History of Lecce

The city of Lecce, situated at about 50 meters above sea level , today has a population of about 100,000 inhabitants . The town origins date back to the Roman period, indeed its historic center represents  a kind of civic continuity of life since the II century B.C. .However Legends claimed that the first settlers were  the Messapians coming from Greece; for this reason the planimetry of the town is similar to  other Messapian centers of the Salento area as Oria , Manduria , Rudiae , Nardo , Muro Leccese , Vast , Ugento and Vereto.

Legends and curiosities