What to do in Lecce?
Lecce, city of the Sun, the Sea and the Wind, hides in its streets traces of the past, revealing the richness of the Baroque period in its squares and palaces. Its historical relevance has allowed it to be nominated for European Capital of Culture 2019. Its breathtaking artistic beauty makes it one of the cities to visit.
Lecce: places to visit
Palazzo Sant’Anna is wedged between the lanes of the historic center and, just a few minutes' walk from the hotel, you can visit the most evocative places in Lecce. The access to the historic center closest to Palazzo Sant’Anna is Porta Rudiae, of medieval origin and rebuilt in 1700.
Moving towards the center, you immediately come across the majestic Piazza del Duomo and the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta from which the 72 meter high bell tower stands. A few more steps in Via Vittorio Emanuele II and you reach Piazza Sant'Oronzo: the real center of Lecce where the nightlife is concentrated and where you can observe and visit the Column of Sant'Oronzo, the Roman Amphitheater, the Palazzo del Seggio , the church of San Marco and Santa Maria delle Grazie.
Via Templari connects Piazza Sant’Oronzo and the Basilica of Santa Croce: the result of the contamination of the Renaissance and Baroque style, the maximum expression of which is evident in the rose window and in the other architectural elements that make up the facade. The next destinations? The Castle of Lecce - a fortress built by Charles V in the 16th century - and the Villa Comunale, the Giuseppe Garibaldi public gardens, a meeting point for the people of Lecce and a place not to be missed for the guests of Palazzo Sant’Anna.