Definitely 5/5 stars!
I did not have any idea what to expect when I joined a group of friends heading for southern Italy. The trip turned out to be the most amazing road-trip I've ever been, mostly because of the gooorgeous Salento, the Guesthouse and our host, Pepino!
Salento, probably the most remote part of Italy, is untouched by mass tourism, hence original and welcoming. The people, just like Pepino, are open, friendly and literally radiating with curiosity when meeting internationals. The country is just as untouched and a real gem. Riding south along the coast was even more impressive than Highway 1 in California. Endless seas, deep blue and clean, tons of beautiful small and individual bays of sand and rock. 11 days was just enough to get a glimpse, just the tip of the iceberg. There simply are way too many amazing places in Salento to explore. You definitely need a car or bicycle to make your time count. But if you have, possibilities are infinite.
Salento Guesthouse is located in the historic center of Carpignano Salentino, a town with a millennium of history. The Guesthouse is a 500+ years old building out of stone, which stays cool throughout any summer day. It has been greatly restored and renovated by intrepid Pepino, who puts all his heart into making the Guesthouse hospitable. He's a dive master, bicycle enthusiast and an incredible chef at the courtyard's king-sized Argentine grill, the center of it all. Pepino is just positively relentless when it comes to serving his guests, which I can't emphasize enough how much we appreciated it!
I'll upload some of the pictures I took so you can get the right impression. If you are not looking for a package tour, you just have to visit Salento Guesthouse!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Salento Guesthouse B&B is a eccentric historic property, dating back to the 1500's, converted into a boutique B&B. The recent renovation has brought to light the old architecture, making this place a real outstanding piece of art. The Guesthouse has a strategic position, being in the center of the village of Carpignano Salentino, a short distance from Salento's most beautiful sea, within short distance of Lecce, Otranto and from the main roads that give easy access around the heel of the italian boot.What makes Salento Guesthouse unique is the large outdoor courtyard where guests can relax and socialize in a unique and authentic environment, using the large outdoor fireplace for barbecues and the spanish paellera to prepare food outdoor.The innovative concept of the Guesthouse provides the possibility that, according to the customers wishes, Peppino, the host of the house, will actively make sure that their stay will become as pleasant as possible. Salento Guesthouse provides also home restaurant service. ... more less