Cod. SAL02
Lecce, Galatina, Gallipoli and fabulous beaches

The baroque leccese and the maldive of salento

(Code SAL-02)
Departure at 07.00 am from Petruzzelli Theatre of Bari ,destination Lecce, about 2 hours by car from Bari. Lecce is the main town of the Salento area, the southern part of Puglia, and it's called the “Florence of South” for its superb beauty of churches and elegant noble baroque buildings, with a lot of stone decorations which have a beautyful gold and pink tinge. The ancient town has a lot of amazing monuments in a very little space, above all in the square of the bishop called Piazza Duomo where the visitor is surrounded by magnificent gold-tinged buildings full of angels, statues, saints, flowers, faces of artists in an unrivaled original style! After we will move from Lecce to Galatina, about half an hour . Galatina in one among the most important towns of Salento and it has a lot of monuments of Renaissance and baroque period however no other monument can rival the lovely church of S. Caterina d'Alessandria one among the rare examples of Gothic architecture in this area. The Church, built in the 14^ century, has a finely decorated portal and beautiful colorful frescoes covering the whole church inside representing scenes from Old and New Testaments,  definite one of the most beautiful church of Italy! Than we will move from Galatina to Gallipoli. The name derives from the Greek word  Kalè polis, “città bella”: beautiful city, in fact it enjoys a superb position surrounded by the sea, built in a little island and connected by the land with a bridge. Gallipoli has an old town protect by high walls and by a castle in the sea, the layout of the town shows a strong eastern influence: the houses with an inner courtyard are the typical feature of Mediterranean architecture. Very lively on summer, Gallipoli has long sand beaches and a beautiful clear clean sea, called “Maldive del Salento”.We will have 3 hours of free time for lunch and go to the beach.
At 3.30 pm return to Bari, about 2 hours of driving.