PFAMA - Venue & Travel

The Conference will be held at the Rectorate of the University of Salento, a Baroque building of Lecce , built at the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries, for the Carmelite fathers who came to the city in 1481. After a careful restoration the convent became the seat of the Rectorate.

Called "the Florence of the South", Lecce is the provincial capital of the Salento area, only 12 km (7.5 miles) away from the Adriatic Sea. The city, which has strong Messapian roots, was known to its Roman rulers as Lupiae. Today, it welcomes visitors with its magnificent baroque architecture, which blazes on the portals of its palaces and on the facades of the many churches that line the streets inside the city's three ancient gates: Porta RudiaePorta San Biagio and Porta Napoli.
The common factor in the city’s characteristic baroque exuberance is the local "Lecce stone", so soft and malleable, that master stonecutters were able to create highly sophisticated stone embroidery. The best example of this style is represented by the facade of the Basilica of Santa Croce and by the spectacular Piazza Duomo, home to a soaring bell tower, bishop’s palace, and the lovely Palazzo del Seminario.
Strength and majesty, however, characterize the castle built by Charles V and designed by Gian Giacomo dell’Acaya. The Roman Amphitheatre, adjacent to the central Piazza Sant’Oronzo, offers an intriguing insight into the city’s history.