Italy Travel


Real Southern Charm

My darling friend Margaret who lives in the US was doing a factory visit in Italy for her modern chic cashmere brand Frances Austen and we hatched a plan to spend a few days in Puglia together. I stumbled upon the amazing Palazzo Daniele and we basically built our mini break around that. We stayed in the southern part of Puglia – the first 2 nights in Gagliano Del Capo and the last 2 nights in Lecce where we met up with my sisters. It was dreamy. First up Gagliano del Capo…


Margaret picked me up at Salento Airport (aka Brindisi) on Wed morning and we drove down to Gagliano del Capo in the deep south of Puglia, a super tiny town, where the stunning Palazzo Daniele is located. It took us a bit under 1.5 hrs to get to our destination and it was just as breathtaking in real life as it is in pictures. Intricate frescoed ceilings and patterned floor tiles are balanced with modern minimalist furniture.

We decided to go large and booked the Suite Apartment which had two large ensuite rooms connected by a living room with access to a fully equipped kitchen and library space. There was a third room in this living quarter that can be booked, giving you private access to this entire wing.

Lunch on Day 1 was had at the hotel and comprised meatballs, the most delicious stuffed squid, grilled veg rounded off with a delicious semi freddo.

We then wandered the grounds and I feel asleep on one of the hammocks in a shaded grove at the back of the property, whilst Margaret headed to her room.

Post siesta, we geared ourselves up for our Oriechetti cooking class by stuffing our faces with some antipasti and wine

I would deffo recommend doing this class if you stay at the hotel. We had the most genial mama who didn’t speak English, so was accompanied by a delightful sous chef who did. We had such a fun laid back evening. We booked our stay via Mr & Mrs Smith and got this complimentary. Great value for money as you’ll be thoroughly stuffed by the end of it.