Lecce: Baroque in Puglia

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Lecce is the principal city in the Salento peninsula of Puglia, the heel of the boot. Lecce is the southeastern terminus for Italy’s national rail line and many smaller places on the peninsula can be reached from Lecce using the private rail line, Ferrovie Sud Est. Lecce is a riot of southern Baroque.

lecce cathedral pictureLecce Cathedral - _Duomo di Lecce_ - built in 1144

It’s not just the churches. Look up every once in a while. Your balcony in Cleveland doesn’t look like this, does it? Can you imagine what the neighbors might think?

lecce baroque  pictureLecce: Look up to the Baroque!

The narrow little streets of the historic core of the city just north of the train station are fun to get lost in.

lecce street viewNarrow Lane in Lecce

And the peasant cuisine is inexpensive and tasty. Try the Fave e Cicoria (puree of fava beans and a pile of chicory, a bitter green) as you see in the picture from Trattoria Nonna Tetti near the interesting San Matteo Church.

fave e cicorie pictureLecce Lunch: Fave e Cicorie

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Unique: Cucina Povera of Puglia: Fave e Cicoria for example, a creamy puree of favas with a pile of bitter greens, chicory. recipe
Don’t miss Puglia bread, some of the best in Italy.
Puglia has the longest coastline on the Italian peninsula.
When to Go: Spring or Fall. Summers are hot. Lecce climate charts and information
Region: Puglia Map
Days: 2-7
: Train station on the south end of the old city. It’s the southern terminus of the Ancona to Lecce oline, and also the terminus of the Martina Franca–Lecce railway and the Lecce–Otranto railway.
Parking: Parking lots outside of the old town, some near the train station
Recommended Hotel: Mantatelurè
Lecce Vacation Rentals
Local Wines: Salice Salentino, Primitivo

Lecce: Baroque in Puglia originally appeared on JustGoItaly.com Apr 08, 2015, © James Martin.

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