Towards the end of the 16th century, a number of religious orders arrived in Lecce, amongst them Jesuits and Franciscans; their arrival inspired wealthy patrons who poured money into the building of elaborate palaces and churches, for this was the beginning of the Baroque period. The result is a perfect little gem of a Baroque city, its crowning glory being the Church of the Holy Cross, completed in 1695. Next to the church is the Government Palace, a former convent and the cathedral is one of the most important in Italy, with an enormous five-story campanile that towers 70m above the square. From here, a scenic drive will bring you to the tiny harbour town of Otranto with its stunning Romanesque cathedral. It has an extraordinary mosaic floor and an incredible carved stone ‘Tree of Life’, with historical and animal figures demonstrating a cross section of myth and reality. Finally, drive round to the Cape of Otranto, representing the spur of the Italian ‘boot’ with a pure white octagonal lighthouse. Continue round this wild and rugged stretch of coast, to the Sanctuary of Santa Maria di Leuca, also known as De Fimbus Terrae and built on the site of an ancient temple, dedicated to Minerva.
- Culture, History & Arts
- Family Vacations
- Romance & Honeymoons
- Walking & Biking
ABOUT US: Renowned for creating the utmost in unique travel experiences, I.D.I. Travel boasts extensive knowledge in crafting the perfect Italian vacation. Whether your clients desire an intimate dinner with Michelangelo’s famous David as the backdrop or a brisk day out truffle hunting, the company can realize your clients’ wishes. Centrally located just outside Venice with branches throughout the country, I.D.I. has fostered long-standing partnerships with the owners of Italy’s leading hotels and villas, as well as the country’s finest guides, artists, chefs, winemakers and designers. These relationships afford I.D.I. private access to exclusive wineries, along with special events at historical sites and museums. In addition to its extensive travel itineraries, I.D.I. also maintains a fleet of luxury vehicles with experienced drivers for all your clients’ travel needs during their Italy vacation.
Insider TipPrivate boat evening excursion to Borromean Islands-Evening walk at Valley of Temples -Ski Trip on the Etna Volcano. To visit Capri, make sure you arrive in the evening and spend at least two night.
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The client’s credit card will be charged in the local currency (Euro) and will be exchanged by the client’s bank at the exchange rate applicable on the day the bank processes the charge. For this reason, there may be a variation in the U.S. price quoted and the actual rate processed on the client’s credit card Immediately upon booking I.D.I. will charge your credit card 30% of the total amount of all travel fees. Full and complete payments for travel are due no less than 60 days prior to the first provided service and your credit card will be charged accordingly. Bookings made within 60 to 15 days prior to the first provided service require full payment within 7 days of booking. Bookings made within 14 days of the first provided service require full payment within 24 hours of booking. Bookings are subject to cancellation if deposit/payments are not received within the periods stated above and cancellation fees will be imposed as set forth below. Any changes to the itinerary will be charged according to the schedule above. Any changes to the itinerary made while on location in Italy will be charged and paid at the moment to I.D.I. Payment can be made by Credit Card or Wire Transfer To enable the wire transfer payment to be processed efficiently please note on the wire transfer order the name of the travelers and your agency name Wire Transfer Information is as follows: International Bank Routing Number: UNCRITB1A40 Inter. Bank Acc. Number: IT 08 O 02008 61800 000097190508 Italian Bank Routing numbers: ABI 02008-1 – CAB 061800-9 Bank Name: UNICREDIT BANCA SPA Telephone Number:+39.041.5936299 Bank Address: Piazza Duca D’Aosta, 20-Mogliano Veneto (Treviso) Name on Account at Receiving Bank: I.D.I S.r.l. CIN: O as in Ohio CANCELLATION POLICY: In the event the client wishes to cancel the travel plans made through I.D.I. the following penalties will apply (the percentages below are percentages of the entire cost of the travel arrangements made through I.D.I, not the amounts paid to date) All dates listed below are business days, meaning Monday through Friday between 9a.m. and 5p.m. calculated by the date and time in Italy: • 10% from confirmation to 45 days before the first provided service; • 30% from 44 to 25 days before the first provided service; • 50% from 24 to 15 days before the first provided service; • 75% from 14 to 7 days before the first provided service; • 100% if 6 business days or less from the first provided service.
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