Eating in Lecce, Italy: Traditional to Fast Food

It took us some time to understand the typical hours of eating in Lecce, Italy and, while our first impressions of typical Lecce cuisine still stand, once we really got it figured out we were introduced to an abundance of dining options.… Read the rest

9 Bars in Lecce, Italy: Beer, Wine and Cocktails

We didn’t have high expectations for the bars in Lecce, Italy. It is a small, historic town that markets its architecture more than its nightlife. Being in the middle of a lesser-known wine region, we knew wine would be flowing, but we weren’t sure what we would find in the way of craft beer and cocktails.… Read the rest

Day trip to Gallipoli, Italy: A walking tour to 10 sights

The last three cities we’ve stayed in have been landlocked (Seville, Madrid and Lecce) and it had been far too long since we’ve seen the sea. From Lecce, the Ionian and Adriatic Seas are just a short (and inexpensive) one hour train ride away, so we headed west to the Ionian Sea for a day trip to Gallipoli, Italy.… Read the rest

Museo della Cartapesta in Lecce, Italy

Located inside the Charles V Castle, the Museo della Cartapesta, or Paper Mache Museum, celebrates the historic connection between the art form and Lecce. In the 18th century, many of the paper mache masters called Lecce home and took on students to teach the required skills.… Read the rest

Lecce’s Castello di Carlo V

In the 1540s, under the direction of Charles V, the Lecce Castle was built, simultaneously incorporating and destroying the previous Norman castle that dated back to the year 1137. Lecce’s Castello di Carlo V is designed as two separate rectangular shaped buildings, one essentially ‘inside’ of the other for fortification.… Read the rest

Center of Lecce, Italy: Sant’Oronzo Square and Roman Amphitheater

The largest square within the city walls, Piazza Sant’Oronzo, is the happening center of Lecce, Italy – and the site of the Roman Amphitheater ruins. We’ve witnessed the square host a variety of activities, including a traveling circus, street performers, a Christmas light show and an extravagant Nativity scene, which includes several small stone houses and planted trees.… Read the rest

Piazza del Duomo in Lecce, Italy

The historic Piazza del Duomo in Lecce, Italy is the religious center of the town. The piazza is home to some of the most ornately decorated Baroque buildings in Lecce: the Duomo Cathedral, the Bishop’s Palace, the Seminary and the soaring bell tower.… Read the rest

Daily life in Lecce, Italy

Being in Lecce, Italy feels a little like stepping back in time; a time before commercialism and tourist demands took priority over lifestyle. The daily life in Lecce, Italy is regimented by ‘the way things have always been done.’ After recently visiting the bigger, more international cities of Lisbon, Barcelona and Madrid, the seemingly small town of Lecce, home to less than 100,000 residents, retains an authentic traditional atmosphere within the old city walls.… Read the rest