Practical information

 

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. 

 

BY AIR

 

SALENTO AIRPORT (BRINDISI)

 

From Salento Airport (Brindisi) to Lecce:

- Airport shuttle to Lecce (recommended).Timetables at:

:http://www.aeroportidipuglia.it/default.asp?idcontenuto=387
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

 

partenza arrivo
05.35   06.10
07.30  08.10
10.00 10.40
10.55 11.35
12.25 13.05
13.50 14.30(*)
15.50 16.30
17.55 18.35 (*)
20.15 20.55 (*)

                                         

 

BRINDISI  AEROPORTO  -->  LECCE (L.go C. Bene)

 

partenza arrivo
06.30 07.10
09.00 09.40
11.20 12.00
12.45 13.25
13.45 14.25
15.00 15.40(*)
17.00 17.40
19.05 19.45 (*)
23.15 23.55 (*)

 

 

TICKET ON BOARD € 6,00

INFO: 0832-256124

 

 

- Frequent bus service to Brindisi train station + train to Lecce
Train timetables at:
http://www.ferroviedellostato.it/homepage_en.html

- Crusiviaggi service: private bus service to Lecce and surrounding area. Prices in the 20-30 euro range. Reservation required. Contacts: Crusiviaggi

 

 

 

 

 

BY AIR

 

BARI AIRPORT

From Bari Airport to Lecce:

- Frequent bus service to Bari train station + train to Lecce
Train timetables at:
http://www.ferroviedellostato.it/homepage_en.html

- PugliaAirbus shuttle to Brindisi airport + airport shuttle Brindisi-Lecce (http://www.aeroportidipuglia.it/default.asp?idcontenuto=387)

or Crusiviaggi

 

 

BY TRAIN

 

EUROSTAR AV, EUROSTAR CITY, INTERCITY. TRENITALIA

 


Lecce may be reached by national train (www.trenitalia.com), connections provide easy links between Lecce/Brindisi. High-speed trains include Eurostar (from Milan, Rome and Torino).

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.

 

Duomo

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

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.

 


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