This summer we spent three wonderful weeks in an apartment in Residenza Pizziniaco in Lecce. The residence also has excellent B&B accommodations but, we rented the two-story apartment at No.31. The apartment was spacious and was excellently equipped with everything one might need for a longer stay: washing machine, functioning air conditioning in each bedroom, well equipped kitchen, 2 WCs and more. The decor is very tasteful, without unnecessary furniture and decorations. The ground floor has beautiful mosaic floors and vaulted ceilings. Bed linen and towels are changed every week, weekly cleaning is also included. The location is perfect - a walking distance to Centro Storico yet very peaceful and quiet.
For everyone with a car and not-so-good experience with parking in Italian cities there is good news: an own parking space on the street in front of the apartment where only residents from the adjacent buildings are allowed to park. Having a guaranteed parking on your “own” street is a luxury in Italy, even in small towns. Another plus is that the landlord lives in an adjacent apartment, so when we had problems, he was immediately available. He has the gift of generous hospitality and gracefully coped even with the situation when we woke him in the middle of the night since we somehow managed to lock ourselves out.
The climate in Lecce is very comfortable, almost all the time. For the period of our stay (July 2nd-23rd) temperatures never got above 31 and dropped by 3-4 degrees during the night. One can swim in three seas: the Adriatic - 10 km east of Lecce, Ionian - 30 km to the west and, the Mediterranean at the very heel of the Italian boot. Around Lecce's there are small villages and communities that celebrate their annual summer festivals, known as sagra and dedicated to saints and gastronomy. You only have to leave Lecce and 10 to 20 km outside it you end up in an authentic Italian setting with excellent local food drinks, music and dancing.
Lecce is also called the * baroque city * and in the Centro Storico, one can get lost amid beautiful buildings. There are great museums, magnificent churches and palazzos. Lecce municipality takes good care of its own folks and the visitors and organizes concerts with symphony orchestras, ballet performances, pop/rock events. Good and very good restaurants are plenty.
We loved it and you’ll definitely love it too and Pizziniaco and its owners will tremendously contribute to it.
Liliana and Dimiter Driankov, Linköping, Sweden
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