Museo Civico


Founded in 1878, this dusty museum of history and natural history is a 19th-century time capsule, featuring fish heads, ancient sculptures, a 3rd-century-BC sarcophagus, a whale skeleton and other eclectic stuff.

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1. Frantoio Ipogeo

0.01 MILES

This is only one of some 35 olive presses buried in the tufa rock below the town. It was here, between the 16th and early 19th centuries, that local…

2. Cattedrale di Sant'Agata

0.06 MILES

On the island, Gallipoli's 17th-century cathedral is a baroque beauty that could compete with anything in Lecce. Not surprisingly, Giuseppe Zimbalo, who…

3. Farmacia Provenzana

0.14 MILES

Now housing a cosmetics and fragrance shop, this beautifully decorated pharmacy dates to 1814.

6. Chiesa del Rosario

22.79 MILES

Also known as the Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista (Church of John the Baptist), this elaborately fronted church was prodigious Leccese architect Giuseppe…

7. Museo Faggiano

22.9 MILES

Descend through Lecce's rich historical strata in this fascinating home-turned-museum, where sewerage excavations led to the chance discovery of an…

8. Palazzo Vescovile

22.9 MILES

Facing Lecce's cathedral is the arched arcade loggia of the 15th-century Palazzo Vescovile, one-time residence of Neapolitan royalty and one of Lecce's…