Lecce is commonly nicknamed the " Florence of the South" because of the rich Baroque architectural monuments found in the city. It also has a long traditional affinity with Greek culture and the lavish decorations on its facades are impressive. The local sandstone, tinged a warm pink, is so easy to work with that it fostered the rise of a local style (barocco leccese) as ornate and intricate as any the world has seen. More than the architects, it was the local stone masons who left their mark on this city, crowding its buildings with fanciful cherubs, monsters, flowers, fruits, beauties and beasts. Despite the fact that it is located off of the beaten track for most of Italy's art-loving visitors, Lecce sits on the southeastern tip of Italy's boot, waiting to stupefy us with its little-known magnificence.