Lecce, “Florence of the South”

Day 11:

This morning we visit Lecce. Lecce is a city in Italy’s southern Apulia region. It’s known for its baroque buildings. In the central Piazza del Duomo, the Cattedrale di Lecce has a double facade and a bell tower.

The Basilica di Santa Croce features sculptures and a rose window. Nearby are the Sant’Oronzo Column, a Roman column topped with a bronze statue of the city’s patron saint, and the sunken Roman amphitheater.

The city boasts amazing Baroque masterpieces and treasures of Italy. We take a fascinating tour of this city which is rich in history, architecture and culture. From the Roman amphitheater to the noble palazzi, the city is brimming with imposing sites.

Lecce is also known for its pastries; so we must try some of the famous “pasticiotto leccese”. They also have a yummy caffe called “caffe Leccese” which is espresso with a shot of almond syrup poured over ice and stirred. I wanted a large one but they look at you like your crazy. No to go cups here.

After a pastry or maybe 2 but who’s counting we are ready to shop at all the boutique shops. I mean whats better than that after some sugar. Well there is a little something better but we will get to that, trust me. We shop and shop and stop for lunch. We order with the help of our guide appetizers of eggplant, beans, and chicory which is bitter but unique. Also potatoes with arugula, olives and whole peppercorns. Our main dish arrives, a stuffed calamari which is fresh and delicious.

In the afternoon we take a visit to one of Puglia’s most renowned wineries – Li Veli. We receive a great tour with the vineyard’s expert oeologist (Oenology is the science and study of wine and winemaking; distinct from viticulture, the agricultural endeavours of vine-growing and of grape-harvesting.). Very interesting indeed. We are treated to a private wine tasting over-looking the ageing barrels of wine. See I told you there was a little something better . What more can a girl want; espresso and pastries, shopping, lunch and wine tasting = HEAVEN!

Love and Light,

Jeanine on the Scene

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