"Lecce can be called the Florence of the Baroque era. In this artistic trend there is nothing in Italy that can be compared to it"
(Ferdinand Gregorovius, Nelle Puglie 1860)
"The main and special interest of Lecce therefore lies in this: that more than any other it possesses a large picturesque and representative collection of buildings in such a number as to constitute in all respects a Baroque city"
(Martin Briggs – Nel tallone d'Italia, 1908)