Lecce, the baroque city par excellence, was chosen from over 5,000 cities worldwide for the beauty of its monuments and its historic centre and was inserted in the list of "Best in travel 2010 "by Lonely Planet as a city to visit in 2010 (the only Italian city).
The famous "Lecce stone", a limestone malleable that is easy to work with the chisel, did, in fact, in a succession of decades, give the city a beauty with precious friezes, capitals, pinnacles, rosettes on its monuments, its palaces, churches and also the Cathedral. That's why the city is called the Florence of the South
Lecce, one of the culturally riches and alive cities of the Mediterranean, offers its visitors a glimpse of history of rare beauty and particular value like the Amphitheatre and the Roman Theatre from the Augustan Age, the Tower of Belloluogo, an important example of architecture of military Angevin from the fourteenth century, the Castle of Charles V, Piazza Sant'Oronzo defined the elegant lounge of Lecce, the Cathedral with its 70 meters high bell tower, whose summit can see the Adriatic coas and in particularly clear days also the mountains of Albania, many buildings of great artistic value and the doors of the old city: the Triumph Arc (Porta Napoli), Porta Rudiae, Porta St. Biagio and Porta San Martino.
The city of Lecce also sponsors events of great cultural importance, such as the Fair of Cribs and Puppets, The Baroque Award and the European Film Festival.