Basilica di Santa Croce
Palazzo del Governo
Ornate baroque structure next to Lecce's Basilica di Santa Croce that now functons at the local government HQ.
Colonna di Sant'Oronzo
Two Roman columns once marked the end of the Appian Way in Brindisi. When one of them crumbled in 1582 some of the pieces were rescued...
Below the ground level of the piazza is this restored 2nd-century-AD amphitheatre, discovered in 1901 by construction workers. It was...
Shui 13 Wine Bar
A hip and atmospheric wine bar with candlelit outside tables and a range of Puglian wines.
Lecce's best ice-cream parlour also has an array of fabulous confectionery.
Via Umberto I · interesting places nearby
Basilica di Santa Croce information
It seems that hallucinating stonemasons have been at work on the basilica. Sheep, dodos, cherubs and beasties writhe across the facade, a swirling magnificent allegorical feast. Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, a team of artists under Giuseppe Zimbalo laboured to work the building up to this pitch. Look for Zimbalo's profile on the facade. The interior is more conventionally Renaissance and deserves a look, once you've drained your camera batteries outside.
Zimbalo also left his mark in the former Convento dei Celestini, just north of the basilica, which is now the Palazzo del Governo , the local government headquarters.