Lecce, the Baroque and the Sea

This 6 day, 5 night tour through South East Italy is truly worth a go!  In a region blessed by sunshine and two superb seas!

The tour is centred around Lecce, also known as 'Lupiae' in Roman times, 'Florence of the South' or 'Athens of Apulia'.

Lecce's history goes back a long way - you can still see ruins of a Roman theatre and amphitheatre - but the period which led to the town's current fame was the 17th century. A period of prosperity led to grand developments and the wholesale construction of palaces and churches. 

Starting from this wonderful city, you will explore the surroundings taking time to discover all the tastes and flavours of this warm and inviting land.

This tour departs every day from 1st March to 30th November 2019.

Itinerary & prices - see below

Getting here

- we can arrange airport transfers from Brindisi Airport

  • Day 1: Lecce

    Welcome to the Salento - the land of sun, sea and wind!

    Individual arrival today into the Baroque capital of the Solento - Lecce.  This unique city of white stone that adorns the hundred churches is filled with light and history.


  • Day 2: Gallipoli and the West Coast - 50km

    An early morning transfer will take you to Gallipoli.  It's old town is enclosed in a rocky island that is accessed by an 18th century bridge.  

    Like Taranto, Gallipoli is a two-part town: the modern hub is based on the mainland, while the older 'centro storico' inhabits a small island that juts out into the Ionian Sea. With a raft of serene baroque architecture usurped only by Lecce, it is, arguably, the prettiest of Salento’s smaller settlements.

    The old town, ringed by the remains of its muscular 14th-century walls is the best place to linger. It’s punctuated by several baroque chapels, a traditional fishing port, a windswept sea drive and narrow lanes barely wide enough to accommodate a Fiat cinquecento (500).

    Back in Lecce we advise you to try a delicious ice-cream at the Gelateria Natale near the Sant'Oronzo square.


  • Day 3: Acaya and it's Lands - 40km easy

    Today's itinerary is dedicated to Le Cesine Natural WWF Reserve and the fortified village of Acaya.

    You will drive along the 'Fondone' - a long road leading up to Le Cesine.  Within the reserve there is a provincial highway which has n ow become a long cycle path surrounded by olive trees and reeds.

    When you reach the sea you will easily find a shack near to the shore for a break before or after a dip in the beautiful sea adjacent to the reserve.

    Once back on the bike, the route includes a stop in the small and enchanting village of Acaya.  Here, if you are lucky, you will find a tiny bar open in the Clock Tower Square and visit the castle which houses a Byzantine fresco still being studied.  

    Cycle back to Lecce where we recommend you try the local street food - Rustico Leccese.  


  • Day 4: On the Francigena Way - 45km easy

    After breakfast this morning, you will leave Lecce and cycle to your first stop of the day - 'Lu Furnu' in Masseria Giannoccaro - a big agricultural centre during the Second World War.  Here you will be able to enjoy excellent bread, sweet and spicy cakes and above all, the unbeatable 'pittule' - small balls of fried dough, simple or dressed with a bunch of different things including tomatoes, tuna, capers, etc

    Your ride will continue on to the coast and the Adriatic where the last stage of your ride today is dedicated to Santa Maria in Cerrate.  A medieval abbey commissioned by Count Tancredi and now reassessed by the Italian Environment Fund.  

    After your visit, it will be back off to Lecce trying to follow the roads once travelled by pilgrims heading to the ports of Otranto and Leuca from where they embarked to the Holy Land.


  • Day 5: Otranto and the East Coast - 55km easy

    After breakfast, a private transfer will take you to the Blue Lake, an incredible place that preserves an emerald pond in bright red soil.  From here you will begin to pedal back along the coast and before long you will reach Otranto.

    Apart from its historical and architectural interest, Otranto also boasts several lovely sandy beaches, one of which is right in the centre of town.

    Leaving Otranto behind you, you will cycle on the coastal road from which it will be easy to see and reach beautiful creeks: the Bay of the Turks and it's cliffs, old Roca and it's Cave of Poetry.


  • Day 6: Lecce

    After breakfast, individual departure home but not before finding a great souvenir at the pastry shop Franchini, where you can buy excellent Cotognata jam!


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Summary

  • This tour is available to anyone with some cycling experience.
  • Daily mileage is about 40 kilometers a day, with scheduled stops for visits and refreshments.
  • The route is focused on typical food and wine of the Lecce area.
  • The bike will be a way to dispose of the good food and enjoy the many landscapes that this land offers.
  • There will also be cultural moments and the opportunity, if possible, for a good swim in the clear Salento sea.

What's included

  • 5 night's accommodation with breakfast included
  • Private transfers on Day 2 and Day 5
  • Description and information material
  • 24 hour telephone assistance

Other things to consider

  • Hotel tourist taxes
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees and tips
  • Insurance

Highlights

  • Le Cesine Natural WWF Reserve in Acaya
  • Experiencing the local Rustico Leccese in Lecce and the delicious ice-cream as well as Pasticciotto
  • The Blue Lake of Otronto
  • Swimming in the sea

Holiday insurance

Holiday insurance is a requirement when booking our holidays

If you have a policy in place - that's great - if not the policy on our site is available from MPI  This covers all the key areas.

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