Silversea Luxury Cruises A Santa Maria Di Leuca

Santa Maria Di Leuca

An ordered line of palm trees watches out over the shimmering waves along the huge seafront promenade of appealing Santa Maria de Leuca. Sitting at the tip of the jutting heel of the Salento peninsular, which stretches out into the Adriatic towards Albania, the mighty lighthouse, which towers 102 metres over the waves, is one of the most important in Italy, and it keeps a watchful eye over the narrowing sea pass here. View more

Ascend high above the picturesque harbour, to the monumental lighthouse that soars 47 metres upwards, into the bright blue sky. It’s still functioning, despite having been erected all the way back in 1864. Climb the seemingly infinite slope of 284 stone steps – or jump in a taxi – to the 18th century Basilica Santuario Santa Maria De Finibus Terrae – the church at ‘the end of the earth’ – to see the charming square that keeps the iconic lighthouse company. From here, you can observe unrivalled views of the Adriatic and Ionian seas merging, and look over the immensity of rippling blue, to spot tiny boats jostling on the waves far below.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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Monte Carlo A Venice
  • Mediterranean
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Salida
    jul 08, 2018
  • Duración
    9 Días
  • Barco
    Silver Muse

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Excursiones en Santa Maria Di Leuca

Panoramic Drive Around Italy's Southern Point

Marvel at some of the most beautiful landscapes in southern Italy during this picturesque, full-day sightseeing excursion.


Southern Italian Seafront and Villas

Depart the pier for the scenic, 2.5-hour drive along the 'heel' of southern Italy's 'boot' to Otranto. Pass by the seafront, or 'lungomare' and marvel at the stately villas. The oldest one, Villa Romasi, dates from the late-1700s, but almost all the others, very beautiful and rich with history, were built in the second-half of the 19th century. They are characterised by more than 10 different shapes and architectural styles, including Ionic, Gothic, French, Tuscan, Pompeian, Moresque, Arabian, and Chinese.


Santuario of Madonna di Leuca and Lighthouse

Your first stop is at a revered shrine, the Santuario of Madonna di Leuca. In front of it stands the 157-foot (48-metre) Lighthouse, one of most important of its kind in Italy, along with a large square that sticks out like a wide balcony and offers splendid panoramic vistas overlooking the sea and Old Town below. From here, your scenic route takes you up-and-down the beautiful Salento Coast, home to several caves typical of the Apulian region.


Ponte Ciolo, Castle Ruins, Santa Cesarea

Next, a photo stop is made at Ponte Ciolo, another famous viewpoint near Leuca where the sea enters the coast and forms a sort of little fjord. Driving along the coast, see the castle ruins and ancient walls of Castro before reaching Santa Cesarea. A photo stop is made here in front of Villa Sticchi, known also as the 'Cupolone di Santa Cesarea' for its big dome. The villa is perched on the cliff, and features impressive Moorish architecture. Before arriving in Otranto, drive east along the coast to see the Punta Palascia Lighthouse. On clear days, the Albanian Mountains are visible from the lighthouse.


Lunch and Salento Countryside

Continue on past Porto Badisco for exquisite views of Otranto from the top of the hill. From here, proceed to a farmhouse for a light lunch of local specialties and some free time to relax amidst the beautiful farmhouse gardens. After lunch, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 75-minute drive back to the pier via the Salento countryside. En route, pass by rows of olive groves, almonds, figs, carobs, peaches, and vineyards.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 219 yards (about 200 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and some steps at the farmhouse. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair, provided they can navigate the steps to get on/off the coach and at the farmhouse. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

HIghlights of Galatina & Wine Tasting

Experience the legacy, art and flavours of Galatina during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing and winery excursion.


Galatina and Old Town

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to the charming and historic town of Galatina. Upon arrival, begin your guided walking tour of the Old Town's main square, which is dominated by the elegant façade of San Pietro and Paolo's Church. From here, continue through Via Garibaldi and marvel at the Baroque and Rococò-style aristocratic palaces en route to the impressive Basilica of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria.


Basilica of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria

One of the most important Franciscan-style basilicas in southern Italy, the 14th-century Basilica of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria is considered one of the very few examples of structures in the local Apulian Romanesque-Gothic style. The building is divided into five naves, whose walls and vaults are adorned with cycles of breath-taking frescoes.


Winery Tour and Tasting

Next, re-board your coach for a picturesque drive through the countryside, which is dotted with lovely vineyards and wineries that are renowned for their Apulian wines. Whilst proceeding along Salento's wine route, a stop is made at one of the region's famous wineries for a tour and tasting accompanied by local specialities. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.24 miles (about two kilometres), at times on cobblestone, uneven and slippery surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 10 steps at the cathedral and 10 steps at the winery. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the cathedral; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. On Sunday mornings, church holidays and during weddings, tour groups are not allowed inside churches during services; guests may have a chance to visit the church independently. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Gallipoli: The Pearl of the Ionian

Explore the splendid beauty, history and landmarks of the 'Pearl of the Ionian Sea' during this memorable, half-day walking tour of Gallipoli.


Old Town of Gallipoli

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 75-minute drive to Gallipoli. This historic town is renowned for its fishing port and olive oil production, and dominated by the huge Baroque Cathedral. Upon arrival, proceed to the Old Town and begin your guided walking tour of the town centre. Along the way, pass by wonderful medieval landmarks that include the famous Castle and Renaissance-style Fountain.


Cathedral and Underground Oil Factory

Your first stop is at the stunning Cathedral, which is completely covered with wonderful paintings and reminiscent of an art gallery. From here, head to one of Gallipoli's 35 restored underground oil factories. During your visit, learn about the traditional techniques employed in olive oil production, along with the lifestyles of those involved in its processing.


Free Time in the Old Town

Following your walking tour, some free time is made available to explore the medieval Old Town at your leisure. Afterward, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 75-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.24 miles (about two kilometres), at times on cobblestone, uneven and slippery surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 5 steps at the cathedral and 15 steps at the underground oil factory. Walking in the Old Town is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the cathedral; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. On Sunday mornings, church holidays and during weddings, tour groups are not allowed inside churches during services; guests may have a chance to visit the church independently. The tour sequence may vary.

Discover Otranto

Discover the rich history and Old World charm of the 'Jewel of the Adriatic' during this delightful, half-day sightseeing excursion to Otranto.


Otranto Cathedral

Departure from the pier for the scenic, approximately 75-minute drive to the ancient port city of Otranto, the easternmost point of Italy's 'boot'. Upon arrival, begin your guided walking tour of Porta Alfonsina. Your first stop is at the late-12th-century Otranto Cathedral, which rises atop the small town and was built to be one of the most outstanding churches in Apulia. Its crypt was erected in 1088, and the church was completed about a century later. The cathedral is renowned for its magnificent, 12th-century floor mosaic, one of the largest in Europe, and Chapel of 'Beati Martiri'.


Aragonese Castle

Next, proceed for a visit to the Aragonese Castle, the old fortress of Otranto. A stop is made here for an exterior castle visit, and wonderful panoramic vistas from the ancient terrace overlooking the sea. Your final stop is in the Old Town, where some time is made available for independent shopping and exploration in the town centre. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 75-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.24 miles (about two kilometres), at times on cobblestone, uneven and slippery surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 10 steps at the cathedral. Walking in the Old Town is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the cathedral; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. On Sunday mornings, church holidays and during weddings, tour groups are not allowed inside churches during services; guests may have a chance to visit the church independently. The tour sequence may vary.

Lecce, the Florence of the South


Discover the exquisite Baroque architecture and landmarks of the 'Florence of the South' during this panoramic, full-day sightseeing excursion to Lecce.


Lecce and Piazza Duomo

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately two-hour drive north through the beautiful Apulian countryside to Lecce, located on the south-eastern tip of Italy's 'boot'. Upon arrival in Lecce, explore a city featuring many wonderful Lecce Baroque-style landmarks that are lavishly adorned with cherubs, monsters, flowers, fruit, beauties, and beasts. Your guided walking tour begins at Porta Napoli, one of the oldest gates to the town. Proceed along narrow streets full of beautiful palaces en route to Piazza Duomo, where the magnificent Cathedral and Archbishop's Palace are located.


Cathedral and Piazza Sant'Oronzo

The Cathedral was built between 1659 and 1670 on a pre-existing Romanesque church. The main façade, facing both the Archbishop's and Seminary's Palaces, is rather plain. However, the side façade facing the square is an explosion of Baroque architecture with Lecce's patron saint, Saint Oronzo, in a triumphal arch. From here, head to the Piazza Sant'Oronzo, which lies in the heart of the town. This is the site of the most important local Roman remains; a 20,000-seat, 2nd-century amphitheatre, and a column which originally stood in Brindisi to mark the end of the Appian Way.


Basilica of Santa Croce and Free Time

Next, your stroll continues along the little alleys, followed by a stop at Lecce's most renowned site, the Basilica of Santa Croce. The abundance of diverse statues and ornaments here are truly captivating, right down to their smallest details. Afterward, some free time is made available to explore Lecce's town centre at your leisure, and stop for lunch on your own at a local restaurant or trattoria to experience the local specialties and renowned wines of Apulia. At the conclusion of your visit, re-join your guide, return to the coach and commence the approximately two-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.86 miles (about three kilometres), at times on cobblestone, uneven and slippery surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 10 steps at the cathedral and 10 steps at the Basilica of Santa Croce. Walking in the town centre is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the cathedral; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. On Sunday mornings, church holidays and during weddings, tour groups are not allowed inside churches during services; guests may have a chance to visit the church independently. The tour sequence may vary.