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  • 1 Church of Santa Croce Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Via Umberto I 3 I - 73100 Lecce

    The work of several architects and representative of the Lecce Baroque style of the 16C-17C. The façade with its sumptuous upper section precedes a long narrow and bright interior which is similar to the style used in Florence by Briunelleschi. It ha..

  • 2 Baroque City of Lecce Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    I - 73100 Lecce

    All that remains of the 16C ramparts that encircled the historic centre of Lecce are the castle and a few vestiges of the city defences. A ring of avenues now delineates the centre, at the heart of which is the lively Piazza Sant'Oronzo, the small ch..

  • 3 Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza del Duomo I - 73100 Lecce

    Completely surrounded by Baroque buildings and heralded by an arch facing Corso Vittorio Emanuele, this is one of the most remarkable squares in southern Italy. You will see the campanile (by Giuseppe Zimbaloand) followed by the cathedral (by the sam..

  • 4 S. Matteo Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Via dei Perroni 29 I - 73100 Lecce

    Think you know Rome? If the answer is yes, you will probably the distinct similarities between this harmonious facade built by Achille Carducci between 1667 and 1700 and the Church of San Carlo with Four Fountains by Borromini.

  • 5 Museo provinciale Sigismondo Castromediano Interesting

    Museums and art

    Viale Gallipoli 30 I - 73100 Lecce

    In addition to a rich archaeological collection and an art gallery, this museum has a very large collection of ceramics with two Attic vases decorated with red figures that particularly stand out. There is also a collection of epigraphs and two beaut..

  • 6 S. Maria di Cerrate Interesting

    Religious buildings

    S613 I - 73100 Lecce

    This enchanting Benedictine abbey, in its isolated country setting, dates back to the 12C. The church, which has preserved some of the frescoes that once decorated the entire surface is flanked on the north side by a fine portico with historiated cap..

  • 7 Piazza S. Oronzo

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Sant'Oronzo I - 73100 Lecce

    This vibrant square in the centre of the old town is dominated by the statue of the Patron Saint of the town who occupies one of the two columns that mark the end of the Appian way. It is bordered on its south side by the ruins of the old amphitheatr..

  • 8 Palazzo del Governo (Palais du Gouvernement)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via del 25 Luglio I - 73100 Lecce

    This is the former Celestine monastery, situated beside Basilica of the Holy-Cross, which today is home to the town authorities. The ground-floor level was built by Zimbalo who belonged to this family of artists from Lecce which influenced church and..

  • 9 Gesù, il Buon Consiglio

    Religious buildings

    Via Francesco Rubichi I - 73100 Lecce

    The austere style of this church, built by the Jesuits between 1575 and 1579 contrast with the exuberance of the other churches in Lecce. Inside the lavish Baroque altar is absolutely delightful.

  • 10 Il Rosario, S. Giovanni Battista

    Religious buildings

    Via Giuseppe Libertini I - 73100 Lecce

    This church was the last piece of work by Giuseppe Zimbalo sand the facade features an abundance of decoration which is both exuberant yet gracious. Inside there are several retables, the sumptuousness of which would be hard to match.

  • 11 Lecce's Cathedral

    Religious buildings

    Piazza del Duomo I - 73100 Lecce

    Built by Giuseppe Zimbalo between 1659 and 1692, this cathedral has sumptuous portals. Inside, the crypt, rebuilt in the 16C, is held up by 92 columns with zoomorphic capitals.

  • 12 Via G.-Palmieri

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Palmieri I - 73100 Lecce

    This street is bordered by several elegant buildings including Marrese Palace (or Palazzo Palmieri), built in the 18C, opposite the piazzetta Falconieri. At the end of the street, stands the Porta Napoli, a Triumphant arch, built in the 16C in honour..

  • 13 S. Angelo (Église Saint-Ange )

    Religious buildings

    Via Manfredi I - 73100 Lecce

    Although Unfinished, this façade built in 1663 is a typical example of Zimbalo's style, decorated with garlands, cherubs, and angels.

  • 14 S. Irene

    Religious buildings

    Via Vittorio Emanuele II 11 I - 73100 Lecce

    Built by Francesco Grimaldi for the Theatine monks, this church has lavish Baroque altars attributed to Francesco A. Zimbalo.

  • 15 S.S. Nicolo e Cataldo

    Religious buildings

    I - 73100 Lecce

    Built in 1180 by de Lecce, and rebuilt in 1716, probably by Giuseppe Cino who kept the central part of the old Romanesque façadem with its small rose window and Norman portal. There is and attractive Baroque structure in the 16C cloisters.

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