Puglia, Italy

La Fiermontina

Rates from (inc tax)$196.35

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Artful amore


Lecce's historic centre

With ancient walls and thoroughly modern rooms, La Fiermontina is an aesthetic love letter to Antonia Fiermonte and the city of Lecce. This boutique hotel has a spacious tree-lined garden and pool, a carefully curated art collection and a traditional Puglian restaurant, too. Saluti!

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Need to know


16, including four suites.


Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $196.03 (€180), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.00 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR198.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include buffet breakfast.


The strong ties to Puglia and the impressive modern art collection are inspired by the owner's grandmother. She loved (and married) two artists, who remained best friends living across the courtyard from each other, both in love with their mutual muse.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, on-site parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, WiFi, minibar with free bottled water, and sound system.

Our favourite rooms

All rooms are inspired by traditional local buildings, with large blocks of pale stone, grey or mustard seating, and crisp white bed linens. Room 7 (a Suite) has beautiful arched ceilings. The bed is the centrepiece of Room 9 (a Junior Suite), which also has a terrace that begs to be breakfasted on. For the ultimate in space and privacy, spring for the Duplex Suite with its extra-tall ceilings and private outdoor lounge.


You’ll find the delightful diminutive pool at the far side of the gardens, so it's relaxed and removed from the action of the main hotel hub.


Unwind in La Fiermontina’s treatment suite, l’Agrumeto. Choose from a range of classic massage treatments, including deep-tissue and hot-stone Ayurvedic massage, then soak up your final moments of calm with post-pummelling refreshments.

Packing tips

Bring wide-brimmed hats, comfortable but stylish lace-up sandals, and A Room with a View to read in yours.


Outdoorsy Smiths, take note: La Fiermontina can arrange days of cycling, hiking, sailing and horseback riding if you’d like to get active between leisurely evening meals.


Bambini of all ages are welcome; baby food, cots and buggies are available, and most rooms are accessible by lift. There’s a children’s menu in the restaurant, and kitchen staff will happily heat baby food and bottles.


Bambini of all ages are welcome; an additional charge of 25% of the room rate applies for children between four and 12 years old, and and additional charge of 50% of the room rate applies for children aged 12 to 18.

Recommended rooms

Baby cots can be provided in the Junior, Duplex and One Bedroom Suites. The Duplex and One Bedroom Suites also have sofa-beds for younger Smiths.


There’s a children’s menu in the restaurant, and kitchen staff will happily heat baby food and bottles.

No need to pack

Big ticket baby swag: cots and buggies are available to borrow.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

The charming outdoor tables are set in a picturesque courtyard. Pick a seat alfresco, amid the olive and orange trees of the hotel’s walled garden. Position yourself at a prime patio table by the bar to be close to the action.

Dress Code

Steer clear of anything too restrictive to make the most of meals of hearty local favourites; Mrs Smith may want to bring a light wrap for meals under the twinkling fairy lights and stars.

Hotel restaurant

La Fiermontina Restaurant dishes out modern cucina povera, incorporating local ingredients (including a healthy share of seafood) and seasonal produce. All bread and pastas are made on-site by Chef Simone Solido and team; try a dish of classic orecchiette con le cime di rapa, pasta cooked with turnip greens. Remember to try the restaurant's sweet pasticceria leccese at least once (a day) during your stay.

Hotel bar

An homage to the owner’s great-uncle, Pugliese pugilist and actor Enzo Fiermonte, Bar Enzo is a refurbished barn turned vintage film momento-bedecked lounge. It glitters with Tobia Scarpa gold light fixtures and the glory of a bygone era, and has an ample selection of seasonally changing wines, cocktails and liquors. When it’s warm enough, though, there’s nothing like sharing a bottle of primitivo as you lounge by the pool or in the shade of the orange trees. 

Last orders

Refresh your drinks at Bar Enzo from 7.30am to 11pm from May to September; the rest of the year, it’s open from 7.30am to 2pm, and again from 5 to 11pm. Twirl pasta from 8 to 11pm, and enjoy the breakfast spread and lattes from 7.30 to 11am.

Room service

Order drinks and small snacks to your room anytime Bar Enzo is open. The full restaurant menu is available for dinner orders.


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Flights from London, Germany and elsewhere in Italy land at Brindisi Airport, 30 minutes’ drive from the hotel; arrange transfers with the hotel from €90, or book a taxi for around €60. Flights from across the Continent land at Visit a website Bari Airport (http://www.bariairport.net/), a two-hour drive from the hotel; arrange a transfer from €160.


Trenitalia services from Italian hubs pull into Lecce station, a 10-minute drive from the hotel. You can grab a taxi for around €20; transfers by chauffeur-driven car are also available.


There’s an on-site car park, but there’s really no need to drive in Lecce: bring wheels only if you’re planning to putter around the rest of Puglia, too.

Worth getting out of bed for

The Baroque centro storico of Lecce makes for history-filled walks, from the Basilica di Santa Croce and the Duomo di Lecce (open to the public after 4pm) to the Anfiteatro Romano archaelogical site. The city rounds things out with a heavy handful of rustic restaurants, wine bars and cafés, and hundreds of winding alleys. Bring Italian cooking (or at least the know-how) home with you: have La Fiermontina arrange lessons with local women and learn how to cook up cucina povera classics. Take a wine tour of Salento with Puglia Wine School, and explore some of the less known wineries of the area, where the grapes are still harvested by hand. Nature lovers will enjoy hiking along the coastal paths and through nearby small villages. For fresh-out-of-the-water seafood and sandy beaches, spend a day in nearby Gallipoli or Otranto.

Local restaurants

For spectacular seafood and antipasti plates, walk towards Porta San Biagio to Blu Notte (2 Via M. Brancaccio, +39 0832 304286); try to snag a seat on the terrace at this local favourite. Just around the corner from Chiesa di Santa Chiara, trattoria Nonna Tetti (17 Piazzetta Regina Maria +39 0832 246036) dishes out hearty Puglian fare; try the braised wild chicory with fava bean purée. Satisfy your pizza cravings at Ciro Il Pizzaiolo, on the edge of the Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini (11 Via Centoquarantesimo Reggimento Fanteria +39 0832 279990). You’ll find 00 Doppiozero (2 Via Guglielmo Paladini +39 0832 521052) in the heart of the historic centre, with a reclaimed-wood common table and empty wine bottles repurposed as lights; try the roast beef on toasted bread, meatballs with polenta, or spinach pie. La Scarpetta is just around the corner, and specialises in modern Mediterranean dishes and classic thin-crust pizzas (45 Via Principe di Savoia +39 0832 309575).

Local cafés

In the warmer months, order a caffè in ghiaccio con latte di mandorla (an iced espresso with almond milk) to sip on the outdoor terrace of Piazza Sant'Oronzo-adjacent Caffè Alvino (+39 0832 246748), Or, grab a cone of gelato and stroll around the square. Go hunting for pasticciotto, a custard-stuffed pastry, or a zeppole di San Giuseppe (a swirled choux topped with vanilla and chocolate pastry cream) in Natale Pasticceria (+39 0832 1830112) on Via Tevere. At Caffè Cittadino (35 Via Francesco Rubichi +39 0832 524058) you can transition seamlessly from morning coffee to afternoon craft beer.


Local bars

Go to Quanto Basta (17 Via Guglielmo Paladini +39 3470 083176) for cocktails: it allegedly has some of the best in Italy. For local Salento wine and sharing plates, Mamma Elvira Enoteca
on Via Umberto (+39 0832 1692011) is the place to be.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Puglia and unpacked their bottles of olive oil and wine, a full account of their gelato-fuelled luxury Italian break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from La Fiermontina in Lecce…

From the outside, sandstone coloured La Fiermontina is seriously impressive – the sort of place that fuels your ancient-Italian royalty fantasies. Inside, it’s no less impressive, but decidedly more modern. The mid-century furnishings and carefully curated art collection – along with the love-story history behind the hotel – appeal to rather more creative inklings. The Surrealists would have loved it here, with the orange- and olive-tree-lined pool, strong lines of the 17th-century villa and rooms full of natural light. Add loads of alfresco eating and drinking, and we think you’ll like it down here in Italy’s boot heel, too. 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in La Fiermontina’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The Olive Garden. The hotel is waking distance from several cool cafes and wine bars.

Don’t expect

...Spa or other frills.


Stayed on 12 Oct 2016

We loved

The fact that everything was so beautiful, the hotel had thought of guest's needs down to the smallest detail and service was impeccable. A thoroughly wonderful hotel! Eat at Le Zie for fabulous, well priced local specialities in an informal setting -it's like eating in someone's front room and the food is amazing.

Don’t expect

A busy, buzzy atmosphere.


Stayed on 13 Jul 2016

We loved

Location at the edge of, and within easy walking distance to Lecce's beautiful historical centre. Tranquil setting and gardens with pool. Beautiful, quiet room (no. 3). Excellent, friendly and hard-working staff. Charming owner. Delicious food, sitting outside. Hotel organised excellent tours and restaurant reservations to Otranto, Galatina, Gallipoli and wine/olive tasting tour.

Don’t expect

Loud night life


Stayed on 24 Jun 2016

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