We stayed here from 10.6.06 to 23.6.06, owner very pleasant but scatty, late to meet us at airport and it took 7 days before we were provided with an extra pillow, she does not live nearby. Rather diasappointed with flats:- "yellow" small and airless, tiny kitchen is reached by steep narrow stairs, moved after a week to "orange" which was slightly larger and a bit more comfortable but only window opens onto a blank wall. Construction work going on all round started at 7 am and went on until 2pm, in fact the whole city seems to be one giant building site. Photographs on web site very deceptive and make it all look much more spacious than it is, earplugs a necessity, either noise from other flats or from builders. Breakfast proved to be a DIY affair of cheap prepacked brioches and biscottes YUK! We went out and bought ours from Il Fiorno or Café Alvino on Piazza St Oronzo, absolutely delicious. Return trip to airport which was supposed to be included in price did not materialise and we had to pay for a taxi.
We would recommend Joyce wine bar for excellent simple food and friendly staff also Blu Notte (a bit fancier) and Locanda Rivoli (good food but not v friendly). I would avoid Mamma Lupa, rather yukky and limited menu and Septiente (?) Cielo which was rather sinister.
We had hoped to use buses and trains but station and bus stops were a route march from flat. Although we did enjoy one train ride back from Gallipoli which is very pretty, good beach and lots of lovely shops. San Cataldo is a dump with a nice beach. Taxis not too expensive and unless you're a fearless driver, the best way to travel.
Shopping in Lecce excellent particularly shoes, handbags and other leather goods and jewellery. City is frequently overrun with hordes from coach tours herded around by their guides, which I think may explain the rather impatient, offhand even hostile attitude of many shop assistants to tourists in general even polite Italian speaking ones!
Countryside around is arid scrub and olive trees.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This buildings peculiarity is the integration of the ancient walls (dated 1600 c. ) within the rest of the structure.Both locations are provided with a private terrace and offer a suggestive itinerary thru the different architectonic styles that succeeded themselves thru the ages.Three fully independent locations on the first floor.This building is situated in the heart of the historic centre of Lecce, next to a Greek church and only a few steps away from Porta Napoli and the beautiful church of Santa Croce, jewel of baroc style. ... more less