Lecce is definitely one of the most fascinating cities of Puglia, immensely rich in terms of history, art and landscape: it is able to offer its visitors countless attractions capable of exciting and proposing significant opportunities for cultural enrichment.
While its production of olive oil and wine is very appreciated, Lecce is particularly renowned for the beauty of its art: Lecce Baroque is indeed one of the most representative artistic expressions that Italy has to offer. According to the legend, it seems that the city has ancient origins linked to the Messapian civilization. From different dominations that have occurred the land over the centuries, certainly stand out the Roman and the Normans ones: thanks to the latter, Lecce was elevated to the rank of major commercial centre of Salento, giving rise to a phase of economic and cultural development that in the following centuries would make it one of the most important cities of the Mediterranean.
Lecce hosts not only an incredible amount of monuments of great architectural merit, but also countless examples of refined and elegant art that adorn the squares and streets of the city: Piazza Sant’Oronzo with its famous column, the Amphitheatre and the Roman Theatre, Piazza del Duomo, Basilica of Santa Croce and Palazzo dei Celestini, Torre del Parco with its characteristic moat, the Castle of Charles V, Triumphal Arch (commonly known as “Porta Napoli”) and the Obelisk built in 1822 in honour of Ferdinand I of Bourbon; a lot of museums, theatres, churches and palaces that enrich the city's artistic and cultural proposal.
Another important attraction that makes Lecce avery popular holiday destination is the sea, or rather the seas: with welcoming coastal resorts overlooking both the Adriatic and the Ionian seas. The wide range of cultural and naturalistic proposals has facilitated the development of tourism industry and today, hotels of Lecce are able to assure their guests services characterised by very high quality in terms of comfort and convenience.