GUIDED TOURS LECCE AND OTRANTO – THE BAROQUE CITY AND THE FANCIFUL, EUROPE BIGGEST MOSAIC
TOUR DURATION: FULL DAY TOUR
GUIDED TOURS LECCE AND OTRANTO DESCRIPTION
Lecce city center is one of the most attractive and famous place to visit in Apulia; it is located on the Salento peninsula halfway between the Adriatic and the Ionian sea and it is famous for its Baroque architecture built with a soft, pale yellow calcareous stone. Our visit will go through a path revealing the city’s Roman ruins still visible on the main streets corresponding to the ones of the ancient Roman Lupiae. Also we will be able to see all along this walking tour the results of the architecture coming from the city’s “renaissance” in the 16th century, when there was an extensive social and religious development, evident in the construction of the several churches, public buildings and aristocratic palaces. We will end our morning tour with the visit of a famous papier-mâché laboratory, an important tradition in Lecce in the past as well as nowadays not only for the craftsmanship of the city but for the tradition of the whole region; the papier-mâché artist will show us how, with few and poor elements like paper, straw, and iron wire, it is possible to create refined sacred statues and other works of art representing a precious gift for visitors and tourists. In the afternoon we will move to Otranto, a town that is now a must of every tour in Apulia: the city is famous for the sacrifice of its inhabitants in the 15th century who resisted to the Turkish attacks and because of this they were brutally killed. By the way Otranto is also known for the richness of its small and fortified old town composed by the Cathedral, hosting the most spectacular and extensive 12th century mosaic in Europe, the Byzantine St. Peter’s church and an imposing Spanish fortress facing the Adriatic sea. For the greediest of you, please note that before leaving, we will certainly not miss a delicious ice cream that we will have the chance to taste along the easternmost seafront of the whole Italian peninsula.