Category Archive: Culture and Traditions

Italians fear of wind and why.

Did you know that the word for Malaria derives from the Medieval Italian term ‘mala aria’ literally meaning, bad air? Perhaps this is why the Italians dislike moving air so much. You will… Continue reading

What an honour and what a view! Brindisi War Memorial Tower

Coming in to land at Brindisi airport, I caught my first glimpse of the impressive War Memorial Tower. It stood tall and proud over the harbour, and I could see the Virgin Mary… Continue reading

Free Jazz Festival and much more! – Alberobello

Alberobello will be celebrating two fantastic events back-to-back over 4 days, starting 30th April. The first event is to celebrate the 2nd edition of UNESCO IN JAZZ FESTIVAL, an international festival devoted to… Continue reading

Free Music Festival! – Bari 30th April 2015

‘Premiomaggio’ Returns this year 30th April, with an amazing cast. Line-up APPALOOSA PAUL BENVEGNU BUD SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION FAST AND SLOW KIDS ANIMALS FLOWERS OR Razorwire POST – CSI + Creative Zone and… Continue reading

Cooking like a local: Pugliese Style! – All things Cardoncelli

This week’s seasonal dishes are based on cardoncelli mushrooms, which are a flat based mushrooms from the Puglia region. Last time I cooked with cardoncelli mushrooms, there wasn’t much left of them after… Continue reading

Spritz Time!

Spring is in the air, the big black puffer jackets that the Italians seem to favour, are off, and there is a sense that summer isn’t far away now. So, time for an… Continue reading

Cooking like a local: Pugliese Style – Polipo al Sugo

Those who know me well, know I’m allergic to everything that once swam in the sea. So, when Angela suggested ‘Polipo al sugo’, Octopus in a tomato sauce, for our next cookery lesson,… Continue reading

Cooking like a local – Pugliese Style!

Being British we tend to steal recipes from around the world and adapt them according to our taste, thus making many foreign dishes Britishish! (Do you like the way I just created a… Continue reading

Symbolic, Historic and Steeped in Tradition: The Holy Processions of Francavilla Fontana.

One of the most important dates in the Catholic calendar is almost upon us, and in Francavilla Fontana, the rites of the Holy Week are not only symbolic, historic and steeped in tradition,… Continue reading

Le Rezze of San Vito Dei Normanni, Puglia.

The day had arrived, I finally found my dream home in Southern Italy! Full of excitement I decided to explore the town and the community that I had just bought into. Meandering through… Continue reading