LecceApulia region of Italy.
Brindisi AirportIt is the closest airport (35 km) and provides efficient connections through buses.
By trainThere are FS trains from Foggia, Turin, Rome, Naples, Venice and Milan. You can also reach Lecce by Eurostar Train from Bologna through Rimini and Bari. Travel times from Rome and beyond can be long. Night trains with sleeping couches are available, and often a better bet.
The trains arrive at station, 1 km from the city center. Taxis anywhere can be expensive (expect to pay up to €15 to the center, especially if you have luggage items), so you may want to check with your hotel the public transportation options available.
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By busThese are the main private bus operator to get in the town:
- Marino (main continental Italy cities, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland)
- Marozzi (Avellino, Benevento, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Siena)
- Miccolis (Caserta, Matera, Naples, Pompeii, Salerno)
phone: +39 0831 522203It is the closest port and provides ferry services to/from Corfu, Durrës, Igoumenitsa, Kefalonia, Patra, Vlorë and Zakynthos.
By busPublic transport is managed by SGM company, with 20 bus lines and 4 trolleybus lines. Single tickets can be purchased at most of tobacconists and newspaper sellers around the city.
The cost of a single ticket is €1.00 (€1.50 if bought on board), a 90-min ticket is €1.30; a day ticket costs €2.50 while a seven-day ticket costs €9.70.
By taxiLecceTaxi covers the town and other destinations in the Salento area.
By carHere is a list of useful parking lots:
Piazza Carmelo BeneIt is near the Bus City Terminal with interchange to lines 29, 30, 31.
phone: +39 0832 454601address: Via G.Oberdan, 43It also provides a service of car and bike rental.
address: Via di Ussano189 parking spaces 100 meters from the railway station.
On footWalking is without doubt the best way to discover the main attractions of Lecce, since the whole old town is a limited traffic zone (ZTL). This feature gives the opportunity to move between monuments, churches and archaeological sites free from the stress of traffic.
Church of the Holy Crossphone: +39 0832 241957address: Via Umberto I, 3It represents the main example of Lecce baroque style. It was built between 1549 and 1695, thanks to three well-known architects: Gabriele Riccardi, who devoted himself to the general plan and the lower part of the façade; Francesco Antonio Zimbalo who made the twin column porch and the portal aside; Cesare Penna who conceived the high level of the façade. The big Romanesque central rose window, the rich frame, the four columns, and the niches as well as the telamons, the imaginary creatures, the animals, the mythological and historical characters of the façade are all what makes this church unique and renowned over the world.
phone: +39 0832 308557address: Piazza del DuomoA wonderful example of baroque style, most of the cathedral was designed by Giuseppe Zimbalo and it was completed in 1689.
Church of Saint Ireneaddress: Via Vittorio Emanuele IIA majestic baroque church with an elegant and quite sober exterior that hides a richly decorated interior.
Church of Saint John the Baptistphone: +39 0832 308540address: Via Giuseppe Libertini, 5A magnificent façade characterised by two grooved columns, completed in 1728. It is just few steps away from Porta Rudiae.
Church of Santa Chiaraphone: +39 0832 241915address: Piazzetta Vittorio Emanuele IIBuilt in 1429 and renovated in 1691, its main features are the octagonal interior plan and the lavish altars.
Roman amphitheatrephone: +39 0832 253791address: Piazza Sant'Oronzo, 42The structure was built during the 2nd century AD and it was able to seat more than 25,000 people. It is used for various religious, music and art events.
Roman theatrephone: +39 0832 682985address: Via Arte della Cartapesta, 10In the heart of the old town, it was built in the 1st century AD and it had a capacity of 5,000 people. It is now seat of events and performances.
Rudiae archaeological parkaddress: Via S. Pietro in LamaSite of an ancient Messapian and then Roman town, 3 km south from the city center. Here you can see the remains of the amphitheatre, a necropolis and walls.
- Piazza S. Oronzo - It's in the heart of the city and named after the patron saint's statue erected in 1666 after the population had defeated the plague which had broken out ten years before.
- Paisiello Theatre - Once the permanent theatre of the town. Founded in 1758 and rebuilt in 1870, it was opened with the performance of Giuseppe Verdi' s 'Un ballo in maschera". Because of its rich decorations, this theatre - which can only contain 320 spectators - is nicknamed "The wedding souvenir".
Castle of Charles VA majestic medieval castle rebuilt during the first half of XVI century. It is seat of several exhibitions, events and conferences.
Triumphal Archaddress: Piazzetta Arco di TrionfoIt was erected in 1548 to pay homage to Charles V and thank him for having fortified the town. It is known as "Neapolitan Gate" since there started the road leading to Naples, capital of the kingdom.
Porta RudiaeThe oldest gate of the town, rebuilt in 1703 in baroque style.
Porta San Biagioaddress: Piazza d'Italia, 8The southern entrance to the old town, dedicated to Saint Blaise. It is 17 m (55 ft) tall and it's topped by the coat of arms of Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies.
phone: +39 0832 347694address: Viale Torre del Parco, 1A fortress symbol of Lecce's medieval period, built in 1419. It is now seat of meetings, weddings, cultural events and a 4-star hotel.
Obeliskaddress: Piazzetta Arco di Trionfo10 meters (33 ft) high structure built in 1822 in honour of king Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies.
Palazzo dei Celestiniphone: +39 0832 332463address: Via Umberto I, 13The seat of Province of Lecce in an impressive baroque building completed in 1695
Palazzo del Seggiophone: +39 0832 682102address: Piazza Sant'OronzoAncient city hall, it represents an interesting mixture of gothic and renaissance architecture.It is situated in the middle of the vibrant Piazza S.Oronzo, contiguous with the small Church of San Marco.
- The Awaiting Table cooking school
- Stile Mediterraneo Italian Cooking and Wine School Puglia: culinary vacations and wine tours in Apulia.
- Lecce cake
- fantastic gelato from Gelateria Natale in the old city.
Martinucci Laboratoryphone: +39 0832 309535address: Via Salvatore Trinchese 7Taste the delicious cakes and ice creams of the most famous ice-cream franchise of Salento.
- Joyce Vineria/Enoteca, Via Umberto I, 4, Lecce, Tel. +39 0832 279443
- Delicious "cucina tipica" food served with aplomb in a small restaurant in the old city. Many inventive and interesting recipes, plus a large and relatively inexpensive selection of regional and national wines. A terrific choice in the old city, where many restaurants are aimed at tourists and are of limited quality.
phone: +39 338 258595address: Piazza S.Oronzo – Via Andrea Vignes, 2bGood value compared to hotels. About 1 block away from the walled old city. The owner, Marco Larusso, speaks English reasonably well and is very helpful and accommodating. Be prepared to spend up to an extra US$10/day on metered street parking.
phone: +39 368 3740180address: Corte dei Musco, 3 - 73100 LecceIn the historical centre of Lecce, near Porta Rudiae. It is on a ground-floor of a small, ancient building with a vaulted roof. The building has been subtly restructured and is in a serene and characteristic court of Lecce. It has two independent suites and a large, sunny terrace with a gazebo, small tables and sun-chairs.
B&B Lecce Villa Giulianaphone: +39 0832 323834address: Via Carretti, 6, ArnesanoLarge free parking area and lounge terrace, en suite rooms within a lush garden and an acre of olive trees, organic fruit and home baked cakes. Linen and towels are also provided.
phone: +39 333 6645060address: Via 47° Reggimento Fanteria, 40This bed and breakfast is in an elegant flat in a modern building in Piazza Mazzini. The furniture is modern, every room has heating during winter and air conditioning during summer, television, DVD player and a small refrigerator and Wi-fi.
address: S.P. San Pietro in Lama/Monteroni angolo Via Vecchia Copertino, 20An old farmhouse of a previous mansion, in the heart of Salento peninsula.
- Hotel Casina Copini, Via S. Angelo 73038 Spongano, Tel. +39 0836.945352 - Fax +39 0836.945352. Hotel Casina Copini offers visitors a swimming pool and a park in the context of a 19th-century villa in the province of Lecce.
- Hotel Casina dei Cari, S.P. Presicce-Lido Marini, 73054, Presicce Lecce - Tel. +39 0833.711284 - Fax +39 0833.711284. Immersed in verdant Salento, amidst olive trees and stone walls, the Hotel Casina dei Cari has inherited a historical farmhouse between Presicce and Lido Marini.
phone: +39 339 4985458address: Strada Santa Caterina, 201, 73048, Nardo', S.Caterina LecceScinata Dimora Antica is an holiday villa in Puglia, in the Salento region, a luxury B&B in Santa Caterina di Nardò near Gallipoli (Lecce).
phone: +39 0832 240607address: Via Taranto 2973-star hotel on the Salento peninsula.
- Tenuta Monacelli, SS Quinzano Località Cerrate-Casalabate - Contrada Monacelli, 73100, Casalabate-Lecce - Tel. +39 0832.382037 - Fax +39 0832.382037. Tenuta Monacelli, a farmhouse in Lecce.
phone: +39 0832755557address: Via kennedy, trepuzzi, 73019In the heart of Salento in Trepuzzi.