Lecce: Puglia’s Baroque Lady

ancient arch porta napoli in lecce puglia

Amy McPherson takes a tour around the baroque city of Lecce in Puglia and discovers that there is a lot more to the ‘Florence of the South’ than meets the eye. It seems that I am eating all the time in Lecce, which I find makes it appropriate to use this simile: Lecce is like the pastry flakes of a sfogliatella. There isn’t one thing in the city More...

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By Sarah Williamson On Monday, November 7th, 2022
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An Italian Christmas with Mario Matassa

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Bologna
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Falling hero

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Tuscany
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Our life in Tuscany

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Tuscany
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Living in Tuscany

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My life in Puglia

Suffolk-based Elaine Falken bought a two-bedroom trullo cottage in Puglia’s Itria Valley area in 2012. She spends two months there every summer as well as a month over Christmas, and she makes the house available More...

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The Grandeur of Venetian Palaces

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Finders, Keepers

Discover how the finest treasures of Pompeii found their way to Naples with Joe Gartman Images by Patricia Gartman Let’s say you’re a well-connected citizen of Pompeii back in about 80 BC (don’t worry, it’s More...

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Discover the Rolli Palaces of Genoa

The Palazzi dei Rolli are a living showcase for the wealth and power of certain 17th-century Genoese families The lavish Palaces of the Rolli were the ultimate display of familial affluence, influence and splendour More...