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Lezioni di Cucina Salentina
In the shade of the Duomo, hidden in an ancient courtyard where a river once flowed, is a gorgeous palazzo. Down the steps, you will step into a world of culinary treasures. As fresh espresso cooks on the stove, walk under the drying tomatoes and herbs suspended from the ceiling, and join Gianna and her team in the kitchen. Welcome to Cooking Experience, Puglia's best cooking school.
Gianna Greco, chef-sommelier-owner, presides proudly over her beautiful cookery school in Lecce's Centro Storico. She will give you the warmest welcome and share her culinary secrets, handed down over generations from her Salentine family. Here, you will learn how to cook authentic recipes from the Salento region. Gianna's cooking classes are truly hands-on - every student will create a series of recipes from scratch, under Gianna's guidance.
After cooking our multi-course Salentina meal, we will relax in the school's beautiful private courtyard, bursting with bougainvillea, as the scents of fresh herbs fill the air. We will then dine together on our freshly made dishes, accompanied by local wines handpicked by Gianna.
Cooking with new friends and dining al fresco are rich rewards, but perhaps the most amazing part of these cooking lessons is witnessing Gianna's infectious passion for her territorio. She lives and breathes the Salento, and we know that she is the perfect chef to teach you about Pugliese culture and cuisine.
Down a quiet cobbled street in the north of Lecce's Centro Storico is a gorgeous carved stone entryway. Behind the gate is a serene oasis in the heart of Lecce: a beautiful courtyard garden of blooming flowers and fragrant orange trees.
Welcome to Mantatelurè, an exclusive guest house in a graceful palazzo dating from 1550. In 2013, the guest house opened to rave reviews, and the praise just keeps on coming. Mantatelurè has been featured in Elle, Elle Decor, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, MarcoPolo, Donna Moderna, Bravacasa, Diva Magazine, Apulia Magazine, Myself, and a host of others, and voted amongst the top Puglia Hotels and Inns on TripAdvisor.
Mantatelurè features just seven immaculate, stylish rooms, all designed with guests' comfort in mind. The Palazzo's conversion is stunning and tasteful, the style elegant yet chic, the attention to detail incredible. It retains all its original historical charm yet offers guests the best modern amenities.
But best of all is the service. Marco, the owner, not only welcomes you with a smile but bakes your delicious breakfast himself each morning. Marta, the gracious and kind hotel manager, will ensure that your every need is taken care of.
Mantatelurè means, in Leccese dialect, "cover of the king," and each guest is treated like royalty from the moment they step through the doors. We chose Mantatelurè because they reflect our Italian holiday philosophy: come as guests - leave as friends. We look forward to welcoming you to Mantatelurè, the best accommodation in Lecce.