University of Salento - Rectorate Building
Piazza Tancredi 7 – 73100 LE
The airports closest to Lecce are Brindisi (45 Km distance) and Bari (164 Km distance).
There are both domestic and international flights. Main national connections: Bologna, Milan, Pisa, Rome, Turin, Venice.
Main international connections: Barcelona, Basel, Brussel, Eindhoven, Geneva, London, Munich, Zurich.
From the airport to Lecce:
The Shuttle Bus service to Lecce stops at the Air Terminal.
A bus from the airport to the Brindisi train station is available also every 30 minutes, and from there you can reach Lecce by train (about 30 min, 36 trains per day). Brindisi-Lecce connections can be searched to: http://www.eliostours.it/ita/pagina.asp?id=136.
There is also a private transfer service available 24/7: https://www.airshuttle.it.
The Lecce railway station is located downtown. Regular direct train services run daily from the major cities (Milano, Bologna, Roma). For more information:
From the station the hotels can be reached by taxi in about 10 minutes. However, all them are at walking distance (1.3 km max).
On the A14/E55 motorway head in south direction to Bari;
Take the exit “Bari Nord”;
Follow signs for Brindisi/Lecce and continue on SS16 straight to its end.
Lecce is the main historical city of the Salentine Peninsula, a sub-peninsula at the heel of Italy and is over 2000 years old.
Indeed, the city has a really long traditional affinity with Greek culture; the Messapii who founded the city are said to have been Cretans in Greek records. To this day, in the Grecìa Salentina, a group of towns not far from Lecce, the griko language is still spoken.
The city is very famous for its rich Baroque architectural monuments. That is why Lecce is also called “the Florence of South”.
In terms of industry, the "Lecce stone" is the city's main export, because it is very soft and malleable, thus suitable for sculptures. Lecce is also an important agricultural center, chiefly for its olive oil and wine production, as well as an industrial center specializing in ceramic production.
Furthermore, in Lecce important research centers are located. Among them, it is worth citing: Nanobiotec-CNR, IIT and University of Salento.