Home is…

Where I feel well and have my friends around…and after this experience here, I can definitely say that Lecce in Puglia is home!

First thing you do when you arrive back in Lecce is…

To drink caffè leccese in piazza, ovvio 🙂 , where you can feel the beautiful atmosphere created by the building, sun and people.

What advice would you give to a tourist?

Go with the flow, discover the streets of Lecce at night, buy from the street artists, make friends, eat puccia, take Lecce like a huge free museum…and drink “caffè leccese” 🙂

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If you had to be locked in a building overnight, which would it be?

I would choose Castello Carlo V, because I was there during the night and it was special. This big massive castle seems it’s protecting the city, with huge rooms inside make you feel like you are living in a different time.

Best place for a romantic holiday in Lecce?

One of the huge villas in the historical centre…

What would you do if you were Mayor for the day?

If i could be the Mayor for a day, I would forbid the traffic (even if few) in the old city…and then take a holiday in Lecce to watch the magic atmosphere and how much Lecce is fascinating with “touristic eyes”.

Earliest Lecce memory?

When I arrived at Scuola Mondo Italia, the best school in Lecce, and the big smile of Maria that welcomes you with so much friendship!

Best meal you’ve had in Lecce?

Orecchiette con burrata e…pasticciotto!

If you could buy any building in Lecce, which would it be?

A beautiful villa in the centre with volte a stella, an amazing cortile and a roof top terrace with the view of the Duomo.

What are your favourite late-night hangouts?

Mamma Elvira, Quanto basta, Bar Il Moro…and all pubs around Santa Croce and Santa Chiara area because the atmosphere is great!

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What is your favourite Lecce discovery?

Apart from “caffè leccese”, the Roman theatre where I attended also a contemporary dance show the same night…even if I still discover news things all the time I am in the centre

Best advice for other students of Scuola Mondo Italia?

Make friends from Lecce, go out with them, speak Italian as much as you can. Parla, parla, parla and relax and enjoy!

Ivana, from Croatia, student @ Scuola Mondo Italia in Lecce, Puglia

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