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Lecce (Italian: [ˈlettʃe] ( listen), Griko: Luppìu, Laitin: Lupiae, Auncient Greek: Ἀλήσιον) is a historic ceety o 95,200 indwallers in soothren Italy, the caipital o the province o Lecce, the seicont province in the region bi population, as well as ane o the maist important ceeties o Puglia. It is the main ceety o the Salentine Peninsula, a sub-peninsula at the heel o the Italian Peninsula an is ower 2,000 years auld.

Lecce
Comune
Comune di Lecce
Tap left:Kirk o Santa Croce, Tap richt:Lecce Teatro Romano, Bottom left:Lecce Porta Napoli in Universita Street, Bottom middle:Saunt Giovanni Cathedral in Perroni aurie, Bottom right:Lecce Cathedral in Duomo Square
Tap left:Kirk o Santa Croce, Tap richt:Lecce Teatro Romano, Bottom left:Lecce Porta Napoli in Universita Street, Bottom middle:Saunt Giovanni Cathedral in Perroni aurie, Bottom right:Lecce Cathedral in Duomo Square
Lecce is locatit in Italy
Lecce
Lecce
Location o Lecce in Italy
Coordinates: 40°21′N 18°10′E / 40.350°N 18.167°E / 40.350; 18.167
Kintra Italy
Region Apulie
Province Lecce (LE)
Foondit 200s BC[1]
Govrenment
 • Mayor Paolo Perrone (PdL)
Aurie
 • Total 398 km2 (154 sq mi)
Elevation 49 m (161 ft)
Population (31 Januar 2011)
 • Tot 95,764
 • Density 240/km2 (620/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Leccesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Simmer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 73100
Dialin code 0832
Patron saunt Orontius
Wabsteid Offeecial wabsteid

Acause o the rich Baroque airchitectural monuments foond in the ceety, Lecce is commonly nicknamed[2] "The Florence o the Sooth". The ceety an aa haes a lang tradeetional affinity wit Greek cultur gangin back tae its foondation; the Messapii who foondit the ceety are said tae hae been Cretans in Greek records.[3] Tae this day, in the Grecìa Salentina, a group o touns nae far frae Lecce, the griko leid is still spoken.

In terms o industry the "Lecce stane" is the ceety's main export, acause it is very saft an malleable, thus suitable for sculpturs. Lecce stane is a kind o limestane.[4] Lecce is an aa an important agricultural centre, chiefly for its olive ile an wine production, as well as an industrial centre specialisin in ceramic production.

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ReferencesEedit

  1. The date given is for the Roman Republic named city Lupiae, dates for previous inhabitants such as the Messapii and Iapyges are lost to history.
  2. "Lecce | Italy". Lifeinitaly.com. 2009-11-10. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  3. Herodotus, The Histories,7.170.1,"and made this their dwelling place, accordingly changing from Cretans to Messapians of Iapygia,"
  4. Investigation on porosity change of Lecce stone