How to get to Lecce
Lecce can be easily reached by plane, train, or car.
The closest airports are those of Brindisi (only 30 minutes away) and Bari. Both airports are connected to all major towns in Europe and Italy and served by national as well as low-cost carriers, including Ryanair
Fly to Brindisi or Bari
Please visit the following links for a visual list of all direct routes and carriers:
Brindisi - Bari.
Car rental services are available at the airport and in town.
From Salento Airport (Brindisi) to Lecce:
- Airport shuttle to Lecce (recommended).Timetables at:
Buses arrive at Airport City Terminal in Lecce .
AUTOLINEA REGIONALE COTRAP Soc. SITA SUD
BRINDISI (aeroporto) - LECCE (L.go C. Bene)
Tempo di percorrenza: 40 / 45 minuti
Tabella orari: giornalieri in vigore da 01 settembre 2011
LECCE (L.go C. Bene) --> BRINDISI AEROPORTO
BRINDISI AEROPORTO --> LECCE (L.go C. Bene)
TICKET ON BOARD € 6,00
- Frequent bus service to Brindisi train station + train to Lecce
Train timetables at:
- Crusiviaggi service: private bus service to Lecce and surrounding area. Prices in the 20-30 euro range. Reservation required. Contacts: Crusiviaggi.
From Bari Airport to Lecce:
- Frequent bus service to Bari train station + train to Lecce
Train timetables at:
- PugliaAirbus shuttle to Brindisi airport + airport shuttle Brindisi-Lecce (http://www.aeroportidipuglia.it/default.asp?idcontenuto=387)
EUROSTAR AV, EUROSTAR CITY, INTERCITY. TRENITALIA
For more information about ticket prices and timetables for both national and international trains go to www.trenitalia.com.
What should you see while you are in Lecce
Chiesa di Santa Croce
This is the most important church in Lecce. It was begun in 1353 and completed only in 1695. It has a richly decorated façade with animals, grotesque figures and vegetables, and a large rose window. Next to the church is the Government Palace, a former convent.
The Duomo is one of the most significant in all Italy. It was originally built in 1144, and rebuilt in 1230. It was totally restored in the years 1659-70 by Giuseppe Zimbalo, who also built the 70 metres high bell tower.
Chiesa di San Niccolò e Cataldo
The church of San Niccolò and Cataldo is a nice example of Italo-Norman architecture. It was founded by Tancred of Sicily in 1180. In 1716 the façade was rebuilt, with the addition of numerous statues, but maintaining the fine original portal. The interior has a nave and two aisles, with ogival arcades and a dome in the centre of the nave. The frescoes on the walls are from the 15th-17th centuries.
The Roman Amphitheatre
Built in the 2nd century and situated near Sant'Oronzo Square, this amphitheatrte could seat more than 25,000 people. It is now half-buried because other monuments were built above it over the centuries.
The column of Saint Oronzo
The column of Saint Oronzo (Lecce's patron) was given to Lecce by the city of Brindisi, because Saint Oronzo was reputed to have cured the plague in Brindisi. The column was one of a pair that marked the end of the Appian Way, the main road between Rome and southern Italy.
Torre del Parco
Torre del Parco ("Park Tower") is one of the medieval symbols of Lecce. It was erected in 1419. The tower, standing at more than 23 meters, is surrounded by a ditch in which bears (araldic symbol of the Orsini del Balzo) were reared. The whole complex was the seat of Orsini's tribunal and of a mint, and after Giovanni Antonio's death, it became a residence for the Spanish viceroys.
The Castle of Charles V was built in 1539-49 by Gian Giacomo dell'Acaja. It has a trapezoidal plan with angular bastions. It is attached to the Politeama Greco Opera House, inaugurated on November 15, 1884.
The Arco di Trionfo
The Arco di Trionfo, commonly called Porta Napoli, erected in 1548 in honor of Charles V. It replaced an older gate, Porta S. Giusto, which, according the tradition, lied over the tomb of the namesake saint.