta San Biagio, one of the main old gates of the city. Begin your food tasting experience with the frisella, which is roll-bread, twice baked and topped with fresh tomato and local olive oil.   Then, you’ll start to move down the cozy alleys of the city center to discover its hidden treasures, with the help of your expert guide who will be full of anecdotes and historical details.   Your next tasting will be salami, tarallini (similar to a pretzel), and wine in one of the oldest family vendors in the city. Admire Piazza Duomo, surrounded by a closed square and elegant monuments before heading to Porta Napoli to learn about the obelisk that stands in the center of its square.   After savory tastings, it’s time for dessert — taste Lecce’s most famous cake, the pasticciotto, a small pastry stuffed with custard that locals love to eat for breakfast. Finally, you’ll arrive at the main square, Piazza Sant’Oronozo, where you can admire a fabulous Roman amphitheater. Finish with the grand finale, one of the best gelato in town.

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Lecce Private Home Cooking Class

2. Lecce Private Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines.  During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

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Lecce: Guided Rickshaw Tour

3. Lecce: Guided Rickshaw Tour

Let a multilingual expert tour guide show you the treasures of the town of Lecce on board an ecological rickshaw. In addition to the main tourist attractions, such as Piazza Sant'Oronzo, Piazza Duomo and the Basilica of Santa Croce, you can admire the glorious ruins of the Roman theater and amphitheater and the lavish Baroque churches of Lecce. Together with your guide, you will reach the monumental doors and the impressive palaces and courtyards telling the millennial history of the city. Then, you will venture down the hidden corners of the ancient hamlet, rich in legends and interesting stories. During the tour, you will have the chance to visit the ancient local craftsmanship shops, such as the papier-mâché shops or the Leccese stone carving workshops. Finally, taste some traditional wines and foods from the Salento region, riding through the city alleys on your safe and eco-friendly vehicle. Each rickshaw can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child up to 10 years old. 

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From Bari: 5-Day Puglia and Basilicata Tour

4. From Bari: 5-Day Puglia and Basilicata Tour

Day 1, Bari Street Food Tour After arriving independently to Bari, meet with your guide at 6 PM at the Swabian Castle for a walking street food tour. Visit Orecchiette Street where typical pasta is made by the local ladies, the Cathedral of San Sabino, and the imposing Basilica of San Nicola. Throughout the tour, taste the famous sgagliozze, tasty pieces of fried polenta, and focaccia. At the end of the day, check-in at the Palace Hotel or similar. Enjoy a free evening to explore at your own leisure.  Day 2: Castel del Monte to Trani Your second day will begin as you meet your driver and guide before departing for Castel del Monte to one of the most mysterious and fascinating castles in Southern Italy. After some free time, check-in at the Palazzo Paciotti (or similar). Get ready to discover Trani, which is known as the "Slow City" and the "Pearl of the Adriatic Sea". Enjoy a free evening to explore at your own leisure. Day 3: Matera, Alberobello After Breakfast, check-out before meeting with your driver and guide at 9 AM and departing for Matera, which is a UNESCO site and considered one of the most suggestive places in southern Italy. You will have free time for lunch, after which you will depart for Alberobello check-in at the Trulli Holiday Resort or similar. Enjoy a guided tour at 6 PM then enjoy a free evening to explore at your own leisure.  Day 4: Ostuni Lecce After breakfast, meet the driver to transfer to Ostuni, which is also called the "White City”. Explore with a local guide this place where it's possible to enjoy the amazing expanse of olive trees surrounded by the deep-blue sea. Transfer to Lecce and check-in to a 4-star hotel. Lecce walking tour with a licensed tour guide at 6 PM. Enjoy a free evening to explore at your own leisure. Day 5: Lecce Following breakfast at your hotel, check-out marking the end of your tour.

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Lecce: Long Bike-Rickshaw City Tour & Local Flavors

5. Lecce: Long Bike-Rickshaw City Tour & Local Flavors

Join a guided tour led by an expert multilingual guide and discover the main attractions of Lecce, visiting the city on a funny and eco-friendly rickshaw. Visit of the main turist attractions such us Sant'Oronzo square, Duomo Square and Santa Croce Basilica, as well as the amazing ruins of the Roman theather and amphitheatre and the sumptuous churches of the Baroque style.  Tour throughout  the monumental doors, the amazing historical palaces and courts and the most picturesque and hidden places of the old city, full of legends and interesting anecdote.  During this unique experience, among monuments and shops, you will visit old boutique selling local handcrafts, such us papier-mache crafts and the stones of Lecce, taste local wine and products, visit an ancient cellar collecting the best wines from allover Salento; A unique experience combining art, culture, flavours and popular traditions. Each rickshaw can accomodate 2 adults and 1/2 children up to 10 years old.

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Lecce: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

6. Lecce: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Arrive at the home of your expert host for a memorable private dining experience where you will taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian mothers. During an exclusive cooking demonstration, feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as your host shares the secrets of her family cookbook while preparing the dishes right in front of you. Once the end result is ready, sit at an authentic Italian dining table and enjoy your 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert.

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Lecce: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

7. Lecce: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

On this tour, you can go food shopping like a local with your "Cesarina", enjoying the distinctive Italian local markets and learning how to recognize the best produce from the land. Then, attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of her/his family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with side dish and dessert with drinks (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars and coffee). Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

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Lecce: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

8. Lecce: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private pasta-making class at the Cesarina's home, learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by a glass of local wine. During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal to you the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic regional pasta recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Each participant will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines.

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Lecce: Private Tour with Pasticciotto Tasting

9. Lecce: Private Tour with Pasticciotto Tasting

The discovery of Lecce starts from the beginning, pre-Roman and Roman, to the great period of the Baroque. Take a walk to the historic center that will take you to discover the wonders of Lecce, one of the most beautiful cities of southern Italy. The route starts from Porta Napoli to Piazza Duomo, Cathedral, Bell Tower, and Bishop's Seminar, the baroque heart of Lecce. Continue walking to the Church of St. Irene, Piazza Sant'Oronzo, where you can see the ruins of the Roman amphitheater, the church of San Marco and the Sedile. Walking through the streets of the old town, you will visit the Church of Santa Chiara and Roman Theatre, other important particulars of the story of Lecce. During the tour, you will taste a typical pasticciotto, a cake made with pastry and cream. The tour ends at the Basilica of Santa Croce, a jewel of Lecce Baroque and Celestine Convent.

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Lecce: Market Tour and Private Home Cooking Class

10. Lecce: Market Tour and Private Home Cooking Class

Taste the traditional flavors of Italy with a cooking demonstration and dining experience, led by an expert home cook. Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes as your guide shares their cooking wisdom, which has been passed down in their family for generations. Wander through the local area with your guide to shop for the ingredients to use in your cooking class. Learn how to choose the best produce, and enjoy the distinctive atmosphere of the Italian market. Back at your local guide’s home, immerse yourself in a private cooking class. Discover the secrets of some of the most famous regional cuisine. Put your cooking skills to the test and then enjoy a meal to taste everything you’ve made, accompanied by a selection of local wines. 

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What people are saying about Lecce

Very interesting and pleasant way of visiting Lecce. For a group of 6 persons we rented three rickshaws with guide. The guides were very enthusiastic and explained everything in English. We laughed much. The tour lasted 1,5 hour and we saw the highlights of Lecce. We also stopped for a coffee which was a treat of the company. Afterwards they sent us pictures. Everything was perfect. We enjoyed every minute! Thank you.

Definitely worthwhile! We got to explore Lecce and all of its historical highlights while sampling delightful treats along the way. The perfect combination and great value. We were very fortunate to have the lovely Antonella as our guide. She was so knowledgable, friendly and welcoming and her English was perfect. Would 100% recommend. Thank you Antonella!

We had a great time with Rosie. Love the city and food. Really opened our eyes to good never had before.

Antenella was great - she gave us so much history and local knowledge! Loved the tour and food!

Excellent tour with lots of information, tasty food and a good sense of the city!