LECCE – Day Three

IMG_2105IMG_2107IMG_2114IMG_2115Part of what makes Lecce such a beautiful city is the fact that a particular type of stone was used for the building of most of its Baroque buildings and monuments.  This stone, Pietra Leccese, is actually mined  in quarries close to the city.  It’s a very soft stone, that hardens with time, and so is easy to carve into different shapes.  IMG_2122On one of the small streets that head north from Piazza Sant’ Oronzo is a very unique antique shop.  Actually, it’s more like a mall of different antique vendors.  IMG_2128IMG_2132IMG_2136IMG_2140IMG_2147IMG_2151IMG_2155IMG_2156It must be nice to be able to leave your things outside to dry, right in the middle of the street, and not worry about them being taken!  IMG_2157IMG_2161Palazzo Gorgoni has a beautiful balcony with three arches.  The palazzo is now a B&B.  IMG_2162IMG_2166IMG_2163IMG_2172IMG_2184IMG_2192IMG_2193IMG_2194IMG_2196IMG_2204IMG_2205IMG_2206IMG_2213I found the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, built by Gabriele Riccardi in the sixteenth-century, to be very beautiful.  Although it was closed to visitors while I was there, the exterior of the building mesmerized me.  IMG_2215IMG_2218IMG_2219La Fiermontina is a luxury resort in the center of the city, which has 16 rooms and offers a beautiful garden, with a swimming pool.  IMG_2231IMG_2227IMG_2228IMG_2235IMG_2237MUST – or the Museo Storico Citta di Lecce, is a nice way to pass an hour or so.  I found the name of the place to be a tiny bit deceiving though, as it is mainly filled with modern art, or at least it was when we visited.  IMG_2238IMG_2242IMG_2246IMG_2249IMG_2250IMG_2262