Conference location

Convitto Palmieri – Palmieri Boarding School
Piazzetta di Giosuè Carducci
73100 LECCE, Italy


Convitto Palmieri has been a religious building, dating back to the 13th century. In 1273, in fact, the city of Lecce decided to build a convent for the friars of Saint Francis and a church dedicated to this Saint, that lays in the same location where Saint Francis, coming back from the East at the beginning of the 13th cent, had built the first chapel for his community of friars, originally entitled to Saint Julian.

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Social events

During the conference we will organise trips and guided tours to Lecce and Otranto. Nevertheless there are other must-see locations and monuments, famous for their long history and architectural style (leccese baroque), such as Castro.


Lecce is known also as “The Florence of the South” for its rich Baroque architecture. Its architectures have always been built using the local stone, “Lecce stone” – a particular kind of limestone. Well known during the Roman times, as the amphitheater still reminds us, the city flourished after Norman dominance and especially  during the 17th century.
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The must-see:

  • The City Center
  • Cathedral
  • Basilica of Santa Croce
  • Roman Amphitheater


Otranto is located on the site of the ancient Greek city Hydrus. It was a town of Messapian (Illyrian) origin. During the Roman period, it was a point of embarkation to the East. It was always considered a bridge between the east and the west. It was among the last cities of Apulia to surrender to the Normans, in 1068. In 1480 the city was captured in two weeks by the Ottomans, who left only 10,000 inhabitants alive, of the original 22,000. Although the Turks controlled the city for 13 months, the episod left deep traces in the community for a long period. Otranto experienced several fights and dominations, from the Longobards, to the Aragonese, from the kingdom of Venice to the French.
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The must-see:

  • the old town and the castle
  • the Chapel of martyrs
  • the cathedral 
  • the city walls
  • the waterfront and beaches on the turquoise sea


How to reach Lecce?

1. By Flight:

The nearest airports to Lecce are Brindisi (BDS) and Bari (BRI).

Brindisi is the nearest airport (40 km far):
Daily flights connect Brindisi to the many international airports. For a complete list please visit the airport website.
From the Airport you can take a Bus to Lecce (40 minutes journey between 4 and 7 €) or a Shuttle Service to Lecce is also available. (For the reservation visit the page; the shuttle driver will take you to your accommodation in Lecce). Alternatively you can also Rent a car for the week, at a reasonable price (i.e. 500 €/Week in economycarrentals website).

If you land in Bari Palese Airport (150 km far), in approximately 2 hours you can reach Bari central station by taxi or bus and then Lecce  by train. Information is available on this site.

2. By Train:

Lecce is connected, also with High Speed trains, to Italian main cities, such as Milan, Bologna and Rome.
For further information you can check Trenitalia website.


In Lecce you can find plenty of Hotels, B&B and AIRB&Bs and the costs may vary, starting from around 50 €/day.

The conference main hotel is the 4 stars: “Grand Hotel Tiziano e dei Congressi” (Via Porta d’Europa – 73100 Lecce, +39.0832.272111,, At the moment the costs per room the hotel is rated 816€/week or 117€/day.

You can also choose to stay in Otranto, in case you would prefer to find an accommodation directly seafront. In this case we suggest you to have a car to reach the conference location in Lecce. Costs are similar to accommodations  in Lecce.

Grand Hotel Tiziano e dei Congressi
The conference main hotel is the 4 stars: “Grand Hotel Tiziano e dei Congressi”
It is a modern and functional facility at the entrance to the ancient city, very convenient to reach and well connected by public transportation.
A discount code “GCH23” is reserved for conference guests, which will allow them to take advantage of a dedicated rate. The code can be used exclusively on the website by entering it in the “Promocode” section.
Grand Hotel Tiziano e dei Congressi
Via Porta d’Europa – 73100 Lecce
Palazzo Rollo

In the historic center of Lecce, a short distance from Convitto Palmieri, it is possible to stay at Palazzo Rollo, a splendid historic residence, overlooking the striking bell tower of the cathedral.
Characterizing the palace are the lush American vine, which covers the entire inner courtyard.
Absolutely unique is the large terrace, from where you almost touch the city’s monuments.

Reservations (ENG):
Palazzo Rollo
Via Vittorio Emanuele II, n° 14 – 73100 Lecce LE
Tel. +39 0832307152
Mantatelurè Dimora Esclusiva

This structure was created from an old residence dating back to 1550 and features a refined ambience and excellent services.
The inner courtyard is beautiful and very charming, depicted by the colors and scents of lemon and orange trees.

Reservations (ENG):
Special conditions reserved to the conference guests.
Via dei Prioli Vittorio, 42 – 73100 Lecce
Tel. +39 0832 24 28 88
Mob. +39 327 19 11 030
La Fiermontina

A luxurious hotel in the heart of Lecce, in Piazzetta De Summa Scipione.
Reservations (ENG): 
La Fiermontina
P.tta Scipione De Summa, n.4 – 73100 Lecce – Italy
Tel +39 0832 302481
Palazzo Bozzi Corso

Right in the historic center, a few steps from the Basilica of Santa Croce, has a beautiful private garden inside, where guests can enjoy breakfast in the morning and a glass of wine in the afternoon.

Reservations (ENG):
Palazzo Bozzi Corso
Via Umberto I, n.38 – 73100 Lecce – Italy 
Tel +39 0832 1560335