Sun, sea, seafood … and few Covid cases: summer in southern Puglia

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Angela Giuffrida

The Salento, in the heel of Italy’s boot, saw relatively low infection rates, but it has lost many international visitors this year, which means savings can be had

Gilda Siena likes to talk – so much so she is known among her guests as “the chatty woman”.

In the decade since she bought a 19th-century building once inhabited by Venetian nobility in the Salento area – at the southern tip (the heel) of Italy’s Puglia region – and made it into boutique hotel Palazzo Siena-Home & More, this aspect of her personality has led to many friendships.

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