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Lecce Roman Amphitheatre Tours

Lecce Roman Amphitheatre
Lecce is known for its 17th-century Baroque beauty, but the city’s history stretches back to the Roman empire. Nowhere is this legacy more evident than in Lecce’s Piazza Sant’Oronzo, where an amphitheater from the second century BC is still used today for performances.
 
The Basics
Discovered in the early 1900s and excavated in 1938, Lecce’s Roman amphitheater was once five stories high. It seated 25,000 spectators and hosted gladiator bouts to entertain the legions of Roman soldiers billeted in what is now the region of Puglia. Beneath the arena, the pens that once housed animals, prisoners, and slaves can be seen among the ruins. Under the watchful eye of the statue of Sant’Oronzo—the patron saint of Lecce—which sits atop a Roman column, the amphitheater is currently used for more peaceful pursuits, including a summer series of concerts and plays.
 
Because of its archaeological importance, it's best to visit Lecce’s Roman amphitheater with a walking or bike tour led by a knowledgeable guide. Many tours also include visits to Lecce’s famous Baroque Duomo, Basilica di Santa Croce, and Chiesa di Santa Chiara.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Roman amphitheater in Lecce is outdoors, so wear a hat and sunscreen.
  • Though the amphitheater is not accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, it is easy to view the archaeological site from the piazza above without entering.
  • The amphitheater hosts musical and theatrical performances in the summer, and may be partially covered by stage structures.
  • A tour of the theater is particularly interesting for archaeology buffs.
 
How to Get There
The amphitheater is located in Lecce’s main Piazza Sant’Oronzo, the heart of the city’s historic center and an easy walk from the train station and other important sights and attractions.
 
When to Get There
The city of Lecce can get uncomfortably hot in the summer, so plan to visit first thing in the morning or in the late afternoon from June to September. Lecce celebrates its three patron saints each year August 23–25, with light displays, music, and festivities, making it is an especially memorable time to visit.
 
The Baroque Center of Lecce
Lecce is famous for its sumptuous architecture, including magnificently carved and decorated churches and palaces made of Leccese-stone and dating from the 17th-century. These structures are  considered masterpieces of the Baroque style. The most famous examples include the Cathedral (Duomo), the Basilica of Santa Croce, and the Church of Santa Chiara.
Address: Piazza Sant’Oronzo, Lecce, Italy
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Lecce Bike Tour

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Lecce on a leisurely 3-hour bike tour. Pedal through the flat, bike-friendly streets and piazzas with a local guide and visit highlights like the Basilica of Santa Croce, Piazza del Duomo and the ruins of an ancient Roman amphitheater. Enjoy the fresh air and flexibility of a two-wheeled tour, and stop often to snap photos, browse local boutiques and sample regional food and wine.
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Best of Lecce walking tour

Discover the stories of southern Lecce without spending a fortune on guidebooks with this morning tour of the city center. Starting from the iconic Piazza del Duomo, hear the history of this city as told through its buildings. Visit sites from across the ages, from the classical Roman amphitheater to the baroque Basilica di Santa Croce. Don’t get pushed to the back of the group, either: on this small group walking tour, get personalized attention from your guide and answers to all your questions.
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Tour in the Roman Lecce

Lecce is known for its amphitheater, much less for its theater, beautifully preserved and set between the buildings and the narrow streets of the center, an important testimony to the Roman presence in this southern Italian foothill. From inside the tratro it enjoys an unusual and suggestive view, which is why it is worth visiting.
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Lecce. Journey to discover a charming baroque

The historic center of Lecce is one of the most interesting in Puglia. The particularity of its Baroque architecture derives from the ability of local artists and architects who, between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, have done something unique thanks to the quality of the tender local stone. Our tour will be a journey through time, from the splendor of the Roman Empire to contemporary Lecce. An elegant and refined city where churches and ancient buildings alternate artisan workshops (especially papier-mache), shops and places where you can taste typical products.
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