Clarion Collection Arthotel & Park Lecce
Via Giorgio de Chirico 1
Phone: (39) 0832 214214
Fax: (39) 0832 347735
Arts & Museums
The Museo Provinciale Sigismondo Castromediano was established by Sigismondo Castromediano, an Italian Duke and scholar. Deemed to be one of the oldest museums in the commune, it displays collection and information pertaining to the Roman and Messapian settlements. It has different sections ranging from pre-historic era to fine arts. Museo Provinciale Sigismondo Castromediano or the Provincial Museum also plays host to variety of cultural events and temporary exhibitions. For more details, call ahead.
The library and art gallery were instituted in 1963. The first holds 400,000 books and the second a hundred or so 17th and 18th-century paintings from Franciscan monasteries in Salento. The paintings are mainly religious in subject matter such as the Circumcision of Jesus by Fra Ludovico da Gioia, or the Holy Family by D. Bianco. They are intensely emotional pictures thanks to the use of dark coloring and heavy shadows typical of Baroque art. Guided visits are available. There are also a historical and photographic archive, a library and a study room. Admission is free.
This former monastery, adjacent to the Church of St. Irene, is a baroque building that was the home of the Father Theatines for several centuries. Built in the 1500s, the monastery used to hold up to 40 priests. When religion was suppressed however, the church and monastery were put under control of the city of Lecce. Today, the monastery has been transformed into a cultural center that frequently hosts expositions.
This foundation run by Mr. Salvatore Faldetta takes to preserve and retouch works of ancient art. The museum is established by the foundation, and the collections number up to 350 artifacts. The pieces span from the ancient Greek to the rich Indian culture. The exhibits also consist of potteries such as the Ceramic Apulia, that have hand painted figurines on them. For more details, call ahead.