In Itineraries we mention some excursions that, with different activities, could take a whole day. We only give a few examples. Documentation for the fine tuning of the various proposals and to set up new ones is available on the site as well as the indication of a number of selected restaurants in several locations. You will receive the precious support of the Personal Tourist Advisor, the expert partner that Villa Palazzo del Diavolo offers to its guests to satisfy their specific preferences and allow them to enjoy the opportunities available in the peninsula at different times of the year. Also to be taken into consideration are the patronal festivals, with their processions, religious rituals, and magnificent illuminations as well as the local festivals (www.sagresalento.com ) and the weekly cheerful and lively markets (available calendar http://www.infolecce.it/tradizioni-popolari/731-mercati-settimanali-nella-provincia-di-lecce-salento.html ) with local products. Not to be missed: The night of Taranta, one of the most significant events of popular culture in Europe, which provides a series of performances in Salento throughout the month of August and ends in Melpignano Saturday, August 27, 2016 (www.lanottedellataranta.it ).
Itineraries (tourism & sea)
(in the morning) Parco Regionale Litorale di Punta Pizzo….
(in the afternoon/evening) either Galàtone or Galatina or Copertino, returning to Parabita for dinner (restaurants in Umberto I square)
The great Baroque and the magical Cliffs
Lecce – Roca Vecchia (Melendugno) and grotta della poesia (grotto of poetry) – Torre dell’Orso (Tower of the bear)
The White and the Turquoise
Torre S Giovanni (renting of motor boats) – Ugento – Casarano (dinner) e Casaranello – Collepasso
Torre Vado (boat trip to the grottos) – Patù – Barbarano – Presicce (guided tour) – Ugento – dinner in Felline (Antico monastero)
Where the two seas meet
Leuca (boat trip to the Adriatic and Ionian grottos) – Patù (hundred-stone building and San Giovanni church) – Barbarano del Capo (Leuca piccola/S Maria di Leuca del Belvedere) – Specchia – Lucugnano (the great tradition of ceramics: visit to the workshop and the exibit of the ceramist Giuseppe Indino and dinner at the Trattoria Iolanda)
Baroque and Unspoilt Nature
Nardò – Santa Maria al Bagno – Porto Selvaggio
Castro Marina (grottos: Zinzulusa, Romanelli, Rotundella) – Santa Cesarea Terme (sulfur spa) – Porto Badisco – Tenuta S Emiliano (lunch) – Otranto (visit and dinner)
Laghi Alimini, Torre dell’Orso, Cannole (Torcito manor farm), Soleto, Galatina
Porto Cesareo – Copertino
On the way to Taranto
Punta Prosciutto, Specchiarica, Manduria, Copertino
… and many, many more routes and destinations, over and over again…..
Two days itineraries
On the Ionian sea:
- Taranto, East route: Grottaglie (ceramics), Manduria
- Taranto, West route: Massafra, Mottola, Laterza, Ginosa
- Matera, 2019 European Capital of Culture
on the Adriatic sea
- Ostuni, Carovigno, Fasano, Monopoli
- Grecia Salentina: Kalimera, Castrignano dei Greci, Carpignano monaci basiliani; Church of St Stefano in Soleto; in Poggiardo, the rock church of Santi Stefani.
… not to mention the cities of Brindisi and Bari, and their many attractions
Feasts (just to mention only a few)
The night of Taranta: a series of performances in Salento throughout the month of August. Closing event in Melpignano Saturday, August 27
In Scorrano, the city of lights, St Domenica feast, July 5-10 2016 http://www.santadomenicascorrano.it/
Novoli, east of Lecce: 16th January – the Fòcara of Sant’Antonio Abate: the queen of the winter festivals most loved by the people of Salento, 8th December-16th January, the great bonfire.