Lecce (from the Latin Lupiae) is a town on the peninsula of Salento in Apulia in Italy. The town is the capital of the province of Lecce and has 94,773 inhabitants (December 31, 2015). In the countryside of Lecce a soft tufa stone is mined (Pietra Leccese), which enabled the rapid spread of Lecce Baroque style, its numerous buildings can be admired in the town center. Because of the town's barocco leccese it was also called the "Florence of the Rococo" or "Florence of the South". One of the most famous examples of the Baroque style of Lecce is the facade of the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lecce is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lecce.
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