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The beautiful Salento area of Puglia, with its crystal clear shores and its many fascinating, inland towns makes it an amazing place to explore. Right in its heart, yet only 12km from the coast, lies the Baroque, provincial capital of Lecce. The "Florence of the South", beautiful Baroque façades, elegant palazzi & wonderful churches.

Still relatively undiscovered and unknown, it is truly magnificent. Once a Greek city, and then a Roman town, you can discover fine examples of its ancient past, including the 2nd century amphitheatre. There is the Spanish Castle, right in the centre, and its many ‘palazzi’, churches and squares are brimming with Baroque architecture, such as the remarkable Santa Croce Church. This is one of the finest models of ‘Barocco Leccese’, with its intricate exterior and wonderful, Renaissance interior with large wooden caisson ceilings. The spectacular and impressive façades of the grand and palatial Piazza del Duomo, lit up at night, are beautiful.

Art in Lecce is still very much alive and you may even spot sculptors and artisans working on the local sandstone, in their shops or out on the streets. Then there’s the shops – resist if you can! You can easily spend time here, to absorb the atmosphere, and to discover all that Lecce has to offer.

The Baroque and beautiful Basilica of Santa Croce is part of the beating heart of Lecce’s centro storico and Palazzo Persone, a spectacular boutique B&B, is next door – and we mean next door! Impressively huge double doors open into a beautiful, secret courtyard of arches and balconies, telling you, from the moment you arrive, that you are somewhere special. As if the stupendous location is not enough, this unique former palace and synagogue will take your breath away. Palazzo Persone has real designer style. Ancient blends with ultra-modern touches. Every room is different. Some overlook the façade of the Basilica, some the courtyard and others have direct access from one of the typically narrow streets of Lecce’s historic centre.

Or in an amazingly convenient location, in the very historical centre of Lecce, right opposite the Baroque Basilica of Santa Croce, and within easy walking distance of the Duomo, the charming Hotel Patria Palace is a city hotel, and yet it feels more like the gracious 18th century palazzo it once was. Restored to its former glory and better, the Patria Palace offers guests modern comforts, in welcoming and stylish surroundings. The labyrinth of corridors takes guests to the rooms, which have real quality and comfort. Easily deserving of its five stars, it prides itself on excellent service and splendid traditional luxury. 

It is a city well worth exploring, yet, often overlooked, and that is a shame – you don’t know what you’re missing! Any itinerary in Puglia should include Lecce, by law! Spoil yourselves by combining a few days here, with other places in Puglia. In fact, it’s a must!

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No Star Rating Hotel in Lecce Puglia

The Baroque & Basilica of Santa Croce is the beating heart of Lecce’s centro storico and Palazzo Persone, a boutique B&B, is next door! 

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5 Hotel in Lecce Puglia

In the Baroque centre of Lecce, this is an absolutely charming hotel, right opposite the Basilica di Santa Croce. 

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