Friday, September 25, 2015

Lecce - Patria Palace, Cartapesta, La Torre di Merlino

14 Sept 2013- Lecce, the beautiful and also a busy town among all the towns that i have been in this trip, and let me count, alright, we have visited 8 towns in 5 days, and each town giving its unique baroque architecture buildings, and fun tourism.

Lecce is one important town in Apulia/Puglia, especially it gives you lots of more historial architecture confection of palaces and churches.

This is a good website info about Lecce tourism - http://www.leccenelsalento.it/


Gianni had arranged this beautiful fine hotel for us to stay - Hotel Patria Palace Lecce - MGallery Collection. it is a 5-star hotel, and yes, I agreed no more.
http://www.mgallery.com/it/hotel-8515-patria-palace-lecce-mgallery-collection/index.shtmlAddress: Piazzetta Riccardi, 13, 73100 Lecce LE
Phone:0832 245111

Comfortable hotel bedroom is ready for me!





After settling down, we made a tour in Lecce.


1st stop was Basilica Di S. Croce, a baroque church, completed in 1695.


Basilica di Santa Croce
Add: Via Umberto I, 3, 73100 Lecce LE
Tel: 0832 241957




Next, we took a brisk walk into the Lecce garden, where we can see lots of statues.






Gianni and wife, Nilde brought us to Enogastronomia Povero in Lecce.

https://www.facebook.com/enogastronomia.povero/timeline

Add: Via Rubichi 4, Lecce, Italy
Tel: +39 333 456 7892

*However, the facebook is not active at all. And when I googled, it direct me to another cake shop name, funny.




And so, we sat down, and Gianni and the host suggested good food as per below:




Buratta cheese





Pasta, but I remembered that I don't really like this.















La Parmigiana e Melanzane - delicious eggplants with tomato, mozzarella & parmesan cheese

Now, this one...oh my god...seeing this, make me feel scared to eat cheese....see so many cheeses for you to choose!





We took a group photo together.








Standing tall is Colonna Di S. Oronzo, saying hello to us, 29 meters away from us.

http://www.leccenelsalento.it/colonna-s-oronzo/








http://www.leccenelsalento.it/anfiteatro-romano/
Anfiteatro Romano/ Roman Amphitheatre
Address: Piazza Sant'Oronzo, Lecce LE






Lots of people lock their love in Lecce, aiks, if only I could join the fun as well...but we were rushing....well, guess I can only play with the lock back at home, boring...




At the same time, Lecce is having a grand Pope event in the church.




We managed to see Porta Napoli, a monument located in Piazzetta Arco di Trionfo, Lecce LE. See how big the door was?


Choo choo...here come the cute tour train....


I like this 'la Casa dell Artiaianato Leccese' shop, as Lecce is famous with all the clay doll and arts.







Lecce is famous with doing all this handmade paper-marche souvenirs.



Bought myself a lovely pair of earrings, made of light papers!





And we stopped by La Torre di Merlino for our dinner. I tell you this place is full, packed with people, and everyone don't mind waiting for the food.

Saw people rated 4 stars out of 5 from the internet, this shows how great the food was.


http://www.torredimerlino.it/
Address: Via Giambattista del Tufo, 10, 73100 Lecce LE
Phone:0832 242091







Creamy seafood pasta for me, I was a fish and vegetable girl at that time.



Hey, margerita pizza, tomato and cheese as topping.




We also ordered bacon pizza.


It was a super delicious dinner!
After the dinner, we took a long romantic night walk in the city of Lecce....amazing....

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