Lecce – “Florence of the South”

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Lecce is a superlative city. It is famed for its baroque architecture sculpted out of ochre sandstone with a unique hue. The facades of the many churches portray gargoyles, asparagus tips and all sorts of flora and fauna both living, extinct and imaginary.

Of course you can’t always get to see these buildings at their best. The Basilicia di Santa Croce was covered in scaffolding and grey skies and downpours of rain stopped us getting many good shots of other buildings.

We are living right in the centre of Lecce in a rooftop terrace flat above an ancient and crumbling palazzo. Impossible to get the car here, so it involved a long lug of our bags from a remote car park beyond the city walls. But worth the experience to eat breakfast on the terrace with terracotta rooftops and dreaming spires all around.

The photo of the female statue below is made of papier-mâché, one of the industries for which Lecce is famed.

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