Exploring another Southern Italian city!

One of the beautiful balconies in Lecce
One of the beautiful balconies in Lecce

I’m listening random songs on my playlist while writing this post….it’s kind of setting up the right mood 🙂

Ok, this post is about another Italian city. A city that has a rich history and architecture, super delicious foods and very welcoming people – Lecce was our next destination.

On TripAdvisor or LonelyPlanet you can find plenty of suggestions where to go, what to see and many more tips, but I’m not about this…I want to tell you that Lecce needs more than a day to be discovered in a slow pace and in a more enjoyable way.

Discovering Lecce
Discovering Lecce

One thought after my experience there —-> TRAVEL SOLO or with people that share the same interests and have the same travel style with you, otherwise you’ll be frustrated and you won’t have much to do about it.

Lecce is a small version of Firenze or Roma, sorry for this rough comparison, but it’s true!

Every street you take you’ll see something beautiful: an old church, a nice house with unique balconies, gates or you’ll end up on the beach.

Basilica di Santa Croce in Lecce
Basilica di Santa Croce in Lecce

The most beautiful church in Lecce is Basilica di Santa Croce (a remainder for those who want to pray or just see another church, be there in the morning or after 3pm!). This church is on renovation and parts of its facade are covered by scaffolding.

The Roman Amphitheatre, built in the second century AD
The Roman Amphitheatre, built in the second century AD

Another stop should be the main square in the old town. There you’ll see the Amphitheatre or Anfiteatro Romano and some ruins. I have to say that the predominant architectural style in Lecce is Barocco (baroque).

Not far from there, actually you can see the tower of the cathedral. The cathedral square and the cathedral form a complex of buildings that can be described the best as masterpiece!

The cathedral of Lecce
The cathedral of Lecce

On the main street (Viale XX Luglio), you’ll see another piece of art, which is Castello di Lecce or Castle of Charles V. The good news is that the entrance is FREE! Click on the link for more information about opening hours, facilities and more. Here you can find the Tourist Information Office. Besides taking a FREE city map, you have the chance to ask for tips and directions and be sure that you’ll get them right. If you want to see what Lecce has to offer before going there, you can download the tourist map from here.

Duomo square in Lecce
Duomo square in Lecce

If Bari has St. Nicolas as the patron of the city, Lecce has St. Filippo Smaldone. You can visit the church that has his name in Via vecchia San Pietro in Lama. The body of the saint  was removed from a cemetery to the Church of the Mother of God and of St. Nicholas (chiesa della Madre di Dio e di San Nicolò) in Lecce.

Baroque decorations on buildings in Lecce
Baroque decorations on buildings in Lecce

I consider it important to mention that in Lecce, as in any other part of Italy or Europe, there are held local markets where you can buy souvenirs, local food or local made clothes and shoes. That market is behind Charles V Castle, unfortunately I cannot tell you if it’s twice per week or just one time per week. We have been there on Thursday and was a market day.

Some very nice baroque decorations in Lecce
Some very nice baroque decorations in Lecce

I wish you a great week ahead and Travel safe and wise!

 

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