Church of St Irene (Chiesa di Sant'Irene) Tours

Lecce’s Church of St. Irene was built between 1591 and 1639 for the Theatines and dedicated to the city’s patron saint. The church is not far from the Duomo and the Basilica di Santa Croce in Lecce’s city center.

The facade of the church features a statue of Saint Irene, sculpted in the early 18th century. Above that statue is Lecce’s emblem - a shelf-wolf and an oak tree. Artwork worth noting inside the church includes a number of beautiful altarpieces. A particularly large altar dedicated to Saint Cajetan dates from the late 17th century, and two other altarpieces date from the mid-17th century - including one to Saint Irene.

Some walking tours of Lecce include a stop in the Church of St. Irene, though many will make passing reference to the church from the outside.

Practical Info

Originally, there was a monastery built along with the church. The monastery was eventually closed and would become government offices and a school before its current incarnation, a venue for special exhibits.
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Address: Via Vittorio Emanuele II 11, Lecce, Italy
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Private Tour: Lecce Guided Walking Tour

One of the jewels of Puglia, Lecce is rich in history and world-class sights—and a private walking tour is the perfect way to get up close and personal and immerse yourself in the city’s atmosphere. Admire the ruins of the city’s Roman–era amphitheater, see the baroque splendors of the Piazza del Duomo, take in the Basilica di Santa Croce, and learn more from your guide.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Lecce Private Food and Sightseeing tour

The best way to spend the night in Lecce:  visiting the city and tasting its food! Savour local specialties and discover the jewels of Lecce, the Baroque capital of Puglia. Explore the historic centre with its beautiful squares and magnificent churches. You will see the church of Saint Chiara, the Duomo, Piazza Sant’Oronzo, the Santa Croce Basilica and the Celestine Palace - all universal emblems of the Baroque period in Lecce. Enjoy authentic Leccese specialties, such as the “rustico”, “tarallini”, “pasticciotto”, and many more. Your guide will take you on a 3.5 hour tour that includes stops at 7 different restaurants for tastes of authentic local foods and wines.On this thrilling and informative tour you will visit the main eateries and most important monuments in Lecce. You will taste local specialties and marvel at the most charming sites of the old city. 
  • Duration: 3 hours
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