In Piazza S. Oronzo in Lecce, sit in front of a Roman Amphitheatre and enjoy a pasticciotto and coffee before setting off to discover its many beautiful palaces and Baroque treasures, including richly decorated churches, elegant courtyards, and hidden alleys that are steeped in history and tradition.
Starting from the famous square, with the column of S. Oronzo from 1660 and the Sedile from 1592, head in the direction of the imposing Carlo V Castle or continue into the centre. As you walk, glance upwards towards the Baroque architecture that surrounds you, from the Basilica of Santa Croce to the Palazzo dei Celestini, which dates back to the mid-1500s.
Take in the scenic Church of San Matteo in Via de Perroni and the Church of Santa Chiara, as well as the splendid Santa Irene and the Church of the Rosario, with its stunning façade featuring bold pinnacles and flowering bushes.
The Piazza Duomo is perhaps the most surprising sight. Known as the 'living room' of the Leccesi, it is a scenic space overlooked by a Cathedral, ‘the Bishop's Palace’, a late 17th-century seminary building that now houses the Diocesan Museum. There is also a Baroque-style bell tower which offers a view over the rooftops of the city that reaches as far as the sea.
Whilst you explore, there are many interesting museums to visit, including the Sigismondo Castromediano, the oldest in Apulia, that takes you on a journey from prehistory to the present day, often showcasing temporary exhibitions and other cultural activities, including concerts and yoga. From Lecce stone workshops to village festivals serving local cuisine, Lecce and Salento are the most beautiful places to discover in Italy, enchanting you with unforgettable views that stretch along the Ionian and Adriatic coastlines.