The Roof Barocco Suite B&B is a special place to stay, with just two suites located on the top floor of an 18th-century house. Owned and operated by a husband and wife, the property feels like a home, but better. The B&B's warm, welcoming vibe begins out front, as cars park on the cobblestone street before the white facade decorated with sprays of purple cascading flowers. The welcome basket filled with homemade and locally sourced artisanal delicacies, such as biscuits and olive oil, sets the tone for a one-of-a-kind, pampered stay in historic Lecce. If rooms are booked, try the nearby and similarly priced Centro Storico B&B, housed in a 16th-century palace.
Fresh flowers everywhere, elaborate tile work from 1700, fabulous terrace
The Rooftop Barrocco Suite B&B feels like staying in someone's home -- someone with the decorating skills of a more soulful Martha Stewart. The lovely rooftop terraces have ample seating, overflow with plants, and have panoramic views of Lecce. Some areas of the property have original tile work dating back to 1700; the bright colors and elaborate patterns are unmistakably antique, adding to the hotel's historic feeling. There is a private kitchen and dining room used for cooking classes and private dinners. These areas are particularly well decorated with oil paintings, a glass chandelier, numerous candelabras, and a floor made up of antique tiles portraying griffons and other mythical creatures. The building is filled with antiques, large and small, but never feels stodgy or museum-like. Instead, this B&B feels lived-in and fresh -- a delightful place to spend a vacation in Puglia.
Hidden away on a winding street in Lecce's historic center
The Roof Barocco Suite B&B is ideally located in the historic center of Lecce, tucked away on one of the university town's labyrinthine cobblestone streets. The street is closed to cars in the evening, so guests arriving by car must phone ahead to the inn to be allowed access by local police. There is street parking just outside the front door. The inn is very close to the Piazzetta Arte della Stampa, a picturesque little square surrounded by historic buildings. All around there are bars, cafes, restaurants, street food, monuments, and historic churches, including the baroque Church of San Matteo, circa 1667.
Rooftop terraces, welcome basket with local delicacies, beautiful antiques
The rooms at the Roof Barocco Suite B&B are pristine and homey, furnished with antiques, Persian carpets, 19th-century Tiffany lamps, and handmade floor tiles. Sheets are embroidered linen, and beds have pretty damask coverlets. Both rooms have cooking facilities with modern appliances, and open onto private terraces with seating and panoramic rooftop views. Guests are greeted with welcome baskets filled with local, artisanal delicacies, and the morning breakfast basket overflows with homemade cakes and yogurt, pastries, fresh fruit, and more. Minibars, too, are fully stocked with fresh produce, juice, and homemade limoncello. This B&B is the definition of intimate, personalized, and memorable luxury.
The owners of the Roof Barocco Suite B&B will arrange private Italian cooking classes or dinner parties in their antique-filled, but up-to-date, kitchen and dining room. The focus is on local, artisanal cuisine of the highest quality, from the food in the minibars to the treats in the breakfast and welcome baskets. Homemade watermelon jam and the owner's (legendary) truffles and eggs are two examples. There is no on-site restaurant serving regular meals, but the owner will prepare room service on request, and offers insightful recommendations for local cafes.
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