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Province of Lecce

The Province of Lecce covers approximately 2,800 sq. km., It has a population of around one million inhabitants and is included in the Salento peninsula, a large elongated plain nestled between two seas that blend in Santa Maria di Leuca: Adriatic and Ionian Seas.
Its small mountains, the Salento Serre, do not exceed two hundred meters. For a variety of natural phenomena, this coast is full of caves, gorges, small gorges, islands and islets. The territory of the province of Lecce is characterized by an extraordinary historical stratification, and because of that, it offers great cultural and artistic variety and possibility of diversified itineraries. But the real star of our itinerary (about 200 km more or less equally divided between the Ionian and Adriatic side) is above the sea. The rugged coastline, coves, bays, small natural harbors, coves, cliffs and sandy beaches, offer to the eyes of the visitor overview of the most characteristic landscape of Puglia, one of the Salento peninsula. A landscape that is complemented by an overview of the extensive territory between moderate hills and hills up to 200 meters, and the land of pine forests, olive groves, ponds, patches, vineyards: a natural polychrome interrupted here and there by ancient buildings, and archaeological remains of ancient civilizations and countries that encompasses both internal and coastal areas, major cultural and tourist center.
The climate is of Mediterranean type, is characterized by the coincidence of the hot season with the dry season, with a long period of low precipitation and particularly in coastal areas. Average temperatures exceed 25 degrees from June until September, the warm winds predominate: the sirocco and the southwest wind.
Salento is a land that attracts tourists thanks to its natural beauty and artistic achievement and also for its fascinating cultural heritage and its rich gastronomic tradition, made of natural and fresh products.
The most striking artistic element today is certainly the Lecce Baroque which is an important episode of the broader European Baroque. At the end of the sixteenth century, the Baroque flourishes when Flemish painters like Wenzel Cobergher and Cornelis De Smeet arrive in southern Italy and are also present in Lecce, where they leave their work and inspire our painters.