Lecce is a historic city of 95,200 inhabitants in southern Italy, the capital of the province of Lecce, the second province in the region by population, as well as one of the most important cities of Apulia. It is the main city of the Salentine Peninsula, a sub-peninsula at the heel of the Italian Peninsula and is over 2,000 years old.

Because of the rich Baroque architectural monuments found in the city, Lecce is commonly nicknamed "The Florence of the South". The city has also a long traditional affinity with Greek culture going back to its foundation; the Messapii who founded the city are said to have been Cretans in Greek records. Until today, in the Grecìa Salentina (i.e., a group of towns not far from Lecce) the griko language is still spoken.

In terms of industry the "Lecce stone" is the city's main exportation, because it is very soft and malleable, thus suitable for various sculptures. Lecce stone is a kind of limestone. Lecce is also an important agricultural hub, mainy for its olive oil and wine production, as well as ceramic production.


The conference will be held in the prestigious building of the Rettorato of Università del Salento in Piazzetta Tancredi, 7. The place is in the hearth of the inner city and close to the railway station of Lecce.