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Piazza del Duomo

The Cathedral of Lecce, lavish palaces and a museum of sacred art await at this magnificent square in the heart of the old town.

Piazza del Duomo is a spacious and stately square home to some of Lecce’s most impressive works of architecture. Unusual for a central square, it is completely enclosed by buildings and accessed via a gateway on its north side. In previous times the city’s residents would take refuge from invaders at the square. Today, Piazza del Duomo resembles an open-air museum lined with Baroque masterpieces that range from a cathedral to palaces.

As you enter the square, the Cathedral of Lecce creates a magnificent first impression. Built in 1659 on the site of a 12th-century church, it is considered by many to be the finest work of Giuseppe Zimbalo. The cathedral has two ornate façades, both adorned with sculptures of cherubs, grotesques and saints. Step inside to find a series of richly decorated altars and paintings of biblical scenes.

Adjacent to the cathedral is the Il Campanile (bell tower), also designed by Giuseppe Zimbalo. This 230-feet (70-meter) tall tower is characterized by its five tiers, each encircled by balustrades. Look to the right of the cathedral’s north façade to see the 15th-century Palazzo Vescovile, home to the archbishop of Lecce. One of its most impressive features is the second-floor arcaded loggia with Doric columns.

Looming over the square’s northwest corner is Giuseppe Cino’s beautiful Baroque palace, the Seminario. Admire the elegant windows and the small loggia, set above the main entrance. The building houses the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art, which has exhibitions of antique paintings, silverware and wooden sculptures.

Piazza del Duomo marks the center of Lecce’s historic old town. Find the entrance on Via Giuseppe Libertini, a main thoroughfare that begins at Porta Rudiae, one of the ancient city gateways. Major city attractions, including Piazza Sant’Oronzo and the Roman Amphitheater, are less than 10 minutes away by foot.

The Cathedral of Lecce is open daily and admission is free. It closes for a few hours at midday. The Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art is open from Tuesday to Saturday and there’s an admission fee.

Like to make your stop at Piazza del Duomo even more memorable? Don't forget to try one or two of these things to do:

Would you like to make your visit that much more special? A Pizzica Dance Lesson Experience and a Lecce Street Food Tour are both worth considering.

Have a look at our Lecce Historic Centre things to do page to learn about even more activities while you're in the area.


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La Fiermontina - Urban Resort Lecce £263
La Fiermontina - Urban Resort Lecce

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Piazzetta Scipione De Summa, 4, Lecce
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Lecce Historic Center, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Paisiello Theatre and Porta Napoli. Lecce Obelisk and Holy Cross Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Lecce Station is 20 minutes by foot.

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    Via Augusto Imperatore, 19, (GPS: Via Vito Fazzi), Lecce, LE
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Lecce Historic Center, this luxury hotel is steps away from Piazza Sant'Oronzo, Piazzetta Sigismondo Castromediano and Roman Amphitheater. Church of Santa Maria della Grazia and Chiesa di San Matteo are also within 5 minutes. Lecce Station is 12 minutes by foot.

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      Grand Hotel di Lecce

      Grand Hotel di Lecce

      Via Oronzo Quarta 28, Lecce, LE
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Lecce, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Biblioteca Provinciale Nicola Bernardini, Piazzetta Giosue Carducci and Convitto Palmieri Lecce. Sigismondo Castromediano Museum and University of Salento are also within 10 minutes. Lecce Station is only a 1-minute walk.

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        8piuhotel

        Viale Del Risorgimento, Lecce, LE
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Lecce, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Chiesa dei Santi Nicolo e Cataldo, Lecce Obelisk and Porta Napoli. Paisiello Theatre and Museo Diocesano Lecce are also within 1 mile (2 km).

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          Patria Palace Hotel Lecce

          Patria Palace Hotel Lecce

          Piazzetta Riccardi, Lecce, LE
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Lecce Historic Center, this luxury hotel is steps away from Holy Cross Cathedral, Piazzetta Sigismondo Castromediano and Piazza Sant'Oronzo. Roman Amphitheater and Church of Santa Maria della Grazia are also within 5 minutes. Lecce Station is 15 minutes by foot.

            Grand Hotel Tiziano e dei Congressi £60
            Grand Hotel Tiziano e dei Congressi

            Grand Hotel Tiziano e dei Congressi

            1 Viale Porta D Europa, Lecce, LE
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Lecce, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chiesa dei Santi Nicolo e Cataldo, Lecce Obelisk, and Porta Napoli. Paisiello Theatre and Holy Cross Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Lecce Station is 25 minutes by foot.

              Le Club Boutique Hotel £111
              Le Club Boutique Hotel

              Le Club Boutique Hotel

              Via Regina Isabella, 2, Lecce
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Lecce Historic Center, this hotel is steps away from Museo Diocesano Lecce, Palazzo del Seminario and Piazza del Duomo. Piazzetta Sigismondo Castromediano and Cathedral of Lecce are also within 5 minutes. Lecce Station is 12 minutes by foot.

                Hilton Garden Inn Lecce £76
                Hilton Garden Inn Lecce

                Hilton Garden Inn Lecce

                Via Cosimo De Giorgi 62, Lecce, LE
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Lecce, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Franciscan Art Gallery, Chinese Missionary Museum and LecceFiere. Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini and Holy Cross Cathedral are also within 1 mile (2 km).