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"Florence of the South"
Lecce is the most important town on the Salentine peninsula, the very heel of Italy. The town's rich history, stretching back to the times of the ancient Greeks, is one of the main attractions. The centerpiece of the old town is a 2nd century Roman amphitheater. The amphitheater was only rediscovered in the early 1900s during construction work for the Bank of Italy building, and remains half buried. It is now used for concerts. Much of Lecce's historical center's architecture dates from the Baroque period and has earned the city the nickname "Florence of the South." These beauties stand in stark contrast to some of the edifices erected during Mussolini's reign.

Where to stay in Lecce

With accommodation options ranging from a 4-star B&B located in a 19th century palazzo, to an opulent 5-star hotel with impressive views of the Santa Croce Church across the street, whatever kind of accommodations you're looking for, we've got it covered. Get in touch with us for a free travel consultation. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to choose from.

An elegant 4-star hotel
An elegant 4-star option in a former mansion.
5-star hotel in an historic building
A charming and very opulent hotel in a beautiful old building.
Historic residence
Very charming B&B with a friendly welcome and amazing garden.

Things to do in Lecce

Hit the ground running in Lecce with a private walking tour, or even a private biking tour of the town and its scenic surroundings. Focus on Lecce's cusine with cooking classes culminating in a lunch or dinner, or visit neighboring towns like Otranto and Gallipoli. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to include in your vacation package or consider adding later.

Otranto and Gallipoli Private Tour
Private Cycling Tour of Lecce and Surroundings
Lecce Private Walking Tour

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Lecce

Spend some time in Lecce on a tour that takes in other cities in Italy and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Lecce and other destinations make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Lecce

What are prices like in Lecce?

In the center, a quick lunch with a drink costs around 1-20 euros. Museums and landmarks generally cost 5-20 euros. For a full dinner, budget at least 25-30 euros. 

Is Lecce safe?

Lecce is very safe, but pickpocketing is a possibility in crowded areas, like Alberobello.

What options does Lecce have for those with dietary restrictions?

Monopoli has increasingly more options for people with dietary restrictions and intolerances. Many places offer gluten-free options. You can also find many vegetarian options in most restaurants.

How long should I stay in Lecce?

Although Lecce is small, we recommend spending two nights there, so you can enjoy the town and its surroundings, and go on a day trip to Alberobello or Monopoli.
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