Welcome to Student Services

A note from Silvestro Silvestori, Owner/Creator of The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, and Terronia: The New Wine school of Southern Italy.

Welcome to Student Services!

Thank you for your booking. While we’re looking forward to your visit, we also remember all too well the first few years before we had any students. We don’t forget that, which makes your coming to our little school very important to us. We appreciate the good faith and will work hard to repay it.

I created The Awaiting Table Cookery in Lecce, Italy, 12 years ago. I then created our castle courses, held in a kitchen unlike any other in Italy. And three years ago I created Terronia, our Southern Italian wine course.

I’m telling you this not to brag, but as a way to say this: no one cares more about your time in the Salento than I do. Each of these programmes is a beloved child for me. I sweated each one of their births, I sacrificed as they learned to teeter.  I care. Towards creating the trip of a lifetime here is some info that will your experience both easier, and more importantly, richer.

Most of the frustration felt by students in the past, regarding arrival, departure, packing, etc., exists exclusively because they didn’t read these pages carefully.

My advice? Read and reread these pages a few times to get a sense of who/what/where we are. Refer to them when planning the before and after Lecce part of your trip. Then read them again before you depart. And then print them and bring them with you.

You’re going to have a great time with us. My staff and I have worked hard for years, creating something very special in the Salento.


Dottor Silvestro Silvestori
Titolare di The Awaiting Table Cookery School, e Terronia: the new wine school of Southern Italy.


Student Services


Lecce Arrival Information

Book Your Stay in Lecce

Arrival for a Castle Week Information

Book Your Stay al Castello

What to Pack

The International Cultural, ahem, Exchange

Where else to go before or after your time with us



More Info:

  • Want to bring a friend? Here’s a good way to start.
  • Keep in touch. Both with us and with folks back home.
  • What else can I do while I am in Italy? Here are some suggestions.
  • Learn about the wines of Salento.
  • For more information, check out this suggested reading list.
  • Interested in some instant Italian language classes while in Lecce? Please contact The HUB Language School at info@thehublecce.com

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