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Lecce

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  • Day15

    Many towns later

    July 10 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Hey travel trackers, i think that’s the new group name? Over the past couple of days we’ve visited a couple of different towns they were all amazing!
    The first town we went to was famous for having small houses called trulies in english that translates to beehives. They are small hut like houses! We then visited a couple of small towns that I don’t remember the names of but they were beautiful! We Kinda just walked around enjoying all the beautiful scenery! One of The most recent towns we went to was known for there amazing ice cream and super crowded beaches. This town was on the coast and had a particularly busy beach, we were planing to go to it but decided it was to crowded. So we had lunch and got an ice cream which was AMAZING. We visited a town at night last night called mattera is was not very beautiful but had lots of history. We took a guided tour and explored all over the city. The city was in layers so the roof of your house could also be a footpath or road. To top it all off we had a delicious dinner! (Except for a pasta dish I ordered, let’s just say it’s the 2nd worst thing I’ve eaten🤮)。 Today we moved into a town called lecce we will now stay here for the rest of the holidays! We were sad to leave our amazing hotel near ostuni. But have really loved our experience so far in lecce. Shoutout to ILL masseria frantoio (thx for having us) and shoutout to Maddie and Lara looks like you guys are having amazing trips!
    Keep you posted!
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  • Day7

    Lecce

    June 18 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Die Stadt Lecce zählt zum Pflichtprogramm für Apulienreisende. Sie repräsentiert das apulische Barock wie keine andere.
    Unser Quartier liegt dieses Mal mitten im Zentrum, am Hauptplatz! Das ist einerseits super, andererseits Parkplatz-technisch suboptimal. Gleich beim ersten Versuch das Appartement zu finden, durchfahren wir die Fußgängerzone (sind zum Glück nicht die einzigen!). Unser Gastgeber ist bei der Parkplatzsuche auch nicht wirklich hilfreich. Unsere Whatsapp-Anfragen beantwort er ziemlich zeitverzögert. Letztlich finden wir einen Platz für unser Auto und beziehen das Appartement.
    Am Hauptplatz, der Piazza Sant' Oronzo, befinden sich die Überreste eines teilweise freigelegten römischen Amphietheathers sowie eine ursprünglich aus Bari stammende römische Säule, die den Stadtheiligen Sant' Oronzo trägt (sie ist allerdings wegen Renovierungsarbeiten verhüllt). Er ermöglichte der Legende nach die Abwehr eines osmanischen Angriffs auf die Region, weshalb die Stadt Bari Lecce, der Heimatstadt Oronzos, die römische Säule schenkte. Damals wie heute bildet der “Pietra leccese“, ein weicher Tuffstein, das wichtigste Baumaterial in der Altstadt. Dieser Stein ermöglichte die Entwicklung des speziellen, dekorativen Barockstils von Lecce. Viele der imposanten Palazzi sind noch durch alteingesessene Familien bewohnt.
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  • Day5

    Lovely Lecce

    April 5 in Italy ⋅ 🌬 14 °C

    The train ride from Bari to Lecce was uneventful and, in the grand Italian tradition, arrived thirty minutes late. Sadly, it seems the nasty weather we were experiencing over the last couple of days followed us southward.

    Once we left the train station, we found our way through the old town's winding streets to our B&B, despite the challenges Google Maps was experiencing. The narrow laneways lined with three and four storey buildings wreak havoc on a GPS signal. We often had to stop in an open piazza to let the app relocate our position.

    After checking in, we went out to have lunch at a little vegan cafe called Zenzero, where we ate some yummy dishes that offered a welcome change to all the dough and pasta we've been eating. Because of the rain, we didn't spend a lot of time wandering the streets, although our first impressions of the town make us anxious to see it in the sunlight.

    They call Lecce the pearl of Puglia and it's a well-deserved moniker. Every corner turned offers a view of another spectacular structure, be it a church, a palace, a castle or a piazza. The city abounds in history and, take away the electrical installations, one can see what it looked like here five or six hundred years ago.

    After our brief tour, we returned to our B&B to dry off, do a little internet research and choose a spot for dinner. Our first choice, Il Volo, didn't offer pizza, so we again braved the elements and walked through the wind and rain to La Romana where we had very good pizza and Moretti beer. This is a shop that caters mostly to take out orders and has only three small tables for those eating in. But boy, there sure was a lot of pizza going out that door. One fellow left with a stack of seven pizza boxes!

    After dinner, the rain had stopped, and we slowly walked back to our lodgings to wind down.

    Another day, another pizza!
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  • Day6

    Good Day, Sunshine

    April 6 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    We awoke Thursday morning to beautiful blue sunny skies, although there was still a bit of a chill in the air. After a very Italian breakfast of espresso and a nutella and pastry cream filled pastry, we headed out to explore Lecce's old city, armed with our smart phones that we loaded with tourist apps and wikipedia.

    As soon as you step outside in this city, you sense the long and diverse history of the place. Everywhere you look, there are churches, basilicas and cathedrals, some of whose construction dates back to the 16th century. Some of these buildings contain detail and artwork that is rivaled only by St-Peter's in Rome and Notre Dame in Paris. Frankly, while we were en route here, I commented to Brenda that I'm becoming a little tired of looking at all these churches, you've seen one, you've seen 'em all. It's almost like the big guy upstairs was listening in and decided to show me up. The churches here are nothing short of awe-inspiring. The kind of places where your jaw drops open as you stand beneath the central dome. Where you gape up in wonder at all the thousands of hours of work, the buckets of blood, sweat and tears, and the utter devotion that went into creating these masterpieces. I haven't posted many photos of the inside of these places of worship simply because pictures do not do them justice. However, I can't help but share one of the delightful cherubim I spotted in our visits.

    In the early 1900''s, excavation was being undertaken in a couple of areas in the city. While construction work was being started for the new Bank of Italy building, the remains of a Roman amphitheater saw the light of day and, under the guidance of archaeologist, Cosimo De Giorgi, excavation lasted until 1940.

    At present only a third of the entire structure has been uncovered. The church of Santa Maria della Grazia and the Piazza Sant'Oronzo were already in place when this discovery was made, so there was no way to uncover the rest without destroying two landmarks.

    This structure is believed to have seated 25,000 people. When looking down into it, particularly at the iron gates through which gladiators and beasts once passed, one can only wonder how much blood was spilled, how much pain and suffering was inflicted, all in the name of entertainment.

    In 1929, work in the gardens near the Roman Palace was halted when workers' shovels began hitting stone blocks. Under the supervision of architects, the digging continued until a 2000-year-old Roman theater was uncovered. It is estimated that the theater had a seating capacity of 5000. This structure would have hosted plays and musical events.

    We finished off our day eating yet another pizza at LoRe Pizzeria chased down with a Perroni beer. After all, we worked up quite an appetite absorbing all that history and culture.
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  • Day37

    Lecce

    April 10 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Nous voici arrivés aux Pouilles, et nous filons tout de suite vers le sud. Les stations balnéaires se suivent mais le temps nuageux empêche le bleu de l'Adriatique de se révéler.
    Première visite consacrée à Lecce, ville baroque que l'on appelle aussi la Florence du sud.
    Dans l'assiette aujourd'hui nous goûtons la burrata, mozarella au cœur crémeux originaire de la région. C'est tous simplement délicieux.Read more

  • Day13

    Lecce

    June 12, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Eine grossartige Stadt! Bei 35°C war nur eine kurze Stippvisite drin, die Straßen waren den Temperaturen entsprechend menschenleer. (Bis auf ein paar bescheuerte Touris 😁), aber ich kann mir vorstellen, bei Einbruch der Dunkelheit pulsiert hier das Leben.

  • Day181

    Lecce

    March 3, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Exploring the amazing architecture of Lecce. How better than to stay with a local! Our beautiful airbnb with Cinzia in the heart of the old town next to the Duomo. 💕

  • Day13

    Otranto to Lecce

    September 16 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Fig and yoghurt for breakfast while speaking french to Chloe and her husband from Warsaw.
    Once again bus service worked well except for the nutter passenger who insisted I sit in my allocated Seat 3 despite bus being largely empty. He took exception to my bag with tables in the bus it was difficult to manoevre round. A young dutch guy found the situation amusing also.
    Easy walk to Casa Q B&B owned by Antonio Quarta and nice room also. Explored the pristine baroque streets around the Duomo, the magnificent Santa Croce and other churches. Had lunch of polpette (pastry in shape of chicken) and lemon granita with english girls from Southhampton. Then to the private Museo Faggiano. So refreshing as I met the father whi bought the house to set up a trattoria to work with his sons but a humidity problem led him to dig for the sewerage pipes but instead he discovered layer upon layer of roman history.
    Back to Alvino to try Amare from Salento. Noticing a lot of brightly clothed africans in the streets and also as waiters.
    Beegosta Fiano - yum
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  • Day6

    DIY Nightmare or DIY Dream?

    April 6 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    In 1971, Luciano Faggiano purchased a building in the old city with the intent of opening his own trattoria. Shortly into the project he discovered water continuously appearing on the floor of the building.

    In order to fix what he assumed was a broken pipe, he enlisted the help of his son and began breaking through the stone floor. Much to his surprise, beneath the floor, he found an ancient sub floor and evidence of additional windows into the region’s long history.

    After seven years of digging and the involvement of archeological experts, Luciano uncovered an underground world dating back before the birth of Jesus, with many rooms, cisterns, escape tunnels, Messapian tombs, a Roman granary, a Franciscan chapel and even etchings from the Knights Templar. More than five thousand artifacts were uncovered during the excavation, the best of which are now housed in a nearby museum.

    Rather than open a trattoria, Luciano converted the building to a truly fascinating museum that allows visitors to descend into the ancient structures and see first hand where these treasures were found. Our visit there was probably the highlight of our stay in Lecce (with the possible exception of the gelato).

    So fascinating is the story that no less that the New York Times published an article on the museum: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/15/world/europe/centuries-of-italian-history-are-unearthed-in-quest-to-fix-toilet.html

    Since I am limited to posting only six photos on this blog, here is a link to the museum’s photo gallery: http://www.museofaggiano.it/en/photo-gallery/

    Luciano still hasn’t opened his trattoria, but plans are in the works.

    Oh yeah, in 2008, he finally located and repaired the broken pipe.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Lecce, ليتشي, Лече, Λέτσε, لچه, לצה, Լեչե, LCC, レッチェ, ლეჩე, Лечче, 레체, Lupiae, Lečė, Lece, لیچی, लेत्चे, Lecci, Lungsod ng Lecce, لیچہ, 壢車, 萊切

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