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    Palazzo di Giustizia

    by shavy Written Jan 5, 2014

    The construction began in 1579, shortly after the arrival of the Jesuits in the city, with a view to a boarding school for the cultural and religious training of young meet

    Powered by the Jesuit Giuseppe Valeriano, is housed on the ground floor and the school on the first floor guest room, library and theater

    Changed dramatically during the restoration of the nineteenth century, which led to the strict attitude of the neo-classical facade visible today, the palace was originally equipped with an entablature, pilasters with composite capitals, and ionic and curved and triangular pediments

    This one looked like a regular building
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    Wandering around

    by shavy Written Jan 5, 2014

    Never get tired of wandering around the city, the place has too many historical monuments, the only you get tired of always looking up above you
    You can find most of the baroque style monuments when you are keep your head up

    Amazing place to visit you 'll discover most of buildings from the middle age in this area. Besides all that, Lecce is not known to outsider tourists, the most visitors in this town is the Italian itself. Not surprisingly if they came from their own place which is also nice and visited here, they admired more of the buildings

    Every piece of work is very beautiful
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    Porta Napoli

    by shavy Written Jan 5, 2014

    We pass some beautiful palaces and churches, and end up at the other end of the city at the Porta Napoli the main city gate. It's roman triumphal arch and gave it a pointy pediment carved with toy weapons and an enormous Spanish coat of arms

    The city is also famous for its beautiful and historical center. It is still surrounded by a wall of the sixteenth century now largely destroyed

    Lecce had originally four gates: Arc de Triomphe (Porta Napoli), Rudiae Porta Porta Porta San Biagio and San Martino, finally collapsed in the nineteenth century

    The gate has different design from inside-out
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    Symbolic site of the town in square S'Oronzo

    by shavy Written Jan 5, 2014

    This symbol of dog is being made in mosaic coating floor in the middle of the square in Sant 'Oronzo, in this square are a mixture of buildings from the Middle Ages until the year 1600
    No idea what the symbol means, we have seen them in our map together with other sites

    We have searching the symbol for so long and we never found it until we sit for a while and we suddenly seen it in front of us
    We did not expected that the dog symbol is on the floor

    Mosaic dog symbol
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    Colonna di Sant'Oronzo

    by shavy Written Jan 5, 2014

    Most of the Italian gather at the main square , Piazza Sant'Oronzo, remains of a Roman amphitheater flanked by buildings from the fascist era and the baroque Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie

    In the evening the square turns into the social center of the city. Around the ancient remains gathering people of all ages
    In this lively piazza is the place where the amphitheater be found. And local Italian just hanging around

    Apparently this is the easiest square to meet
    Down town Lecce has several squares, it is necessary to be clear which main square you'll meeting with someone

    The piazza Statue of Saint 'Oronzo
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    Basilica di Santa Croce

    by shavy Written Jan 5, 2014

    This is one of the baroque example church with an amazing artwork. Lecce was already in the Middle Ages an important intellectual and ecclesiastical center
    In the seventeenth century the city expanded rapidly, creating typical as a baroque city

    The Santa Croce is well regarded merely a facade, if you focus on every decoration even at the smallest spot of the wall appears to be a decoration in the form of a figurine or other possible and these frames themselves are found everywhere decorated in some monumental buildings

    The church is dedicated to the holy hermit Pietro Angelieri, Pope Celestine V, who very reluctantly
    The construction is worked from 1549 to 1649

    One of the baroque monument
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    Piazza del Duomo

    by shavy Updated Jan 5, 2014

    Completely surrounded by Baroque buildings and heralded by an arch facing Corso Vittorio Emanuele, this is one of the most remarkable squares in southern Italy
    A monumental gateway frames one of the major tourist attractions of Lecce.

    You will see the campanile (by Giuseppe Zimbaloand) followed by the cathedral (by the same architect), the Episcopal Palace and Seminary Palace which was built in 1709 based on Giuseppe Cino's design, and which has a magnificently decorated well adorning its courtyard

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    A splendid baroque atrium
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    Amphitheater

    by shavy Updated Jan 5, 2014

    The Amphitheater was built partly by digging the ground and partly by using a system of arches formed by stuff columns
    The building was originally composed by a double order of stands, of which only the lower survived

    The elliptical arena is separated from the stands by a wall with a marble frieze showing the hunting contests held in the amphitheater. Down below is nothing more to see except they try to put something else like a decoration and it doesn't fit to the rest of the monument

    This is the leftover of the amphitheater Down below
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    Public Gradens

    by shavy Written Jan 5, 2014

    One highlight of the city that many tourists might overlook is the formal Giardini Pubblici (Public Gardens) the landscape of palm and deciduous trees, fountains, and several playgrounds. Like most parks in Italy, it was well-used by the locals

    A park with children playground in downtown Lecce. Beautiful and very clean while some of Italian just chilling here on a Sunday afternoon. The playground was not occupied as I think still too cold to play
    It happened we have park nearby and we must cross the park to get to the sights

    Inside the park The fountain work even in the winter time
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    The Old City

    by Yorkshireman47 Updated Jun 28, 2006

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    The old centre is almost a pedestrian area, but there is some traffic which unfortunately means you have to keep alert when taking photographs. The Tourist Information office was the obvious source of a map of the area and sure enough there was the perfect map on the door and again on the counter. When I asked for a map I was told - oh we do not do those any more. Hardly the way to encourage tourists to 'the Florence of the south'. There are just so many interesting buildings and even though there are lots of very helpful signposts, a map is necessary to plan your route and get your bearings. Unfortunately we experienced prolonged rain when we went in June and our visit had to be cut short

    Former Convent Roman amphitheatre
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    Museum

    by Hugh02 Written May 23, 2006

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    The museum of Chinese Missionary and Natural History does not seem to be mentioned in any of the guide books, but is well worth a look for something different. Part of it is dedicated to various items brought back to Italy by missionaries working in China. The rest is a huge collection of marine and fossil samples collected by one of the Fathers over many years. It is only open 3 days a week and indicates opening hours as 9.00 to 12.00 and 4.00 to 9.00. I suggest turning up about 5.15 may save you a bit of a wait, and it will only take a couple of hours to see the lot.

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    Remains of a Roman amphitheater

    by effeti Updated Sep 29, 2005

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    In the very central St. oronzo square there are the remains of the Roman amphitheatre (= the "all-round" building that was NOT used, like a theatre, for plays, but for games.... beast, men fights and so on..).
    The remains are little, because the amphitheatre is partially down, an partially still under newer buildings...
    The remains are now in a central square. See the other picture for a panoramic of what else is there..

    The amphitheatre A church... ..with a St. Mark lion (trades with Venice?)
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    Have a breakfast with typical local cakes

    by otaner Updated Jun 10, 2005

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    As I wrote in the main page, local cakes for breakfast have to be tasted.
    To the best of my experience, the best "pasticciotto" still remains the one you can buy in the "Alvino" bar, located in the main square (Piazza S. Oronzo) of Lecce. In addition, I suggest also to try the "cornetto" in the "BAR Degli Angeli" in via Imperatore Adriano, in Lecce.
    A good variety of cakes are in the "Pasticceria Citiso" in V. le Leopardi, in Lecce.

    Pasticciotto
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    Fine buildings all around..

    by effeti Updated Apr 4, 2005

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    Stroll around the central streets, and see how many buildings from 16th century and on you can find... The picture is only an example, but there are lots more.
    The light of the clear southern sun helps, yes, but it is so frequent.....

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    Lecce by night

    by barrikello Written Sep 11, 2004

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    Lecce at its best is either at sunset or by night (to be honest I never woke up at dawn!). The photo depicts a marvellous Piazza del Duomo at night, with a magic atmosphere, at the end of summer. The monuments look so charming and the piazza so elegant.

    piazza del duomo at night
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