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Lecce is a beautiful historic city in Italy, located more exactly in the Apulia region, in the province of the same name. The history of Lecce goes back to the Greek times, when it wad founded by the Messapii. The city is over 2,000 years old. Lecce is also the most important city of the Salentine Peninsula, a sub-peninsula at the heel of the Italian Peninsula. According to the 2011 census, Lecce has a total population of 95,764 residents and spans on a total area of 154 square miles (398 sq km). Lecce features numerous Baroque buildings, which is why it is often nicknamed "The Florence of the South".
Top Attractions within Lecce
The Church of the Holy Cross (Chiesa di Santa Croce) is the most important religious site in Lecce. The construction started in 1353 but stopped in 1549. The church was not completed until 1695. The facade of the church is richly decorated with animals, vegetables and grotesque figures. Other religious sites worth visiting when in Lecce include the Lecce Cathedral, church of San Niccolo and Cataldo, the Celestines' Convent, the church of the Theatines, the church of San Matteo, and the church of San Francesco della Scarpa.
The Roman Amphitheater is one of the city's oldest ruins. The amphitheater was built in the 2nd century and had a seating capacity of 25,000 people. Many art and religious events are still being held here.
Orto Botanico di Lecce is a beautiful botanical garden operated by the University of Lecce. The garden is located at Via Provinciale Lecce-Monteroni. The garden was settled in 1814, but it saw a huge decline in 1866, therefore the need for a new garden was obvious. The new botanical garden was established in 1994.
Torre del Parco (Park Tower) is another representative symbol of Lecce. the tower was erected in the medieval times, in 1419 to be precise. Standing tall at over 23 meters, the tower provides a great panoramic view of the city and the surrounding area.