Holidays to Vernole put you in Italy’s secluded south, offering up countryside views, traditional cuisine and easy access to Lecce.
Vernole is a tiny village that sits in the south of Italy’s stiletto heel. Holidaymakers come here for the peace and quiet. Plus, it’s near to a huge nature reserve filled with sand dunes and a range of birdlife. There are a couple of nearby towns to explore, too, which boast traditional restaurants and beautiful architecture.
Close to Lecce
A 20-minute drive lands you in Lecce – Puglia’s so-called Baroque capital. One of the most famous landmarks here is the Basilica di Santa Croce, a church which rose to fame in the 17th century. It’s a beautiful building, and is enveloped by lots of cafés, restaurants and shops.
To the north, you’ve got the village of Acaya. It’s full to the brim with history, hence its nickname of the Fortified City. The main draw here is a UNESCO-protected castle, which was built in the 16th century. It’s made up of two large towers, a drawbridge and a small moat.
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