Lecce - Italy

Ancient Lecce is a city in the Puglia (Apulia) region of southeastern Italy and features many many superb Baroque buildings, sculpted in a golden sandstone known as "pietra di Lecce". It lies on the "heel" of Italy, east of Taranto. Possibly built on the site of the ancient Roman town of Lupiae, Lecce was ruled by Byzantines, Lombards, Saracens. Normans and Naples. Historical sites include an underground burial chamber of the 4th century BC and a Roman amphitheatre. Lecce flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries and has many examples of Apulian Baroque architecture - the Basilica of Santa Croce, the Church of SS. Niccolo e Cataldo , the bishop's palace, the seminary, and the Palazzo della Prefettura, housing the provincial museum.