A Puglia masterpiece gets a makeover, of sorts

Lecce’s historic centerpiece, Piazza Sant’Oronzo, just got a makeover ‒ on paper at least, thanks to group of students at the city’s Liceo Artistico Statale. La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno reports that about 150 high school architecture, visual arts, stage design and graphic design students participated in a competition to redesign the famous piazza. The project is an outgrowth of Municipality of Lecce’s efforts to be named a European Capital of Culture, as we reported last year.

“In Piazza Sant’Oronzo are the testimonies of various ages, from Roman times to 900,” architect Sergio Ventura, a teacher and coordinator of the project, told the newspaper. “Here then becomes the fundamental relationship between antiquity and modernity. And it is the place that best lends itself to accommodate tourists and visitors, whether it will become European Capital of Culture.”

With the ruins of its centuries-old Roman amphitheater and wide-open space for major events and concerts, the piazza is a major attraction for locals and visitors alike. The students’ project is scheduled to end in May, when their designs will be exhibited at the Museo Storico Della Città di Lecce.

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