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The column of Saint Oronzo was closed for maintanenance works. The squuare has the Roman Amptiteatro, remnants of destroyed Sedile with tourist office, a palace in fascisto style, two charces and many cafes and gelateris.
There is a tall column with a statue of the protecting Saint Oronzo on top. In 1656, when the plague was killing over a million people in southern Italy, Otranto and Lecce were miraculously spared. In 1658 Bishop Oronzo officially replaced Saint Irene as Lecce’s...More
We had 5 days in Lecce and our B and B overlooked the Piazza Orono. Totally fascinating, both during the day and in the evenings. Always a buzz about the place, lots of nice bars and cafes, (and a MacDonalds - not quite so expected!)...More
This square was quite close to our hotel so we walked through it when we wanted to get almost anywhere. There are shops and restaurants, the ruins of an ancient Roman amphitheater, and a column erected in honor of St. Oronzo, the patron saint of...More
The first thing you think when you enter in this square is the sense of calm and slowness typical of Salento. A wide square surrounded by monuments of different epochs: baroque, early decades of the 20th century and, obviously, the Roman amphitheater. In the center...More
In the midst of this very busy major square, we were stunned when loud speakers suddenly broadcast a famous Italian singer belting out Ave Maria. People paused and absorbed the beauty of the music. What a thoroughly European moment. Square boasts monuments, Roman theater remains.
The square is full of cafes gelato places, bars and shops even McDonalds. All through the day it is full of people but nothing like in the evenings when the locals come out for the passagiata which runs right through this square. Always lots of...More
It seemed like more of a busy crossroads than an elegant square. The Roman theater at one end was opposite a chain hamburger restaurant; people ignored the good statue of the saintly bishop that saved the town centuries ago.