Exploring the world, ok, Europe for now, is one of my passions. When I have the chance, I don’t hesitate to book a flight and organize a nice trip to discover a new place.
This June, we decided to go to the South of Italy, and I dare say have chosen the right moment because at the same time Paris was literally under the water.
Our trip started with a stop in Lecce. Compared to Florence, Lecce is known for its baroque art monuments. The city is small and with its charm, this is the perfect place to have a rest but also perfect holidays.
You can start discovering the city with a visit to the historic center where you can see all the typical white buildings but also the Church of the Holy Cross or most known as the Basilica Santa Croce. This is the best example of the “il Barocco leccese“. It was rebuilt in 1548 by the architect Gabriele Ricardi.
Going down to the beautiful streets of Lecce, you will arrive at the Piazza del Duomo, where you can visit “Il Duomo di Lecce”, the main cathedral in Lecce, dedicated to Maria Santissima Assunta or to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven. Built in 1144, it was rebuilt several years later, in 1230.
Another must-see of the city is the “Anfiteatro Romano”. Built in the IInd century after JC, today this Amphitheater is a real pleasure for the eyes.
Where to eat
South of Italy offers a multitude of traditional plates, fresh fish, meat, and of course the Italian pizza. You just can not leave the city without eating at least once the delicious Italian pizza. La Perla is one of the places where you can try different pizza and pasta. If you are a “carnivore”, you should go to Il Bacaro steak house. Big steak with seasonal vegetables, chicken or sea fruits are just some of the pleasures you can try here.
When we say Italy, we often think about Italian ice-cream. One of the best desserts you can have there, or just an afternoon snack. In Martinucci, near the Amphitheater, you can have more than 20 tastes including Italian mille-feuilles, Straciatella thaï or have a frozen cheesecake or any other Italian sweet. If you are interested in having just an ice-cream, at 11pm, you can have it at the gelateria Fior di gelato.