La Fiermontina

At the southernmost tip of Italy’s up-and-coming Puglia region, Salento is a charmed landscape of centuries-old olive trees, fortified villages and seemingly endless beaches. Inspiration for this passion project came from a grandson’s desire to honor his maternal grandmother. With pinnacled ceilings and traditional pietra di Trani floors common in Salento’s noblest homes, La Fiermontina’s private quarters feature romantic balconies, locally produced bath products, antiques and contemporary artwork belonging to the hotel’s Parisian owner who personally selected wines for the hotel’s cellar to reflect the gourmet world’s growing appreciation for Apulia vintages.

Known as “The Florence of the South,”’ Lecce is easily accessible by 35-minute highway drive south from Brindisi-Salento Airport (BDS). Better known as Italy’s ‘heel of the boot,’ this historic peninsula between the Ionian and Adriatic seas is home to the walled city of Lecce. The hotel can arrange chauffer driven car service, or guests may take a 20-minute high-speed train from the Salento Airport to Stazione di Lecce then a two kilometer taxi ride to the hotel.

Designed by eminent Pugliese architect Antonio Annicchiarico who has realized projects for director Roberto Benigni and the Hermes family, these 16 private quarters each feature a unique layout finished by French interior design firm Charles-Philippe and Christophe with Italian furniture, custom textiles, European antiques and original artwork. All accommodations boast luxuriously fitted en-suite bathrooms, complemented by organic toiletries made in Italy, complimentary wireless Internet, SKY HD television and state-of-the-art in room technology plus the latest sound proofing to ensure a peaceful stay. Many guestrooms and suites incorporate views over La Fiermontina’s own olive groves.

Popular with Leccese bene and guests alike, the outdoor terraced garden confers the opportunity to dine among the olive trees throughout the spring and summer months. In winter, guests dine in The Restaurant, with its striking stone barrel vaulted ceiling. This area also features Bar Enzo, honoring the owner’s great uncle whose legendary escapades include a professional boxing stint and theatrical career, in addition to marrying the American socialite Lady Astor. The Restaurant offers a modern, light take on traditional Pugliese cuisine, made of locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality. Menus rotate with dishes to capture the taste of the season while home made breads and pastas incorporate organic grains, gluten-free options, quinoa and barley.

Swimming Pool & Garden: Facing the 16th century city wall which ensures privacy, the outdoor swimming pool (33 x 13 x 4.5 feet) is lined by 100-year old olive trees and cushioned sun loungers in the manicured sculpture garden with original works by Ferdnand Leger, Antonia’s first husband René Letourneur and second, Jacques Zwobada.

The Library: A quiet, comfortable space for hotel guests to read, work and relax amidst the owner’s art collection, this communal space connects to a meeting room that accommodates up to 20 participants and offers a state-of-the-art video screen for presentations.

Walking Tours: The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of the many Baroque churches and historical buildings of Old Lecce, such as the splendid Basilica di Santa Croce, Piazza S. Oronzo with its Roman Amphitheatre, and Piazza Duomo. Along the way, visitors may discover Lecce’s quaint boutiques, traditional Italian cafes and La Fiermontina’s favorite gelato at Natale.

Salento Tours: The concierge works with local experts to offer curated itineraries and activities in the surrounding region, one of Italy’s most culturally vibrant yet undiscovered. Favorite pursuits including sailing, yoga and cooking classes while historically relevant destinations on the Adriatic and Ionian Seas include Santa Maria di Leuca (75 minutes), Ostuni (75 minutes), Otranto (45 minutes) and Gallipoli (30 minutes).

Wine and Food Tasting: Up to six people at a time may experience, by prior booking, the flavors and textures of Apulia's rich culinary tradition through off-the-menu culinary selections carefully assembled by the chef. Fine Italian and French wines, from La Fiermontina’s Champagne della Casa "Legrand” to Salento's own Negramaro red, accompany these delicacies.

La Fiermontina easily accommodates small private events such as weddings, birthday parties and business meetings, and is also available on a buy-out basis, subject to availability.

Address: La Fiermontina
Piazzetta Scipione De Summa
4 73100 Lecce (LE) Italia
Tel: +39 0832 302481