A short hop from the picturesque Otranto-Brindisi coastline and olive grove landscapes of rural Puglia, Lecce is famous for its signature Baroque architecture, Barocco Leccese. The city has captured the hearts of artists, poets and romantics with its magnificent seascapes and creamy-white limestone streetscapes, fashioned into opulent statues, fountains, churches and homes. Book a walking tour of this very special city, dipping down side streets to find chic shops, buzzing restaurants, laid-back bars and architectural gems - it's a real feast for the eyes! Indeed, Lecce oozes ambience and charm, making it a perfect choice for any romantic Italian escape.
Exclusive outings include boat tours, horse rides along the beach and visits to wineries and olive groves. - the latter is a fantastic opportunity to sample the region's top tipples and culinary essentials. If you're holidaying in August or September, consider a grape harvest tour, while in October and November, it's time to pick olives and you can soak up the culture of typical village life by helping families gather their crops. La Fiermontina also organises cookery classes for small groups of like-minded visitors keen to learn the tricks of traditional Pugliese cuisine. Classes are run by local ladies who have a passion for food and offer hands-on tuition.
Culture & History
Lecce is stuffed with Baroque beauties - churches, palaces, fountains, sculptures and statues of angels, saints, dragons and other mythological creatures - historical structures with intricate detailing, the kind that make you gawp for their design and diversity. It's a magical city appearing more and more on well-heeled travellers' itineraries and while here, you shouldn't miss seeing Piazza Sant'Oronzo, reflecting the heart of city life or the Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta, impressively positioned on a grand piazza and beautifully lit-up at night. Another fine example is Palazzo della Prefettura, its fancy façade a mass of sculptures and columns.