Are you looking for where to stay in Lecce, Puglia? Then check out our full review of the B&B Le Giravolte, a cosy place in the historic heart of Lecce. After staying three days at the hotel, we share our impressions and all the information about it.
Where to stay in Lecce, Puglia – The B&B Le Giravolte
Giuseppe and his partner, Daniela, are the ones behind the Bread and Breakfast Le Giravolte. He is an architect and she is a real estate developer. Together, they have a perfect combination of expertise and the result is a cosy and comfortable accommodation, with modern decor full of references to the local culture.
The Le Giravolte is very charming. In fact, if wasn’t for their very casual and hospitable relation – and the B&B on its name – it would more like a boutique hotel.
The location of the B&B Le Giravolte is one of the highlights of the place. It is in the historic centre of Lecce, less than 600 meters from the Duomo, the Roman Amphitheatre and the train station.
Actually, the B&B is housed inside an old mansion and is a historical sight in itself, helping to tell the story of this beautiful city known as “Italy’s Baroque Capital“, or even the “Florence of the South“.
In short, Le Giravolte could not be better located and given the small size of the historic centre of Lecce, the B&B is a walking distance from all the main sights of the town.
Le Giravolte has only three rooms, “Porta San Biagio“, “Porta Rudiae” and “Porta Napoli“, referring to the gates of access to the historic centre of Lecce. All of them are en-suites with a double bed and a balcony. Also, two of them have a sofa bed, ideal to accommodate small families.
What we like most is the originality of each room. It’s impossible to select the most beautiful one. Giuseppe and Daniele thought of every detail, from the chandeliers to the colours chosen, bedding and furniture, giving the B&B all the charm and the feeling of welcome.
On the first floor, there are the three bedrooms and the living and dining room. However, on the upper floor, the Le Giravolte has a huge roof terrace. We spent most of our time up there, enjoying the sunset and the view of the towers of the dozens of churches and basilicas of Lecce.
We were delighted with Le Giravolte’s terraza. The place is delightful, filled with flowers, cacti, ornaments, sofas and armchairs. They are mostly made of pallets and comfortable cushions, giving a rustic touch super charming.
It was exactly up there where we spent our last day in Lecce. The two of us plus Giuseppe enjoyed around a campfire that he prepared for us a good wine, eating aperitivo and sharing stories of life.
This experience only reinforced our desire to prioritize this type of hosting more and more. In the end, B&Bs offer the comfort of a hotel together with the hospitality of a family home as well as presenting a unique opportunity to learn more about local culture and history. We can say for sure that we left Le Giravolte with one more new friend.
The breakfast at Le Giravolte is great – as is everything that refers to the food in Puglia – and is included in the room rate.
The owners serve a variety of fruits, pastries, breads and cold cuts, most prepared by themselves, with organic ingredients from the area. A delight!
Price of the rooms
The price starts at 95 euros per night, but varies according to the time of year. During the summer months, the price is more expensive.