La Fiermontina, Lecce

Italy

An exclusive urban resort with an artistic side

La Fiermontina is an oasis in the heart of the Baroque city of Lecce. Fragrant olive and orange trees line the shady gardens, which directly border the city’s ancient walls. Original sculptures are dotted throughout the grounds. It’s here that you’ll find the tranquil outdoor pool, surrounded by cushioned sun loungers. After a day spent exploring, there’s nowhere better to unwind.

The design is a skilful fusion of the ancient and modern. Inside the hotel’s traditional limestone walls, an impressive collection of contemporary antiques and artwork includes pieces by Le Corbusier and Tobia Scarpa. If you’re an art lover, you’ve come to the right place.

Rooms are a work of art in themselves. Each is spacious and unique, with original alcoves and stone fireplaces. The muted colour scheme ensures you’ll feel immediately relaxed, while vintage furniture and custom textiles add an appropriate sense of style. We highly recommend the first floor Hermes Suite for its star-pinnacled ceiling and private terrace overlooking the gardens.

The location is perfect. Nothing beats a stroll around the historical centre’s spiderweb of streets and alleyways, squares and churches. Or be chauffeured around the Salento in the hotel’s own vintage tuk tuk for an authentically Italian way to see the sights.

The fine-dining restaurant serves up modern Puglian meals using locally-sourced ingredients. Try the signature pasta cooked with turnip greens, which is best enjoyed alfresco on the terrace.

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Location

La Fiermontina lies within the ancient walls of the Baroque city of Lecce, deep in in Puglia’s southern Salento region. Brindisi is the closest airport, a 45-minute transfer away, or Bari is a two-hour road journey.

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