At the southernmost tip of the Italian heel, one destination is on the rise: Salento. The lush Mediterranean peninsula, surrounded by brilliant blue waters and covered in fields of sweet-smelling wildflowers, couldn’t be more picturesque. Puglia is the perfect place to rediscover the best of summer style, with its collection of coastal towns, each embodying typical Italian charm.

To get the ultimate fashion inspiration from afar, BAZAAR and Loro Piana enlisted the always stylish Siem siblings for a look at the Italian locale. The violinist Charlie Siem, the artist Louisa Siem and their collection of fashionable friends went on a weekend tour of the Salento region in Apulia in search of the Italian Bella Vita.

Louisa and Charlie Siem wear the Loro Piana André collection at La Baia Dei Poeti.

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Your wardrobe to spend a wonderful weekend in the Italian sun? The André capsule collection by Loro Piana. Inspired by the poetic hues of ever-changing summer, the new selection of seasonal hues brings the brand’s most iconic summer staples to life. The heart of the capsule is the André linen shirt – a classic men’s button-up – which has been reinterpreted in an elegant selection of sophisticated silhouettes. Whether it’s a chic caftan, a freshly fitting polo and trousers or a flirty dress, the collection perfectly captures the effortlessly stylish Italian spirit that we seek every season of the year – no matter where in the world we are.

Below, follow the Siems and their cohort of stylish friends as they chase the summer sun down to Salento. Whether you are traveling, need a perfect daydream or just want to put on the item, the travel diary is your source of inspiration. In this beautiful part of the world it is worth enjoying every moment – from sunrise to sunset.

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Leyla dress

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Clara dress

Clara dress

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Gretie shirt

Gretie shirt

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Neo André shirt

Neo André shirt

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Leyla dress

Leyla dress

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Chadwick pants

Chadwick pants

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Caterina, Seim’s friend, wears the Loro Piana summer collection in La Guardiola.

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Breathtaking sunrises

In Salento, the day begins with a show of the bright pink sunrise over the Adriatic. For the best view of dawn, travelers traveled to the breathtaking cliffs of Guardiola Beach in the coastal town of Corsano.

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Louisa Siem wears the Loro Piana André collection in Otranto.

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Cliffside walks

Before the afternoon, the Siems and their friends traveled north to the Otranto coast to see the 16th century tower of Sant’Emiliano. The seaside cliffs are covered in poppies and thistle flowers that add a touch of landscape to the coast. It is a natural theater, ideal for thinking about life. In fact, Charlie Siem played “Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice, Op. 6 ”as an ode to the beauty of this remote corner of Italy.

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Local stimuli

In Salentos Santa Maria di Leuca, the adventure awaited the travelers at the lighthouse. Even in the city center, scents of citrus and jasmine are carried by the sea breeze. Apollonian and Epicurean influences that characterize the art of Italian living were evident at every turn – from historical heritage to unspoiled nature to traditional seafood dishes, some of the most enviable in the country. Especially in summer, the region is a perfect symbol of living La Dolce Vita in a real Italian style.

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The friends of Seim, Sami and Seba, wear the Loro Piana summer collection in Gagliano del Capo.

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Picturesque lunch

For lunch, the travelers moved to the Palazzo Daniele – an aristocratic mansion from 1861 in Gagliano del Capo. In typical Italian style, the group gathered around the table to have homemade pasta for an al fresco lunch by the hotel pool. The Palazzo Daniele is more than a simple luxury hotel. It is a retreat for artists and cosmopolitans, elegant travelers and art lovers from all over the world. Gagliano del Capo is located in the extreme south of the Salento peninsula and continues to make international headlines with its creative exhibitions.

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Seim’s friend Sami wears the Loro Piana summer collection in Santa Maria di Leuca.

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Calm colors

Once the blue hues of the sky begin to intensify, it’s time to move towards Porto Badisco. There the colors of the water meet those of the sky to create a landscape suitable for a postcard. Turquoise, dusty blue, intensely cerulean; It is no coincidence that the shades of the sea perfectly reflect those of the André collection.

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Louisa Siem and her friend Viola Arrivabene wear the Loro Piana summer collection in Santa Maria di Leuca.

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Inspirational evenings

At the end of the weekend adventure, the travelers made their way to Punta Ristola – known as the southernmost house in Puglia – for an evening show. The historic mansion, painted in airy white, became the backdrop for a spontaneous concert that demonstrated Charlie Siem’s ​​talent on the violin. The intense blue of his Loro Piana outfit alongside the tonal white painted a striking image that perfectly reflected the essence of the Mediterranean style.

Clouds fading from pink to orange marked the arrival of the most romantic moment of the day: sunset. As the sun set on Poets’ Bay, the travelers surveyed the calm Ionian Sea and found that they were living the Italian Bella Vita.

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Charlie Siem wears Loro Piana André’s shirt in Santa Maria di Leuca.

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