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Make a holiday rental property or villa in Lecce, Italy your home away from home

Lecce is a hugely lavish and elegant city in Puglia province (Italy’s ‘heel’) of southern Italy. The ornate carvings which adorn many fine buildings in the area are made of local sandstone, which is so easy to carve that it has spawned an entirely original style of masonry, barocco leccese. Although it is not usually on the well beaten tourist route through Italy, Lecce is a city of magnificence and splendour, with undeniable charm.

Things to do on holiday in Lecce, Italy

There are a whole host of Roman and Greek treasures throughout the town and the area in general. The Piazza Sant’Oronzo is the most important Roman site you can see from a self catering Lecce holiday rental property. The massive 25,000 seat amphitheatre and the church of Santa Croce make for an amazing sight, well worth investigation from any holiday accommodation in the Lecce region. The old centre is absolutely filled with places of interest and lovely old churches, so you will never be short of fascinating cultural and historical attractions from a Lecce villa or apartment.

Regularly described as a ‘small Florence without the tourists’, Lecce is an art-lover’s dream. There are a whole host of excellent galleries, and during the summer months, there are two open-air theatres which put on plays with famous international actors, singers and performers. The opera season lasts from February until May, and there are plenty of top-class restaurants in which to enjoy an elegant meal afterwards.

The countryside which surrounds the Lecce area is an activity hot spot for those who love the great outdoors. Whether you are hoping to enjoy hill walking, mountain climbing, horse riding or mountaineering, there will be ample opportunities from a self catering villa in Lecce. The coast is not short of entertainment options either. There are numerous sailing schools and water sports centres along the coast, with excellent conditions for sailing, deep sea fishing trips, windsurfing and scuba diving.

Places to visit on holiday in Lecce, Italy

Near-by Gallipoli is the seafood capital of the area, having attracted some of the finest chefs in Italy to its restaurants. Jutting out on a spit into the Mediterranean waters, Gallipoli is an ancient town with a very maritime atmosphere, which charms everyone who visits. The stunning combination of beaches, monuments and delicious cuisine make taking a self catering property here almost irresistible.

The rural, coastal village of Tricase is a beautiful destination tucked into the tree covered hills of the Lecce coast. Although there are no sandy beaches around Tricase, there are some magnificent flat rocks from which to swim and snorkel, and there are some great coastal paths to explore.

Weather in Lecce, Italy

Temperatures during the summer months can get remarkably hot. During the months of July and August, temperatures average over 30°C, with daily peaks often breaking the 40°C mark. If this seems overly hot, temperatures are warm but not scorching between May and June and again from September until mid-October, when temperatures average above 20°C. Winters are amazingly mild, with temperatures almost never dipping below 10°C during the day.

Travel to Lecce, Italy

The proximity of Brindisi Airport (BDS) 45 minutes to the north of a Lecce villa makes Lecce holidays easy to start. Flights to Lecce via Brindisi are provided by Ryanair fromLondonStansted (STN) on a regular basis. There are other options for reaching a Lecce holiday home from the UK, but a flight to Brindisi is by far the most convenient.

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                                                                                  Perfection

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                                                                                  We are lovers of Puglia and ,over the years,have stayed at a number of different Trulli's ,which,have all been interesting ,this Trulli's ,however,exceeded very expectation ..The house was unique ,having been restored by its architect owners to the highest standard with many creative and quirky features both inside the villa and throughout the grounds. The natural pool which is formed into the rocks ,fed by springs,crystal clear ,was fantastic and an early morning dip was a great way to see start very day. Close to a small supermarket for essentials and road side fruit and vegetables stalls have a wonderful variety of produce for delicious lunches and dinners which we enjoyed on the beautiful terrace of the Trulli's gardens .Local wines are inexpensive and very very good. Five minutes to the beaches with small tavernas and delicious fresh sea food and within easy car distance of the cultural locations that should not be missed .The nearby farm house restaurant is a must for dinner but prepare to loosen your belt a few notches after,delightfull staff and food to die for. The owner ,Sabina was delightful and helpful in offering advice and suggestions on any questions we had which were not many as everything is so easily laid out in the house. A most wonderful week, totally relaxing and the ideal house and gardens to recharge ones batteries . Our thanks for a Trulli wonderful stay.
                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2016
                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                                                                  Fantastic villa & a very warm welcome!

                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                  We had a fantastic stay. Will definetely be back. Can't recommend this place enough. We were very impressed with warm welcome we received from Guiseppe's parents upon arrival. We were made to feel very much at home with a wonderful welcome basket of Olive breads,a bottle of local wine, extra virgin Olive oil from their own olive grooves, basket of fresh tomatoes and a large platter of fresh local fruits. A couple of days later,Guiseppe's father,Anthonio bought us a lovely cake platter from the local pasticceria. Absolutely delicious! We are very impressed with the warmth and generosity which we received throughout our stay. The villa was beauyiful, spotlessly clean,spacious, with everything you need, from an excellent coffee maker to a fully equipped kitchen.Set in beautiful surroundings in the middle of Olive groves, aromatic herbs, cacti plants and gorgeous flowers. A good size pool for the kids.Very close to the beach and lovely restaurants. We had a fantastic relaxing time and will certainly return again. Great Villa,lovely location,delicious food and warm wonderful people!
                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 08-Jun-2016
                                                                                  • Date of Stay: May 2016

                                                                                  Great apartment, wonderful management service

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                                                                                  We were two couples staying in Lecce for just over a week. The flat is very comfortable for 4 people -- each bedroom was large and had its own bathroom. The kitchen is basic, but served our needs and is a great gathering spot. We were able to enjoy the occasional lunch outside on the terrace. The location of the flat in the historical centre meant that most sites were within easy walking distance. The manager, Nikolaos, provided extraordinary service - he showed us how everything worked, responded promptly to all of our requests, printed out our boarding passes, called the airline when we needed to verify a booking, arranged travel to the airport, and helped us with a car rental. It is worth taking a couple of day trips to explore the surrounding area.
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                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015