Lonely planet did not lead me astray. I chose my hotel based on their recommendation, and so far, it's wonderful. The owner picked me up at the airport and gave me a glass of his homemade wine upon arrival. The view from the terrace is beautiful, and apparently the best place to see the sunset this time of year.
He also gave me a map, so its time to explore! First order of business is to find a pair of sunglasses since I left mine in lecce by accident. It's sunny, clear, calm and gorgeous - like summer only not as hot and without all of the crowds. Rates are cheaper too, so I lucked out!
I'm so glad to be here but wishing i could share it with my loved ones!