I’m not sure why so much that I write about centers around food (hmmmm…), but I’m especially fond of visiting Italy’s food markets and the friendly (and hard working) artisans who proudly display and offer their local produce, delicacies, and specialties.
Today, let’s take a stroll through Lecce’s sensational food market!
Lecce is the capital of the Salento region of Puglia and although it is known as the “Florence of the South” for it’s euphoric and exuberant Baroque architecture, it’s also a food lovers’ paradise!
If you fall into the foodie or “I just love food” category, you must find your way to their fabulous covered market which is open daily (except Sundays).
Let me take you there now!
In the central area are all of the fresh, local seasonal vegetables and fruits. It’s oh-so-tempting to pinch and squeeze but non tocare (no touching!) is the rule here!
Walking around the perimeter you can pick up fresh breads and baked goods, cheese, olives, spices and condiments, seafood, meats and salami, and even great vino by the jug! If you’re lucky (and we are because we’re being personally escorted by Michele of YLTours!), you’ll get a few tasty samples.
(Oh, they should issue a warning that a sample is never enough!)
It’s not difficult to see what will be on the menu tonight! And we know it will be as fresh and delicious…but first? Time for lunch!If you would like to visit Lecce’s market and savor many of the other delights of the Salento, join me next spring or fall in Puglia!