In Italy There are wonderful cities, all of them with incredible charm and romance to enjoy a vacation or a romantic getaway. Today I would like to write about Lecce, a city that is in the Puglia region, in the south of the country. This city is called «Florence of the South» thanks to the many baroque monuments it has.
It is the perfect destination for architecture lovers, just like any other Italian destination, but the truth is that it is a perfect city for any tourist since you will be captivated as soon as you set foot on it. Among the many things you can see there are churches, palaces or monuments, in addition to being able to taste a really delicious local gastronomy.
Places of interest
Among its many places of essential visit highlights the Basilica of Santa Cruz, which is in the center of the city, an area where the Adorno Basilica Palace is also worth visiting. In this basilica you will see many relics from the Roman era and various statues. The truth is that any cathedral or church in the city is truly spectacular.
You can also visit the Cathedral Square, which was once a fortified citadel and which today is one of the most elegant areas of the city. Also interesting are the Vescovile Palace and the Seminary Palace, which are in that square and which perfectly represent the monumental work of the city. Nearby there is the Plaza San Oronzo, where there are remains of the Amphitheater and that in summer it houses several theatrical performances. In this square is the Carlos V Castle, one of the most beautiful places in the city.
Of course, you can't leave Lecce without trying some of their gastronomic delights, which like in any other corner of Italy are wonderful. The ingredients that stand out the most are vegetables, oils, bread and pasta. Among the pastas, it is worth trying the orecchiette or tagliatelle, their strengths. The most famous typical dishes with vegetables are the aubergine parmigiana or the taieddhra (potatoes, zucchini, onions, mussels and grated cheese).
As for sweets, you can't leave without trying a pasticciotto cream filling, a cotognata leccese, dried figs or the mostaccioli with a chocolate coating and a layer of grape and jam. Finally, the wines, among which the Aleatico, Copertino, Galatina, Nardò or Salento stand out.
A Day in Lecce (4K) / Italy Travel Vlog #224 / The Way We Saw It (April 2021)