Cultural holiday in Puglia

From 3 September 2015 - 04:00

To 6 September 2015 - 02:00

A journey to discover one of Italy’s most beautiful regions

Starting from
280 €

Cultural holiday in Puglia

Cultural holiday in Puglia

A journey to discover one of Italy’s most beautiful regions

From € 280

3 nights

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Accommodation at Masseria Bandini in Otranto

The Baroque art in Puglia. Visit Lecce , Otranto , Gallipoli and Taranto

Day 1

Check-in at Masseria Bandino

Dinner and overnight

Day 2 - Breakfast

Visit of Lecce and Otranto

Arrival in Lecce and guided tour.

Like ancient travelers and the kings we will enter in Lecce through the monumental door Porta Napoli, discovering a city that since the Renaissance, literally covered with art.

After visiting the Castle of Charles V situated in the historical center of the city, you can reach the eclectic Sant'Oronzo Square dominated by imposing statue of the city protector, erected by Giuseppe Zimbalo in 1666 using pieces from the two famous columns standing as the edge of Via Appia. Then you can admire the roman amphitheater and "Il Sedile" a stately baroque-renaissance construction. Next stop reveals an amazing architectural work of genius: Basilica Santa Croce, a triumph of Lecce baroque. Preceding long away Vittorio Emanuele Avenue you can meet S. Irene Church and reach the charming Piazza Duomo.

Lunch in a typical restaurant of Salento

Afternoon: guided tour of Otranto

Otranto is certainly one of Puglia's most charming towns and is well worth a visit. The imposing castle, thick perimeter walls and robust towers (built after the town was liberated from the Turks in the late 15th century) dominate much of the town, giving way to a small port, a series of sea-front promenades with  excellent fish restaurants and the town's very own beautiful white sandy beach and turquoise waters...

The delightful Romanesque cathedral, dating back to 1088 and boasting extensive 12th century floor mosaics, is another highlight that should not be missed.

Dinner and return to the Masseria

Day 3 breakfast

Visit of Taranto

Taranto is a very old and powerful city of the Magna Graecia era. The city developed around a small gulf called Mare Piccolo (small sea) enclosed by two peninsulas joined to the turning bridge on the Mar Grande, (big sea).  The castle of Aragon can be seen on a small island nearby. The city architecture gives testimony to the history and culture of some of the ancient places, amongst which are the remains of the Doric Temple, the Crypt of the Redemptor and the homes of the noble families like the Palazzo Pantaleo and Palazzo d’Ayala Valva. In Taranto there are numerous churches from Romanesque to Baroque like the Cathedral of Saint Cataldo, and Gothic such as the Church of Saint Dominic as well as the architecture of the neoclassic churches. Other important realities of the cultural history are the National Museum of Archaeology where there is an exhibition of amongst other things, the biggest collection of jewels made in the Magna Graecia’s era.

Lunch in a typical restaurant

Afternoon: visit of Gallipoli.

Gallipoli is one of the most characteristic towns of Salento.
Among its attractions not to miss the Angevin Castle, the Hellenistic Fountain and the underground oil presses.

Guided tour of Gallipoli, (in Greek: Kallipolis, meaning "Beautiful City") located on the Ionian coast of Salento.

You will discover this wonderful city close to the seaside with unique views.

It is located by the Ionian Sea, on the west coast of the Salentina Peninsula. The town of Gallipoli is divided in two parts, the modern and the old city. The old town is located on a limestone island, linked to the mainland by a bridge built in the 16th century.

In past times the economy of Gallipoli was based on the international wine and oil commerce. Nowadays its most important activities are based on fishing and tourism.

Tourism is enjoyable throughout the year, due to the mild climate. Numerous are also the celebrations (civil and religious).

Gallipoli also boasts a very recently built harbor for private boats.

Dinner and overnight at the Masseria

Day 4


Price per person: from € 280,00

The price includes:
- 3 nights at the Masseria Bandino, half board
- Guided tour (for groups of min.10 people)

 On request:
- Transfer by car / mini bus
- Lunch / restaurant reservation


Accomodation at

An ancient construction once dedicated to stock rearing and dating back to 1700,Hotel Masseria Bandino respects the typical architectural style of the rural salento countryside.

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