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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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                                                                                                      A slice of paradise in Salento

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                                                                                                      We had a wonderful stay at Franchina during mid-October. The location is beautiful and tranquil, a slice of paradise. From the terrace there are views straight over the sea, perfect for catching the sunrise, and on clear nights a great view of the stars. Swimming is a few minutes away if you fancy some snorkelling, a few minutes drive to Marina Serra, and the beautiful sandy beaches of Pescoluse and Baia dei Turchi easily accessible within an hour. It's also easy to reach Gallipoli and Lecce for taking in the myriad of beautiful churches and duomos. As we were out of season we made use of the excellent cooking facilities in the evening, including the outdoor grill. Livia directed us to the supermarket in nearby Tiggiano which has well stocked fresh fish and meat counters. The cottage is charming and has everything you need for a comfortable stay and Bruno and Livia are friendly and helpful hosts, a fantastic introduction for our first trip to Puglia, I hope we'll be back! Grazie mille!
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                                                                                                      Would recommend. Would definitely go again

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                                                                                                      Lovely apartment, had all the amenities you could possibly need. Beautifully finished and great location, close to lots of places we wanted to see. We visited Lecce, Galipoli, Copertino and Otranto. Thank you for having us. X
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2017