by Victoria De Maio
Although this was my third visit to Puglia, I continue to be delighted by its beauty and uniqueness. The stunning architecture, the rich artistic history and culture, and the marvelous lifestyle. Let’s take a glimpse at three of her gems: Lecce, Gallipoli and Otranto. Lecce is called “the Florence of the south” . Sophisticated and friendly, it will surprise you as you walk through the historic center amid effusively ornamented Baroque churches, palazzos and balconies…
Gallipoli, is the known as “the city of the fishermen”and “the pearl of the Ionian”…as you stroll along her stunning sea front ramparts, you can look out, as far as the eye can see, onto the pristine aquamarine waters of the Ionian. Then, just meander along the charming passageways and explore her cultural and historical sites (and her inviting shops). Otranto is the easternmost city in #Puglia. Small and yet cosmopolitan, its medieval towers, gently winding streets, and important cathedral has been hosting pilgrims for centuries. Characterized by rich histories and traditions, all of these cities demand our respect and admiration.