Puglia Vespa Tour - riding the heel of ItalySalento - PugliaDifficulty path:
It brings together the charm of Italian style and the timeless places typical of southern Italy.
Every day Vespa routes through the Apulian roads, with taste stops and itineraries immersed in dreamy landscapes.
You will feel the wind on your face, and the smell of the sea will accompany you along the coast; you will follow the paved streets of the historic centers to marvel at all that Puglia preserves.
Riding a Vespa along the southern coast of Puglia
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Hands-on Cooking Class, a funny way to discover the Apulian food
A boat trip to discover the hundred caves at the "end of the earth"
Benvenuti in Puglia
Welcome to Lecce
The first day of Apulia Vespa Holiday is dedicated to your welcome: Lecce will open its doors on your arrival.
Lecce and its coast by Vespa
60km by Vespa
You finally get into the heart of Puglia Vespa Tour, with the delivery of the Vespa and the itineraries to follow.
The first Vespa itinerary begins with a gastronomic stop at Lu furnu te la Masseria Giammatteo, where you can taste typical baked goods, before leaving for the Abbey of Santa Maria di Cerrate. The origin of Cerrate Abbey is between the 11th and 12th centuries: it is one of the most important monastic centers of the Byzantine rite of southern Italy. Over the centuries the monastery was transformed into an agricultural farm. Since 2012 it has been entrusted to the Italian Environment Fund (FAI) of the Province of Lecce.
After a recommended visit to the abbey, get back in the saddle to ride the Adriatic coast on your Vespa, from Torre Rinalda to Frigole. Sandy coasts, wind-sculpted tamarisks and the horizon of the sea, will be the companions of your Puglia Vespa Tour today.
Along the coast you can stop at the beach for a restorative bath, then return to Lecce for a local wine experience in a Bistrot in the late afternoon.
Ride from Lecce to Gallipoli via Porto Cesareo
70km by Vespa
For the third day, the Puglia Vespa Tour includes an itinerary dedicated to the Ionian coast.
Starting from Lecce by Vespa, you travel the hinterland to visit to the main cultural centers, and then see the Ionio sea on the horizon.
The first stop of today's Puglia Vespa Tour is in Copertino, where you can admire the Castle in the village built by the military architect Evangelista on behalf of the Marquis Alfonso Castriota.
Among its alleys you can admire palaces and churches that reflect the different dominations that have occurred over the centuries: Greek, Swabian and Norman.
From here you reach the sea in the busy summer village of Porto Cesareo to continue south to the edge of the Natural Reserve of Porto Selvaggio, a true green lung between land and sea.
Then on your Vespa, you will ride through Santa Caterina and then Santa Maria al Bagno, ideal for a swim break.
Continuing on the Ionian coast, where the sun sets directly into the sea, you will arrive in Gallipoli: visit the old town, among churches in carparo stone and sea views, to know the soul of this city made of sea and fishermen.
Overnight in Gallipoli.
Loop around Gallipoli by Vespa
70km by Vespa
The Puglia Vespa Tour will introduce you to the surroundings of beautiful Gallipoli.
Ride towards Nardò, getting off the Vespa you will immediately notice that the old town here holds a rare beauty. The heart of Nardò is Piazza Salandra, and in its center is the spire of the Immaculate Conception. The square also overlooks other precious historic buildings: the Sedile with the statue of St. Gregorio Armeno, the Universitas building and the Caccialupi clock.
Also visit Galatina, where time is marked by the beat of the tambourines: here art and faith traditionally meet the dance of the taranta. Look for and visit the Basilica of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, one of the most beautiful frescoed churches in Italy.
Return in Gallipoli for overnight.
Ride from Gallipoli to Vignacastrisi via Leuca
90km by Vespa
The beauty of travelling the "Peninsula Salentina" by Vespa is to coast two seas without getting off the saddle.
From Gallipoli, continuing south and after passing miles and miles of sandy shoreline, you can reach San Gregorio, in the marina of Patù. Once in Leuca, the Puglia Vespa Tour includes an hour-and-a-half stop over where you can take a boat ride with a cave excursion from the marina.
Low houses, prickly pears, dry stone walls, the Apulia Vespa holiday will give you this and much more. Around you the wonders and biodiversity of the Regional Park "Costa Otranto S.M. di Leuca - Bosco di Tricase".
You will spend the night in a charming historic residence, an ancient palace among the beauties of the old town in Vignacastrisi.
Loop Vignacastrisi - Otranto by Vespa
50km by Vespa
Today's Vespa route starts and ends in Vignacastrisi revealing green glades, hidden gardens and prehistoric stone monuments.
Riding your Vespa you can breathe the charm of a primordial story. Among the roads lined with olive trees and rural buildings, you will reach La Cutura, an important botanical garden which we recommend you visit, here you can admire eleven wonderful gardens, more than three thousand succulents and tropical plants. Then ride through Giurdignano and admire the Megalithic Garden of Salento and its peaceful land: numerous dolmens and menhirs scattered in the area that testify to the presence of man at the dawn of civilization.
Remember to take time to visit the beautiful Otranto (and its cathedral with a wonderful floor mosaic), which you will also pass by tomorrow.
Tonight dinner will be the result of your pasta making to which you will dedicate yourself in the late afternoon.
Second overnight stay in Vignacastrisi.
Ride from Vignacastrisi to Lecce by Vespa
85km by Vespa
From Vignacastrisi you will reconnect with one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in Salento, which fascinates with its views of the sea, nature and the typical dry stone buildings of this area. Its ups and downs follow the course of the cliffs. There are plenty of places where you can take beautiful photos, go for a swim or have a bite to eat and a good coffee. Stop at a dairy for a visit and cheese tasting.
You will reach again the beautiful Otranto before diving into the countryside near the Alimini lakes, precious natural places in the Salento area, with an ecosystem that is home to various animal and plant species. Then back to the sea, with the possibility of swimming or having a nice picnic on the beach, in the villages of Torre dell'Orso or San Foca.
The last part of the Puglia Vespa Tour takes you back inland and before reaching Lecce you will cross the WWF Reserve of Le Cesine. Le Cesine is a Natural Oasis characterized by the presence of flora and fauna with high biodiversity. Aleppo pines, Mediterranean scrub, birds, insects, reptiles, bring to life this beautiful natural area and its sounds will accompany you for much of the journey.
Then Acaya, medieval village, in the center of which is the castle, built in 1535 by Gian Giacomo d’Acaya. The castle is surrounded by a deep moat with a single bridge and surrounded by rectangular walls. The medieval era envelops every corner of this small but delightful village.
Back in the saddle, return to Lecce for the delivery of the Vespa and the last overnight.
Awakening in Lecce in another beautiful historic palace.
Tour programme variations
Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.
Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.
Our offer includes
- 7 nights with breakfast in shared double/twin room
- Welcome briefing and Vespa fitting
- Wine tasting in Lecce, day 2
- Boat trip in Leuca, day 5
- Pasta making with dinner in Vignacastrisi, day 6
- Dairy visit and cheese tasting, day 7
- Luggage transportation hotel to hotel
- Travel App (maps, tracks, route notes)
- Phone assistance 08:00-21:00
- Transfer IN and Transfer OUT
- Vespa rental with Kasko coverage
- Meals and drinks
- Entrance fees and tips
- Hotel tourist taxes
- Insurance and everything not listed as "Included"
Departures and prices
Supplements per person
This Puglia Vespa tour is suitable to anyone with a minimum of experience in driving a motorbike.
Although the proposed itineraries are designed to be safe and with little traffic, it is necessary to have experience and familiarity in riding a scooter on the road and in the city.
The Vespa will be a way to easily reach and enjoy the many landscapes offered by this land. There will also be strictly cultural moments and the possibility of a refreshing swim in the clear sea of Puglia.
- To rent the Vespa scooter the driver needs a Driving License and a VISA o MASTERCARD credit card (NOT prepaid or AMERICAN EXPRESS). On this credit card we freeze a guarantee deposit of 250.00€.
- Driver will also needs to subscribe to the terms and conditions of rental.
- Third Party liability insurance included in the vespa rental.
→ If you want to share the experience closely, the 125cc GTS Vespa can carry two people.
Kasko coverage (fully-comprehensive motor vehicle insurance) is included in the Vespa rental Supplement. Contact us for more info.
All Vespas are equipped with:
- smartphone holder;
- 2 rear-view mirrors;
- waterproof top box;
- disc brake lock.
A few days before departure you will receive:
- Service List (with the link to download the Travel App);
- Luggage labels (to be printed and applied on your luggage);
- requested Vespa scooters.
This tour offers accommodation in charming B&B and 4* hotel.
All rooms are ensuite.
- 2 nights in Lecce
- 2 nights in Gallipoli
- 2 nights in Vignacastrisi
- 1 night in Lecce
7 breakfasts, 1 wine tasting, 1 Pasta making with dinner, 1 Dairy visit and cheese tasting included. All other meals are not included.
The morning of the second day, after breakfast, you will have a Welcome meeting.
We will take care of your luggage while you are riding. In case of need you can call our emergency number ON from 8 to 21. Anytime, our staff will be available to make your holiday quiet and serene.
Lecce is easily reachable by car, train, bus and by air.
BY AIR. The closest airports are Bari and Brindisi, both connected with the most important Italian and foreign cities.
The Salento airport of Brindisi is about 40 km from Lecce, and the airport of Bari-Palese is about 160 km from Lecce. From Bari and Brindisi there are several public transport solutions to reach Lecce. More info on the website Aeroporti di Puglia.
BY BUS. Lecce is also accessible by bus. Here some of the major operating companies: Marinobus, Baltour & Flixbus, Busmiccolis, Sais autolinee, Buscenter.
BY CAR. The main highways are the A14 Bologna-Taranto and the A16 Napoli-Canosa. We recommend you exit the motorway in Bari and continue along the highway to Brindisi, then take the SS613 towards Lecce. maps.google.com can help you with the directions.
→ If you prefer to travel in total comfort, you can book a private transfer on the days of arrival and departure.