True Oasis in Baroque Lecce
- SQM 120
Our house is quiet and spacious. It has pietra leccese floors and warm rugs. It has 2 bedrooms upstairs (first floor) and one bedroom downstairs (ground floor), connected by an internal staircase. You have the option of renting just the upstairs area or to add the downstairs extra bedroom with its own bath and private patio. The room on the ground floor has two very comfortable twin beds (which can be connected to make a large double bed), and two window doors opening into a private patio.
Conveniently located for your food shopping, and social and cultural life, it is like an oasis steps away from the action. During the summer season, in the small towns around Lecce, you will be able to attend festivals which offer traditional food, music and dance. Relax in my tastefully decorated house while enjoying the culture and people of Salento!
The apartment is a duplex on two floors (first floor and ground floor): entering from the street and after a set of stairs with handrail, you walk through an entry way with barrel-vaulted ceiling and arrive at the top floor where you have a large living room and dining room, furnished with a mix of contemporary and old fixtures, a wide and airy kitchen, with a window/door facing the alley below, a spacious and open office area with a large desk leading to the back of the house where the bedrooms are. From the kitchen, a set of stairs takes you to a large roof terrace which is always equipped with table and chairs and, during the summer season, also with a canopy over the gazebo. Across from the open office area is a bright and spacious bathroom with a large bathtub/shower, all the typical italian fixtures and a washing machine. In the back of the house is a large and bright master bedroom with two windows and a cozy second bedroom with a large and electronically operable skylight. Back to the open office area, the large desk sits on top of the ironwork of an internal staircase in pietra leccese that takes you to the additional bedroom with bathroom en suite on the ground floor. The bedroom (also in the back of the building) has two window doors with shutters opening to a private patio.
Guests will have access to WIFI, and a phone land line for calls within Italy only. If you make international calls, please let us know and the cost will be deducted from your security deposit. Water is drinkable. For those who prefer to use bottled water, we offer 1 bottle in the fridge for your arrival day and the rest can be purchased in a store near my house.
When you enter in contact with me I will be happy to answer all your questions. I usually am in San Francisco but I have a person who helps me to welcome my guests and with cleaning the house. He can also show you where to park your car just outside the historical center, in streets nearby where you don't have to pay for parking. After your reservation is confirmed, I will keep in touch with you via email, and or via WhatsApp, in case you use the app.
The neighborhood is very close to Porta San Biagio and San Matteo's Church, tucked away between the Castle of Carlo V and Piazza Saint Oronzo to the North East, the Duomo (Cathedral) and the main Corso to the North West, and the railway station to the South. It is a very quiet residential little quarter very connected to everything: monuments, shops, public transport and restaurants. An ideal location if you come by train! But my assistant will show you were to park in case you come by car. At night, the city comes alive with people strolling by restaurants and shops. If you come during religious holidays, you will be able to watch colorful and festive events right near our place. At the end of August is Lecce's patron saint holiday "Sant'Oronzo" and the city center is illuminated with with bright and colorful light structures.
If you come by plane and you land in Brindisi, the car ride to my house from there is about 30 minutes. If you land in Bari, it is about 2 hours. Both from Bari and Brindisi the airports provide public transportation to Lecce but bear in mind that the schedule of the shuttle service stops in the early evening hours. If you rent a car, it is best to park outside the ancient walls (just a few minutes walk to our house) possibly on areas marked with white stripes (so you don't have to pay for parking). The city has recently closed access to the historical center to non-residents for Saturdays and Sundays, but if you arrive on any other day, you can drive your car to a small piazza very close to my house: temporarily park it there, and after dropping off your luggage and getting oriented by my assistant, you can go back to your car and with my assistant's help, you will be able to park it in streets with white parking stripes close by. If you do arrive on a weekend day, you can temporarily park your car at a parking meter on one of the streets just outside of the historical center (Via Duca degli Abruzzi, a street near my house, and then be met there by my assistant who will walk you to my house. If you are without car, the train station is 10-15 minute walk to our house. There are also convenient buses to the other areas of the city - although you really won't need to take any bus to visit Lecce: you can walk it far and wide in 20 minutes or so, or you can also rent a bike if you like. To go to the beach, and if you don't have a car, you will find bus stops at 5 minute walking distance from where we are. Ask me and I will send you the links. In 30-45 minutes ride you will be able to reach pristine beaches both on the Ionian and on the Adriatic sea. There are beaches for all tastes: rocky, sandy, with dunes, in natural park areas, free to the public and private (where you can rent an umbrella or a canopy and lounge chairs). Salento, of course, is not just about beaches: lots of beautiful monuments, amazing little churches with with awesome frescos, quiet little towns hiding high quality restaurants and old monuments, lovely country landscapes with expansive olive groves, bike paths in nature, characteristic "masseria" (farm houses from the XVI century with their typical box-shaped architecture), and the occasional menhir, quietly pointing at ancient times, standing right in the middle of a village.
A few tips on leaving the house tidy:
- In general, leaving things in the place where you found them is appreciated and will earn you a great welcome back.
- On the day of your departure please leave dishes, cups, pots and pans clean and put them back in the place where they belong. If you cannot empty the dishwasher out of the last final clean load, it is ok.
- It is not ok to leave dirty dishes in the machine, so please run a final wash even if it is not full.
Cleaning service is once a week, with change of bedroom linen and bath towels. Sorry: not possible to opt out of house cleaning. It is included in the rental. You can negotiate with my assistant the cleaning schedule.
Collection is door-to-door: the bins are in the upstairs entry-way. Please remember to bring the bins back inside after collection. You can refer to instructions on refrigerator's door (translated into English for collection days and type). Please make sure you put the right recyclables/organic/garbage in the correct bins or they will not collect.
Air Conditioning/Heating Guidelines
With all electrical and gas usage, please keep equipment from being over-used, for us and for the planet
- -WARM/HOT WEATHER: turn off any air conditioning when you are out for several hours during the day. Do not leave windows’ shutters open while you are out, by leaving them closed or almost closed, you will help keep the cool air in and the hot air out. In the back of the house, you can adjust the shutters levelers to let less air/light in. When you come back, turning the AC back on will make the house cool again in a matter of minutes.
- -COLD WEATHER: if temperature is 40 F or 4 Celsius or less outside - keeping the thermostat set for 3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the evening is necessary, maybe even 4 hours, in case you plan to stay home. When the temperature is around 50 F or 10 Celsius, 3 hr in the am and 3 hr in the pm maximum should be enough. Between 50 and 60 F or 15 Celsius, no need to have it set for more than 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening. Higher than 60 F or 15 Celsius, it is spring time weather again, :-), no need for heating.
2 Bathrooms, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Dining-Room, 1 Kitchen, 1 Living room
Sleeping1 Baby crib, Bed linen, 1 King bed, 3 Single bed
CookingChild's high chair, Cooking utensils, Dish washer, Kitchen stove, Oven, Refrigerator, Toaster
Heating/CoolingAir conditioning, Ceiling fans, Central heating
OutsidePrivate Balcony, Private Terrace
EntertainmentDVD-Player, Wireless Broadband Internet, Stereo system, Telephone
SanitaryBidet, Hair dryer, Essentials, Shower, Towel-set, Washbasin
LaundryBathroom & Laundry, Iron & Board, Washing machine
MiscellaneousBuzzer, First aid kit, Vacuum cleaner