- There’s something lovely about breakfast on a terrace with a beautiful view. Do you agree?
Today we sat on the terrace and had coffee and planned our day.
We planned a trip to the beach but before we left we spoke to Sonia our host at the Palazzo. I asked could we have a tour of the house as our Swiss friends had yesterday and told us the owners were happy to show guests their house.
She was lovely and organised her father to take us.
We had to walk out our door No 27 and along to No 39 -they own it all. We re entered and Luigi Senape was there to greet us. He guided us through their private Palazzo. Too many rooms to count. All very luxurious. He explained the family history – all in Italian and we understood almost all.
The Palazzo has been in the family for 300 years. Luigi grew up in this place and like his father was an advocat – a lawyer.
There are many old valuable items in the house including 3 pianos, one a grand which Luigi plays.
Lost in translation!
So after the Grand Tour we left for the rest of our day…….
A drive down the coast road to the tip of Italy. A little seaside place called Santa Maria da Leuca.
To get there we drove past : hundreds if not thousands of Italian beach lovers with their umbrellas, plastic deck chairs, buckets, spades, blow up play things. And all the women wear bikinis. Young, old, thin and not so thin. I’m definitely overdressed.
It’s a colourful scene and proves its not just Australians who love the beach!
We stopped for coffee at a little beach side cafe. All blue and white tables and a smiley, friendly nonna served us – but it was very windy so we didn’t swim.
We passed trattorias, osterias, cafes, apertivi bars, camping grounds, holiday homes with shutters down against the heat or …..perhaps they were empty?
We arrived at SS d Leuca in time for a lovely swim and picked a place for lunch right on the beach. The place in the photo above the blue umbrellas.
We watched the swimmers and soaked up the atmosphere.
Naturally we finished with a gelato – just a small one! As we walked also the promenade.
We arrived back at Gallipoli and our Palazzo Senape and decided to take another swim. This time at the beach at the end of our street.
I love the blue mats running down the sand so when you get out you don’t have to get sandy! This beach unlike many of the rocky beaches has coarse sand.
We’re back at the Palazzo writing and preparing for dinner at Bastion a lovely looking restaurant recommended by our hosts.