Travel Dream - Spring 2020

PUGLIA FOR DISCERNING TRAVELLERS The ‘Heel’ of Italy’s boot is one of the country’s most historic and beautiful regions, with a fascinating legacy of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Norman and Spanish invasions, ancient olive groves and vineyards which date back millennia, and pristine sandy beaches on the Adriatic Sea.Wherever you travel in Puglia, you will find spectacular natural landscapes and architecture, as well as delicious local cuisine of which the locals are intensely proud. However, it is the south of the region which is perhaps most evocative, bounded by the Adriatic to the east and the Ionian Sea to the west, and home to beautiful yet little-visited towns such as Taranto, Otranto, Gallipoli and Lecce, known as the ‘Florence of the South’, for its exuberant Baroque architecture. HOTEL OF THE MONTH La Fiermontina & Palazzo Bozzi Corso, Lecce In the heart of Lecce’s old town is one of our favourite hotels, La Fiermontina, and its sister property the Palazzo Bozzi Corso.These two privately-owned hotels offer a calm, oasis-like atmosphere within walking distance of the basilica.At La Fiermontina you will find an ‘urban resort’ housed within a 17th century building with its own private garden which contains a swimming pool, ancient olive trees and bronze sculptures from the family’s private collection.The restaurant serves traditional Pugliese cuisine with a modern touch, either in the elegant dining room or amid the orange trees.There are just 16 rooms, decorated in a contemporary and minimalist style with modern art and designer furnishings.A short walk away is Palazzo Bozzi Corso, a former palace built by Gabriele Bozzi Corso in 1775, which offers ten stylish suites and a palm-filled courtyard garden, just five minutes’ walk from the Duomo and Basilica Santa Croce. 4 nights for the price of 3 in April, October and November: Price from £879 per person, saving £145 staying in a classic double room at La Fiermontina Price from £1,149 per person, saving £220 staying in a suite at the Palazzo Bozzi Corso Includes flights, car hire or private transfers, accommodation with breakfast, a private aperitivo with the owner including drinks and homemade pizza and the services of the Kirker Concierge. Puglia: A Land of Conquest Ask for details of our six night Kirker Cultural Tour of Puglia, departing on 17 May and 11 October 2020, with prices from £1,992 per person. For more information please contact Travel Dream on 01483 865970