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Nestled in Puglia’s Salento Peninsula, Lecce is brimming with historical attractions. The city’s distinctive architecture, known as ‘Barocco leccese’, is evident in the sandstone sculpted piazzas and monuments like the Porta Napoli and the Duomo. The Basilica di Santa Croce and Lecce Cathedral are particularly remarkable for their ornate facades, intricate statues and stunning rose windows. Stroll through the second-century Roman amphitheater and the imposing Lecce Castello, designed in the classic four-cornered defense tradition. History buffs can explore more of the city’s past at the many museums, while art lovers will enjoy the city’s famed papier-mache products. The gardens, fountains, and flowering trees of Villa Communale di Lecce offer the perfect spot for a leisurely afternoon. You can also head out to Cesine Nature Reserve, where leafy trails lead to the golden sands and warm waters of the Adriatic Sea. The late evening bustle of historic piazzas in Lecce invite you to end the day with a glass of local rosé and hearty seafood antipasti.

Highlights

  • ‘Florence of the South’
  • Lecce Baroque Architecture
  • Papier-mâché

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