Italy Travel


Lecce - Florence of the South


Sat AM, we were given a guided tour of M.A.M.A, La Fiormentina’s private museum. We explored this private collection of amazing sculptures by Antonia Fiermontina’s two lovers.

After our tour, we were kindly invited to the kitchen where we were offered coffee and the most delicious almond cake.

Returning to the hotel, we slung our bathing suits into our bags and headed to Otranto for some beach action at Lido Castellano, about a 40 mins drive from Palazzo Bozzi Corso.

We had lunch at La Castellana, a family friendly beach club in Otranto.

We all opted for the wonderfully juicy prawns and a salad except Margaret who ordered the Frise which was also very good. Nice glass of aperol spritz to wash things down.

Post beach shenanigans, we drove back to the hotel (and by ‘we’ I really mean Margaret, lol) where we had dinner as it was pissing it down and we couldn’t be arsed to venture out; and boy am I glad we stayed put. They converted the Games Room into a relaxed and elegant dining space complete with candle lights.

The menu is focused on Pugliese cuisine: we had some delightful meatballs to start; the most delicious fava bean puree topped with spinach; a decent aubergine parmigiana; a simple pasta dish and a octopus in tomato sauce dish with crouton chunks scattered in it.

For dessert, the tiramisu and milk ice cream were quality. In sum, the meal was good, not spectacular but I thoroughly enjoyed the overall semi private dining experience (there was one other table of hotel guests) and would deffo eat here again when I revisit this wonderful property. The service here is also insane – they can’t do enough for you.