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Lecce is the jewel of Apulia, “The Florence of the South,” and the main metropolis of the Salentine Peninsula at the heel of Italy’s boot. The city is more than 2,000 years old, but is perhaps best-known for its distinctive 17th-century barocco leccese architecture: Expect gargoyles, gremlins, and ornate columns. Be sure to see the historic town center and the fantastical facade of the Basilica di Santa Croce. Come for the architecture, stay for a day or two, and use this town as a base to explore the Adriatic and Ionian coasts of Salento.
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