Travel Blogs from Gallipoli
... established we went off to town to wander around the magnificent old town and eventually have diner. How do the Italians turn a simple few ingredients into a marvellous meal? My pasta was to die for, eat much more and I probably will.... The old town is unbelievably beautiful, every street a potential postcard picture. I suspect we are going to see more in the next few weeks. Tomorrow we will be in Sicily.
... smaller towns are not as touristy.
They hate the Turks in Lecce. This is because of a war and dominance by the Turks over the people of Lecce. The symbol/emblem of Lecce is a dolphin with a half moon in its mouth. The half moon represents Turkey - the dolphin (representing the people of Lecce) is eating the Turks.
The guide who took us for a walk around the old town shed a new light for me on baroque architecture:
Coming out ...
... condition were having some repair work done. We then discovered we were the hotels ONLY guests. We subsequently discovered that the "season" didn't start till June, so many attractions may not open till then......... That might also apply to a significant number of hotels!
As we were out of a village, ate at the hotel restaurant each night. The restaurant was set up ready to receive 100's, with just us. Needless to ...
... majority of the towns, there was barely a hotel open. Many of the hotels obviously hadn't been open for a while, inspite of their advertising along the road. Where there was the odd hotel open, the town struggled to have an eatery that might be open in the evening.
While not getting desperate, were quite relieved when we discovered Hotel dei Bizantini, just outside Campo dei Messapi.
... wind and wandered along the front and through the town. Scattered throughout the village, and especially so closer to the harbour, were some absolutely magnificent homes set in stately gardens. Some still in use, others in need of repair. Quite a surprise given the smaller villages we'd driven through on the way south. Perhaps the extensive marina was the key, crowded with expensive ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Free parking