One of the most important events of the municipality is the feast of the patron saint of Lecce, Sant’Oronzo, the most famous and celebrated saint in Salento. The celebration is at the end of the month of August and it lasts three days. The city is decorated with beautiful illuminations. In the streets, there are plenty of stands with souvenirs, food and artisanal objects.
Sant’Oronzo’s celebrations happen at the end of the summer season, as if to say goodbye to summer. The feast begins with a procession with music playing, with people in traditional garments, nuns and soldiers, singing religious songs. The statue of Sant’Oronzo parades during the performance. Music invades Lecce at night: theatres propose concerts and contemporary or traditional performances are organized in the streets.