The Streets of Lecce, Italy

Roman ruins in Lecce, Italy

The Streets of Lecce, Italy

Arriving to Lecce well after midnight, we couldn’t recognize its real charm until the following day, but even in the glow of lights, we could tell there was something special about this place. Having arrived for a wedding, there wasn’t much time to spend exploring, but since none of my family had experienced Italy’s Southern region, it was important for us to try see as much as we could, even with limited time.

The streets of Lecce, Italy are full of history, and there’s much to uncover within its narrow passageways. But, rain and a busy schedule prevented us from really exploring much of what the city had to offer. On our walk to the wedding, we were afforded some views, and our bed and breakfast gave us the best view in town. We were able to see the beauty of the Roman Ruins from our balcony, but there was so much more to see.

Roman ruins in Lecce, Italy

The morning after the wedding, we were all left feeling exhausted, but after brunch and some good-byes, my brother and I wanted to see what we could of the city before we had to make our way to the airport. We ventured out in the rain, but luckily, as we walked, it began to clear up, and we were able to see the quaint beauty of the city as the clouds dissipated to reveal blue skies.

Streets of Lecce, Italy

Duomo on the streets of Lecce, Italy

Streets of Lecce, Italy

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Doorway

City gate

Duomo statue

It wouldn't be a walk without gelato!

As it was my last real experience left in Italy, I suggested we end our stroll with gelato, of course, no one protested. My stay in Lecce was way too short, as I needed to return home for work, but next time I plan on staying longer and further exploring the streets and the surrounding area. From what I saw, it’s probably my favorite place in Italy.

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Comments (17)

  1. Adrienne @ AdrienneAway

    I’ve never even heard of Lecce, but it looks amazing!

    1. The World Wanderer

      It’s a great little spot, and pretty far from the tourist traps. 🙂

  2. Tim

    What a gorgeous quintessential Italian town. And who can pass up a handmade gelato at the end of day of walking on cobblestones.

    1. The World Wanderer

      It was so easy to fall in love with. 🙂

  3. Eileen

    One place I really want to return to.

  4. the lazy travelers

    literally had zero expectations for lecce, and i was blown away! i wish we had been able to experience a night out in town, but it’s just one more reason i need to return to puglia 🙂 xo! ashley

  5. Francesca (@WorkMomTravels)

    Well, yeah, of course you need to have gelato in Italy! Just ask Bonjour, Amigo! 😉

    Puglia seems to be a real hot-spot in Italy these days. Good thing you got to see Lecce before it gets way too crowded. Great photos!

  6. Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    This type of post makes me want to run back to Italy!!!!

  7. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    I love Italy but you know, I’d never even heard of Leece till seeing this post! It looks so beautiful and I agree completely that one final gelato should be everyone last gelato 🙂

  8. Clementine Buttercup

    I love that Italy is so steeped in history….and gelato!

  9. Pola (Jetting Around)

    Maybe you didn’t spend much time there, but it counts with all the gelato and walking around pretty streets. Right? 🙂 I haven’t explored southern Italy, would love to of course.

    P.S. Love your scarf!

  10. Dale

    I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited Lecce three or four times now and it’s as fantastic as you’ve pictured. Love spending a quite weekend there.

  11. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer

    I like the look of that small town. It looks very empty!

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  13. Susan Nelson

    My former co-worker’s last name was Lecce, so when I was in Italy I visited the city just for her. I, too, was blown away by the beauty, architecture, ruins, and the food. We stopped at a cafe run by 3 young adults. They kept bringing us their little specialties to taste and refused to charge us anything. Of course, we couldn’t let that happen. They graced our good-bye’s with big smiles. A wonderful experience.

    1. The World Wanderer

      I’m so glad you had a similar experience! It really is such a great little find, and I’m so glad I had a wedding there, otherwise it may have taken me time to get there. Seems like you were lucky to get there too! Shall we go back together? 😉

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