Lecce is the capital of the Salento because of its geographical position in a the region looks out over both the Ionic and Adriatic Seas. Known as "the Florence of Baroque", Lecce has a wealth of architectural monuments in Baroque style, with gargles, portals and monuments made from Pietra Leccese, an easily crafted gold colored stone.
There are number of sites which will interest art enthusiasts, such as the Church of St Croce, Piazza St Oronzo, the Column of St Oronzo, Porta Napoli, Lecce Cathedral, the Mazzini district. Then there is the Roman Amphitheatre, The Greek Amphitheatre, the Obelisk, Palazzo Celestini, Palazzo Carafa, the Church of St Matteo, the Carlo V Castle, the Teatini Church, Piazza Duomo.
The unusual red colored soil, typical of this area, can be seen in the surrounding countryside. The cultural life of the city encompasses all fields from music to theatr, not to mention the numerous activities of the University. Lecce offers visitors the chance to glimpse ancient history in a dynamic modern context.