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 fosters the historic and artistic heritage of various peoples and cultures, from the Romans to the Normans, from the Byzantines to Aragon, from the Renaissance to the Baroque and Neoclassicism. It also represents one of the most important agricultural and industrial centres in Salento.
The first human settlement goes back to Roman settlement grown up around the third century BC.
Next came the Norman, Swabian, Angevin, Aragonese dynasties and the Spanish rule, during which the historical centre reached its greatest splendour.
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; In 2018 Puglia received the FOOD and TRAVEL ITALIA READER AWARDS as “REGION OF THE YEAR 2018” and 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 EXCELENCE”, in the “Best New Exhibitor” category.
The city of Lecce is known for wealth of monuments, many of which represent the best examples of Barocco Leccese. Significant are the friezes, capitals, pinnacles and roses that decorate many of the palaces and churches in the city (there are over 40), such as Palazzo dei Celestini , the Basilica of Santa Croce, Santa Chiara and the Duomo Cathedral.
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.
Please check Apulian aiport management Company website in order to know time-tables for Bari and Brindisi airports:
Aereoporti di Puglia Spa – www.aereoportidipuglia.it or call one of the following airports:
Bari “Palese” Airport
Information: +39 080 5800200
(Bari – Lecce about 152 km)
Brindisi “Papola Casale” Airport
Information and Ticket:
+39 0831 4117406 or +39 0831 4117208
(Brindisi – Lecce about 38 km)
Lecce is at the end of the main Adriatic line and it is therefore well connected. There are numerous Eurostar (the fastest train), Intercity and regional/express trains from the main cities in the north and centre/south (Roma, Milano, Bologna, Torino, Trieste etc..). Regional/express services connect Lecce with all the other cities in Puglia. For exact times, prices and booking you can go to the Railway’s timetable online at:
The trains arrive to Lecce station, less then 1 km from the city center.
To reach Lecce by car from Rome is necessary to follow A1 highway, direction Naples, and then follow A 16 or A 14, direction Bari.
Meanwhile, to reach Lecce by car from Milano is necessary to follow A 14 highway, direction Bari.
Then to reach Lecce from Bari, for both routes, is necessary to follow main road 379, direction Lecce.
Hertz – www.hertz.it
Europecar – www.europcar.it
Avis – www.avisautonoleggio.it
Sixt – www.sixt.it Maggiore – www.maggiore.it