Things to do in Parabita

Our most recommended things to do in Parabita

Santa Maria di Leuca: 2-Hour Private Tour

1. Santa Maria di Leuca: 2-Hour Private Tour

Experience a pleasant visit of Santa Maria di Leuca or, as it is commonly called, Leuca. The small town is located at the southeastern end of Italy and is important because it is symbolically located halfway between the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian. During the tour, admire the large port with its majestic lighthouse over 48 meters high and among the most important in Italy. The pleasant walk will continue until you visit the Church of Cristo Re, the many 19th century villas, the Corinthian column and the Monumental waterfall, completed in 1939 where the Apulian Aqueduct ends.  Finally, you will visit the basilica/ Sanctuary of Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae, consecrated in 1755.

Galatina: Giottesque Frescoes and Walking Tour

2. Galatina: Giottesque Frescoes and Walking Tour

Discover the artistic splendor of Galatina on a 2-hour tour. Visit the Basilica of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria to admire the beautiful frescoes commissioned by Princess Maria d’Enghien in the 15th century.  The basilica blends different architectural styles, from Romanesque, Gothic, and Norman, to Byzantine. See the elegant cloister decorated with 18th century frescoes. Visit the museum to see its arabesque ceiling, and rooms dedicated to relics and votive offerings. After admiring the basilica, continue your tour with a visit to the Church of Saints Peter and Paul. Then stop at the Orsini Palace, and wander through the street to explore the pretty old town.

Corigliano d’Otranto: A Corner of Greece in Italy

3. Corigliano d’Otranto: A Corner of Greece in Italy

Explore inside the historic center of Corigliano, a small town of Salento rich in history. You will begin your guided tour by visiting the 16th century Saint Nicholas of Myra church, famous for its relics. Saint Nicholas is also the patron saint of this town. Wander past the exterior of Palazzo Comi in San Nicola Square, which was built in the mid-1700s. Next, you will observe the clock tower and the ancient portal known as Arco Lucchetti. The portal was built in 1497 using three monolithic Lecce stones, that are well-preserved and form the lintel and two pillars in the lower half. The rich decoration of the portal stretches across the front and inside of the arches. Discover the symbol of Corigliano, the De Monti castle, the most beautiful monument of military and feudal architecture, built at beginning of the 16th century. The castle has a medieval origin, yet was radically restructured and enlarged between 1514 and 1519. Entirely surrounded by a moat, the castle boasts four circular towers at each corner, once used to defend against gunboats. Admire the  statues and read the accompanying commemorative inscriptions that were added to the castle by Duke Francesco Trane in 1667.

Walking Tour of Galatina with Pasticciotto Tasting

4. Walking Tour of Galatina with Pasticciotto Tasting

Unveil the artistic splendor that began in the 14th century with the Orsini del Balzo family during this walking tour of Galatina. Wander about the beautiful old town and hear tales of the city from your experienced guide.  The tour will lead you past city jewels, starting with the Basilica of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, a treasure chest that houses magnificent frescoes commissioned by Princess Maria d'Enghien. View the composites of architectural styles in the Basilica, from Romanesque to Gothic, from Norman to Byzantine. Admire the elegant cloister with its frescoes, the museum with an arabesque ceiling and a room dedicated to relics and offerings. Next, visit the Church of Saints Peter and Paul and the Orsini Palace, once a home to the famous Italian family of Orsini del Balzo. During your tour you will break for a delicious tasting of typical pasticciotto, a traditional local cake made with pastry and cream.

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