With some beautiful furnished terraces, equipped also with a mini-pool (with hot water), and offering a 360°-view over the historic centre, Palazzetto Giravolta is a charming property in the heart of Lecce, in a quiet neighborhood at a few steps from the renowned “Piazza del Duomo”, the square of the town’s Cathedral.
The house consists of two levels, above the ground floor. A nice portal makes way inside from the street, in a beautiful entrance hall which immediately gives a taste of the atmosphere full of character of the entire Palazzetto; here you can park your bicycles and climb upstairs to the first floor. The main apartment, featuring classic architecture typical of the XIX century and comfortable design interiors, can accommodate up to 6 people, comprising a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and two twin/double bedrooms each with en-suite shower room. Going upstairs to the second floor, there are the terraces, arranged in different equipped areas, from where access is gained to the annex which can host up to 3 people, having a double bedroom plus a single sofa-bed in the little living room, and provided with en-suite shower-room.
An elegant hall makes way, to the left, to the master bedroom with bathroom, to the right, to a twin/double bedroom with en-suite shower room, and straight ahead to the spacious and sunny living room. From here, one continues into the design kitchen and dining room and then gets out onto a long balcony leading to the third twin/double bedroom with en-suite shower room. All rooms of the apartment have wide French-windows opening onto balconies overlooking either a little inner courtyard or the charming little street from which one accesses the Palazzetto, which is so quiet and picturesque.
From the entrance landing, one further climbs up to the second floor, encountering first a little laundry room on the left (provided with washing&drying machine and an additional fridge) and then getting out onto the terraces. Here, on the right, there is the entrance to the annex, comprising a lovely sitting room with a single sofa-bed and a double bedroom with en-suite shower room. The terraces are organized in different sections, all provided with sunshades. The first section is equipped with a 4m-long sofa, some loungers and other garden furniture. The second one is set up as an outdoor dining area with a 12-seat table and a BBQ, where to enjoy al-fresco dining with friends and family in the lovely spring and summer nights; in this section there is also an outdoor shower (with hot water). Lastly, climbing up a stone staircase, one gets onto the upper terrace section where there is the mini-pool (with whirlpool and hot water) and a solarium with sunbeds. All this outdoor space is a haven of rest above the rooftops, from where one can overlook the bell towers of the nearby churches and the other palazzi all around, and admire wonderful sunsets over the old town.
Why we like itThe original and eclectic interior style, which audaciously brings together pieces of furniture and objects belonging to different periods; on the same note, the house features several “cult” objects of contemporary design, and original works of arts echoing the colors of the Pompeian-like frescoes of the walls brought to light thanks to the restoration, as well as the overall classic architecture typical of the Baroque houses of Lecce. Staying here, you will experience an atmosphere that is charming, cosy and enlivening.
Need to knowPalazzetto Giravolta might not be suitable for families with very young children (under 7 y.o.), since there are various staircases, balconies and terraces, a mini-pool, and a very well-tended decoration, which would all require extra vigilance and care.
DistancesPalazzetto Giravolta is in the heart of the historic centre at about 150 m from the famous Piazza del Duomo, close to all downtown facilities, and at a few steps from a nice neighborhood market just outside Porta Rudiae.
Restaurants: plenty of choice in a 500 m radius, but lovely “La Cantina delle Streghe” and “La Barca di Mario” at just 100 m.
Seaside and beaches: San Cataldo and the natural reserve “Le Cesine” ; Beach club "Ultima spiaggia"- 12 km; Torre Specchia Ruggeri - 18 km
18-hole golf club: Acaya - 12 km
Santa Maria di Leuca (Finibus Terrae): 72 km
Otranto (renowned for the beautiful Cathedral and the amazing sea): 35 km
Gallipoli (the last outpost of the Magna Grecia): 36 km
Airports: Brindisi - 45 km; Bari - 168 km