Located in Southern Italy, in the flattest part of Salento, Lecce is the capital of the province that bears the same name.
It is the greatest cultural centre in the Salentine Peninsula and is also home to a long-established university. Located in a densely built-up area, Lecce is 11 km from the Adriatic coast and 23 km from the Ionian coast.
According to a survey carried out by the municipality of Lecce in 2006, the area surrounding Lecce is inhabited by at least 430,000 people.
The main economic activities of the city are connected with agriculture, in particular wine and olive oil production and with the making of pottery.
Lecce is also the city where the Baroque art developed the most as the territory is rich in
“pietraleccese”, a malleable white limestone suitable for sculptures.
Lecce Baroque is well-known everywhere and the city is commonly nicknamed “The Florence of the South” or “The Athens of Puglia” due to the beauty of its monuments.