8 days in Lecce & Taranto Itinerary

8 days in Lecce & Taranto Itinerary

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8 days in Lecce & Taranto Itinerary

Start: Lecce
1
Lecce
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Taranto
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
End: Lecce

4
nights
Lecce

Lecce ©
Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Relax by the water at Chiesa di San Matteo and Centro Storico Medievale di Specchia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castello di Corigliano d'Otranto and Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria. Get out of town with these interesting Lecce side-trips: Palazzo Protonobilissimo Risolo (in Specchia), Sidereus (in Salve) and Basilica Santuario di Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae (in Santa Maria di Leuca). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Museo Faggiano, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Irene, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Cattedrale di Sant'Agata, and explore the historical opulence of Castello di Acaya.

To find reviews and tourist information, read Lecce trip site .

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major airport is Brindisi – Salento Airport. In May in Lecce, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can take a bus to Taranto.

Things to do in Lecce

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Otranto, Specchia, Galatina, Castello di Acaya, Parco Astronomico San Lorenzo
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Centro Storico Medievale di Specchia ©
Castello di Corigliano d'Otranto ©
Castello di Corigliano d'Otranto
Parco Astronomico San Lorenzo ©
Parco Astronomico San Lorenzo

3
nights
Taranto

Taranto ©
Taranto is a coastal city in Apulia, Southern Italy. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiostro Ex Convento Di San Domenico, pause for some serene contemplation at San Domenico Maggiore Church, step into the grandiose world of Castello Aragonese, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale, then don't miss a visit to Cripta Delle Mummie, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of our Lady of Grace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Borraco, enjoy the sand and surf at Ayala Beach, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Castelluccia.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Taranto trip itinerary site .

You can take a bus from Lecce to Taranto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Lecce in June since evenings lows in Taranto dip to 26°C. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus back home.

Things to do in Taranto

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oria, Spiaggia di Borraco, Ayala Beach, Sanctuary of our Lady of Grace, Torre Castelluccia
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San Domenico Maggiore Church ©
San Domenico Maggiore Church
Ayala Beach ©
Ayala Beach
Castello Aragonese ©
Castello Aragonese

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