SOUTHERN APULIA TOUR - 6 Days

Beautiful and silent Salento in 6 days

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Arrival at Brindisi Airport, or at Lecce Station and transfer to the hotel.
The experience begins with the accommodation in a hotel in the historic center, where you can breathe the scents of the baroque city. Dinner in a typical restaurant.

After breakfast, a walk among noble palaces and flowered balconies awaits us. In addition to unmissable stops at the Baroque churches, you will have a tour of the Jewish quarter that includes a visit to the museum dedicated to this hard-working people who have left indelible marks in this area. For lunch, no restaurant, no trattoria: Street food will be the theme of the day! An explosion of flavors, accompanied by a good red wine.
Free afternoon to discover the hidden corners of the historic center. Free dinner. Overnight.

Breakfast. We leave the city and head to Acaya, a fortified citadel: a true untouched village where the time seems to be suspended between the walls of the 16th century castle and the blue of the sky. Continuation to a farm, producer of cheeses, oil and vegetables. Experience includes one walk in the countryside to explore ancient peasant buildings and a snack. The day continues towards the sea. For a stop in Roca Vecchia where you can admire the ruins of the castle on the sea and the cave of Poetry (or Posia), an authentic natural swimming pool. A stop at the Faraglioni of Sant’Andrea is not to be missed. The day will end in a typical Salento farmhouse, surrounded by olive trees, in the heart of the countryside. Dinner and overnight.

Breakfast and departure for the Grecìa Salentina, an area with a linguistic minority where a ancient Greek dialect. Knowledge of the tangible and intangible assets of the territory. Visit to an underground oil mill, to the rural churches and the Pozzelle area, ancient peasant cisterns for collecting water. For lunch, a nice picnic will brighten the day. Following continuation to Otranto, the city more eastern Italy. You will be surprised by its position on the sea, the changing colors and the houses of the historic center.Walk along the ramparts until you reach the Aragonese castle. Return to the farm. Dinner and overnight.

This city is placed in the south-eastern end of the Italian peninsula which used to be the centre of the former Messa- pii, then roman, followed by byzantine and finally, aragonese area. This city is surrounded by the impressive castle and its cathedral. It is possible to visit them, including the Martyr Chapel and its crypt which has the biggest Byzantine style mosaic made by Monk Pantaleone. It is possible to visit the bastion area with the towers built in XVI century by Charles V made to defend the territory from Saracen attacks.

A must visit place is the Chapel of Saint Peter, one of the most representative monuments of the southern Middle Age and Byzantine rule in Otranto, which it is also considered as the highest expression of Apulia’s Byzantine art. Dinner and accommodation in the hotel. Full board: lunch in a restaurant.

Breakfast and departure for the Ionian coast. Meeting with a naturalistic guide and walk in the Park of Porto Selvaggio an area rich in Aleppo pines and aromatic plants, surrounded by watchtowers. It is an undemanding route of about two. After the tour, continuation to a winery, winemakers since 1489 for a tasting of doc wines with relative tasting. But the day doesn’t end there. Direction old Gallipoli, formerly an island, today connected to the mainland across a sixteenth-century bridge. Let yourself be carried away by this ancient maritime city, unique and fascinating. Return to the hotel for dinner. Overnight.

Breakfast and transfer to Brindisi airport.

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