One of the many unique features of Lecce is its dramatic architecture. Everywhere you look, you will gaze upon rich Baroque ornamentation.
Referred to as the “Florence of the South,” Lecce is truly unique and cannot be compared to any place you have ever been. This is due to the distinctive nature of the very stone from which this celebration of Baroque evolved, Pietra Leccese.
Wandering along the spacious pedestrian thoroughfares in Lecce’s historical town center, one can’t help but notice the rich ornamentation that defines Lecce’s architectural personality. Everywhere you look you are greeted facades of cathedrals, civic buildings, palazzi, and balconies elaborately adorned in Leccese Baroque.
Mythical creatures, dancing angels, allegorical figures, garlands of ripe fruit and blossoming flora embellish exteriors and interiors resulting in an ambiance of celebration and festivity.
Pietra Leccese belongs to the limestone family and is found and quarried primarily around Lecce. Since this area was once under the sea you will often find remnants of shells, bones and fossils preserved in the stone. Due to its soft and yielding nature, it lends itself to being elaborately chiseled and sculpted.
Over time, Pietra Leccese changes with age and exposure to the elements. The original color, ranging from yellow to white may take on an amber or honey-colored hue. And, over time, the stone will strengthen and harden.
Massimo Miglietta is a modern-day master artisan dedicated to practicing and preserving the traditional Salento craft of carving and sculpting Pietra Leccese.
Practicing 20 years, Massimo personally goes to the quarry to hand pick the exact piece for every sculpture.
Massimo proudly shares his impressive portfolio of detailed drawings and blueprints which are then turned into patterns and transferred onto the stone.
Influenced by the surroundings of the beautiful Salento area, and driven by love and passion for his home and craft,, this modest master carries on a rich legacy carved in Pietra Leccese.