Capital of Barocco
Italian city of art, Lecce is also known as “the Baroque Woman”: the ancient Messapian origins and the archeological findings of Roman origin blend together with the richness and extravagance of the Baroque from the XVII century of the churches and the palaces of the city center, made of local stone, a particularly malleable limestone that lends itself well to working with the scalpel. Richly decorated buildings, elegant streets and surprising squares characterize the city. Charming square of the historical center is the splendid Piazza Sant’Oronzo, with its Roman amphitheater, the colonnade of the Saint and the Sedile palace, today tourism information point. Not far away are the Teatini Convent and the Sant’Irene Church, a Baroque masterpiece.
- Cathedral of Maria Santissima Assunta
- Cathedral of Santa Croce
- Roman amphitheater
- Castel of Carlo V
Distance from Martina Franca: 110km – 75 minutes