Lecce ‘The Florence of the South’ is an architectural treasure. White stone on Baroque façades against intense blue skies… dazzling. Keep the faith as you follow the directions through narrow alleys to a tiny square in which Italian drivers perform ingenious manoeuvring feats.
You’ll spot the house immediately – pots of wildly colourful flowers spilling from every sill, succulents trailing from balconies like Rapunzel’s hair. Inside, peaceful rooms, each with their own heavenly terrace, are traditionally furnished with a few modern touches, bathrooms are spotless, little kitchens have welcome hampers with local goodies.
Breakfast – a treat – is left at the door in a basket: fresh juice, warm croissants, a little glass pot of yogurt, fruits and jams from Elisabetta’s country house. Wander through the Giuseppe Garibaldi city park; drive to the turquoise shores of the Adriatic – Torre dell’Orso and Brindisi (both 30 km) are lovely.