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.

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Monte Carlo A Venice
  • Mediterranean
  • Croisières Silversea
  • Départ
    juil. 08, 2018
  • Durée
    9 Jours
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Excursions depuis 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' direction North-East of the Apulian Region. 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 feature 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.


Salento Countryside, Local Snack and Wine

You will then drive through the Apulian countryside proceeding to a renowned farmhouse/winery of the area for a taste of local specialties and wine. After the refreshment stop, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 90-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 0.4 miles, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and some steps at the farmhouse/winery. 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.

Galatina and Wine Tasting

Experience the exquisite architecture, flavours and legacy of Galatina during this picturesque sightseeing and winery excursion.


Galatina, Old Town, Town Centre, San Pietro and Paolo's Church, Via Garibaldi, Palaces

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one hour and a half drive to the charming and historic Old Town of Galatina. Upon arrival, begin your guided walking tour of the town centre, which is dominated by the elegant façade of San Pietro and Paolo's Church. From here, continue along 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 with Local Specialities

Next, re-board your coach and head to one of the region's famous wineries. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the winery, then proceed for a tasting of three locally-produced, Negroamaro and Ruah wines accompanied by local specialities. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence a drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 1.25 miles (about two kilometres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, five-ten steps at the winery and ten steps at the Basilica. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection is recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the Basilica; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. On Sundays, church holidays and during weddings, groups are not allowed inside the churches during services. Guests must be at least five years old to participate on this tour. Guests may have the chance to visit the churches independently, quietly and reverently. Guides are not permitted to enter and talk during church services. Photography and videography are prohibited inside the churches. Shops are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Restroom facilities are located in cafés and restaurants; the purchase of a small snack or beverage is recommended in order to use the restrooms, and is at the expense of each guest. This tour should be confirmed or cancelled seven days prior to call. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Gallipoli – Pearl of the Ionian Sea

Discover the splendid beauty, flavours and history of one of the pearls of the Ionian Sea during this memorable, half-day excursion to the Old Town of Gallipoli.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 75-minute drive to Gallipoli. The Old Town is located on a tiny island dividing the deep Ionian Gulf into two branches; Taranto to the north, and Leuca, the southernmost Apulian town. Both Taranto and Leuca are connected to Magna Grecia, the main Ionian region. The medieval Old Town of Gallipoli is dominated by the huge Baroque Cathedral, and its houses are painted in warm, Mediterranean colours. Olive oil production was a great source of wealth here during between the 17th and 19th centuries. Exports of olive oil were so huge that many underground factories and cisterns were carved out of the local limestone (carparo). Fishing was, and still is, also vital to the local economy; Gallipoli's marketplace has always been one of its most characteristic sites to visit during summertime.


Old Town, Town Centre, Castle, Fountain, Baroque Cathedral and Paintings

Upon arrival in Gallipoli's Old Town, begin your guided tour of the town centre. Along the way, see local fisherman repairing their nets, and pass by and learn about the interesting history of this medieval town, its Castle and Renaissance-style Fountain. A visit is made to the stunning Cathedral, which is completely covered with wonderful Baroque paintings.


Underground Olive Oil Factory, Tasting of Apulian Specialities

Next, learn about the town's traditional olive oil production techniques during a guided tour of one of the 35 underground oil factories, which were recently restored. In addition, discover how hard life was for the people employed there; living among animals, and leaving the factory only after the several months-long production process was completed. Following your guided tour, proceed for a tasting of delicious Apulian specialities, including taralli and focaccia with olive oil, accompanied by wine. 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 a moderate amount of walking for approximately 1.5 miles (about 2.4 kilometres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, five steps at the Cathedral, 15 steps at the factory and 30 steps to access the coach. Walking in Gallipoli 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 with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection is recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the Cathedral; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. On Sundays, church holidays and during weddings, groups are not allowed inside the churches during services. Guests must be at least five years old to participate on this tour. Guests may have the chance to visit the churches independently, quietly and reverently. Guides are not permitted to enter and talk during church services. Photography and videography are prohibited inside the churches. Shops are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Restroom facilities are located in cafés and restaurants; the purchase of a small snack or beverage is recommended in order to use the restrooms, and is at the expense of each guest. The driving time between the pier and Gallipoli is approximately 75 minutes in each direction. The tour sequence may vary.

Lecce, the 'Florence of the South'

Explore the splendid history, sights and Baroque architecture of the 'Florence of the South' during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion to Lecce.


Apulian Countryside, Lecce, Baroque Architecture

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive north through the beautiful Apulian countryside en route to Lecce, renowned for its grand Baroque architecture and impressive, lavish décor on its buildings.

The local sandstone, tinged with a warm yellow nuance, is so easy to work with that it prompted the rise of a local style (Lecce Baroque) as ornate and intricate as any the world has seen. Lecce's architectural splendour was further enhanced by the local stone masons who left their mark on this city, covering its buildings with fanciful cherubs, monsters, flowers, fruits, beauties, and beasts. Far off the beaten tracks for most of Italy's art-loving visitors, Lecce is situated on the south-eastern tip of Italy's boot, and astounds visitors with its lesser-known magnificence.


Porta Napoli, Piazza Duomo, Cathedral, Archbishop's Palace, Seminary Palace

Upon arrival in Lecce, your guided walking tour begins at Porta Napoli, one of the oldest gates to the town. Narrow streets filled with beautiful palaces lead you to Piazza Duomo, where the magnificent Cathedral and Archbishop's Palace are located. A visit is made to the Cathedral, built between 1659 and 1670 by Giuseppe Zimbalo on a pre-existing Romanesque church. The main façade, facing both the Archbishop's and Seminary's Palaces, is modestly decorated, while the side façade facing the square is an explosion of Baroque architecture with Lecce's patron saint, Saint Oronzo, in a triumphal arch. Leaving the Cathedral, exterior visits are made to both the Archbishop's and Seminary palaces.


Town Centre, Piazza Sant'Oronzo, Amphitheatre, Basilica of Santa Croce, Free Time

Next, proceed on-foot to the Piazza Sant'Oronzo, which lies in the heart of the town. This is the site of the most important local,ancient Roman ruins, a 20,000-seat Amphitheatre dating from the 2nd century, and a column which originally stood in Brindisi to mark the end of the Appian Way. Continue walking along the little alleys en route to the most famous of Lecce's many highlights, the Basilica of Santa Croce. During your guided walking tour, marvel at a variety of intricately-detailed statues and ornaments. Following your visit, some free time is made available to explore the narrow and beautiful streets of Lecce's town centre at your leisure. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board the coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately two miles (about 3.2 kilometres), at times over uneven, cobblestone and slippery surfaces, with ten steps at the Cathedral and ten steps at the Basilica. Walking in Otranto 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 with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection is recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the Cathedral and Basilica; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. On Sundays, church holidays and during weddings, groups are not allowed inside the churches during services. Guests must be at least five years old to participate on this tour. Guests may have the chance to visit the churches independently, quietly and reverently. Guides are not permitted to enter and talk during church services. Photography and videography are prohibited inside the churches. Shops are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Restroom facilities are located in cafés and restaurants; the purchase of a small snack or beverage is recommended in order to use the restrooms, and is at the expense of each guest. The tour sequence may vary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Santa Maria di Leuca at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Santa Maria di Leuca at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Lecce & Aperitif in a Palace

Explore the beautiful Baroque city, flavours and noble lifestyle of Lecce during this splendid, full-day sightseeing excursion.


Apulian Countryside, Lecce, Baroque Architecture

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour and forty-five minute drive north through the beautiful Apulian countryside en route to Lecce, renowned for its grand Baroque architecture and the impressive, lavish décor on its buildings. The local sandstone, tinged with a warm yellow nuance, is so easy to work with that it prompted the rise of a local style (Lecce Baroque) as ornate and intricate as any the world has seen. Lecce's architectural splendour was further enhanced by the local stone masons who left their mark on this city, covering its buildings with fanciful cherubs, monsters, flowers, fruits, beauties, and beasts. Far off the beaten tracks for most of Italy's art-loving visitors, Lecce is situated on the south-eastern tip of Italy's boot, and astounds visitors with its lesser-known magnificence.


Porta Napoli, Piazza Duomo, Cathedral, Archbishop's Palace, Seminary Palace

Upon arrival in Lecce, your guided walking tour begins at Porta Napoli, one of the oldest gates to the town. Narrow streets filled with beautiful palaces lead you to Piazza Duomo, where the magnificent Cathedral and Archbishop's Palace are located. A visit is made to the Cathedral, built between 1659 and 1670 by Giuseppe Zimbalo on a pre-existing Romanesque church. The main façade, facing both the Archbishop's and Seminary's Palaces, is modestly decorated, while the side façade facing the square is an explosion of Baroque architecture with Lecce's patron saint, Saint Oronzo, in a triumphal arch. Leaving the Cathedral, visit both the Archbishop's and Seminary palaces.


Town Centre, Piazza Sant'Oronzo, Amphitheatre, Basilica of Santa Croce

Next, proceed on-foot to the Piazza Sant'Oronzo, which lies in the heart of the town. This is the site of the most important local, ancient Roman ruins, a 20,000-seat Amphitheatre dating from the 2nd century, and a column which originally stood in Brindisi to mark the end of the Appian Way. Continue walking along the little alleys en route to the most famous of Lecce's many highlights, the Basilica of Santa Croce. During your guided walking tour, marvel at a variety of intricately-detailed statues and ornaments.


Noble Palazzo Tour, Tasting of Local Specialities with Wine, Free Time

Leaving the Basilica of Santa Croce, the highlight of your tour is a visit to a stunning, noble palazzo. Located on a magnificent corner of the Old City, this hidden gem is just steps away from the Cathedral, and listed among the most noble palaces and buildings in this city of Baroque architecture. Upon arrival, you are greeted by the owners of the palazzo, who personally escort you on a tour of this exquisite, noble house. Following your guided tour, proceed to one of the halls of the palazzo for an aperitif and tasting of local specialities surrounded by splendid antiquities and nobility. Following your visit, some free time is made available to explore the narrow and beautiful streets of Lecce's town centre at your leisure. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board the coach and commence your drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately two miles (about 3.2 kilometres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, ten steps at the Cathedral, ten steps at the Basilica and 20 steps at the Palazzo. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection is recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the Cathedral and Basilica; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. On Sundays, church holidays and during weddings, groups are not allowed inside the churches during services. Guests must be at least five years old to participate on this tour. Guests may have the chance to visit the churches independently, quietly and reverently. Guides are not permitted to enter and talk during church services. Photography and videography are prohibited inside the churches. Shops are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Restroom facilities are located in cafés and restaurants; the purchase of a small snack or beverage is recommended in order to use the restrooms, and is at the expense of each guest. The palazzo is selected based upon available and the number of guests participating on this tour. This tour should be confirmed or cancelled 15 days prior to call. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

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