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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
Vespa and local wine: morning on Vespa and afternoon "on" wine
Two hearts and a Vespa: the most romantic way to enjoy Italy
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
45km 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 by Vespa
50km 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.
The Puglia Vespa Tour continues towards Nardò.
Getting off the Vespa you will immediately notice that the old town of Nardò 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.
From Nardò, on your Vespa, you will travel the coastal until you reach Santa Caterina, touching the protected Natural Reserve of Porto Selvaggio and then Santa Maria al Bagno. On the Ionian coast the sun sets over the sea and the light gives silvery reflections on the waves.
Continuing on the Ionian coast, you will arrive in Gallipoli, for a stop of art, culture and good food. A visit to the old town, among churches in carparo stone and sea views, will give you an idea of the soul of this city made of sea and fishermen.
Ride from Gallipoli to Cape of Leuca by Vespa
55km 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. Here you can treat yourself to a swim in the crystal clear waters, and then get back on the saddle towards Salve, along roads totally immersed in the Mediterranean scrub.
Low houses, prickly pears, dry stone walls, the Apulia Vespa holiday will give you this and much more. You will spend the night in a charming historic residence, an ancient palace among the beauties of the old town. Tonight dinner will be the result of the cooking workshop to which you will dedicate yourself in the late afternoon.
Ride from Cape of Leuca to Otranto by Vespa
55km by Vespa
From Salve the Vespa route continues to Leuca. Of this land it is said: Finibus Terrae Incipio Lucis, end of the land of Italy and beginning of its light.
Among the hinterland roads you will find the meaning of this phrase: scattered houses, timeless places, small towns and squares shrouded in silence, the cicaleggio among the maritime pines and a light that gives beauty to everything.
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.
After seeing the color games of the limestone rock on the sea, you ride on the Vespa to travel the wonder coast road to Otranto. It is the most beautiful coastal road in Puglia, which offers breathtaking cliffs and evocative landscapes from the past.
Around you the wonders and biodiversity of the Regional Park "Costa Otranto S.M. di Leuca - Bosco di Tricase".
Otranto and the hinterland
30km by Vespa
The Apulia Vespa Tour includes a route between prehistoric dolmen and menhir for today.
The route takes place in the territory of Giurdignano, home to the largest Megalithic Park in Italy. The megalithic garden includes numerous dolmens and menhirs that testify to the presence of man at the dawn of civilization.
Riding your Vespa you can breathe the charm of a primordial story. Among the roads lined with olive trees and rural buildings, you can reach La Cutura, the destination of today.
It is an important botanical garden where you can admire eleven wonderful gardens, more than three thousand succulents and tropical plants, over a hundred animals.
Second overnight stay in Otranto.
Ride from Otranto to Lecce by Vespa
55km by Vespa
For the last day of the Puglia Vespa Tour you will travel the Adriatic coast until you skirt the Cesine nature reserve.
Le Cesine is a WWF Natural Oasis and is 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.
The last stop, before returning to Lecce, is dedicated to the fortified city of Acaya. Acaya is a 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, we close the Apulia Vespa Holiday with the return to Lecce for the delivery of the Vespa and a goodbye.
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
- Welcome briefing and Vespa fitting
- Wine tasting in Lecce
- Cooking workshop with dinner in Salve
- Boat trip in Leuca
- Luggage transportation hotel to hotel
- Travel App (maps, tracks, route notes)
- Phone assistance 08:00-21:00
- Transfer IN and Transfer OUT
- Vespa rental
- Meals and drinks
- Entrance fees and tips
- Hotel tourist taxes (about € 14,00)
- 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 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.
A valid driving license is required to drive a Vespa.
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.
It covers damages over 500 euros: if the damage is more than the amount, the insurance covers the difference.
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).
This tour offers accommodation in charming B&B and 4* hotel.
All rooms are ensuite.
- 2 nights in Lecce → Palazzo Rollo
- 1 night in Gallipoli → Relais Corte Palmieri
- 1 night in Salve → Palazzo tre Cardi
- 2 nights in Otranto → Hotel San Giuseppe
- 1 night in Lecce → Palazzo dei Dondoli
In case of non-availability: the accommodations we choose are always within walking distance of the main attractions, shops or restaurants. In case of limited availability we choose an alternative position with similar characteristics. Alternative details will be noted in the updated service list.
7 breakfasts, 1 wine tasting and 1 cooking class with dinner 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.