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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

The Bishop's Palace

Lecce, Italy

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The 17th century was a time when the city of Lecce was flourishing culturally and artistically. This is when The Bishop's Palace was built and it is considered a superb example of Baroque architecture.

In front of the Cathedral, the Palace and the Seminary - is a magnificent Piazza - almost breathtaking in its size.

This Palace continues to serve as the residence of the Archbishop of Lecce and is an architectural gem of the city.

Walking into the Piazza at the Bishop's Palace, Lecce, Italy

Looking at the Cathedral Our Lady of Assumption

From the entrance off the street into this large Piazza, you can see the Cathedral straight ahead, the bell tower on the left and the Palace in the back on the right.

The cathedral was consecrated in 1144 (that's almost 900 years ago!) but underwent a Baroque transformation much later, leading to its elaborate exterior.

You'll see carvings, statues, weather-worn Lecce stone and archways.

The cathedral contains twelve side chapels, each with its own altar.

That's a big place!

From the Piazza at the Bishop's Palace, Lecce, Italy

The Palace in the center

The Bishop's Residence is in the center of the photo, with the Seminary on the right.

Can you imagine living in such luxury?






The square occasionally hosts concerts and live music performances.

These events take place in the open-air setting of the square, providing a unique backdrop for performances.

Billy and I saw one such jazz performance in Antigua, Guatemala and the background of antiquity made the experience unforgettable.

The tower and the Cathedral at the Bishop's Palace, Lecce, Italy

The Lecce Bell Tower

The soaring 5 story bell tower you see here on the left is 230-foot tall.

At times, this bell tower was also used as a watchtower.

A wider view from the Piazza of the tower and the Bishop's Palace, Lecce, Italy

A wider view of the buildings on the Piazza

See how large this Piazza is?

It is beautifully decorated during the Christmas season with a large Christmas tree and lots of lights.

With such a grand area for tourists and locals to enjoy this spectacle, it must be just stunning!

Sometimes local markets take place here too.

The Seminary at the Bishop's Palace in Lecce, Italy

The Seminary





This enormous building takes up the entire western length of Piazza del Duomo.

If you look closely, you will see lots of intricate details, especially around the windows

In its heyday, I wonder how many seminarians it housed?

Close up of statues at the Bishop's Palace in Lecce, Italy

Statues and carving

During the Baroque time period, many statues of saints, bishops and other important people were carved and placed in prominent places such as the Bishop's Palace.

You'll notice the elaborate carvings and Latin writing underneath the veranda.

Ornate carvings at the Bishop's Palace in Lecce, Italy

A closer view of the complicated embellishing on this building

The beauty and detail of these designs are remarkable.

It must have taken great focus and artistry to have produced all of this.

If ever you are in Lecce, it is a must to go and see the Bishop's Palace.


The Bishop's Palace

It is free to enter the Piazza and entry into the Bishop's Palace itself is not allowed.

There is a nominal amount charged to visit the Cathedral.

 The Seminary is open at differing times depending on the seasons, generally closing in the afternoons.

Tourist kiosks are plentiful and have tickets and information available if you are interested.


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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on


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