Attractions

Top Choice Basilica in Lecce

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, a swirling magnificent allegorical feast. Throughout the 16th and 17th centurie…
Top Choice Museum in Lecce

Museo Faggiano

Breaking the floor to replace sewer pipes led the owner of this private home to the chance discovery of an archaeological treasure trove. Layers of history are revealed beneath the floors starting with the Messapii …
Piazza in Lecce

Piazza del Duomo

Piazza del Duomo is a baroque feast, the city's focal point and a sudden open space amid the surrounding enclosed lanes. During times of invasion the inhabitants of Lecce would barricade themselves in the square, wh…
Church in Lecce

Cathedral

The 12th-century­ cathedral is one of Giuseppe Zimbalo’s finest works – he was also responsible for the towering, ­68m‑high bell tower. The cathedral is unusual in that it has two facades, one on the western end and…
Castle in Lecce

Castello di Carlo V

This 16th-century castle was built around a 12th-century Norman tower to the orders of Spain's Charles V and consists of two concentric trapezoidal structures. It's been used as a prison, a court and military headqu…
Gallery in Lecce

MUST

This beautiful conversion of the Monastery of Santa Chiara houses the work of local artists and has a great view of a Roman amphitheatre from the back window. It was being renovated at last visit but should have reo…
Church in Lecce

Chiesa dei SS Nicolò e Cataldo

The Chiesa dei SS Nicolò e Cataldo, near the main city gate Porta Napoli, was built by the Normans in 1180. It got caught up in the city’s baroque frenzy and was revamped in 1716 by the prolific Cino, who retained t…
Museum in Lecce

Museo Provinciale

This museum stylishly covers 10,000 years of history, from Palaeolithic and Neolithic bits and bobs to a handsome display of Greek and Roman jewels, weaponry and ornaments. The stars of the show are the Messapians, …
Historic Site in Lecce

Roman Amphitheatre

Below the ground level of the piazza is this restored 2nd-century-AD amphitheatre, discovered in 1901 by construction workers. It was excavated in the 1930s to reveal a perfect horseshoe with seating for 15,000. It …
Museum in Lecce

Museo Diocesano di Arte Sacra

The 18th-century Seminario was designed by Giuseppe Cino. Today it hosts a library of old books and this musuem dedicated to sacred religious art.