I arrived in Lecce after a five and a half hour train ride from Rome. Lecce is known for its Baroque architecture and is often called the “Florence” of the south.
The walk to my B&B from the train station took me through a charming section of the old town with narrow, winding stone streets. I got cleaned up and once again the afternoon rain came, so I headed out anyway! Luckily this shower was short and the sun came back giving me a beautiful afternoon!
The first stop was the #1 sight to see, the Basilica di Santa Croce. Unfortunately it is undergoing a major renovation and won’t be revealed for two years. So, here’s the preview…
Next, I wandered over to Piazza del Duomo where I saw the Lecce Cathedral. It is also an amazing 17th century building constructed with Baroque architecture.
From here, I stopped for a glass of wine and some olive crackers (apparently the only food available at 5:00 PM??) before continuing through the old city. It was really relaxing to just take pictures and stroll around until dark.
After some dinner and a good nights rest, I was recharged and ready to find my way to Galatone for the yoga retreat. I walked back to the train station and found a train leaving 15 minutes later. It took about 30 minutes to get to the Galatone station and then a 30 minute walk to the gorgeous Campi Latini! It is a stunning property in the middle of olive and fruit trees with a bright, refreshing pool. I’ve already met a few of the others and several of them also met Nickyy, the instructor, at Vagabond Temple in Cambodia. It’s nice we have the common bond with such a peaceful and enlightening and place!
So, with this, I’m going to sign off for a few days and soak up the Italian sun!
Peace, Love and Hugs!