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Ceglie Messapica is considered the temple of Puglia’s cuisine for its renowned restaurants and the international cooking school. During a walking tour with an English speaking tour guide in Ceglie Messapica we will enjoy the delicious Biscotto di Ceglie (a typical almond biscuit, Slow Food presidia) but also its art and history: the ancient gates of the city, a terrace overlooking the Itria Valley, the historic city center with the picturesque streets, the aristocratic palaces, the ancient gates, the Ducal Castle (built during the Norman domination and restructured by the Swabians, the Angevins and by the Sanseverino family), the Collegiata church (with Domenico Carella paintings) and some other church (San Domenico, San Gioacchino, San Rocco, etc.), the theater. The tour will end in Plebiscito square with its clock tower.
On request interested guests can taste cheese in a Masseria near Ceglie and the sweet delicacy “Biscotti di Ceglie”. It is possible to have lunch at the International Cooking School or lunch or dinner in a typical Osteria. If you have more than half a day at your disposition, you could combine your visit of Ceglie Messapica with a visit of another town in the Itria Valley, we recommend to visit Ostuni as well.
Meeting point: Ceglie Messapica: Via Chianche di Scarano, 7, 72013 Ceglie Messapica BR, in front of the entrance of the Cibus restaurant (to be reconfirmed by your tour guide. If you wish, your tour guide can meet you in the lobby of your centrally located hotel in Ceglie Messapica)
at 9.30 h departure from Ceglie Messapica for guided walking tours half day in the morning with a duration of 4 hours guided by a passionate, licensed tour guide
at 14.30 h departure from Ceglie Messapica for walking tours half day in the afternoon with a duration of 4 hours guided by a passionate, licensed tour guide
at 9.30 h departure from your hotel in the Itria Valley if you choose a tour in a car with an English speaking driver escort
An English Speaking Driver is not a guide. He will drive you during your journey, helping you to enjoy the experience of seeing the sights close-up. He will give you general information and take care of the practical details of your day itinerary by contacting your local guide, restaurant and escorting you safely to your hotel or cruise-ship after a day trip.
A local Guide is the acknowledged expert of the area you are visiting. He has an in depth knowledge of the subject and can illustrate archaeological areas, museums and other places of interest in your language and with great clarity. We strongly advise you to hire a local guide for a thematic tour.
We’ll meet at 9.30 h for a morning tour or at 14.30 h for an afternoon tour at our hotel in Ceglie Messapica or in your hotel in the Itria Valley (Please let us know the exact location and also, if you have difficulities walking). The walking planned during this tour is light. Your tour English speaking driver escort and if you book the services of a tour guide, the guide will meet you and then accompany you during this tour. You are going to discover Ceglie Messapica.
With its medieval structure, the historic center of Ceglie Messapica is an environmental-architectural gem protected since 1999. The urban design is dominated by the Ducale castle and the Collegiata church, with a thick maze of narrow alleyways and paved streets with typical “chianche” stones like in Piazza Vecchia, where whitewashed houses and their flowered balconies dot every corner.
Cast on the southern part of the Murge plateau, between Valle d’Itria and Salento, Ceglie Messapica is 35 kilometers west of Brindisi.
The Ducale Castle stands on a hill next to the Norman tower. At the behest of the Sanseverino family, in the Fifteenth century the manor became a stately edifice decorated with noble flags and frescoes.
Across the historic center, the architecture of Palazzi unveils Ceglie’s aristocratic soul: the 18th century Palazzo Allegretti, overlooking Piazza Vecchia, is home to the Emilio Notte Art Gallery and the municipal library; Palazzo Epifani, close to the castle, or Palazzo Vitale with its typical bossage walls.
Consecrated to the Assunta, the Collegiata Church was built on the ruins of an old acropolis, before being turned into a Baroque church during the 18th century. Revealing its Messapian origins, Ceglie is surrounded by terraces dotted with trulli and dry stone walls, while amazing stalactites and stalagmites shape the nearby Montevicoli Grottos.A place of art and exquisite food & wine, Ceglie is also famous for its delicious Cegliese biscotto.
The duration of every half day tour is 4 hours. Please let us know, if you are especially interested in food and wine, history, art, culture or architecture.