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We spent most of the summer of 2018 at this amazing home in Poggiardo. It makes an outstanding home base to explore Salento!
First, Poggiardo is a perfect town to call "home" in Salento. The people are welcoming, the town is not pretentious or touristy, most things are walkable for your daily needs. You can easily have coffee and pastry, explore local streets and shops, fix lunch al fresco at the villa, and then dine out deliciously in any number of great restaurants just steps from your door.
Then head for the coast -- most of Salento's beaches are an easy day trip. Do you want rocky pools or sandy stretches? Maria can answer any particular questions you have. There are many free beaches within 30 mins as well as numerous "Lido" establishments that offer a range of amenities for a fee.
The nearby towns are breathtaking. You can wander happily for hours with some new charm around every corner. We especially loved Castro and Lecce. Most have great choices for Salento cuisine -- with crazy fresh ingredients from the nearby sea and farms. We even made a day trip up to explore Trulli country -- also amazing. The driving is easy and parking is manageable for free or for a small fee (paid at a kiosk with cash or card).
The house is more amazing than the photos show. It is spacious, and it offers everyone someplace to relax. Maria and Andrea have done such a tasteful job throughout. We frequently had a houseful (including children) and made the most of the pool and all the outdoor spaces.
Maria and Andrea respond immediately to questions or concerns you may have. They are committed to being great hosts and sharing this spectacular part of the world with visitors.
Stay longer than you think you should. There is so much to enjoy.
We were warmly welcomed by Raffaella and immediately realised this is a very special place. The house is a restored old stone building with a terrace which leads down to the garden with its mature trees, shrubs and seating areas, all offering complete privacy and quiet. Plenty of shade from the sun and stunning views out to the sea and beach. A gate leads down to the rocky shore and clear blue water where you can swim in total privacy. As painters we had plenty to occupy ourselves in this stunning garden. The harbour with it’s cafes, restaurants and little general shop is an easy walk away and Tricase which is a five minute drive has supermarkets and other shops. The coast here is particularly beautiful and Otranto and Gallipoli are well worth visiting. Lecce was somewhat disappointing as so many churches were covered up for restoration. I would recommend anyone to visit this part of Italy and it would be hard to find a more idyllic place to stay.