I can’t believe it took me so long to get to Salento and I can not wait to go back. June was the perfect time to enjoy the desolate beaches in Gallipoli and empty streets in Lecce before the late July/August rush overpopulates the peninsula.
Relais Corte Palmieri - conveniently located in the old part of the city. Impeccable customer service and beautiful rooms.
Swordfish carpaccio, rosé and my favorite food from the area: TARALLI (sweet or savory circular crackers).
Hot & cold fish appetizers at Angolo Blu.
Spiaggia della Purità
Getting lost in Lecce. One of the few cities I’ve visited where I felt as if I was stepping back in time - maybe to the 1920’s. Some call it the Florence of the South and, in my opinion, Lecce is about 10,000x more beautiful. The exterior of the Basilica di Santa Croce was under construction, but it should be breathtaking once it is completed.
Last bite in Salento - bruschetta made with crispy bread, stracciatella cheese, cherry tomatoes, arugula, olive oil and sea salt