"The homeland of the "Barocco Leccese"" Top 5 Page for this destination Lecce by effeti

Lecce Travel Guide: 66 reviews and 198 photos

Lecce is placed in the south-east of Italy.... in the "heel" of the boot-shaped Italian paeninsula.
Best known for it's original form of baroque art, a very light and sunny one, it's worth a visit.

Starting from the second half of the 16th century Lecce experienced a period of particular good fortune that was destined to last for two centuries. The started attracting the nobility and swallowing their icomes in a contest between ostentation and the decorating of their "palazzi", aristocratic chapels and the churches placed under their devout and munificent patronage. The presence of numerous religious orders rose a series of churches (with luxurious facades like open-air altars, a true reflection of the society of the time) and underlined an artistic flowering that led to the city being given the grandiloquent titles of the Athens of Apulia or the Florence of the Baroque. But the Baroque of Lecce has a quality all of its own because it is inextricably linked to a local secret, a formula that could not be repeated elsewhere: the unique characted of Lecce stone. This is a marly limestone with a compact and homogeneous grain, but which is soft enough to be worked with a chisel and adze.

  • Last visit to Lecce: Aug 2004
  • Intro Updated Sep 7, 2004
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  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2006 at 4:01 AM

    It's interesting to see two amphitheaters of quite different role in the past. Good tips.

  • debika's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2004 at 5:47 AM

    Thanks for your advice re Lecce/Trani etc. Am going next month so will tell you what I thought!

  • mapakettle's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2004 at 5:14 PM

    Ma Kettle and I have Lecce marked on our map for an upcoming visit. Thanks for the great info and pictures. Pa

  • EllenH's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2004 at 9:45 AM

    I have some friends whose name is Lecce and they so wanted to get married there. Honeymooned there instead.

  • Polly74's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2004 at 1:05 AM

    Lecce è davvero bellissima!!! Me ne sono innamorata subito!!


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