The Museo Faggiano is a private exhibition inside a home whose owner had to dig under his house for repairs one day, and discovered an amazing wealth of hallways, cisterns, and pottery shards in what was once a convent. Two scientific (presumably) researchers helped to restore the place and create a sort of archaeological freak show. You are able to descend a few floors into the earth, where you will see places where the nuns interred bodies, squeezed the blood out of decaying corpses, and buried the bones. You can go upstairs, too, to see some of the rooms where the nuns lived, though the decoration is completely inauthentic, from imitation prehistoric statues and a statue imitating Boticelli’s Venus to contemporary papier mache. Some of the latter you will find in the form of random saints stocked in a room at the top of the stairs leading to the roof. We did not expect this, and so real were the figures that discovering them produced quite a scare. At the very top you can reach a look out and see the surrounding roof tops. The view makes you appreciate the Mediterranean character of Lecce, except that there are no minarets you might be looking out at a casbah. The exhibition is quite amusing, but that this is ranked on Tripadvisor as Puglia’s top museum is a bit of an insult, though I am not sure who it slights most: Puglia, museums, or people who post on Tripadvisor.
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