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Believe it or not, a little over a year ago, I had no idea about Puglia.

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After reading countless blogs on the region, I felt as if I was mysteriously being called there. Puglia is a region in the south of Italy famous for its white washed towns, stunning coastline, olive trees and trulli houses. The more I read about it, the more I wanted to be there. So in April 2016, I started my journey in Lecce.

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Oh the baroque!

I was kindly hosted by Palazzo Rollo,  a 17th century palace, which is now converted to a B&B. My room was attached with a huge lobby, a drawing room, a bathroom with a hot tub and a small private kitchen. It was very homely as I could come and go as I wanted, cook and and eat something in the room and make coffee for myself in the morning. Palazzo Rollo was a wonderful start to my Southern Italian soujourns. The Palazzo is owned by Elena Andretta and her family and was her home while growing up. Elena is very passionate about keeping her forefathers legacy alive and her thinking and traditional values impressed me. She along with her staff member Simona were absolutely wonderful hosts and made sure I saw Lecce with their suggestions.

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Elena and Simona.

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Palazzo Rollo was at a fantastic location as it was only 5 minutes away from all the main attractions. The mornings at the Palazzo were full of fresh Italian pastries, cold cuts, juices, coffee and fruits. During the day when it was too hot, I came back to take a nap or a shower. One of the days I had a lovely evening on the terrace with a fantastic view of the bell town of the town’s Duomo (cathedral).

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Campanile del Duomo 

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I can totally recommend this stay for your stay in Lecce. Palazzo Rollo made my stay so special with it’s exceptionally friendly people and food. I hope to go back soon again!

Disclaimer: I was a guest at Palazzo Rollo but the opinions expressed here are solely my own.

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