(about 40 km from Gallipoli)


Lecce is above all a city full of testimonies and works of art from the Roman, Medieval and Renaissance periods. But Lecce is mainly a baroque city. The bright decorations that enrich the building facings, the intense colours of the Lecce stone: a soft and compact limestone, with warm and golden colours.

Il centro storico

(the historical centre)

Lecce is called the ''Lady of the Baroque'', and it is precisely the Baroque art that characterizes the towers, portals, churches, monuments and houses of the historical centre. Through the Porta Napoli, built in 1548 in honour of Charles V, one enters the old town. From here some of the most important streets of Lecce branch off and overlook refined buildings and interesting handicraft shops where objects are made of papier-mâché and Lecce stone.

Adorno Palace and the Basilica of Santa Croce

In Via Umberto I you can admire the XVI century Palazzo Adorno and the Basilica of Santa Croce, symbol of the city and the baroque of Lecce.

Piazza Sant’Oronzo

Piazza Sant'Oronzo is the main square of Lecce, always a meeting place. Shops, cafes and offices are located in the charming oval square, whose floor is decorated with a mosaic representing the coat of arms of the city: the she-wolf under a holm oak and the crown with 5 towers.

The Cathedral of Lecce

The Cathedral of Lecce stands on the homonymous square and represents the pivot of the religious life of the city. The cathedral dedicated to Maria SS. Assunta, built in 1144, was renovated in 1230 and then completely rebuilt in 1659 by Giuseppe Zimbalo at the request of Bishop Luigi Pappacoda.



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