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Lecce: History of the Salento

7 Sep — 14 Sep 2018 | Tour Director: Christopher Wellington

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Christopher Wellington, MA

historian, long-term resident of Piacenza and fluent Italian speaker

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Gatwick 1215 on Easyjet, arriving Bari 1605. Transfer to the Hotel Vittoria Parc, Bari for overnight stay.

Day

2

Transfer to Lecce for six nights at Patria Palace Hotel, with visit en route to Ostuni.

Day

3

Visits in Lecce: Basilica Santa Croce, cathedral, Jewish Museum (Palazzo Taurino). Evening lecture.

Day

4

Morning: Gallipoli (historical centre surrounded by the Ionian Sea) via church of Santi Nicola and Cataldo. Afternoon: Casarano for church of Santa Maria Della Croce (fascinating 5th century mosaics and 13th/14th century paintings).

Day

5

Whole day excursion to Otranto for visits including cathedral (Romanesque architecture, famous mosaic floor) and castle. Evening lecture.

Day

6

Whole day excursion to Brindisi for visits in the city centre (Roman columns, cathedral and cloisters of San Benedetto) and church of Santa Maria del Casale (Romanesque-Gothic). Free evening. [Please note that this day involves a greater amount of walking, but group members are not obliged to take part in everything, and are welcome to enjoy the city at their own pace.]

Day

7

Morning: Galatina for Basilica di Santa Caterina (medieval frescoes). Free afternoon in Lecce. Evening lecture.

Day

8

Transfer to Bari International Airport for 1410 departure, arriving London Gatwick 1610.

Tour Dates

7 Sep — 14 Sep 2018

Days

8

Cost

£1995

Tour Code

LECC-18

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Testimonial

Christopher Wellington explained so well the history of the wonderful places we visited.


ACE GENTLER TOURS

Lecce is the first in a new series of more gently paced tours, created specially for those who prefer a more laid-back, less physically demanding itinerary while retaining the same high level of academic content. Walking distances are typically shorter, visits are more relaxed, and time is dedicated to the gradual appreciation of, and explorations within, our immediate surroundings. Hotels will usually be situated in central locations to allow for ease of access to major sites as well as local amenities; while group members are regularly encouraged to enjoy each location in their own way and at their own pace.
 

Please note that the cost of this tour is £1995.

Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, six dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £180.

 
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