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Lecce and Surroundings

Lecce Elegant and refined, Lecce is known as the"little Florence of the South" or "baroque Florence" but also appreciated for its vast artistic and architectural heritage. Its historic centre is a real tribute to the baroque art of the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, thanks to the "Lecce...

Sant'Oronzo Square Sant'Oronzo Square is the heart of the city where once stood the Roman amphitheatre. Only part of the original structure is visible, the other extends underground as buildings were constructed above. Adjacent to the amphitheatre, is the Palace of Sedile used today for art exhibitions and...

Famous monuments The Church of Santa Croce is the most complete Lecce expression of Baroque style. Its facade, rich of details and precise decorations, holds in its centre a rosette surrounded by a wreath of flowers and cherubs. Next to the basilica, the splendid Celestine palace is a former convent, now...

Surroundings A few kilometres from Lecce lies Acaya, a hamlet of Vernole. It is a very picturesque village with a medieval atmosphere. The castle, surrounded by a wide moat, is particularly noteworthy. It is the work of the military architect Gian Giacomo, one of  the most famous architects of the...

The Coast Lecce is 10 km away from the Adriatic sea and its coast is mostly made of sandy beaches. The closest seaside resort is San Cataldo. Going up north lie the seaside resorts of Frigole, Torre Chianca, Spiaggiabella, Torre Rinalda and Casalabate. Heading south: Torre Specchia Ruggeri and San Foca...

Events Important Events (dates are given for information and events are subject to change): -          Focara of Sant’Antonio, Novoli:...

Transports -          Highway:                    SS613, SS16, SS379, SS101, SS7; -         ...

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