Lecce, the city hosting the AWF Lecce is one of the most beautiful art cities in Southern Italy. Known as “the Florence of the South”, its ancient Messapian origins and the archaeological remains of Roman domination mix with the richness and exuberance of the typically seventeenth-century Baroque of the churches and palaces of the centre. To welcome tourists at the entrance of Lecce, the emblematic Obelisk in the shape of a squared pyramid, built in honour of Ferdinand I of Bourbon, king of the Two Sicilies, and one of the ancient gateways to the city: Porta Napoli, also known like the Arc de Triomphe. Still visible are also Porta San Biagio and the imposing Porta Rudiae, surmounted by the statue of the Patron Saint and the protectors Santa Irene and San Domenico. To the co-patroness is dedicated the Church of Sant’Irene, in luxuriant Baroque style, with adjoining Monastery of the Theatine Fathers in the historic centre of the city. To San Domenico Savio is dedicated the Basilica outside the ancient walls. The streets of the historic centre of Lecce, an open-air museum, are dotted by the workshops of the papier-mâché masters. The heart of Lecce is the magnificent Piazza del Duomo, home to the Cathedral of Maria SS. Assunta, the Renaissance-style Bishop’s Palace, and the Seminary, with the particular rusticated facade and the peculiar cloister. The famous square named after the Patron Saint of the city, Piazza Sant’Oronzo, houses artistic and historical jewels belonging to different eras. In the square, with the mosaic of the city’s coat of arms in the centre, stands the column with the bronze statue of the blessing Patron Saint. With its Renaissance elegance, the Palazzo del Seggio dominates the square. Known as the “Sedile”, the ancient seat of the Town Hall, today houses exhibitions and shows. Next to it stands the little church of San Marco, evidence of the existence of a colony of Venetian merchants. The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie faces the majestic Amphitheatre, elliptical in shape, important testimony of Roman domination. A stone’s throw from the square, the Castle, built in the XVI century at the behest of the emperor Charles V, flanked by Fountain of Harmony consisting of organ pipes. With a harmonious balance between classic and baroque style, bewitching in its richness of details and in the prestige of the interiors, the Basilica of Santa Croce, dating back to the XVII century, is the highest expression of the Lecce baroque. Adjacent the former Celestine convent, now the seat of the Government Palace (Prefecture) and the Provincial Administration. A discovery tour of Lecce would be incomplete without visiting its museums and art galleries. Among the many: the S. Castromediano Provincial Archaeological Museum, which houses ancient remains from the Roman and Messapian periods; the Historical Museum of the city of Lecce (MUST), which is also a contemporary art gallery; the Franciscan Art Gallery, inside Palazzo Fulgenzio, and the Roman Theatre Museum which houses archaeological finds and a series of nine theatrical masks from Villa Adriana in Tivoli. How to reach us The location of the Apulia Web Fest is the “Stazione 47” Academy in Via Mario Bernardini, 29 in Lecce. By train Lecce is connected to the main Italian cities (Rome, Bologna, Turin and Milan). You can choose Eurostar Frecciarossa or Frecciargento train, Express and Regional directly on the Trenitalia website http://www.trenitalia.com. Apulia Web Fest can be reached on foot from the station. From Piazzale Oronzo Massari, walk straight on Viale Oronzo Quarta to the intersection with the traffic light. Turn right along Viale Gallipoli and then take the first left onto Via Mario Bernardini and follow the road for about 150 meters. The entrance to Apulia Web Fest is on your right. From Lecce Train Station it is possible to move to various points of the city through the GSM urban public transport service whose info point is located in front of the square. (www.sgmlecce.it) By plane Lecce does not have its own airport but it is possible to reach it by landing at Brindisi or Bari airport. Brindisi airport, also called Salento Airport, is the closest, about 50 km from Lecce. Once landed, you can reach Lecce by renting a car or using the shuttle service with direct runs every 20/40 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at the airport. The shuttle stops at the City Terminal of Lecce in Piazza Carmelo Bene, open from Monday to Sunday from 9.00 to 20.00. From here take line 101 or line 104 and get off at the third stop “Chamber of Commerce / Station” (travel time 8 min). Cross the street and then take the first left onto Via Mario Bernardini and follow the road for about 150 meters. The entrance to Apulia Web Fest is on your right. Return: the stop is at the corner of Via Bernardini, for the City Terminal take lines 101, 106 or 108. (Ticket can also be purchased online http://www.provincia.le.it/web/provincialecce/trasporti/orari-e-linee) Bari airport is about 160 km from Lecce. From inside the airport, access the Ferrotramviaria underground station and take the FR2 train towards Bari Centrale. Once at the station, continue the journey to Lecce with a Regional or Frecciabianca train. (see train option). Flight info: www.aereoportidipuglia.it By car From the Adriatic side: Take the A14 motorway to Bari Nord then take the highway to Brindisi-Lecce. From the Tyrrhenian side: Take the Autostrada del Sole towards Caserta, take the A16 motorway to Cerignola Est, continue on the A14 motorway then take the highway to Brindisi-Lecce. Coming from the South: Take the E90 state road to Taranto, from here continue east towards the Brindisi-Lecce highway. When in Lecce from the Brindisi – Lecce highway/Viale Portauropa/SS16, continue on Via F. Calasso in the direction of Viale Gallipoli. Take Viale Gallipoli until you reach the traffic circle and take the third right onto Viale Otranto. Then take the first left onto via Duca degli Abruzzi. Via Mario Bernardini is the second street on the right. By bus From the City Terminal of Lecce the main suburban lines leave for the major Italian cities. By sea The major port of Salento is that of Brindisi. From the port of Brindisi, continue by car to Lecce along the Brindisi-Lecce highway or reach the Brindisi railway station to continue by train. (see train option).