Category Archive: Culture and Traditions

The Bearded Brides of Grottaglie!

Grottaglie, located in the Taranto Province of Puglia, is famous for its ‘artigianale’ pottery, in particular: ‘Pumi’, bearded brides and household crockery! It is steep in history and tradition which dates back to… Continue reading

Who should I kiss? – Italian Greetings

This is how you greet an Italian!

Puglian Pleasures – A Sinful Satisfaction!

Puglia has many pleasures to satisfy the senses but as with most places around the world, it also has a more sinister side too! So this blog may be a little controversial! The… Continue reading

It’s Carnival Time! – Putignano Spettacolo!

This year I have to do it! The Putignano Carnival that is! Previous years, the weather hasn’t been so kind, so this event has eluded me. The Putignano Carnival is a major event… Continue reading

Puglian Pasta – Orecchiette

Every region in Italy has its own pasta shape and Orecchiette, is synonymous with Puglia. The word actually means small ears! Why? Because if you look close enough, its form resembles small ears!… Continue reading

Orecchiette con le Cime di Rape

Orecchiette con le Cime di Rape (with turnip tops) is the most popular dish in Puglia, especially in the province of Bari and Brindisi. The locals say that Cime di rape contains lot… Continue reading

You Bet!

Before moving to Italy I never thought of Italians as gamblers. So, I was surprised to see so many betting shops, cafĂ© bars and ‘Tabacchi’ (Tobacco shops) selling what seems like hundreds of… Continue reading

Passeggiata

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, or what the weather is doing outside, the Italians always venture out of an evening to ‘fare un passeggiata’ (go for a walk). I… Continue reading

Trulli Amazing!

The Trullo is a distictive, small, dry-stone building with a conical roof which is specific to the Itria Valley in the Italian region of Puglia. Trulli are found extensively in Alberobello and in… Continue reading

Warm Weather Training? – Puglia is the Place!

It seems to me that Italian people are passionate about everything they do, and sport is no exception. My first encounter of this was on our first visit to Puglia whilst we were… Continue reading