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The Roman Footprint in Lecce

By walking in the historic center of the city of Lecce, trough historic and elegant buildings, arriving in the square of Sant Oronzo, just behind our Real Estate Agency, you come across almost unexpectedly into a Roman amphitheater, which together with the theater, is the most expressive of the importance reached by Lupiae, the Roman ancestor of Lecce, between the first and second century AD.

The monument was discovered during the construction of the Bank of Italy building, in the early 1900s.

An elliptical plant, partly underground and partly supported by arches sustained by tuff columns, the amphitheater of the ancient Lupiae rises on the eastern edge of the Roman city and dates back to the Augustan age, built for a maximum of 14.000 spectators, welcomed on the double order of degrees, of which today only the lower one remains.

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The structure was based on the typical architecture of nearby buildings such as the Colosseum or the Verona Arena.

Currently it is possible to admire only a third of the entire structure, as the rest is still hidden in the basement of Piazza Sant Oronzo where there are some buildings and the church of Santa Maria della Grazia. Historic and valuable buildings worked with art in baroque style, which in continuity through the streets of the center, define a warm and welcoming atmosphere!

Particularity of our town appears to be the presence of another Roman amphitheater a few kilometers from the center, a truly unique combination. In fact, in the past, when the inhabitants of the ancient city of Rudiae, now the subject of archaeological excavations, preferred to live in the territory of the current Lecce, they left an incredible heritage that only the work of researchers is giving back. In addition to the famous amphitheater in Piazza Sant Oronzo, the research has brought to light a real amphitheater in Rudiae, but this time it will re-emerge completely. Rudiae is identified with the archaeological remains found in the first outskirts of Lecce, about 3 kilometers from the town, in a south-west direction. In short, Lecce turns out to be a precious asset for the countless treasures that keeps and that through the work of so many passionate and specialized people manages to cover and restore the ancient splendor. A city to be discovered!

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