Category Archive: Culture and Traditions

Blood, Love and Art: Alfredo Passante

To celebrate 30 years of AVIS in San Vito Dei Normanni, (not the hire car company, but an important blood donating organisation in Italy) a highly acclaimed and hugely talented artist, Alfredo Passante,… Continue reading

Step back in time to relax and unwind: Masseria Cappella

Driving through the Valle D’Itria in Puglia, is always a pleasurable experience but this day was particularly beautiful. The bright blue sky was interspersed with fluffy white clouds, the rolling hills were scattered… Continue reading

Sneaky Peek into Puglia: May 2016

A Spring welcome from sunny Puglia. This month I thought I might introduce you all to the ‘masseria’. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Puglia and take a trip into the… Continue reading

What’s Happening in May 2016

Here’s a few dates for your social calendar! 8th May Ostuni Street Music Festival Location: Ostuni Piazza & Centro Storico Time: 15:30-22:00 Price: Free! For more information, check out their Facebook page. 8th-12th May… Continue reading

Poetic, Passionate Plates of Puglian Cuisine: Masseria Il Frantoio

They say it’s not all about the food and ‘they’ may be right but at Masseria Il Frantoio, located near Ostuni, you will find passion and poetic stories, as Armando Balestrazzi (the owner),… Continue reading

Buona Pasqua! Happy Easter from Puglia!

The scarcella, also known in some areas as scarcedda, is a typical Puglian Easter cake. Another dialect term (from the Brindisi region) is pupu cullovu which means baby with egg, which I thought… Continue reading

Antichi Sapori: An antiquity of Salento delights

Even on a cold, wintery day in Puglia, with a sprinkling of snow on the ground, there was still a very warm welcome from Antichi Sapori. Where Giusy was keen to welcome us… Continue reading

A Sneaky Peek into Puglia: February 2016

Written by guest blogger Richard Watkins. Wow, so much has happened in February to share with you. The highlights being: participating in the Venice Carnival, 25 year reunion with Amex colleagues and attending… Continue reading

Cooking Like a Local: Pugliese Style! – ‘A La Brace’

Written by guest blogger Maria Demkowicz Having cooked a traditional roast chicken, Yorkshires and trifle Sunday lunch for Italian friends I was invited for a return match the following week. With some trepidation… Continue reading

Judging an Advanced Culinary Art Course: Oh, what fun!

It was a great honour to be invited to judge an advanced culinary art competition at the 4 Star Ostuni Palace Hotel, in Ostuni the other night. And it was a lot of… Continue reading