Posted on October 12, 2013

Best of Italy: Lecce, the Florence of the South

Italy/ Romantique/ Travel
I am wearing a floral Max Mara dress and Moschino cross body bag. Sandals from Attilio Giusti Leombruni

I am wearing a floral Max Mara dress and Moschino cross body bag. Sandals from Attilio Giusti Leombruni

The opulent artistic style of the Baroque is my favourite  architecture: Romantic cherubs, minutely detailed facades and domes that create emotion and drama. For my wedding, I chose a 1700s baroque Roccoco venue in Berlin and it was only natural to book our honeymoon to Rome, where the baroque architecture started, follwed by a lazy beach holiday in Puglia and a day trip to nearby Lecce.

Lecce is the only city tourist destination south of Naples. Known as the “Florence of the South” or “Little Rome”, the historic town is a feast for the eyes, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. Floral pattern and  mythological figures adorn the ornate buildings. Our Italian landlord recommended we visit at night when the town is lit up. A magical time to go there and stroll in the picturesque alleyways and marvel at the wonderfully over-the-top-facades of the Santa de Croce Church.

As if this is not enough, Lecce also boasts a Roman amphitheatre and theatre  in the middle of the centro storico.

Basiliica of St Giovanni Battista in Lecce

Basiliica of St Giovanni Battista in Lecce

Mr romantique strolling along the alleyways

Mr Romantique strolling along the alleyways

Lecce's ruins of a Roman amphitheatre

Lecce’s ruins of a Roman amphitheatre

Entrance to Lecce's centro storico

Entrance to Lecce’s centro storico

Remember Dolce and Gabbana's wonderfully baroque AW 2012 collection? Inspired by the opulent churches and the baroque if Italy

Remember Dolce and Gabbana’s wonderfully baroque AW 2012 collection? Inspired by the opulent churches and the baroque if Italy

Alleyway Lecce Italy

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