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Lecce


The fascinating capital of the Salento is worth more than just a short visit, because it is there more than anywhere else that you can retrace the various epochs of Apulia's history.

 

Lecce


The fascinating capital of the Salento is worth more than just a short visit, because it is there more than anywhere else that you can retrace the various epochs of Apulia's history.

Fascinating history …

The Roman amphitheatre near Piazza Sant'Oronzo was built in the 2nd century and seated up to 20,000 spectators - Lecce, at the time, was the empire's second most important harbor on the Adriatic Sea.

In the 16th century, under the rule of Charles V, the town regained new splendor.

…pompously staged

At that time and into the 18th century, numerous buildings were built in the style of the Lecce Baroque.

The magnificent colors and forms of this style can be admired outside and inside such buildings as the cathedral, the Chiesa del Rosario or the Chiesetta San Marco.

Flourishing cultural life and …

The great joie de vivre reflected in the architectural elements and decorations of those buildings characterizes the inhabitants of Lecce and the inhabitants of the Salento region in general up to the present day.

Flourishing cultural life, a multitude of small shops, Old Town trattorias serving typical Salento dishes in a charming ambience – Lecce takes its visitors, as it were, by storm and wants to be enjoyed with leisure.

... traditional handicraft

Lecce particularities are the figures of saints and nativity figures made of "cartapesta", of papier-mâché. Compared to those made of stone and wood, they are easier to carry in processions. The tradition of cartapesta is alive in about 20 workshops in the Old Town, where the figures are produced the old way, with the right feeling and with passion.

Nearest sandy beach: San Cataldo.

Nearest train station: Lecce.

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