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Lecce Castle - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Viale Felice Cavallotti, 73100 Lecce LE, Italy

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About Lecce Castle

The castle of Lecce is located near the city center, more precisely a little further east of it, near Piazza Sant'Oronzo. It was first built in the Middle Ages, and was strengthened by Charles V in 1539, to a design by the architect Gian Giacomo dell’Acaya. Although it has undergone several rebuilds over the centuries, the structure preserves its original trapezoidal base with four massive arrowhead bastions on each corner. An internal courtyard separates two concentric buildings.

Attractions Near Lecce Castle

Piazza Sant'Oronzo
Piazza Sant'Oronzo0.24km from Lecce Castle

The column of Sant'Oronzo, about 29 meters high, is located in piazza Sant'Oronzo in Lecce. On the top, it houses the statue of the patron saint made in Venice in 1739. The column was erected as a sign of gratitude to Sant'Oronzo, to whom the city attributed its preservation from the plague that spread in 1656 in the Kingdom of Naples. The monument was built using the collapsed drums of the marble stem of one of the two Roman columns that were placed at the end of the Via Appia in Brindisi.

Church of the Holy Cross
Church of the Holy Cross0.29km from Lecce Castle

The Basilica di Santa Croce is the main Franciscan church in Florence, Italy. It is a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church. The church is a gleaming riot of sculptural decoration that resembles a wedding cake. Lecce is called the "Florence of the south," and this church is the symbol of Lecce's Baroque splendor that earned it that name. One of the main pilgrimage centres in this area and a tourist attraction too.

Porto Cesareo
Porto Cesareo26km from Lecce Castle

Porto Cesareo is an Italian town of 6 194 inhabitants in the province of Lecce in Puglia. The tourist resort of Salento located on the Ionian coast of the Salento peninsula is 26.9 km from the provincial capital and is home to the Porto Cesareo Marine Protected Area and the Palude del Conte and Duna Costiera Regional Nature Reserve.

Isola dei Conigli
Isola dei Conigli26.82km from Lecce Castle

L ' Island of Rabbits is a Italian island belonging to ' archipelago of the Pelagie Islands, in Sicily. The islet, of 4.4 hectares, protected natural reserve, is located within a bay elected by TripAdvisor users, in the Travelers' Choice Awards, the most beautiful beach in the world in 2013, Europe and of Italy in 2014, 2015 and 2019.

Parco naturale regionale Porto Selvaggio e Palude del Capitano

The Porto Selvaggio and Palude del Capitano regional natural park is a protected natural area in Puglia located in the province of Lecce established by the regional law of 15 March 2006. It includes the area of ​​the equipped regional natural park of "Porto Selvaggio - Torre Uluzzo" and the marsh of the Captain. The coast is rocky and jagged and characterized by pine forests and Mediterranean scrub.

Alimini Lakes
Alimini Lakes28.59km from Lecce Castle

The Alimini lakes or Limini lakes are two Apulian lakes located north of the city of Otranto, in the province of Lecce. The two lakes are connected by a canal, called Lu Strittu . The name of the place derives from the ancient Greek and Byzantine name λίμνη, which translated into Italian means lake, swamp, or basin. It is almost completely surrounded by a rocky strip, richly covered by thick pine forests and Mediterranean scrub.

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Apulia is a region of Italy, located in the southern peninsular section of the country, bordering the Adriatic Sea to the east, the Ionian Sea to the southeast, and the Strait of Otranto and Gulf of Taranto to the south. The region comprises 19,345 square kilometers, and its population is about four million.