interesting, full of history, marvellous
out of the tourists' main routes
Much cheaper than in the north.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Santa Croce (Holy Cross) is one of the best examples of the Lecce' baroque.Many local artists took part in the building works which lasted for 150 years.The attached Convent of the Celestines with its wonderful cloister was built between 1659-1695 and is now the seat of the Provincial Administration and the Prefecture. The Church and the Convent...more
I had dinner here one night with a big party. Including the Irish Ambassador and his wife. (They...more
There are two main points to note about the President: it's a large business-style hotel firstly,...more
I just loved my single room up a flight of stairs above the kitchen. (Very precipitous stairs.) I...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
Acaia is a fair village near Lecce. Founded by the Aragonese, still keep the old castle - now in bad conditions - and part of the walls. It's a place where it's possible to keep in touch with the real culture and tradition of the inhabitants. In the picture 'Porta Terra' that gives access to the village.more
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...more
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.more
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...more