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Renowned for its baroque buildings and skilled artists and craftsmen Lecce also boasts a prestigious tradition for carving wooden nativity scenes. It is a capital city with a human dimension in the centre of Puglia's Salento, a doorway to the east. Once there it would be a real shame not to grasp the opportunity for a visit to Otranto if only to admire the mosaic pavement in the cathedral which represents the tree of life.