Lecce, called “Florence of the South”, lies on a plain at the foot of Salento plateau. It is one of the most interesting towns of the region for its architectures, seventeenth-century typically. Lecce is the triumph of Barocco, of which you can enjoy the beauty wandering through churches, squares and palaces. The visit of the town can start from “Piazza Duomo”, one of the monuments that better represents the magnificence of Lecce style. Nowadays it is considered the city’s most chic lounge, in the past it was a fortified citadel instead. The perimeter of the square comprises the Bishop Palace, the Seminar Palace and the tall 5-storeys bell tower. Proceeding along the walk you find “Piazza”, pervaded of history, that narrates of the Roman age with the remains of the Amphitheatre which is nowadays used for different kind of representations, like the nativity scene during Christmas time. On the high column soars the statue of the Saint represented in the act of blessing. The bronze statue was placed in 17th century on a Roman column taken from the ancient “via Appia”.
If you are an art lover you can visit “Santa Maria delle Grazie” church, where there are interesting frescos and wooden works, “Palazzo del Seggio” from the Renaissance era, home to major exhibitions. “Santa Croce” Basilica deserves a visit, with its impressive facade that anticipates the beauty of the interior, as long as “Palazzo dei Celestini”, from the middle of the sixteenth century, today home of the Province and the Prefecture. The Baroque churches are really a lot and all different: scenic “San Matteo” church, with the facade convex at the bottom and concave at the top, the “Church of Rosario” that catches the eyes with its awesome facade, “Santa Chiara” church with its octagonal shape, “Santa Irene” church that has two Corinthian columns on the portal. Behind the “Sant’Oronzo” square there are: “Carlo V” castle, typical defensive building, the historical “Paisiello” theatre, the three gateways of the city: “Porta Rudiae”, “Porta Napoli” and “Porta San Biagio”.