Lecce stone is a unique calcareous limestone from Salento (Apulia region), found specifically near the city of Lecce; there are many different varieties of the stone, classified depending on their physical and chemical composition. One of them is the Leccisu, known for its fine grain and homogeneous structure. Frequently the word Leccisu (from the Salentino dialect) is used to indicate any Leccese stone.
With its typical colors ranging from white to pale yellow, Lecce Stone is a compact and finely-grained limestone; used by architects and sculptors alike, it is highly malleable due to the presence of clay and it can be modeled by hands.
Much sought-after and appreciated by artists, it has reached international fame thanks to the local artisans who over the centuries have given life to the complex Lecce Baroque architecture. Among the most significant examples are the friezes, capitals, pinnacles and rosettes decorating several building and churches in Lecce, a city commonly nicknamed the Florence of the South”.
The most important monuments in the Lecce area, dating back to the Baroque era, are the Church of the Holy Cross (Basilica di Santa Croce) and the Lecce Cathedral (Duomo di Lecce).. Lecce stone has a unique way of reflecting light, which makes the decorative elements visually appealing.
Over the time, processing techniques have been influenced by the use of machinery in order to speed up production times, but GP Interior Design is an example of how old-fashioned methods passed on from generation to generation protecting the charm and uniqueness of handcrafted work.