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What to see in Lecce

Lecce and its surroundings are among the most popular holiday destinations in the south of Italy. The perfect combination of nature and culture offers an exciting holiday with an inexhaustible list of things to see. Lecce, the historic town in the heart of the Salento Peninsula, gained great popularity thanks to its two culinary excellences: wine and olive oil. Although, it is the fascinating scenery offered by the baroque buildings that are attracting thousands of visitors every year. Not by chance it is often called also the “Florence of South-Italy”.

 

What to see in Lecce

 

The old Lecce was once surrounded by the medieval city wall and bastions, much of which can still be visited. The city’s central square is Piazza Sant’Oronzo where the ancient columns are indicating the end of the famous Via Appia, the earliest and strategically most important roads of the Roman Empire. Following this road you arrive to the ruins of the Roman amphitheater from the 2nd century BC; the Dome Square surrounding the cathedral, the fulcrum of the religious city life. The majestic Basilica of Santa Croce was completed in the 1590s. Its richly decorated facade with a large rose window deserves special attention.

Must – see attractions are the magnificent baroque palaces of Lecce, Palazzo Carafa,  Adorno, Palmieri, del Seggio.

 

Surroundings

 

Lecce is a great base to explore Salento, both the Adriatic and Ionian Seas are within easy access. For a really nice seaside day out though, it is worth travelling further, to Otranto.

In the surroundings you can easily reach Alberobello, famous for its trulli houses or Martina Franca with its charming Baroque old town.

 

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