Lecce the home of The Italian School is the Apulia region jewel, and one of the most fascinating southern Italian towns.
The capital of the Salento (the southernmost part of the Italian heel), Lecce is nicknamed “The Florence of the South” because of its awesome Baroque monuments. Wandering on a summer night in its century old, stone paved streets is simply magic. Discover with us its main square, piazza del Duomo, after the crowds are gone and the full moon lights up its golden limestone monuments.
But Lecce is not only art: Salento offers some of the best Mediterranean dishes you could find in Southern Italy, often inspired by traditional cooking, based on vegetables and fresh pasta. Lecce is buzzing with excellent places to taste it, some just a few steps away from Piazza del Duomo. One of my favourite dishes is Ciceri and Tria (fresh home made pasta with a cheakpeas) eaten with a great Primitivo di Manduria wine, in a vaulted ceiling century old dining room in this beautiful historical centre what could be better.