Art, history, traditional sweets
An itinerary to discover the treasures of Francavilla Fontana: the minor basilica of the Holy Rosary (better known as the Mother Church) with the Byzantine icon of the Madonna and Child with the paintings of Domenico Carella, the apulian Tiepolo; Santa Chiara church with the papier-mâché statues that are carried in procession during the famous Holy Week rites; the Fathers Liguorini one, also known as the golden church for the richness of its decorations; San Sebastian church with its baroque altars; the interesting Imperiali Palace with the wonderful balcony; some palace (such as Argentina Palace with its medieval balcony declared national monument). We will stop also in a small artesanal workshop to taste some traditional sweets: cupete (nougat), dried figs and the Mandorla Riccia: a certified typical product still made (with almonds, sugar, water, lemon, cedar and natural flavors) according to the century old processing using ancient tools.
The suggested duration of the tour is 3/4 hours. It's also possible to extend / modify the tour with a lunch / dinner in a typical restaurant; a cooking lesson ; a wine, extravirgin olive oil, cheese, coffee tasting; a visit to some artisanal workshop (papier-mâché, dressmaking, etc. ) and/or a folk and tradition museum, a visit to Manduria with the Messapian (a pre-Roman population) archeological site and the Primitivo wineries, the medieval hamlet of Oria, the city center of Mesagne (with it's swabian castle), Ostuni (the white city up on the hill overlooking the seaside), Ceglie Messapica (the temple of apulian cuisine with a castle and a pictoresque city center), Grottaglie with its ceramics district, Brindisi (the gate to Orient), Martina Franca (with its baroque palaces), Monk's salt marsh with pink flamingos, a century old olive grove, etc.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Francavilla Fontana or wherever you like
End location: Francavilla Fontana or wherever you like
Duration: 4 hours
- guided visit (half day, up to 4 hours) in English language
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5 EUR - a few eur in case of any personal extras (a coffee, a snack, etc.)
- meals, typical food tastings and personal extras
- extra hour: 25 eur for each extra hour (if any) exceding 4 hours
- transportation (by car, van, minibus, bus, wheelchair accessible vehicle, bike, Electric pedal assisted cycle, segway, scooter, vintage car or vespa, etc.): to be quoted
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This was the last of 3 wonderful days with Alessandro. He arranged my train ticket from Lecce to Brindisi and picked me up at the train station that morning for our tour. Later he dropped me off at Brindisi airport to catch my flight later that evening. Very professional, friendly, & knowledgeable guide.