Centro Storico, Lecce
Centro Storico, Lecce
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  • Shalgk
    Kiryat Ono, Israel238 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful city
    Absolutely worth a visit. Lively city in the night. Beautiful architecture very impressive houses and palaces. Find your restaurant don’t just go in anyone especially not the tourist ones. Read before going in. Wander around town you won’t regret
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Southern Italy Baroque jewel
    We've been on a week Puglia tour. While the entire region is very interesting to visit, we found Lecce being the best town. It is the biggest city (along with Bari) of the region, as well a University center. The old town is compact, very easy to explore and navigate on foot. Terrific Baroque Churches, 2 millennia old Amphitheater, nice squares, plenty of bars and restaurants....
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 4, 2023
  • Philip C
    York, Maine575 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wander the Streets
    Another lovely old town area. They do charge for church visits, however, and it does feel like another tour bus stop. They say Lecce is the Florence of Southern Italy. It is NOT! And there is an annoying level of motorbike traffic.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 6, 2023
  • Anuj_Mithani
    Mumbai, India4,348 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful old town
    Lecce is beautiful and unique in its own right - I've never quite understood the "Florence of the South" references despite the baroque influences. We enjoyed strolling around the town including at night - I haven't usually seen an admission fee to enter a church, so that was unfamiliar for me. Such beautiful piazzas, and beautiful architecture to soak in.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 30, 2023
  • Ganfo
    White, Georgia607 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    After the crowds and high prices of the larger cities, Lecce is a rich, but laid back delight
    Lecce in late Fall was delightful. Not crowded but plenty going on. Lots to see. My wife and I just wandered. Window shopping isn't high on my personal list of favorite things to do, but one photo caught a truly remarkable window display. Our favorite restaurant was near St. Matthew's Church, Trattoria Nonna Telli.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 27, 2023
  • Charles B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lecce, Puglia
    Beautiful Historical Center, including a very nice Jewish Museum with a nice tour. Palazzobn hotel is just near the Center, located on a beautiful 80 years old building. City is close to Otranto and Gallipoli, in the south of the Salento region. Would like to highlight the incredible help received from Sara Greco and Elisa Monte, two beautiful and nice young ladies, very knowledgeable on the area and what to visit. Our appreciation on their invaluable support !!!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 26, 2024
  • Donna B
    Gladwyne, Pennsylvania427 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Lovely Baroque City in Puglia
    We spent 3 days in Lecce enjoying the Centro Storico and the lovely Baroque architecture and churches. I would recommend buying the pass to visit the churches that charge admission. Lecce is a lovely small city in Puglia that is easily reached by train and you can walk everywhere. There even is a Roman amphitheater.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 29, 2024
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Anuj_Mithani
Mumbai, India4,348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Lecce is beautiful and unique in its own right - I've never quite understood the "Florence of the South" references despite the baroque influences. We enjoyed strolling around the town including at night - I haven't usually seen an admission fee to enter a church, so that was unfamiliar for me. Such beautiful piazzas, and beautiful architecture to soak in.
Written December 1, 2023
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Mira V
Smarje Pri Jelsah, Slovenia344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The historical centre of Lecce is one of the most beautiful old towns in Italy especially if you like baroque architecture as most of the buildings display its characteristics. They are made of the white-yellowish limestone found everywhere around the town. Beside beatuiful baroque churches there are also remains of Roman architecture, especially the amphitheatre.
Written October 31, 2021
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Soccca
Tolmin, Slovenia1,681 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Lecce is a beautiful city and you cannot go to Puglia without visiting it. There are many things to visit, the city seems small but contains many works of art. In any case, the historic centre can be easily visited on foot. You must see all masterpieces of the Lecce Baroque, as well as the Roman amphitheatre, built with Lecce stone. Stop in one of the trattoria in the historic center and order a typical meal of Puglia.
Written June 7, 2022
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Richard Wong
Hong Kong, China121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
Lecce is full of Baroque-style buildings and cathedrals. You can stop by and admire the expressiveness and eloquence of the Baroque design.

During the late afternoon to the evening, stroll along the street or enjoy a cup of “coffee Leccese” at a bar, immerse yourself into the lively and relaxed atmosphere of Lecce.

It is one of the must-see cities in Puglia.
Written July 19, 2022
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angel d
6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
On my guide book for Italy, Lecce is modestly compared to Florence! And it's an insult to Florence, which has an incomparable historical heritage to the city of Lecce. Apart from a few baroque churches, there is nothing to see. And above all, as in many Italian cities, you have a ZTL zone, therefore a limited traffic zone which does not allow you to reach your hotel by car if it is located in this zone. The GPS ignores the borders of the ZTL zone, just like Google maps and the hotels are careful not to mention that they are in this inaccessible zone. And if you are elderly or disabled like: no special diet and you have to walk and walk. Italy is the only European country I know that does not offer a solution for people with difficulties like disabled parking spaces if you have an official card proving your disability. And for me that is discrimination and I canceled a trip to Tuscany in June with my family for this reason as I know I would have difficulty. It seems that there is no way at the national level to obtain a permit to enter the ZTL zone where your hotel is located. And as soon as you enter the ZTL zone, it's a fine of more than 150 euros, even if you have a European handicap card. It's just a shame and there are plenty of testimonials on the internet. And the only remedy is to go and spend your holidays outside of italy and so this is my last trip after so many years of visiting. Ciao Italia! bye
Written April 27, 2023
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OneAddictedTraveler
Lake Elmo, MN4,126 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The Roman amphitheater is in the center of town. Only partly excavated and restored as it is covered by many more recent buildings. No entry is currently allowed to tourists.

Others are using this location for a general review of Lecce. The medieval town walls still stand. The streets are very walkable as the town is fairly level. Many attractions await the eager explorer. The people are pleasant and welcoming.
Written October 15, 2021
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Donna B
Gladwyne, PA427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We spent 3 days in Lecce enjoying the Centro Storico and the lovely Baroque architecture and churches. I would recommend buying the pass to visit the churches that charge admission. Lecce is a lovely small city in Puglia that is easily reached by train and you can walk everywhere. There even is a Roman amphitheater.
Written April 29, 2024
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Milton Kanno
Sao Paulo, SP9,905 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
The place doesnt have the big size like the Foros in Rome but it is still worthy to visit. Not only because it has history but also being located in a very cool square where you can have a great ice cream or a canolli. Read about the battles that happened there, you will be able to judge by yourself what took place there. Nice experience.
Written July 2, 2020
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O'Brien G
Athlone, Ireland730 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Lecce is a great city for lovers of architecture, especially the Baroque. You would need a good tour guide or an excellent guide book to get the most out of the city. At every turn there is something to be seen. The remains of the Roman amphitheatre are well worth seeing - what a remarkable excavation this must have been! Of the various cities and town in Puglia that we visited this would come very high on the list.
Written May 27, 2022
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Philip C
York, ME575 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Another lovely old town area. They do charge for church visits, however, and it does feel like another tour bus stop. They say Lecce is the Florence of Southern Italy. It is NOT! And there is an annoying level of motorbike traffic.
Written October 7, 2023
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