Brindisi Airport - Brindisi - Lecce

Brindisi Airport - Brindisi - Lecce

Apulia
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45.9 Km

Within half an hour from Brindisi Airport you can reach Lecce, the capital of the Salento and of the local Baroque architecture. On the way you cross the Negroamaro Park, a social, economic and cultural park that includes 26 municipalities in the Central Salento peninsula, in the provinces of Lecce and Brindisi. Arriving in Lecce, the place from which to start your tour is the Basilica di Santa Croce church, an amazing example of the peculiar architectural style known as Lecce Baroque, in which most of the city's churches and palaces are built.

 

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Brindisi-Casale Airport

Brindisi

Brindisi-Casale Airport

The city of Brindisi, with its port and airport, is the gateway to a vast area of the region of Puglia and the Salento peninsula.

Brindisi-Papola Casale Airport, aka Salento Airport, is an airport serving Brindisi and the Salento area and is located at about 6km from the town centre and at about 35km from Lecce.

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Brindisi

Brindisi

Brindisi

Brindisi claims its spot along Apulia's Adriatic Coast, offering a deep, natural port that meets the Aragonese Castle, a "sea fort" constructed in 1491. Not one, but two castles defend the city, the second of which is the Swabian castello grande commissioned by the one and only Frederick II. Then, the city center is home to the De Cateniano Portico of the Knights Templar, the Provincial Archaeological Museum, the loggia of Palazzo Balsamo and the Diocesan Museum.

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44.9 Km

Basilica of Santa Croce - Lecce

Lecce

Basilica of Santa Croce - Lecce

In the heart of the historic city centre of Lecce rises the Basilica of Santa Croce, which, together with the attached convent of the Celestine monks, is the most beautiful example of the so-called Lecce Baroque, a style of art and architecture that flourished especially in Lecce and the Salento, between the 16th and 18th centuries.
Influenced by Spanish art, the key characteristic of this art style is the lavish and abundant use of decoration and ornamentation of the buildings.
The church of Santa Croce, in fact, still strikes the imagination of modern-day visitors for the profuse outpouring of floral and mythological motifs on its complex facade, highlighted by the golden hues of the local limestone, intricately carved by the skilled stone cutters. The church was built over a span of two centuries on a plot of land seized from the local Jewish community. Today it is considered one of the architectural marvels of Lecce and visitors cannot help appreciating the interior as well, with its characteristic organ. 

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Lecce: Historic Center (EXPO AND REGIONS)

Lecce

Lecce: Historic Center (EXPO AND REGIONS)

Lecce is a Baroque city, and it shows: its architecture is rich and exuberant, a legacy bequeathed from the creativity of Lecce's master stonecutters, who used Lecce stone, a type of limestone known locally as the "poor man's marble". The artistic and architectonic heritage of this city are vast, and decorate its palazzi, churches and streets to make for an authentic, joyful, open-air cultural experience.

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45.9 Km

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