After catching up on a well-needed rest in the gorgeous setting of your luxury room, you will wake up and enjoy eating an incredible breakfast in the heart of this picturesque seaside town.
Early in the afternoon, you will drive south for about 25 minutes on the main SS7 road, towards the architectural and artistic hub, Ugento, a town located near the tip of the heel of Italy.
From here you will continue on your journey through the spectacular Apulia region to the famed, town between two seas, Santa Maria di Leuca, on the southernmost tip of the Salento peninsula.
Since the 20th century, locals have flocked here to enjoy the seaside town’s historic architecture, sandy beaches, and dramatic cliffs, littered with hidden grottos and caves.
After exploring Santa Maria Di Leuca’s beauty, fine wine and food you are free to explore the northern coastal town of Castro, which is equally famed for its theatrical grottos, namely the limestone Grotto of Zinzulusa.
On our winding journey along the boot of southern Italy, you will drive through the historical town of Badisco, which, as mythology narrates was the site of Aeneas first landing in Italy after escaping from Troy. The secluded bay of Porto Badisco offers arguably some of the most jaw-dropping views in Apulia.
From Badisco you will cruise along the northern shorelines of Santa Cesarea Terme, with its marvellous cliffs that hang above the picture-perfect, tranquil turquoise water below, towards the historic, beautiful seaside town of Otranto.
Like much of Apulia, the seaside town of Otranto has a very mixed past, and many parts of the historical town centre seem to be frozen in time, full of cultural memory. For those with a taste for history, Otranto is home to one of Apulia’s most important historical sites, Martyrs’ Church, the resting ground of the 800 inhabitants who were decapitated, in 1480, for refusing to convert to Islam.
As your journey through the enchanting region continues, the tour will take you through various historical and famed archaeological sites such as Marina di Melendugno, in the Lecce province, of south-east Italy. Known for its seemingly endless crystal clear beaches that look out onto the Adriatic Sea, the charming town has captured the hearts of all who have visited.
As you leave the divine southern shores of the Marina di Melendugno, you will drive 24 km’s north via the SS16 road, past the ancient fortified town of Acaja, to reach Lecce, known as the Florence of the Baroque or Rome of the South.
We recommend you explore and take a tour around the city’s picture-perfect little lanes and widely famed historic baroque buildings, such as the Roman amphitheatre, Basilica di Santa Croce and the enchanting Duomo square, to discover all that Lecce has to offer.
Following a delicious, authentic meal in Lecce, you will spend your evening in a gorgeous luxury hotel room, in the heart of the baroque showpiece of southern Italy, reclining in the splendour of your surroundings.
OVERNIGHT IN LECCE: 4 STARS HOTEL DOUBLE/TWINS STANDARD ROOM