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Basilica di Santa Croce

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Ramzi And Maurizia
Ramzi And Maurizia
December 28, 2019
Splendid cathedral in a magic location
Maria
Maria
September 25, 2018
The solemn Basilica of Santa Croce is a glimpse you don't expect, a sumptuous feast of stone that unfolds in front of the eyes of whoever strolls along Umberto I avenue, not far from Sant'Oronzo square, in Lecce, the very symbol of Lecce's Baroque. Built by the count of Lecce in 1353. The façade…
Tommaso
Tommaso
July 15, 2015
Most famous Baroque Church in Lecce
Alessandra
Alessandra
January 22, 2018
It is one of the oldest Franciscan churches in the city. The interior houses the tombs of famous artists and scientists and works of art by great painters.
Eugenio
Eugenio
March 21, 2020
This is one of the most beautiful churches in Lecce and is renowned for its amazing architecture and stunning Baroque façade. Created in the 17th century, this church is created from the unique Lecce stone that gives the structure its light cream colouration. The front façade is truly…

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“15 Best Things to Do in Lecce (Italy) Lecce is often nicknamed the Florence of the South owing to its large amount of beautiful historical buildings and its location in the “Dog Leg” of Italy. This city is tucked away in the southernmost regions of Italy directly opposite Albania on the Adriatic Sea and has a current population of approximately 94,000. Lecce Stone is one of the city’s major exports and indeed this stone has been used to create most of the cities monuments due to its soft and workable nature. Lecce has an extensive history and has been inhabited since the times of Emperor Hadrian and the Roman Empire. In subsequent history, the city was conquered by a myriad of empires including the Saracens, Lombards, Slavs and Ostrogoths. Today Lecce is a popular tourist destination and is seeing a surge in popularity as people recognize its fantastic potential. Lecce is renowned for its beautiful historical structures such as the Basilica di Santa Croce, the Porta Napoli and the Duomo. Furthermore, Lecce has a favourable location and is within a stone’s throw of some charming and interesting coastal destinations such as Gallipoli. If you are looking for something different, and wish to experience a less well-known part of Italy, Lecce and Apulia region is an amazing place to visit. Let’s explore the best things to do in Lecce: 1. Basilica di Santa Croce Basilica di Santa Croce Source: DeltaOFF / shutterstock Basilica Di Santa Croce This is one of the most beautiful churches in Lecce and is renowned for its amazing architecture and stunning Baroque façade. Created in the 17th century, this church is created from the unique Lecce stone that gives the structure its light cream colouration. The front façade is truly breath-taking and the amount of decoration and artwork is quite astounding. The walls are packed full of intricate sculptures, gorgeous rose windows and interesting stone statues. The interior in contrast is not as opulent but still features some beautiful stonework and religious decoration. 2. Cattedrale dell’Assunzione della Virgine Cattedrale Dell'Assunzione Della Vergine Source: Staraldo / shutterstock Cattedrale Dell’Assunzione Della Vergine Located in the Piazza del Duomo, Lecce cathedral is on par with the Basilica di Santa Croce as the most important religious buildings in the city. Constructed in the late 17th century, this cathedral also features a Baroque design similar to the basilica and has an opulent northern façade and a beautiful bell tower. The northern façade contains some magnificent stone statues and sculptures and faces the charming cathedral square. In contrast to the Basilica di Santa Croce, the interior of the Cathedral is highly decorative and features a myriad of gold artwork, opulent arches and a ceiling that contains some gorgeous historical artwork. Furthermore there is also twelve chapels within the church, each of which is dedicated to a different saint or religious figure. PUBBLICITÀ 3. Piazza del Duomo Piazza del Duomo Source: Eddy Galeotti / shutterstock Piazza Del Duomo Lecce has several beautiful squares that feature some gorgeous architecture and the Piazza del Duomo is one of the most charming. This square is located in the centre of the historic old town of Lecce and has some gorgeous monuments and religious structures. Two notable buildings include the baroque Lecce Cathedral with its intricate northern façade and the opulent library building that looks more like a palace. Most of the structures are created in Lecce stone and this really is an impressive square. Furthermore, the surrounding streets feature a series of shops and restaurants for those who want to enjoy a fine meal or a little retail therapy. 4. Piazza Sant’Oronzo Piazza Sant'Oronzo Source: Sergio Monti Photography / shutterstock Piazza Sant’Oronzo A short distance further to the east from the Cathedral is the Piazza Sant’Oronzo; this is another beautiful open square with some interesting architecture and fantastic sites. Notable structures include the Chiesa di Santa maria delle Graize, the Roman Amphitheatre and the gorgeous Palazzo del Sedile. Il Sedile is possibly the most noticeable structure and features a huge glass doorway framed by some intricate stonework. The whole immediate area surrounding the square is a pleasant place to walk through and the adjacent streets are perfect to explore in the beautiful Italian weather. PUBBLICITÀ 5. Roman Amphitheatre Roman Amphitheatre Source: posztos / shutterstock Roman Amphitheatre You can find this ancient structure in the southern part of the Piazza Sant’Oronzo. This amphitheatre was not unearthed until 1929 but it was built in the second century AD and had a capacity of 25,000. It is possible today to take tours of the theatre and see the remains of this once impressive structure. Much of the stairs, seating, external walls and columns still stand in a fantastic condition and you can really gain a great sense of the magnificence of this arena. For those who love ancient history there is no better site in Lecce to visit.”
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Plaza
“Try to go there either at sunrise or at sunset. This odd-shaped and tucked away piazza will turn a soft salmony color. It is generally very quiet, no cars allowed, and if you sit at the back end of Syrbar, you can sip your drink or eat your lunch while enjoying the architecture and the sky.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Plaza
“E' la piazza politica della città, dove ha sede il Comune di Lecce. Qui troviamo anche l'Anfiteatro Romano, al centro della piazza il mosaico con la Lupa, simbolo della città. La piazza è ampia e soleggiata; è piacevole godere la sua atmosfera ed alzare lo sguardo per ammirare la grande statua di Sant'Oronzo che benedice la città. It is the city's political square, where the City Council is located. Here there is also the Roman Amphitheater, in the center of the square the mosaic with mum wolf, a symbol of the city. The square is wide and sunny; it is pleasant to enjoy its atmosphere and look up to admire the great statue of Sant'Oronzo that blesses the city.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Theater
“The Roman Theatre of Lecce, as a hidden treasure amid the alleys of the historic centre, opens up amid the roof gardens of 18th- century palaces. The Roman Theatre, in the heart of the historic centre of Lecce, embedded amid baroque alleys, suddenly appears, almost intact. Built in the 2nd century AD, it was forgotten for a long time, covered by gardens and palaces and absorbed by the 18th century city, until it was rediscovered in 1929. The large cavea of almost 70 metres, built according to the Greek style on a rocky slope, indicates that here there was enough space for 4000 spectators. Opened to the public in 1940, it was restored again at the end of the 90s, when it was built the Museum of the Roman Theatre, which keeps its finds, such as the marble statues which decorated the scaenae frons, among which a head of Asclepius and the statues of Athena, Artemis, Ares and Heracles. The wonderful theatre is the seat of shows and plays, also thanks to the quite unusual silence around there, despite the night life of the nearby historic centre. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Church
“Located in the Piazza del Duomo, Lecce cathedral is on par with the Basilica di Santa Croce as the most important religious buildings in the city. Constructed in the late 17th century, this cathedral also features a Baroque design similar to the basilica and has an opulent northern façade and a beautiful bell tower. The northern façade contains some magnificent stone statues and sculptures and faces the charming cathedral square. In contrast to the Basilica di Santa Croce, the interior of the Cathedral is highly decorative and features a myriad of gold artwork, opulent arches and a ceiling that contains some gorgeous historical artwork. Furthermore there is also twelve chapels within the church, each of which is dedicated to a different saint or religious figure.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Location
1 Via Umberto I
Lecce, Puglia 73100
Phone+39 0832 241957