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Roof Barocco Suite B&B
Ranked #2 of 324 Lecce B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 May 2012

Were drawn to Lecce by the architecture and the terrain, the latter a major change from the hill towns of Sicily where we had just spent 9 days. Selected Roof Barocco for our 4 nights in Lecce based a lot on Trip Advisor reviews. Had a number of communications with Elisabetta from the time of reservation to shortly before arrival. All responses were timely and useful. One of the exchanges involved directions to the B&B. I picked directions off Via Michelin and asked Elisabetta if that route would work. Her response was amusing, something like 'Yes, those will work if you want to travel on foot.' And in that response she provided better directions.
We drove from Taormina, quite a long day but not too challenging. A small toll charge from Taormina to Messina and then the ferry to Villa San Giovanni - believe that fare was 35 euros.
As we neared Lecce, I realized that our Garmin had calculated a different route from that of Elisabetta or Via Michelin. Followed the Garmin until it wanted to take us the wrong way on a one way street for the third time. Pulled Elisabetta's route out of my file. From that I programmed our Garmin to route us via the intersection of Viale Francesco Lo Re and Via Duca degli Abruzzi. It was then clear sailing to the property, including the very abrupt left hander onto Vico del Sole. Recommend anyone arriving by car do exactly that. And, there were a few open parking spaces on the piazzetta, a good thing. Rang the doorbell and we were buzzed in. Elisabetta met us at the door of her home, which is on the 2d floor of the building. A quick glance at her home and we knew our room would be incredible. If you get a chance, ask to see the tile floor of her dining room which dates to te early 18th century. Just beautiful.
After a few minutes to check in, she took us up to our room, the one bedroom unit with multiple terraces. Had seen so many pictures of it on Trip Advisor that we felt we had already been there. Everything was as described in word and photo. The wonderful tart on the table, a basket of goodies (coffee, olive oil, breads,a bag of taralli (which we had first encountered on an Alitalia flight earlier in this trip) and a stocked refrigerator which included among other things the largest kiwis we had ever seen - at first thought they may have been fuzzy potatoes.
Everything in the unit functioned properly - the AC/heater, TV and even a wireless router for internet access. Ask Elisabetta for the password - you will not be surprised when you hear it. But remember that you are in Puglia - so don't expect the internet to fly like it does in the US. We really liked the external shutters for the doors and window. Transformed the room into a private - and very quiet - sanctuary at night.
The terraces are beautifully adorned with potted plants and offer views of old Lecce that you cannot get from ground level - this is especially true of the duomo's bell tower.
The location is absolutely perfect for foot exploration of old Lecce - and we did a lot of that. But while on the terraces we enjoyed the simple things, which I haven't seen much mention of on this site - the acrobatics of the swallows in the mornings and evenings and the vehicles maneuvering into and out of the piazzetta below us - almost like a live example of the Towers of Hanoi.
On the first morning, a basket was delivered to our door with fabulous croissants - the cream filled one was the best we have ever tasted and plump, sweet strawberries. What a start for a great day. And a hour later, a gardener was trimming the plants on the terrace - not just a gardener, but Elisabetta's husband.
We had planned to hit a number sights around Puglia, but found the B&B and Lecce so enchanting that we decided just to stay there and relax.
Just a wonderful experience and can't imagine why one would stay anywhere else.
Grazie mille to Elisabetta and her family for being perfect hosts and making our stay in Lecce truly memorable.

Room Tip: There are only two units to choose from - a single bedroom/ bathroom with multiple terraces and a 2B...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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roofbaroccosuite, Owner at Roof Barocco Suite B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2012

Dear friend, your review is the more detailed and nicest I have received!! From the "bigger kiwi" you have never seen up to the "swallows in the sky" and the "wifi password"!!  Thanks a lot to you and your wife!! Yesterday I have had the amazing news of being one of the winner of the Excellence Certificate of 2012 given by tripadvisor!! But there's no doubt!! You are the winner of the Excellence's Prize among the contributors !! Thanks and thanks again! Thanks for your words and your kindness!! Elisabetta

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Reviewed 20 May 2012

Wonderful little casita perched on the rooftop of a historic palazzo in the middle of the historic center of Lecce. Elisabetta is wonderful. Friendly, helpful, good English and she really knows where to send you to eat and what to tell you to do. To get our car into the restricted historic center she walked with us to ride along. The apartment has a kitchen and she furnished it with an overflowing basket of goodies--from homemade preserves to homemade bread to a stunning fruit tart. Breakfast arrived in a basket to our private terrace each morning. Our apartment was the one bedroom (the other one has two bedrooms and two baths) and it was charming. Three terraces! Drying rack! I wish every town in Italy had this place.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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roofbaroccosuite, Owner at Roof Barocco Suite B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2012

WOW!!  Thanks so much!!  If you consider "good" even my english I really believe that you liked  your stay in my b&b  up to  become  a bit crazy!! Thanks anyway!!  This makes me happy!!
Thanks again.. next year a new trip from Colorado to Lecce..  an incredible pie will wait you and  my english will be like that of a BBC reporter!!!

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Reviewed 14 May 2012

We, two adults and two children, stayed here during off-season. It was more elegant than we usually book, but the recommendations and photos here on tripadvisor convinced us. And indeed we enjoyed our stay tremendously. Large (two separate bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large terracce, ...). The owner very helpful and friendly. The price definitely OK considering what is offered. Little (or not-so-little) extras like a freshly baked cake that the owner brought us, her own jams, her own olive oil, ...

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 May 2012

Roof Barocco B&B is the kind of venue you have always dreamed of when visiting an Italian city: ideally located in the historic center of Lecce, when you first get to the terrace, you have this incredible view over the city and the main buildings. The room is very nicely decorated with a lot of taste and everything you can think of is there. And, cherry on the cake, you get a warm welcome from Elisabetta who very kinldy offers some local products.
A dream!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 April 2012

This is where you want to stay in Lecce if only for a couple days - ours were fantastico!! The loft suite is impeccable everything you need is fresh and clean - gorgeous cotton eyelette bedding, coffee, tea, fresh juice, water and warm surprises waiting at the door for you in the morning - WOW!!
Elisabetta is a beautiful, gracious, warm hearted gal, so welcoming and helpful, she and her family left beautiful memory for us... Ciao Bella

Room Tip: There is a loft room for one couple, and a two bedroom - they are both awesome
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Piazzetta Dell'Arte della Stampa 13 | Centro Storico, 73100, Lecce, Italy
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Region: Italy > Puglia > Province of Lecce > Lecce
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites
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Ranked #2 of 324 B&Bs / Inns in Lecce
Price Range: ₹ 6,228 - ₹ 11,482 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A bright and amazing B&B in the heart of the historical city center of Lecce. Two indipendent and panoramic Suites, both of them with an enchanting rooftop terrace for exclusive use, air conditioning h24 and a fully equipped kitchen. Our guests are free to return at any time of the night and they will have to force themselves to leave this slice of heaven soaked among flowers to explore the beautiful Lecce.. Below them. ... more   less 

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