As I write this I’m sitting in a dorm room back in Pennsylvania. And while the air conditioning and wifi are nothing short of miraculous, I can’t help but miss my stiflingly hot room in Lecce, if only because the insane beauty of Southern Italy was right outside my door – or at least a 20 minute walk into the historical center.
So as I reminisce, here are my pictures and memories of my last two-ish weeks in Lecce.
August 16, 2016
Another beautiful trip to the Adriatic Sea. I’m a little sad that I didn’t take any pictures of the beach we visited several times, but I was a little worried about bringing my camera to the beach, but there’s not much that can be done about it now!
August 20, 2016
Matera was perhaps one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. The main historical center of the city was built from caves, with stone houses virtually piled on top of each other. The effect was simply stunning, and Matera will be the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in 2019, so it’s most definitely not something to miss.
Castel del Monte was another incredible site, a castle completely stripped of decoration by Bourbon conquerers. It’s hauntingly beautiful, with some incredible panoramic views of the surrounding areas.
August 21, 2016
We learned to make pasta!
August 22, 2016
Alberobello looks like something out of a fairytale. Our brief time there was so worthwhile, especially to see the trullis.
Much of the rest of the trip was spent in preparation for our presentations and review for our final exams, but on our last night we visited a Masseria in an olive grove. The food was amazing, and walking among the olive trees at midnight was basically magic.
Lecce was such an incredible experience that I feel very lucky to have had. It was the perfect way to spend time abroad, with some exceptional teachers and friends.
Stay posted for some less adventurous, but still fun content coming soon!