Lecce is a historic city of 93,300 habitants (2013) in southern Italy, the capital of the province of Lecce, the second province in the region by population, as well as one of the most important cities of Apulia. It is the main city of the Salentine Peninsula, a sub-peninsula at the heel of the Italian Peninsula and is over 2,000 years old.
Because of the rich Baroque architectural monuments found in the city, Lecce is commonly nicknamed "The Florence of the South".The city also has a long traditional affinity with Greek culture going back to its foundation; the Messapii who founded the city are said to have been Cretans in Greek records.To this day, in the Grecìa Salentina, a group of towns not far from Lecce, the griko language is still spoken.
In terms of industry the "Lecce stone" is the city's main export, because it is very soft and malleable, thus suitable for sculptures. Lecce stone is a kind of limestone. Lecce is also an important agricultural centre, chiefly for its olive oil and wine production, as well as an industrial centre specializing in ceramic production.
With this simple and ecological two-wheel transport you can visit the old town discovering, as you follow a specialized and attentive guide, the secrets that the streets hide, the little backstreets, the courtyards that render Lecce one of the most beautiful cities of the South of Italy.
All the most important monuments will be obviously visited , Piazza Duomo with the Cathedral of Lecce, Piazza Sant’Oronzo and the Basilica of Santa Croce, but bicycles will allow you go through parts of the centre not usually included in the traditional tours of the city on foot, thus discovering what has been and what is still the true Lecce.
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