LECCE: A BAROQUE GEM
A full immersion in the marvels of Puglia Baroque with a visit to Lecce city centre, where some of the most representative monuments of this artistic style are found, in stark contrast with ancient Roman ruins.
What we will see
- Lecce historic city centre
- Roman amphitheatre
- Piazza Sant’Oronzo and Column of Sant’Oronzo
- Palazzo del Seggio and church of S. Maria della Grazia
- Basilica di Santa Croce and Palazzo dei Celestini
What we will do
- We leave the port of Brindisi behind us and head towards the magnificent city of Lecce, famous for its architecture and the amazing Baroque monuments of the historical city centre.
- Once there, we start our tour of the historical city centre, a true open-air museum thanks to the wealth of churches and noble palaces, made even more elegant and refined thanks to the opulent unique decorations of Lecce stone, a material which comes alive with lovely golden honey shades in the sun. * Lecce dates back to ancient Roman times and still preserves numerous testimonies to that era such as the amphitheatre in piazza Sant’Oronzo, which we admire externally and try to imagine it in all its splendour, as two thirds still remains buried under the square. * The imposing evocative square also boasts the Column of Sant’Oronzo, one of the city's symbols, overlooked by the statue depicting the saint and made using marble from one of the two Roman columns located at the end of the Appian Way in Brindisi. * We continue our tour with Palazzo del Seggio, a majestic cubic building dating back to the mid-1500s, and with the church of S. Maria della Grazia, with its stunning façade and richly adorned door.
- We reach the spectacular Basilica di Santa Croce, considered the maximum expression of Lecce Baroque mainly due to the decorative opulence of its front part, and then Palazzo dei Celestini, with its elegant façade with decorations adorning the entrance as well as the 21 windows.
What you need to know
- The façade of the Basilica di Santa Croce is currently being restored. * We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.