Tag: Lecce

A Hidden Gem in South Italy – Il Monastero Lecce

Posted on June 18th, by joanna in Uncover. No Comments

Searching out Bed & Breakfast accommodation online can turn out to be a hit-or-miss experience for many travellers, sometimes landing a place that turns out to be a massive, mass market hotel or hostel.

The traditional B&B would be small, usually operating out of a house or property, but these days with internet listings, a search for B&B would give you much different results from that.

Travelling through Italy in the Spring and staying at some ten different establishments, we learnt the meaning of the word home when we found this gem in Lecce.

Il Monastero, Lecce

The capital of the province of Lecce, in South Italy, Lecce is also called the “Florence of the South” because of the Baroque monuments found there. For us, it was the gateway to exploring the southern coast of Italy, Salento.

Il Monastero is the perfect place in Lecce … Read More »

For The Love Of Sandals in Salento

Posted on June 8th, by joanna in Uncover. 1 Comment

“The first pair of sandals he made were for me,” quips Elisabetta, the wife of sandal designer Rino Del Beato. They helm Erredibi, a line of leather bags, accessories and sandals, which Rino proudly declares as the original Salento sandal. Establishing himself in 1976 as an artigianale, Italian for artisan, he wanted to distinct himself from the leather workers. Starting with leather bags, briefcases, belts and wallets, the sandal collection premièred at the 1984 trade show for leather in Florence.

Walk along the narrow streets of Otranto and you’ll find sandal stores at every corner. Fitted with beige soles and thick leather straps, these local sandals will bring you from the beach to the bar during the peak summer months in this coastal town located in the Puglia region of Italy.


We had chanced across the Erredibi store while exploring the town, quiet during spring. … Read More »


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