39 Photos - May 22, 2016
Photo: Lecce is almost all the way down the "heel" of Italy's boot. We stayed at a great hotel, the Torre del Parco, which is built around a restored tower built in 1419.Photo: Cat at the Torre del ParcoPhoto: Pretty patio, Torre del ParcoPhoto: View from the Torre del ParcoPhoto: Dog, Lecce, to go with the earlier picture of catPhoto: Fresco inside the tower, Torre del Parco, LeccePhoto: Another fresco at the Torre del ParcoPhoto: OMG fantastic-looking pastries in central LeccePhoto: And fantastic-looking gelato, tooPhoto: So Chris and I had cappuccinos and pastries therePhoto: Lecce has magnificent remains of a Roman TheaterPhoto: Sedile, Lecce, with ruins of the Roman Theater in the foregroundPhoto: More ruins, Roman Theater, LeccePhoto: Roman Theater, LeccePhoto: Visiting the Roman Theater, Lecce, ItalyPhoto: The Salento is the name of the region down in the heel of the boot; it's part of Puglia provincePhoto: Sign publicizing products that come from the SalentoPhoto: Pretty Piazza Duomo, LeccePhoto: Duomo, LeccePhoto: Campanile, Lecce DuomoPhoto: Detail, Lecce DuomoPhoto: Statues of the side of the Duomo, LeccePhoto: Statue, Duomo CathedralPhoto: Statue, Lecce DuomoPhoto: Pretty ceramics shop in LeccePhoto: San Giovanni Rotonda, LeccePhoto: Porta Napoli, LeccePhoto: Detail from a building in LeccePhoto: I liked the juxtaposition of old and new here - Alitalia office in a fairly ancient-looking building in LeccePhoto: This is from the Museo Faggiano in Lecce. Fascinating place, definitely worth a visit should you ever find yourself in Lecce. A guy was fixing a toilet in his house, started digging, and uncovered layer upon layer of history. http://www.museofaggiano.it/en.htmlPhoto: Old map of the Salentino at the Museo FaggianoPhoto: Palazzo, LeccePhoto: The most famous church in Lecce, the Basilica of Santa Croce, a baroque extravaganza. Unfortunately, there was scaffolding up on the church this day, and we weren't able to see a lot of the fantastical details ...Photo: ... but we did get to see some of the ornamentationPhoto: Locks on a light post near the Roman Theater; I have no idea of why they were there or what they signified - maybe this: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2280734/Hundreds-love-locks-appear-Brooklyn-Bridge-couples-make-post-Valentines-Day-pledge-using-padlocks.htmlPhoto: I liked this engraving but can't for the life of me remember what it was!Photo: We had some time to kill after we left Lecce, so we decided to drive all the way down to the bottom of the heel - Santa Maria di Leuca. This is the Ionian Sea.Photo: Santa Maria di LeucaPhoto: Me, at the very bottom of the heel of the boot of Italy