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Lecce, Province of Lecce, Puglia

Lecce coatofarms Lecce is a small city situated to the south east of Italy, in the peninsula called Salento, and is called the Florence of Apulia because of the quantity of important monuments.

Info

  • Altitude: 49 mt a.s.l
  • Population: about 90,000 inhabitants
  • Population Density: 399 inhabitants per sqkm
  • Zip/postal code: 73100
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0832
  • Patron Saint: Saint Oronzo, San Just and Saint Fortunatus, celebrated on 26 August.
  • Frazioni: Frigole, San Cataldo, San Ligorio, Torre Chianca, Torre Rinalda, Villa Convento.
  • GPS Coordinates: 40°21'07.24"N, 18°10'08.9"E

History

The County of Lecce was a fief of the Kingdom of Sicily from 1053-1463, when it was annexed directly to the crown.

What to see

  • The Baroque Holy Cross church situated in the center of the old town
  • The Roman Amphitheatre, built in the 2nd century AD and situated nearby Sant'Oronzo square, which in its time could accomodate over 25,000 people, but now half-buried because other important monuments were built above
  • The column under the statue of Saint Oronzo (Lecce's patron) was donated to Lecce by the city of Brindisi where Saint Oronzo had healed the population from the plague. The column was one of a pair that marked the end of the Appian Way, the main road connecting Rome to southern Italy.

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