This issue of Simposio is a Lecce travel guide: you’ll find travel stories, local and authentic recipes, and other Italian wonders for real, mindful travelers.

In this issue of Simposio, you will explore a baroque pearl: Lecce, a Southern Italy city in the region of Puglia. Also called the Florence of the South, so rich it is in art, palaces, and stunning embellishments.

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a Lecce travel guide

In the Lecce issue you’ll find:

  • 115 pages
  • 113 pictures
  • 29 recipes
  • 4 DIY projects

 

INDEX:

PUGLIA BUCKET LIST

LECCE:

  • Story
  • Things to See
  • Lecce’s Rock
  • Aristocrats
  • The Emblem
  • People
  • A Poem
  • Good Impressions
  • The Queen of Lecce
  • The Shorty from Lecce
  • Magic
  • The Bitten
  • Dance

EATING IN PUGLIA:

  • Customs
  • Orecchiette
  • Chickpeas pasta
  • A Themed Table
  • Bombette
  • Apulian Caponata
  • Lecce’s Bell Peppers
  • Tomato Bread
  • Fruttone

SLOW LIVING SALENTO

ST ORONZO:

  • History & Legends
  • Salento’s Chicken
  • Orecchiette Bake
  • Parmesan Eggplants

GETTING MARRIED IN ITALY

GROTTAGLIE:

  • The Ceramics Town
  • Anchovie Rolls
  • Olives Focaccia
  • Bread Salad

THE HOMEMADE PROJECT:

  • Basil Digestive Liquor
  • Peach Tea
  • Chili Oil

THE PASTA PROJECT:

  • Yellow Tomatoes Sauce
  • Zucchini Pesto
  • Tub Gurnard Pasta

THE SALAD PROJECT:

  • Plums & Arugula Salad
  • Lentils & Tomato Salad
  • Grika Salad
  • Russian Salad

THE EGGPLANT PROJECT:

  • Eggplant Bruschetta
  • Stuffed Eggplants
  • Eggplant Rolls

THE RICOTTA PROJECT:

  • Fried Ricotta
  • Ricotta Gnocchi
  • Ricotta Frittata

SUMMER BBQ

MEDITERRANEAN SCRUB

MINERAL WATER

FORAGING FOR THE HOUSE

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about Lecce

How to get there: Lecce’s nearest airport is Brindisi, Lecce to Brindisi airport takes about a 40 minutes drive (there are many buses and shuttle offers). But you can also get there from the Bari, or the Brindisi airport. Lecce is 500 km (270 miles) from Rome. You can drive or take a train from stazione Termini, it should take you a little less than 6 hours. Check both Trenitalia and Italo websites for the best offers. Be aware that trains from Rome may depart both from the Termini and the Tiburtina stations. The first one is central, the second is not that much, but not very distant either.

WeatherLecce’s climate is mild. Winters are gentle, and Summers are very hot and muggy.

Accomodations in Lecce are quite cheap, cheaper than Rome for sure! And restaurants are generally delicious (we ate at the Michelin starred Bros, and it was quite an adventure!).

Before going, read the Simposio mag: you will have a travel guide and an anticipation of the magnificent landscapes and the fascinating details; you will learn more about the history of this proud people, and understand why and how they live a slow and happy life, full of pleasure, good food, sun, and beauty.

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about Simposio

Simposio is an Italian recipes, stories, and culture magazine.

In Ancient Greece and Rome, philosophers, artists, and a few lucky ones attended rich banquets followed by wine, singing, dancing, playing, and cultural conversations.
This last part was called Symposium, Simposio in Italian.
And that’s what you will experience when you browse the pages of the magazine: a world of meaningful conversation, inspiring learning, and dionysian pleasures.

Expect the following:

  • exploring the best monuments and secret places
  • things to add to your Italian bucket list
  • local & authentic recipes
  • jokes, beautiful words and expressions
  • culture, habits, and lifestyle
  • seasonal fun and inspiration
  • lovely pictures

 

A little technical stuff:

  • You can choose between print and digital.
  • Servings are for two people, to be duplicated as desired.
  • Measures are in gr, cups, and oz.
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what's different

Simposio is a real Italian food magazine, made in Italy, by an Italian author.

  • No advertising
  • No sponsors
  • 100% made in Italy and printed locally.
  • Servings for two people, to be duplicated as desired.
  • Measures in gr, cups, and oz whenever possible
  • You can purchase the print (coffee-table-perfect) book or the pdf file suitable with any device.
  • The issues are available in the USA, the UK, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Japan, Canada, Australia, and Mexico through Amazon, and worldwide through Etsy.
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Amazon Reviews

The magazines are a breath of fresh air, beauty and ideas. Cheers to the team

Claudia has a way of describing the daily rituals of life in Puglia in the words of a friend. As though written in a letter, tucked in your drawer from the past, her musings on the variations of water one can order in a restaurant, pumos, and falling ill from “humidity” left me in Salento peeling almonds while sipping a caffe leccese on the sand. A side of Italy you won’t get anywhere else. I cannot wait to try the ricotta recipes. I have cooked Italian all of my life, but have never seen some recipes she has carefully curated for the Lecce issue. Brava Claudia!

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I ordered this magazine not quite knowing what to expect. I was looking for Winter recipes and toughtful tips. Well, this was the most pleasant suprprise of the year. This magazine is drop dead beautiful. Photographs, creative, clever words. I absolutely love it and cannot wait to experience the recipes. This is more than a magazine about cooking. This is a soulful journey through an amazing writer’s mind. Thank you for developing such a wonderful product.

My wife and I tried several recipes from this magazine/cookbook. Everything we made was more than delicious! The recipes are easy to follow and the measurements seem true. We enjoyed the relaxed lighthearted attitude of the author as well as the way she shares Italian culture. This is not something you buy and put away, this is the one that stays on thte kitchen counter. We cooked artichokes for the first time because of this magazine and it won’t be the last. The recipe for the Villanella Artichokes will make you swoon, and if you’re ever cold the Minestrone from Milan will warm you to your soul! I have cooked for many years in many different countries and have never enjoyed a cookbook more! This book is like a vacation to Italy! The attention to detail and inside look at Italian regional culture is fantastic! Grazie Claudia!

This quarterly magazine is very well done. Beautiful and large pictures; lots of information about the region. And recipes that look really tasty. Many many pages, for several hours of enjoyment.

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