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    Described as the “hidden pearl of Italy,” Lecce is a beautiful old aristocratic city. The delicately carved facades of its churches gracefully reach toward a brilliant blue sky, their profiles accented by tufts of green palms waving in the wind. Known for its fanciful ornate architecture, the city's unique character was created over a 200 year period beginning in the 1500's when, after overcoming years of plague, slaughter and poverty under Aragonese rule, the city burst into a creative flowering of art and architecture known as the Lecce Baroque.

    It was a period of prosperity, creativity and optimism. And the mood of the time was reflected in its fanciful, fun art. Sculptors carved imaginative designs involving gargoyles, winged horses, flowers, animals, humans, gods, grape vines, and lots of curlicues. They wielded painting, sculpture and architecture to create “spectacular visual effects”6. Their enthusiasm spilled over from church facades to other areas. They decorated everything. Altars, balconies, porticoes, windows, and columns all became canvases for the people's creative expression.7

    Lecce's baroque was different from that which took hold of Rome. Lecce's style is not as “heavy and monumental”8 as the Roman style can be, but lighter, more fanciful and fun. The overall effect is not of dizzying ornamentation, but, rather, of majestic beauty.

    Lecce's artists also worked with a special material that may never have been seen in the north. The city's local stone, pietra leccese, is a honey colored limestone so soft it can be “carved with a penknife,” but is made hard and durable through an unusual process. The finished stone is “soaked in a fluid containing whole milk [which] reduce[s] its porosity [and makes] the surface hard and compact.” This helps it resist rain and humidity as well as chips and scratches.

    This special stone enabled Lecce's artists to carve unusually detailed works from a single stone and its man-made durability has helped those works remain very well preserved today. At night the stone glows a golden yellow. Lecce, called “Florence of the South” by the Italians, is a true artistic gem.
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    • Baronial Palace, Monteroni
      7.24 Km from Lecce
      The Baronial Palace is a historical edifice in Monteroni di Lecce, Apulia, southern Italy. One of the largest baronial palaces in the province of Lecce, it was originally a "castrum" (Latin for fortress), built by the feudal lords Montoroni. In the 16th century it was significantly enlarged, while in the following century it was transformed into the current aristocratic residence. The palace is built in two floors, the upper floor being the aristocratic residence ("piano nobile&qu...
    • Teatro Verdi (Brindisi)
      37.43 Km from Lecce
      The Theatre Nuovo Teatro Giuseppe Verdi of Brindisi, Italy was inaugurated on December 20, 2006 after a long bureaucratic process. Originally opened in the seventies, the theatre has been reopened three times, but after the first two times was then declared impassable because of inadequate internal infrastructure. In December 2006 it was finally opened with a grand concert conducted by Riccardo Muti.

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    Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
    Jan 8.3 75.7 46.9 29.8
    Feb 8.7 58.4 47.7 23
    Mar 11 57.2 51.8 22.5
    Apr 14 38 57.2 15
    May 18.1 25.9 64.6 10.2
    Jun 22.8 30.1 73 11.9
    Jul 25.9 7.5 78.6 3
    Aug 25.4 16.5 77.7 6.5
    Sep 22.4 44.5 72.3 17.5
    Oct 18.4 75.6 65.1 29.8
    Nov 14 104.5 57.2 41.1
    Dec 10.2 99.5 50.4 39.2

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