The town of Lecce is set on the south-eastern tip of Italy’s boot, and it showcases some of the most impressive Baroque architecture in the country. The sandstone buildings are tinged a warm pink, and adorned with statues of cherubs, monsters, flowers and fruit. Today, you’ll pick a path through the ancient streets, as an expert guide fills you in on Lecce’s back story. Your first stop is the town’s centrepiece – a 25,000-seat amphitheatre that dates all the way back to the 1st century BC, if you're lucky, you may also get to take a peek inside. Stroll a few metres from the theatre, and you’ll come to the Church of Santa Croce – its Baroque front is as lavish as its large Renaissance interior is simple. Next to the church is the Palazzo del Governo, an imposing structure that looks out over the main square. Finally, you’ll be led on a walk through the quiet streets of the Old Town, passing delicate wrought-iron railings, curving whitewashed arches and soft amber street lamps.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.