In the Puglia episode of the first season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy visits the heel of Italy’s boot and the world famous Baroque city of Lecce.
The Baroque city of Lecce has been called “the Florence of the South.” The historic center is constructed almost entirely from the same material – known as Lecce stone, or pietra leccese. This local limestone lends itself to use as both a structural and decorative material. And although the city’s history dates back to Roman times, Lecce’s city center was largely constructed in a 100-year burst of activity by its Spanish rulers in the mid-17th century. Lecce is very walkable to explore on your own or join a walking tour, such as those available through www.ilecce.com