Category Archive: Culture and Traditions

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

Is this a dream: I Pastini white wines from the Valle d’Itria

Originally posted by Green Puglia, written in Italian by Frank Maglio, adapted by Puglian Pleasures for our English readers. This is a dream: Angelo Laveneziana, a young Sommellier living in London, thinks to… Continue reading

Festa della Donna! – For all the special ladies out there!

The smell of blossom fills the air, as men all over Italy show their love and respect for the special women in their life, by presenting them with the beautifully scented and vibrant… Continue reading

Awaking the Puglian Olive Trees

Spring is just around the corner and the Puglian countryside is a hive of activity at the moment. The sound of chainsaws fill in air as the ‘contradini‘, farmers are busy pruning the… Continue reading

Did Putignano Carnival Live Up To Expectations?

Well, I finally did it! After living in Puglia for just over 4 years, I finally managed to see the infamous Putignano Carnival! And I think I timed it perfectly! The weather was… Continue reading

Chiacchiere – A Traditional Carnival Treat

Throughout the Carnival period, Italians gorge on fatty treats, which traditionally they abstain from during the Lent period starting Ash Wednesday. And one of the most popular Carnival treats are ‘Chiacchiere‘, which translates… Continue reading

Wild Winter Flowers of Puglia

Scattered throughout the Puglian countryside, you can see dashes of colour, as wild winter flowers blossom. Now, I’m no expert in this field but a good friend of mine, Maria Demkowicz, is a… Continue reading

Francavilla Fontana Carnival

Puglia Wines Deliver Quality and Extraordinary Value

The Italian wine region of Puglia is one that remains under the radar but represents extraordinary value as well as an opportunity for regional exploration beyond the usual suspects like Tuscany and Piedmont.… Continue reading

Puglia – Best travel destination as voted for by National Geographic!

Although I’m a little biased, I have to agree with the latest accolades coming from National Geographic. They have put together a list of ‘must-see’ travel hot spots for this year, and Puglia… Continue reading