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Santa Croce Basilica
As façades go, Santa Croce Basilica possibly has the most original you’ll ever see. As well as the traditional designs you’d expect to see on a church, you’ll also spot dodos, dragons and sheep. The centrepiece of this Baroque masterpiece is a Romanesque rose window, flanked by a pair of Corinthian columns. The interior’s heavenly highlights include a stunning Baroque altar and paintings of religious depictions.
Roman Amphitheatre
Set foot inside this portal into the past and imagine what it might have felt like being surrounded by 25,000 riotous Roman spectators. Situated in the central piazza of Sant’Oronzo, recent excavations of these historic ruins have unearthed original Latin inscriptions and friezes. It’s free to stroll around the perimeter at any time, with tours running from April through to September.
Lecce Old Town
Nicknamed ‘The Baroque Lady’ for its dazzling displays of architecture from this period, the old town serves up a multitude of fine examples. Strolling through Via Umberto I, you’ll come upon the striking Basilica of Santa Croce, which boasts one of the most intricate Baroque façades in Italy. Equally worth a visit are Sant’Oronzo Square and gardens of Villa Comunale.
Lecce chinese and history museum
The Museum is divided into two sections: the first one concerning the chinese culture and the second one dealing with Natural History.
Via Monte San Michele, 4
Basilica of Santa Croce
Is a baroque church internationally well known
via Umberto I

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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

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Exceptional
We loved the BnB. It is one of the best we have ever stayed in. Lovely suite of rooms. Great bathroom. Comfortable bed. Charming ceilings. Tasteful art. The historic city where the BnB is located has a great atmosphere at night.
Robert
Ireland
June 8, 2017
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Exceptional
An architectural wonder-every corner you turn has yet another splendid baroque building to photograph. If you want a change from eating traditional Italian food I recommend Fuge restaurant-fantastic Japanese/Thai cuisine with lively ambience.
Sylvia
United Kingdom
June 11, 2017
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Exceptional
Great city to base yourself to visit the heel of Italy. It is easy to walk around and great train services. Very historic city with a big Roman theatre. Loads of nice cheap restaurants and wine bars.
Peter
Ireland
June 15, 2017
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Very Good
Good place for day trips to Gallipoli and a lovely coastal drive to Leucia,
Subramaniam R
Singapore
June 8, 2017
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Exceptional
Lecce is not crowded out with tourists. It is easy to wander around and easy to get lost.
Andrew
Australia
June 10, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Lecce

Patria Palace Lecce

8.9 Excellent

Score from 490 reviews

$103

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Risorgimento Resort - Vestas Hotels & Resorts

9 Wonderful

Score from 416 reviews

$121

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Suite Hotel Santa Chiara

8.2 Very Good

Score from 508 reviews

$78

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Grand Hotel Di Lecce

8.5 Very Good

Score from 1,147 reviews

$62

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Grand Hotel Tiziano E Dei Congressi

7.8 Good

Score from 1,453 reviews

$61

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Masseria & Spa LuciaGiovanni

8.6 Excellent

Score from 269 reviews

$111

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Dimora Storica Torre Del Parco 1419

9.3 Wonderful

Score from 753 reviews

$117

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8Piuhotel

9.4 Wonderful

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$75

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Hotel President - Vestas Hotels & Resorts

7.8 Good

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$56

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Although Lecce is called the "Firenze of the South", it is too different for me to agree (I used to live in Firenze). Firenze is huge compared to Lecce and way more modern and busy, also a "must" and well known tourist destination. Lecce on the other hand is for someone who wants something slower, something with a pinch of Salento. It is hard to tackle as it is nothing so distinctive, but Lecce is calm and has a cozy and relaxed atmosphere.

The Church's and Museums are all must, some you pay for but only about 3-4 euros, and worth all to see so much ,with English notes. You need a good pair of walking shoes!

In Lecce itself plan to walk. There are lots of interesting places to go; just enjoy the architecture, shops and bars.

Visit in septet or October, weather is good and not so many people But few buses running and no day trips

The Basilica de Santa Croce and the Baroque art

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