Everything in a day: nature, art, archaeology, architecture, flavors, etc.
A tour to discover and enjoy the coast on the North of Otranto (with the legendary Cave of Poetry next to the archeological site of the ancient fortified city of Roca Vecchia, the dramatic view of the faraglioni stacks of Torre S. Andrea, the natural landscapes of Alimini lakes) and on the South (the liberty style architecture of Santa Cesarea Terme, the breathtaking views of the rugged coastline, the lighthouse of Palascia cape, the satured colours of the exausted bauxite mine), the Unesco site of Otranto (with its picturesque and lively historic city center and its castle, the ancient walls and the Romanesque cathedral with the chapel of the 800 martyrs and the astonishing mosaic representing the tree of life and several hidden meanings coming from different cultures and centuries), the hidden secrets of dolmens and menhirs (those mysterious prehistoric megalithic monuments with an extremely high density in this area: the southeasternmost of Italy and localted along the 40th parallel of latitude).
Usually the tour begins with a drive along the Adriatic coast on the North of Otranto, after it goes a few kilometres inland to discover the hidden secrets of dolmens and menhirs, it continues with the coast on the South of Otranto (Castro, Santa Cesarea Terme, the exausted bauxite mine, Palascia's lighthouse: the southeasternmost cape of Italy) and Otranto (listed by Unesco as Heritage for a Culture of Peace).
During the tour we can visit a cheesefarm for a cheese tasting and olive oil tasting. For lunch it's possible to choose among a focaccia at a bakery or to enjoy a fish menu at a restaurant overlooking the seaside or a wine pairing menu at a winery's restaurant where wines are free of charge.
It's also possible to modify the itinerary with a boat trip to admire the marine caves between Castro and Santa Cesarea and for a swim in a bay or in a marine cave with the sulphureus water coming out from the themal spring; a visit to Lecce, Gallipoli, Santa Maria di Leuca, Corigliano d'Otranto, Galatina, etc.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: at your hotel (or wherever you like) in Lecce or Otranto
End location: at your hotel (or wherever you like) in Lecce or Otranto
Duration: 8 hours
For this tour you need a transfer. If you have a vechicle I can come with you otherwise I can arrange for you the transportation by car, van, minibus, bus, wheelchair accessible vehicle, etc.
full day (up to 8 hours) private (I'll be entirely dedicated to you thus you won't share the tour with other travellers) guided visit in English language. I'm a licensed tour guide, wine and olive oil sommelier.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 EUR - it depends if you like to stop for a meal, a snack, a wine tasting, etc.
- meals and personal extras
- extra hour: 30 eur (per group, not per person) for each extra hour (if any) exceding 8 hours;
- entrance ticket if you like to visit Zinzulusa Grotto (a cave with stalactites and stalagmites; it's a marine cave but the entrance is from the mainland): 5 € per person;
- boat trip: 1 hour from Castro to Zinsulusa Grotto (15 € per person), 2 hours from Castro to Santa Cesarea Terme with 2 stops for a swim (25 € per person);
- transportation: to be quoted.
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Fantastic is the description of our tour guide. His knowledge is unbelievable. I had a question specific to a very small number of people and he knew that, too. He was prompt, curtious and talked about what we asked about. We will recommend him to our friends and use him every time we are in the area.