Breakfast in hotel and meeting with the tour guide.
Transfer to the charming hamlet Specchia that in 2004 has been named one of the most beautiful hamlets in Italy. Visit to the well preserved old town centre ( IX century), with its alleys, stairs , and the typical white houses. The name “Specchie”, comes from stacked stones used for building guard-towers. Even today, it is possible to see the two towers erected in the fifteenth century.
Transfer to the Botanic Garden Cutura, the owners will welcome the group. Visit to the estate characterized by rocks. It features a huge greenhouse, gardens and a pond with papyrus and lilies. Lunch in the Estate,( Included in the tour). In the afternoon, visit to the handmade Weaving laboratory, at the Fondazione di Casa Massell, located in a beautiful site surrounded by trees. Textile workers, through a technique known as a “Pinti”, use old looms to make precious items of clothing with materials such as vegetable fibers, tinctures, and colors. The shop has a vast range of items such as tapestries, carpets, bags, fine sheets, tablecloths, shoes and cashmere.
Later on, drive to Villa Vergine la Speziale in Cutrofiano with the beautiful Pietro Porcinai’s garden. The villa was built in 1700, but initially it used to be a farm. At the beginning of 900’, Girolamo Vergine, thanks to his passion and good taste, added a new style to the villa , “ Art Nouveau”. The architect Pietro Porcinai designed the garden rich in plants, and flowers from around the world, fountains, and antique sculptures made by a local stone. In the late afternoon, departure for Lecce and dinner in Famularo Palace. Return to the hotel.