Lecce

Chiesa di Santa Croce - Lecce

Lecce, chief town of the province of Puglia, is one of the most important cultural centers of the Salento peninsula, located 11 kilometers from the Adriatic coast and 23 from the Ionian.

Legend has it that even before the Trojan War there was a messapic town named Sybar, who, after the coming of the Japigi, and the subsequent Roman conquest in the third century BC, changed its name to Lupiae, passing from statio militum(station military) to municipium (town community affiliated with Rome).

After a brief domination of the Greeks, it was looted by the Ostrogoth king (Totila) in 542.
Later the city was ruled by the Eastern Roman Empire for five centuries. It was the conquest of the Normans that revived Lecce, such as trading and commerce, and extended its territory to become the capital of Salento.
The most developed sectors are related to the agricultural industry, as for example, the production of oil and wine, ceramics, papier-mache,cultural tourism and seaside resorts.

The Baroque style, from the architectural point of view, distinguishes the very city, which in time became a real "factory" of the working of stone, that is limestone shaped and perfectly suited for the scalpel processing.
It's all about, indeed, the Lecce Baroque and for the beauty of its monuments it's called the Florence of the South.

The wealth of this city lies in the beauty of the friezes,capitals, pinnacles and the rosettes of churches, buildings and other landmarks such as the Palace of Celestine, the Basilica of Santa Croce, the Duomo, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Roman Theatre, the Castle of Charles V, Porta Napoli, Porta San Biagio and Porta Rudiae, all located in the ancient heart of the city, characterized by narrow streets, alleys and squares that revolve around the central Piazza Sant'Oronzo and which constitute together a spectacular sight.

In last years the city has been able to skillfully exploit also its dynamic and modern look,also thanks to the leap of the University of Salento and the recognized National Laboratory of Nanotechnology,but especially thanks to a compelling cultural activitiy and events such as the well-established Patronal Festival, the Puppet Fair over the Christmas period, the Miami International Piano Festival in Lecce, the Baroque Prize, the Energy Festival and the European Film Festival.

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Puglia is a region of Southern Italy that homes 4.084.035 inhabitants.The capital of Puglia is Bari. It has borders with Molise,Campania and Basilicata and it's washed by the Adriatic and Ionian seas.It includes the provinces of Bari, Barletta-Andria-Trani, Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce, Taranto.

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