Lecce is a city in Puglia known for its Baroque buildings. Lying on a plain at the foot of the Salento plateau lies Lecce – called the “Florence of the South” – is of the most interesting cities in the region for its typically seventeenth-century architectural appearance. Let’s start our journey through the beauties of this extraordinary city!
The visit to Lecce can start from Piazza Duomo, once used as a fortified citadel and today considered the most elegant “living room” in the city. The grandeur of the Cathedral, the work of Zimbalo, Cino and Penna, the five-storey high bell tower, the Bishop’s Palace and the Seminary Palace mark the perimeter of the square, one of the monumental works that best represents the magnificence of the Lecce style.
Not far away from Piazza Duomo, there is Piazza Sant’Oronzo which contains, in its perimeter, the history of the city. The Roman era is testified by the remains of the Amphitheater which in summer becomes the exceptional stage for theatrical performances and, in part, by the high Column – on which stands the bronze stature of the saint depicted during the act of blessing – erected in the seventeenth century using part of the Roman columns located on the ancient Via Appia. The symbol of the Renaissance period is the Palazzo del Seggio, known as the “Seat”, now home to important art exhibitions, and the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the keeper of interesting frescoes and wooden works.
Castle of Charles V
Behind the square we find the Castle of Charles V, a typical defensive construction that contrasts the rigor of the refined lines of the elegant architecture with the rigor of the external lines. Imposing and majestic the Porta Rudiae is crowned, instead, by the statues of Sant’Oronzo, Sant’Irene and San Domenico, with two pairs of columns positioned on the sides of the central arch, beyond which there is the Church of the Rosary that strikes the look for the artistic fantasy of its grandiose facade.
Porto Cesareo, Gallipoli, Torre San Giovanni
These are some of the “pearls” located on the Ionian coast, with Santa Maria di Leuca marking the border between the two seas of Puglia. Between Otranto and Gallipoli, the force of the winds – combined with those of the sea – has carved the limestone rock of the cliffs giving rise to suggestive natural cavities such as the Zinzulusa Cave, rich in stalactites and stalagmites, the Grotta Grande del Ciolo and the caves of the Park wilderness of Porto Selvaggio.
What to eat in Lecce
Good food is at home in Lecce: the fruits of the land and the sea offer a myriad of typical dishes of the Salento culinary tradition. The spices of the Mediterranean scrub (sage, mint, oregano, rosemary …) contribute, then, to increase the flavour of each dish.
Vegetables and legumes are certainly not lacking on the tables: they are usually cooked in a terracotta pot, seasoned with extra virgin olive oil and served with friselle (toasted bread and biscuits). Typical dishes include the rustics, two puff pastry disks filled with mozzarella, bechamel, tomato, pepper and nutmeg; the puccia, a round and small shape durum wheat bread that, if not stuffed, includes black olives in the dough: be careful of the teeth, because the olives are not pitted!
What about wines? Negramaro, Salice Salentino and Primitivo di Manduria are just some of the autochthonous wines of Salento which are distinguished by the body of color and flavor.
Where to stay:
8piuHotel: viale del Risorgimento, 73100 Leccedel Risorgimento, 73100 Lecce (LE#
The strategic position of the 8piuhotel will allow you in a short time to reach the most beautiful beaches of Salento and to visit the most enchanting of the historic centers.
Your stay will be unique thanks to the countless activities that the area offers, meeting the needs of everyone, young and old, adventurers and non-adventurers alike!