If your aim is to discover Salento in the deep, this is the tour that suits your expectations. You will visit two gems of Salento territory, the elegant city of Galatina, 20 km far from Lecce, famous for the Basilica of Saint Catherine and its frescoes and the cosy Otranto, on the Adriatic coast, with its legacies of the Turkish invasion ... More info ›
If your aim is to discover Salento in the deep, this is the tour that suits your expectations. You will visit two gems of Salento territory, the elegant city of Galatina, 20 km far from Lecce, famous for the Basilica of Saint Catherine and its frescoes and the cosy Otranto, on the Adriatic coast, with its legacies of the Turkish invasion. Art and history are not enough to catch the soul of a region; you need to savor its aromas and flavors, especially if you are in one of the best Italian regions for oil and wine production. Your professional, local guide, will lead you in a typical farmhouse, the so called "masseria" to discover how people lived and worked two centuries ago. Inside you could visit the old oil mill, underneath, the bottaia, the placee were wine is left aging. This will be also the location for a sensorial tasting of local food and wine.
This will be a unique experience to enjoy Salento and its peculiarities!
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Centro storico di Galatina, Galatina, Province of Lecce, Puglia
Discover Galatina and its artistic jewels including old residences with rich portals and balconies, the Chapel of Saint Paul in which the ritual hypnotic dancing of the tarantate was held and eventually the main monument of the town, the Basilica of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, one of the most significant works of architecture in the whole Salento with cycles of unequaled frescoes on the walls, arches and vaults similar to the Franciscan church of Assisi.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: L'Astore Masseria, Cutrofiano, Province of Lecce, Puglia
Visit a typical "masseria" , a local farm dated back to 1800, still in operation with the production of oil and autoctone wine. You will feel the warm hospitality of the family that owns this farm since 1935. Here you will visit the hypogeum crusher and the vinery, take a wine tasting in the "bottaia", the place where the barrels are stored, inebriated by scents of aging wines and have lunch surrounded by the peace and sounds of the surrounding countryside. Each course will be accompanied by the wine produced in the farmhouse. You will sip samples of autoctone grapes like "Primitivo", "Negramaro", "Susumaniello" and will learn about viticulture in the region.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Centro Storico Otranto, Otranto, Province of Lecce, Puglia
After lunch, the tour will proceed to Otranto, the Italy’s easternmost town. You will visit the Norman cathedral with its mosaic pavement rather like a large praying rug, the tiny church of Saint Peter, one of the the most important Byzantine monument of Apulia, the Aragonese Castle surrounded by a deep broad moat extending toward the sea, the walls still enclosing the largest part of the old town.
Duration: 1 hour