Our best tourist guides will accompany you during a passionate tour through the historic center, full of history, traditions, anecdotes and culinary experiences. This walking tour will let you know the papier-mâché tradition thanks to a visit in a local craft workshop.
Start the tour at Piazza del Duomo, to begin than with the guide the walking in the marvelous city of Lecce, where you will know more about the history by passing through St. Irene Church that was built between 1591 and 1639 for the Theatines and dedicated to the city’s patron saint.The walk will continue to the St.Oronzo Square, the largest square within the city walls, the happening center of Lecce and the site of the Roman Amphitheater ruins.
The tour continue to the Church of the Holy Cross, is a Baroque style completed in 1695.The church has a richly decorated façade, with six smooth columns supporting an entablature, with animals, grotesque figures and vegetables, and has a large rose window. Not to miss the the Celestine Palace, that was built during different period of times, oldest part of the construction dates is back in the first half of the XIV century.
Walk back in the history with the guide visiting the St. Chiara Church, a very famous church and admired in Lecce for its baroque style and the The ceiling is 18th-century Leccese cartapesta (papier-mâché) masquerading as wood. And how can we not visit in the heart of Lecce The Roman Theatre, build back in the 2nd century AD, it was forgotten for a long time, covered by gardens and palaces and absorbed by the 18th century. A real historical and cultural gem in the heart of the city. Known for the baroque style and architecture is the St. Matteo Church, one of the nicest churches knows by locals as the Santa Maria della Luce.
Walking in the history, the guide will take to the southernmost of the three gates to the old center of Lecce, dedicated to San Biagio, bishop of Sebaste in Armenia in the 4th century. It is located near Piazza d'Italia. You will taste the “pasticciotto leccese” and having a good cup of Italian coffee in one of the best bars of the town.
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