Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Car advised
  • Nearest beach 10km

Due to its unique location, "Le Armelline" is the ideal place to spend a pleasant stay literally surrounded by the beauty and peaceful vitality of the historic centre of Lecce, in direct contact with its churches, alleys, courts, palaces , the archaeological monuments, craft shops, typical restaurants and cafes. All places of cultural and tourist interest of the old town and of its lively night life can be found in close proximity of the apartment and can be easily reached in a few minutes stroll.

"Le Armelline" is also a good choice to visit and discover the Salento: you can leave every day from your “basis” in Lecce for a different tour to the beautiful near places of the Salento coast (Otranto, Santa Cesarea, Castro, Leuca, Gallipoli, Porto Cesareo ...), or to the beautiful towns and villages of the hinterland (Acaya, Galatina, the picturesque villages of “Salento Greece” and Cape Leuca, ...), to return in the evening to your comfortable and nice home in the heart of the "capital city" of Salento.

The house is a typical building with beautiful vaulted ceilings in all the rooms, recently renovated, furnished in a fresh style in which contemporary and old style are blended .

The apartment can accommodate up to a maximum of 5 people plus a baby in the cradle, and is rented to a single customer. It consists of a kitchen / dining room fully equipped, two double bedrooms, two bathrooms with shower, a small loft with a single bed (comfortable Japanese futon), a small laundry room with washing machine, a small cloister. It's equipped with heating, bed linen and towels, pots and pans, crockery, cutlery and any other useful accessory. In the summer the rooms are naturally cool and do not need the air conditioner, which is still present in the smaller bedroom.

"The Armelline" is run directly by the owners, who live nearby and are happy to offer any assistance and information to make your stay as pleasant as possible, comfortable and interesting.

The apartment is not allowed to bring pets and smoking is forbidden

Size Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach San Cataldo - Adriatic Sea 10 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Brindisi 38 km, Nearest railway: Lecce 1 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

General Central heating, Air conditioning, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Access Parking
Further details indoors

There is also a small cloister with table, chairs and sun umbrella; heating; local culture books, travel guides, city maps, road maps.

"The Armelline" is run directly by the owners, who live nearby and are happy to offer any assistance and information to make your stay as pleasant as possible, comfortable and interesting.

Further details outdoors

The Armelline is in the limited traffic zone reserved for residents, but it can be reached by car freely until

22.00 for loading and unloading luggage. After this period, access is allowed only to authorized vehicles.

When you're about to reach Lecce call us at 338 4355557. You'll have to get by car "Porta Napoli," where we'll expect you to welcome and guide you by car to the house, which is only 400 meters. .

Once you drop your bags and take care of formalities, we'll guide you to the parking area of Porta Napoli, where you can leave your car in peace to enjoy your stay in Lecce. Parking we recommend is partially preserved and costs only € 5.00 per day, with the possibility of get in and out several times a day at any time.

There are also many other parks, all close to the house, with rates similar to or even less.

Sundays and public holidays, free parking.

The Puglia/Molise region

“Le Armelline” is located in Lecce, the main town of Salento, the south-eastern extremity of the Apulia region of Italy: it is a sub-peninsula of the main Italian Peninsula, sometimes described as the southernmost part of the "heel" of the Italian "boot". Salento peninsula is a rock of limestone dividing the Adriatic Sea from the Ionian Sea, known also as "peninsula salentina". Salento is pretty special, full of southern Italian ebullience and a heady mix of traditions, artistic attractions, gastronomy, folk music and – first of all – rural an marine natural beauty. In the local dialect the Salento is described as follows: “Salento, lu Sule, lu Mare, lu Ientu” (“The Salento: The Sun, The Sea and The Wind”).

The Salento begins (more or less - because differing opinions do exist!) where the hills of the Valle d'Itria end. From there, the land becomes a long flat tongue of land that laps two seas: the Adriatic to the the east, the Ionian to the west.

The Salento is home to some of Italy's loveliest towns and cities: the sea-front fortified gems of Gallipoli and Otranto, the creamy baroque sophistication of Lecce and the luxurious seaside Liberty pleasures of Leuca.

But the Salento is also full to brimming with small sleepy towns that are off the tourist trail but greatly worth visiting for their unspoilt historic centres and their unassuming genuineness. Examples include Acaya, Specchia, Galatina, Maglie and the so-called Greek towns of Calimera, Carpignano Salentino, Castrignano dei Greci, Corigliano d’Otranto, Cutrofiano, Martano, Martignano, Melpignano, Soleto, Sternatia and Zollino.

These towns - around 20km south of Lecce - preserve the Salento's strong historic ties with Greece, dating back thousands of years. The local dialect, 'Grika', and many of the area's gastronomic, cultural and religious traditions have evident Hellenic roots which are celebrated with frequent festivals, including the hugely popular and energetic Notte della Taranta.

The Salento's hinterland plays a fundamental role in Italy's agricultural economy, producing enomous quantities of excellent olive oil and full-bodied, robust wines, such as Negroamaro, Primitivo di Manduria and Salice Salentino.

It is the long and varied coastline, however, that is the major attraction for the area's tourist industry. Home to some of Italy's loveliest beaches and most dramatic rocky coastline, the Salento is a haven for sea lovers. From the southernmost tip near Leuca, running up the west coast to Gallipoli, Porto Selvaggio, Porto Cesareo and beyond, is a vast almost non-stop strip of paradisiacal golden sand and transparent azure waters. To the east, the Adriatic coastline is more varied, offering sandy beaches, Karstic grottoes, chalk cliffs and salt-water lagoons: San Cataldo, Torre dell’Orso, Laghi Alimini, Otranto, Porto Badisco, Santa Cesarea, Castro Marina, Tricase.

So, if you're looking for a holiday destination with a great climate, dreamy beaches, beautiful historic towns, delicious food and wine and fun for all the family... come to the Salento!

Lecce

Built in the local soft creamy limestone with dazzling architectural surprises around every corner, Lecce is a minor Baroque masterpiece. Its spider's web of streets offer a kaleidoscopic mix of long-range vistas, alluring glimpses and playful perspectives that have long enchanted visitors.

Supported by a history going back at least 2,500 years, modern-day Lecce is the main town on Puglia's Salento peninsula and a major draw for the area's tourism industry. Its 95,000 inhabitants haven't forgotten their roots, however, and the production and sale of olive oil, wine and ceramics continues to be the mainstay of the local economy.

Legend tells us that a town existed near the site of Lecce right back at the time of the Trojan Wars, though this is hard to verify. What is sure, however, is that the town was taken over by the Romans in the 3rd century BC. Evidently not caring much for its position, they moved it 3km north, began developing its potential and renamed it Licea.

The Emperor Hadrian spent considerable time and resources fortifying it (he loved building walls remember!) and oversaw the building of an archetypally straight Roman road linking the town to the coast (at modern day San Cataldo, about 10km away). The town's stature was assured with the construction of a 25,000-seater amphitheatre and a theatre.

With the fall of Rome, Lecce eventually came under the control of Byzantium in 549 and it remained thus until the arrival of the Normans in the 11th century. It prospered greatly as part of the Kingdom of Sicily and from 1053 to 1463 it was one of the most important towns in southern Italy.

The early 17th century saw a new invasion, but this time of a cultural variety: the Baroque! Over the course of a hundred or so years, the town changed face almost completely. Existing churches and buildings were given makeovers and many new ones were built by ambitious young architects whose fantasy new no bounds. Baroque Lecce was born and most still survives to wow visitors.

Sights to see while strolling through Lecce's lovely streets

Piazza del Duomo is a real treat, surrounded, as it is, by some delightful buildings. The Duomo itself was built originally in 1144 but with the arrival of the Baroque zealots in the mid-17th century it was given a facelift and a 70m-high bell tower was added for good measure.

The Basilica di Santa Croce has one of the finest and most intricate Baroque facades in Italy. The level of detail is quite stunning and the evident perfectionism of its creators most probably contributed to the building's exceptionally long period of gestation: it took over 200 years to complete before it was finally opened for worship in 1695.

The Church of Saints Niccolo’ and Cataldo is a fascinating Norman church built by King Tancred of Sicily in 1180. The façade was significantly embellished with statues and other decorative art in the early 1700s, but the impressive original portal fortunately remained. The result is a fascinating mix of Norman austerity and Italianate Baroque fussiness.

The Statue of Saint Oronzo: Saint Oronzo is the beloved patron saint of Lecce. The column from which his statue surveys the old town centre of Lecce was orignally one of two that signalled the end of the Roman Via Appia in Brindisi. It arrived in Lecce in the 17th century as a gift from the people of Brindisi, who believed that their neighbour's patron Saint had interceded on their behalf and save their town from the plague.

Under the gaze of Saint Oronzo's statue is Lecce's Roman amphitheatre, built at the end of the 2nd Century BC. A series of earthquakes, bombardments and unfortunate town-planning initiatives meant that it remained buried and forgotten until after the 2nd World War, when excavations began. About two thirds of the arena were uncovered and archaeologists have calculated that it would have measure some 100x80m with a capacity of around 25,000 spectators.

Il Castello di Carlo V: Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain (just two of his many titles), inherited vast swathes of Europe, including the south-east of Italy. Plagued by attacks from the bothersome Ottomans, he ordered a series of towers and fortifications to be built along the coast of Puglia. One such work was the castle in Lecce, built between 1539 and 1549 on the site of an existing Norman fortress. Its muscular ramparts belie the beauty of the interiors, which feature a delightful central courtyard and a series of halls decorated to suit the tastes of a Holy Roman Emperor. Today the castle plays host to cultrual and artistic events.

A quintessentially southern Italian town, bursting with piazzas and palazzi, Lecce's old town centre is a wonderful setting for the strolling visitor. Cafés, bars and restaurants flank the streets offering refreshments and front row seats from which to observe the comings and goings of the locals as they go about their daily business.