Lecce Travel Guide

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Lecce Things to Do

  • Palazzo di Giustizia

    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 meetPowered by the Jesuit Giuseppe Valeriano, is housed on the ground floor and the school on the first floor guest room, library and theaterChanged dramatically during the...

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  • Wandering around

    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 youYou can find most of the baroque style monuments when you are keep your head upAmazing place to visit you 'll discover most of buildings from the middle age in this area. Besides all that, Lecce is not...

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  • Porta Napoli

    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 armsThe city is also famous for its beautiful and historical center. It is still surrounded by a wall of the...

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  • Symbolic site of the town in square...

    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 sitesWe have searching the symbol for so long and we never found it until we sit for...

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  • Colonna di Sant'Oronzo

    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 GrazieIn 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...

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  • Basilica di Santa Croce

    This is one of the baroque example church with an amazing artwork. Lecce was already in the Middle Ages an important intellectual and ecclesiastical centerIn 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...

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  • Piazza del Duomo

    Completely surrounded by Baroque buildings and heralded by an arch facing Corso Vittorio Emanuele, this is one of the most remarkable squares in southern ItalyA 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...

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  • Amphitheater

    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 survivedThe elliptical arena is separated from the stands by a wall with a marble frieze showing the hunting contests held in the...

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  • Public Gradens

    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 localsA park with children playground in downtown Lecce. Beautiful and very clean while some of Italian just...

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  • The Old City

    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...

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  • Museum

    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...

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  • Remains of a Roman amphitheater

    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...

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Lecce Hotels

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  • Patria Palace Hotel

    I had dinner here one night with a big party. Including the Irish Ambassador and his wife. (They...

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  • President

    There are two main points to note about the President: it's a large business-style hotel firstly,...

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  • Il Banano B&B

    I just loved my single room up a flight of stairs above the kitchen. (Very precipitous stairs.) I...

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Lecce Restaurants

  • Great Sancks

    The Pub is in a Moder Irish Style and it's very comfortable.The staff is great and even the dish presentation is fantastic. I had a Club Sandwich and my friend one home made Hamburger.

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  • Local dishes and pizza

    This restaurant has a great location if you want to make the most of Lecce's vibrant passeggiata. It's right in the core of the historical city centre, surrounded by baroque churches, and on Viale Liberta, one of the main thoroughfares leading past Piazza del Duomo and Lecce's famous Baroque churches.The menu is a mix of pizzas and pasta and other...

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  • Coolest winebar in town

    There are a lot of places to eat/drink in the old town of Lecce, but most are pretty similar. When you feel the need for something different try a drink and/or light meal in PROSIT on the corner of Via Fed. d'Aragona and Via Andrea Vignes, just 5 minutes walk from the Piazza Sant' Oronzo. A very cool, but not at all intimidating, bar that does...

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Lecce Nightlife

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  • Evening passeggiata

    The passeggiata, or evening stroll, is a big thing in all Italian towns of course, but that doesn't mean that some cities don't put on a better show than others. Lecce, in summertime at least, has a particularly impressive passeggiata.Firstly, the city itself makes an awesome backdrop for this tradition: the churches and peeling palazzi are lovely...

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  • James Joyce Irish Pub

    I can't give you a website for this place - or a photo. But I do assure you there is an Irish Pub called James Joyce (no idea why - i don't think he ever got this far south) right in the centre of town. We had dinner here one night - very agreeable - and as I am a night owl I stayed on for a nightcap or two - as the other guests wandered off to...

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  • Walking across the old town

    The cavestone by which the most of the buildings, either ancient and modern are built of, which is known as "pietra leccese" assumes a marvellous pink-yellow light as soon the sun goes down. Walking through the pedestrian center after the sunset gives a very impressive view of the town, so "soft" and worm at the sametime. Do not forget to visit the...

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Lecce Transportation

  • Car rental at Rentasmart

    Hiring a car can make travelling around Puglia much, much easier. By the time we got to Lecce we really appreciated how renting one would make places more accessible. Plus, we really needed one to get to Matera.Luckily, we found out about this company at the tourist information in the centre of town. They had cars available and they turned out to...

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  • Train to Lecce

    The train to Bari from Lecce runs frequently, around every 30 minutes. The ride takes around 2 hours, but the express train is faster. We arrived from Bari on our last day and then took an overnight train from Lecce to Rome. The ride took 10 hours and was ok, even though there was a lot of noise because the train stopped many times. Despite the...

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  • Parking Problems

    Don't go too far into the centre of Lecce. Parking is scarce and very short stay. Not only that the one-way system took us 30 minutes to negotiate just to get back to our starting point. If you find a car park before you find the city, use it and walk the rest of the way

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Lecce Shopping

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  • Sweet and gadget

    Wandering around into narrow streets where you find the locality in the area. Some small shop selling souvenir, chocolate and some other stuffCaught me in my eye the chocolate store, I bought a small portion of the chocolate just to taste itI'm not fun of chocolate but I want to try if they are good like our chocolates we have in BelgiumHmm I'm...

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  • Beautiful stationery and paper goods

    This shop is heaven for anyone who likes old-fashioned stationery gifts. There are inks of all colours, fountain and quill pens, wax sealing sets, albums, paper theatre toys, globes and piles and piles of notebooks.The same printed patterns are replicated over many of the items so you could put together a notebook with a contrasting picture frame,...

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  • Excellent source of local-interest books...

    Liberrima is reala must for all booklovers visiting Lecce. It's well-stocked with all the latest and classic novels, as well as good selections on travel, languages and the rest. But then most Italian bookshops are great for browsing...What makes Liberrima special is a better than average range of local-interest books and CDs. And that's really...

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Lecce Local Customs

  • Market

    We were here on a Sunday and we don't know there was a big market in the city, we walked through all the stall and one thing it caught my eye is one of the stall was very colorfulI went closer to have a look and I see this all in red color underwear nothing else. So we thought maybe because is Christmas that is why all the colors or it is maybe the...

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  • Rustico leccese

    Rustici are small pastries that look very much like mini pies. They start cropping up in bars and pizzerias once you enter the province of Brindisi, but it is Lecce where they become ubiquitous.The pastry itself is filo, which reflects the connection with Greek food and culture in this part of Italy; the Salento peninsula is where the food...

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  • Public Baths

    Right in the main square by the old forum.Useful for backpacking type travellers of course.But some of the older houses must lack bathrooms and/or hot water.First time I have ever seen Public Baths. I have heard of them of course.But maybe I am jumping to conclusions. Maybe Bagni Pubblici is some sort of hip club, or gym, or meeting place for...

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Lecce Tourist Traps

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    by otaner Written Jun 7, 2005

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    Actually, the original inhabitants of Lecce run away in these days, since there is so a big confusion that it is not easy to live and circulate. However, the lights which adorn all the main streets are very impressive.
    As for the rest, it is a kind of a three-days fair.
    My suggestion is: just image the lights, and escape the town that days.

    Unique Suggestions: If you can't do without, park the car far from the center and reach it walking.
    Do not miss the 26th's midnight fireworks.

    Fun Alternatives: Go in the surroundings instead, which are usually more empty that days. Otranto for example.

    decorations at the patron's fete
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Lecce Off The Beaten Path

  • Salento Cooking in a private house in...

    I live in Lecce and I am passionate about cooking. Salentine cookery uses a lot of fresh ingredients, in particular vegetables. The recipes come from the peasant tradition of this land. In my home, in a typical Salentino building in Lecce, I make pasta almost everyday in many shapes: orecchiette, minchiareddhi, sagne torte, cavatelli, tria, with...

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  • The complete Puglia experience

    I have lived in Puglia for over 6 years and been traveling here for 13 years needless to say i love Puglia and know a lot about the area.if anyone has any questions i would be more than happy to help.I also own a B&B we welcome all ages pets and kids

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  • Small villages around the town

    Arond Lecce are lot of very small but delicious villages with their medieval castels and architecture.What you can't miss is Otranto, an old sea-town famous for having been besieged by Turkish troups. It takes about 30 minutes by car from Lecce. It's the place for a dinner (fish plates) and a walk after the beach.Indeed, some of the most beautiful...

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Lecce Favorites

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  • Salentotime - tourist agency and...

    Desperate to find a car rental place, we were very lucky to see Salentotime in Lecce's historic centre. They offer all the usual city information, but as a private business have more services than you find in official offices.They sorted us out with a rental car, ringing up the firm to arrange the best price and having the car delivered to the...

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  • Gardens

    Many of the ancient buildings of the old town, owned by rich families in the past, have private gardens inside.Most of them are not open to the public.If you are lucky (a couple of times in a year they may be visited) or are somehow able to have a look, you will be conquered by smells and colours: jasmine trees, orange trees, roses.

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  • Old town center

    The old town is not so big.I do not suggest to choose a specifiic itinerary.Get a map (hotels and tourist informations would give it for free) then reach whichever of the three ancient doors (San Biagio, Rudiae and Napoli), enter it and go around. In half a day you will orient yourseslf and threw the map away. This is the best way to discover...

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Have a breakfast with typical local cakes
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Typical bread
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Fine buildings all around..
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Interior baroque
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Lecce by night
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Pittule - Fried 'balls'
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Ciceri & Tria - Pasta with chick peas
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There's a Roman theater, too
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The Duomo Square
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Porta Napoli (Naples gate)
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The ceiling of the central nave of Santa Croce
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The basilica of Santa Croce
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Porta Rudiae
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Anfiteatro
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Chiesa dei Ss. Nicolo' e Cataldo
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Acaia
Off The Beaten Path
Santa Maria di Cerrate
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The countryside
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Santa Croce's facade
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Basilica di Santa Croce
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Palazzo Vescovile
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The Cathedral - Il Duomo
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Piazza del Duomo
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La pizzica
Local Customs
Map of Lecce

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