Located at the furthest edge of the boot between the stunning scenery of the Adriatic and Ionian Sea, Lecce is characterized by the typical Mediterranean climate, with warm summers that can reach an average temperature above 25 degrees.
Considered a beautiful city of art, Lecce will surprise you with its beauty, churches, both the archaeological sites and the natural parks. A charming city in southern Italy, capital of the province of Lecce, in the Apulia region.
Founded in the Messapian era, Lecce is the easternmost province of Italy, between the Adriatic and lonian seas.
Lecce has been the only Italian city included in the list of “Best in Travel 2010” by Lonely Planet as a “CITY TO VISIT IN 2010”; in 2015 and 2016 Puglia has been considered the “BEST DESTINATION IN THE WORLD” by National Geographic and in 2018 received the FOOD and TRAVEL ITALIA READER AWARDS as “REGION OF THE YEAR 2018”.
Lecce proclaimed “DESTINATION OF THE YEAR 2018”; in 2019 the Puglia region has been awarded at the “Travel Show” in New York with the “2019 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE”, in the “Best New Exhibitor” category.
Lecce’s captivating beauty extends beyond its architectural wonders: de facto the vibrant cultural scene along with its rich gastronomy contribute to the city’s allure. Explore the local cuisine, enjoy traditional delicacies like pasticciotto or a “caffè leccese“, and experience the lively festivals showing Lecce’s lively spirit, while strolling through its picturesque alleys. Lecce promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Southern Italy.
In the core of Salento
Lecce is the core of Salento, the sub peninsula often defined as the “heel” of the boot-shaped Italy. Within Salento, you can find some of Italy’s most beautiful towns and cities: Gallipoli the “Città Bella” with its beautiful coast, the sea-front fortified gem of Otranto, the creamy baroque sophistication of Lecce and the luxurious seaside Liberty pleasures of Leuca.
Apulian inhabitants still take vibrant enthusiasm for their traditions and local celebrations. They keep alive traditions, such as the ‘pizzica’, a popular folk dance. Its great climate, the breathtaking beaches, beautiful historic towns, delicious food, wine and music, make Salento a magic holiday destination.
The historic centre is hemmed in walls dating back the XVI century, now largely destroyed. The city had originally four access gates: Arc de Triomphe (Porta Napoli), Porta Rudiae, Porta San Biagio and Porta San Martino. The last is no longer visible because it collapsed in the XIX century.
Puglia is a vital and generous land, rich in wheat, vineyards and olive groves. Rich in history and prehistoric artefacts is the easternmost region of Italy, the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea its shores. It offers a mild climate, characteristically Mediterranean coastal and plains areas. It offers the warmth and hospitality of its people and the joy of the sunbeams reflecting on stone walls typical of the countryside, on the walled Manor Farms made up of white lime outspread throughout the territory, on the blue of the sea rich in fish and unforgettable landscapes .
Everything in Puglia is fascinating: its unique Trulli, its cathedrals that aim at heaven, its ancient castles…
Puglia, a land to be visited, to be savoured, to be known.
From Wednesday 12 July this year, the museum of the Apulian illuminations is open in Scorrano, in the province of Lecce. A tale in colours, an exhibition itinerary to divulge the history as well as the work of the traditions of the great masters who over the years from small family businesses have exported their products all over the world. The new tourist attraction, supported by the Apulia Region, will be set up inside Palazzo Veris in what is now known as the ‘capital of illuminations’.
Below is the link to download the information brochure (also with English language version)