Things to do in Lecce

Our most recommended things to do in Lecce

Lecce: Baroque Architecture and Underground Walking Tour

1. Lecce: Baroque Architecture and Underground Walking Tour

The tour starts with a visit to the majestic Santa Croce Church, the jewel in the crown of Lecce’s Baroque architecture. From here, explore the nearby Piazza Sant’Oronzo, the former market square where you can find the Old Town Hall, the Roman Column, and the remains of a huge Roman amphitheater. Continue the tour with a walk through the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, which boasts a stunning Baroque palazzi and the recently restored Sant’Irene Church. Arrive at the breathtaking Piazza Duomo next, one of the most critically praised buildings in Italy. See the Archbishop’s Residence, the Seminary, the Bell Tower, and the cathedral. Finally, visit the underground Jewish Museum and discover the town’s fascinating Jewish history.

Lecce: Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

2. Lecce: Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

Visit Lecce by foot. Take a private tour and discover the most beautiful places with an experienced guide. Choose between a morning, afternoon or evening departure and discover the spirit of fascinating Lecce. Admire historical attractions, including the Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Sant'Oronzo and the ornate Basilica of Santa Croce, as well as Piazza Duomo. Learn about authentic local culture and traditions and sample mouth-watering food, such as gelato or bruschetta, and a glass of wine. Enjoy a flexible itinerary and individual attention from your guide.

Lecce: Rickshaw Guided City Highlights Tour

3. Lecce: Rickshaw Guided City Highlights Tour

Experience a pleasant, multilingual (shared) or monolingual (private) tour in the comfort of modern, environmentally friendly rickshaws with an experienced guide. The tour starts with a visit to the main sights, through the characteristic narrow streets of the historical center. Discover the huge Piazza del Duomo, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. The tour continues by discovering the monumental entrance to the city, Porta Napoli, to continue with the fascinating Basilica of Santa Croce, which reveals the artistic development of the Lecce Baroque. The tour ends by pedaling to Piazza Sant'Oronzo, where among historical buildings and churches you will discover the Roman remains of the Roman amphitheater. Between history and culture, the inevitable is the discovery of typical flavors, a tasting of the excellences available according to the season. Enjoy a little tasting of a local products during the tour.

Lecce: Sightseeing Tour, the Florence of South Italy

4. Lecce: Sightseeing Tour, the Florence of South Italy

Following a pick-up from Naples Gate, drive to the historic city of Lecce to admire Baroque buildings, whitewashed houses, and more. Your tour of the “Florence of Southern Italy” includes Lecce Cathedral. Originally built in 1144, and completely restored between 1659-70, the addition of a 5-story bell tower and octagonal loggia helped turn it into one of Italy’s most important cathedrals. Continue to the Church of the Theatines, dedicated to St. Irene, and marvel at the expansive façade of different styles. The portal is surmounted by a statue of St. Irene by Mauro Manieri, while the altar of St. Michael the Archangel boasts a copy of an eponymous painting by Guido Reni. Nearby is the Rococo altar of St. Andrew Avellino, and the mid-17th-century altar of St. Orontius by Francesco Antonio Zimbalo. Admire the altar of St. Irene with its canvas by Giuseppe Verrio, and the 9 busts of saints housing historic relics. See the altar of St. Stephen, containing the “Stoning of St. Stephen” by Verrio. Visit the 2nd-century BC Roman Amphitheatre near Piazza Sant'Oronzo. Once able to seat more than 25,000 people, it is now half-buried by monuments built over it throughout the centuries. Go to the column that holds a statue of Lecce’s patron saint, St. Oronzo, given to the city by Brindisi for St. Oronzo’s reputed role in curing Brindisi of the plague. Once one of a pair, it marked the end of the legendary Appian Way, the main road between Rome and southern Italy. Walking through the streets of the old town, visit the Church of Santa Chiara and Roman Theatre.

From Lecce: Ostuni, Alberobello, Polignano Tour

5. From Lecce: Ostuni, Alberobello, Polignano Tour

The first stop of the tour is Ostuni,a picturesque town to be experienced. Known as the "White City," Ostuni boasts a wonderful medieval village rich with alleys and whitewashed houses which recalls an oriental landscape. You will have free time to visit the old town center characterized by alleys, sloping stairs, courtyards, and small squares with whitewashed houses, craft shops, and typical small shops. After Ostuni reach Alberobello, crossing some charming villages located on top of the hills. The landscape is a continuous succession of ancient olive trees and trulli. Visiting beautiful Alberobello is like a journey in a timeless country. You will have free time at your disposal to explore its characteristic historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is integrally made up of Trulli, disticntive white, pyramidal structures that make it unique in the world and represent one of the most extraordinary examples of Italian folk architecture. Particularly striking are the two districts: "Rione Monti" with its local handcrafts shops and "Aia Piccola", where the most ancient Trulli and little museums are situated. After Alberobello, descending towards the Adriatic Sea, reach the beautiful Polignano a Mare, birthplace to the famous Domenico Modugno. Polignano a Mare stands on a cliff falling sheer to the sea. Explore the historic center and the remains of Roman rule. Among the latter, the bridge of the Via Traiana, still viable. Entering the historic center, through a maze of streets, alleys, and squares animated by local shops and restaurants, you find yourself on three terraces overlooking the sea to enjoy a breathtaking view.

Lecce: Walking Tour

6. Lecce: Walking Tour

Your tour begins from Sant'Oronzo square, where you will find a Roman Amphitheater which was first discovered at the beginning of the 20th Century. The itinerary goes on to the historic center, which is rich with churches and old buildings decorated by Baroque Art. During the tour, it will be possible to look at papier-machè artisans at work. This kind of art belongs to Lecce from the 17th Century, when it was conceived to decorate churches, back when the paper was the only material available. It continues to adorn the houses and the churches of this magical city thanks to old masters and young people.

Lecce: Private Walking Food Tour

7. Lecce: Private Walking Food Tour

Embark on an exciting private tour through the city of Lecce, famous for its Baroque art and culinary specialties. Meet your local tour guide in the main square and start off by discovering the ruins of an ancient Roman theater right in the middle of the city. Then, stroll through the historic city center, taking in its refined and elegant atmosphere. Admire the local architecture, a unique style called barocco lecesse. This refers to the local stone carvings that decorate the façades of private buildings, churches, and balconies, as opposed to traditional Italian gold motifs. Throughout your walk, stop for tastings of local culinary specialties: rustico leccese (savory stuffed pastry), puccia (stuffed flatbread), pasticciotto (custard-filled puff pastry), and leccese coffee.

Lecce: City Highlights Biking Tour with Food Tasting

8. Lecce: City Highlights Biking Tour with Food Tasting

Discover the top sights of Lecce by bike on this guided tour. Peddle through the Old Town's characteristic narrow streets as you pass by vestiges of imperial Rome and baroque churches. Savor authentic local flavors during a tasting experience.  Meet your guide at the activity provider's shop and get fitted with a bike. Set off through the streets on a biking adventure through the sights of the historical center. Cruise thorugh the majestic Piazza del Duomo, one of the most peculiar squares in southern Italy. Ride to the monumental entrance to the city, Porta Napoli, and continue to the fascinating Basilica of Santa Croce, which is a stunning example of the artistic development of Lecce Baroque. Ends with a stroll through Piazza Sant'Oronzo where a you can view the Roman Amphitheater. Try local products like homemade ice cream or sausages and cheese. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour. 

Lecce: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

9. Lecce: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private pasta-making class at the Cesarina's home, learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by a glass of local wine. During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal to you the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic regional pasta recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Each participant will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines.

Lecce: Guided Rickshaw Tour

10. Lecce: Guided Rickshaw Tour

Let a multilingual expert tour guide show you the treasures of the town of Lecce on board an ecological rickshaw. In addition to the main tourist attractions, such as Piazza Sant'Oronzo, Piazza Duomo and the Basilica of Santa Croce, you can admire the glorious ruins of the Roman theater and amphitheater and the lavish Baroque churches of Lecce. Together with your guide, you will reach the monumental doors and the impressive palaces and courtyards telling the millennial history of the city. Then, you will venture down the hidden corners of the ancient hamlet, rich in legends and interesting stories. During the tour, you will have the chance to visit the ancient local craftsmanship shops, such as the papier-mâché shops or the Leccese stone carving workshops. Finally, taste some traditional wines and foods from the Salento region, riding through the city alleys on your safe and eco-friendly vehicle.

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What people are saying about Lecce

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 396 reviews

Thanks to Audrey and Davide for a nice and interesting tour of the historic city of Lecce. They told us several humorous anecdotes and explained several super interesting facts and details about the architecture and the history of the buildings of the city. As a bonus, a leccese and pasticciotto coffee, a real delight! ❤️

Very interesting bike tour. Although we had already visited the city a little, we learned a lot. And it's nice to ride a bike in Lecce. Thanks to Agathe, our French-speaking guide who took good care of us.

Great tour through out the city . Our tour guide was great , very Knowledgeable, and kept the tour upbeat and fun! It’s a beautiful city tour by bike. Refreshments are included also .

The tuc tuc ride with Luna's company was very good. He speaks perfect Spanish and demonstrated solid knowledge of Lecce, history, culture and art! We would do it again!!

Very informative tour of the city of Lecce thanks to the in-depth knowledge of our friendly guide Agathe whom we warmly recommend.