Italy Travel


Real Southern Charm


We kicked off our day with a hearty breakfast in the courtyard where a huge spread of pastries and savoury bits were on offer.

Consulting with the hotel, we decided on how to carve up our day: sighsteeing at Santa Maria Di Leuca; lunch at Lo Scalo in Novaglie; rounded off with a swim at Lido Marinelli.

1st stop…Santa Maria Di Leuca, a pretty palm tree round town, best know for its lighthouse and where the Adriatic converges with the Ionian Sea.

Santa Maria Di Leuca sign

Pretty palmed tree sidewalk


View of the famous lighthouse

The sea


We noticed a whole bunch of beach club restaurants here but our hotel had specifically recommended Lo Scalo, so we hopped back into our car and made our way there.

15 mins later we were in Novaglio pulling up to Lo Scalo, a peaceful open air restaurant with a covered roof overlooking the sea – just gorgeous. They have a little hall of fame with film stars like Jude Law, having been a past diner here.

We ordered a risotto which was OK; in hindsight, we should have just ordered fresh fish and I will do the next time I come here, as there’ll certainly be a next time.

Also, there’s a small decked space nestled beneath the restaurant, so you can go for a dip in the rocky shores, dry off and then get involved in the food. Perfection.

However, we didn’t stay put, onto the next location, we went…Lido Marinelli in Marino San Gregorio, which was like a 20 mins drive from Lo Scalo.

Lido Marinelli is a rather large decked beach club overlooking rocky waters. When we went in July, it was at 40% capacity which seemed mad to me. When trawling through instagram, I noticed a picture of Anna Dello Russo, originally from Bari and editor-at-large for Vogue Japan. So fashion-y Italians are hitting up these shores yet it’s not packed. Insane.

Anyhu, they serve up some proper nice gelato here, so make sure to order a couple if you decide to check this space out. They didn’t have any food on offer when we went, so can vouch for the gelato only (and the Aperol Spritz).

Before we left for the day, the guys at Palazzo Daniele asked if we would like to have dinner at the house, they suggested they could get some fresh fish and whip something us for us that evening. Who were we to disagree!

We had a fantastic dinner that night al fresco by the poolside – the highlight being the aubergine parmigiana – totally sublime!