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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 Reviews & Photos

Jane
10
Exceptional
Lots of lovely historic churches and architecture - very splendid. Off season was interesting as we saw life as the locals spend their days when there are very few tourists. We enjoyed their kindness and help as there is little English spoken except in services at the hotel and railway.
Jane
Canada
February 17, 2018
ITALO
10
Exceptional
Lecce is beautiful you can walk through the enchanting streets full of bars and restaurants. We eat in the Restaurant Blue Notte with amazing service and the menu is excellent.
ITALO
United States of America
January 6, 2018
Veronique
10
Exceptional
Love the town, its history and spectacular architecture as well as the very lively atmosphere even in the middle of january. Also very affordable restaurants with local cuisine.
Veronique
Canada
January 18, 2018
wanda
8
Very Good
I enjoyed exploring Lecce. Walked every day and found new interesting buildings even outside the old town, the train station area is not suitable for single people walking around. Too many young men around.
wanda
Italy
February 21, 2018
Keith
10
Exceptional
Found 4 days to be perfect with 1 day for a great cooking class. Had great meals with Blu Notte and Crianza floating to the top. If you enjoy baroque churches Lecce will give you many. Piazza del Duomo is stunning.
Keith
United States of America
April 7, 2018

Accommodations & Hotels in Lecce

Dimora Storica Torre Del Parco 1419

9.2 Awesome

Score from 637 reviews

$155

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Risorgimento Resort - Vestas Hotels & Resorts

9 Awesome

Score from 466 reviews

$152

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Patria Palace Lecce

8.9 Excellent

Score from 484 reviews

$114

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Grand Hotel Di Lecce

8.7 Excellent

Score from 1,253 reviews

$86

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Masseria & Spa LuciaGiovanni

8.7 Excellent

Score from 287 reviews

$95

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Suite Hotel Santa Chiara

8.3 Very Good

Score from 587 reviews

$88

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Grand Hotel Tiziano E Dei Congressi

7.7 Good

Score from 1,604 reviews

$68

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8Piuhotel

9.4 Awesome

Score from 745 reviews

$93

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Hotel Delle Palme

8.6 Excellent

Score from 712 reviews

$87

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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.

At Arcu Te Pratu on Piazzetta Arco di Prato 9. We passed by one evening and a girl with guitar was playing in the outdoor dining. Since we had dinner already, we decided to return the next evening. We were caught in surprise when the owner/waiter started to sing out to us. It got many guests getting out of their dinner for a dance. It was entertaining. Simply great! And food was excellent and fairly priced too.

Lots of Wine bars with excellent selections of wines from Pulgia. Try the white Chardonnays.... as everyone drinks RED wine, and some of the whites are truly amazing.

lots of small boutique shops which you can buy unique style which is not seen in high street chain or big labels

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

Booking.com asked travelers...

Why do you recommend Lecce for food?

many Restaurants to choose from

perfect italian (Puglian) food

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