The city of Lecce is the capital of the synonymous province. It has gained the definition of Florence of the South because of the various buildings in baroque style, built by using the yellow local sandstone. Lecce was, compared to Brindisi and Otranto, a city of lower importance as it has no direct sea access.

Otranto, on the other hand, was a lively melting pot and an important commercial connection to the Orient because of its harbour. Today, Lecce is, although provincial, a nice and prosperous city. With its university, the local handicraft and its picturesque town centre, it is definitely worth a visit.

31.03.2005 / Translated from italian by Giorgia Guarini

Image: Porta San Biagio, Lecce