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 …
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…
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…
Church in Lecce

Chiesa del Rosario

Instead of the intended dome roof, this church ended up with a quick-fix wooden one following architect Zimbalo's death before the building was completed.
Church in Lecce

Chiesa di San Matteo

Located 200m to the south of Chiesa di Santa Chiara. It's the last work of Giuseppe Zimbalo.
Church in Lecce

Chiesa di Santa Chiara

A notable baroque church with every niche a swirl of twisting columns and ornate statuary. The ceiling is classic Leccese papier-mâché.
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, …
Palace in Lecce

Palazzo Vescovile

Facing Lecce's cathedral is the 15th-century Palazzo Vescovile with an arched arcade loggia.
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…