Castello di Carlo V
Colonna di Sant'Oronzo
A statue of Lecce's patron saint perches precariously on a column in the piazza. The column, originally from Brindisi, marked the end of...
Below the ground level of the piazza is this restored 2nd-century-AD amphitheatre, discovered in 1901 by construction workers. It was...
Basilica di Santa Croce
It seems that hallucinating stonemasons have been at work on the basilica. Sheep, dodos, cherubs and beasties writhe across the facade,...
Treat yourself to great coffee and pasticciotto at this iconic chandeliered cafe in Lecce's main square: they have a sumptuous display...
Lecce's best ice-cream parlour also has an array of fabulous confectionery.
Castello di Carlo V information
This 16th-century castle was built around a 12th-century Norman tower to the orders of Charles V and consists of two concentric trapezoidal structures. It's been used as a prison, a court and military headquarters; now you can wander around the baronial spaces and visit the occasional art exhibition.