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

Puglian Wines

Grapevines have dominated the Puglian landscape since 700 BC. However, it was with the unification of Italy that brought about the Viticulture Project to produce good quality wines. Previously, the focus was on… Continue reading

La Befana – An Italian Tradition celebrating Epiphany

The Italian equivalent of Santa Claus is Babbo Natale. But , the true giver of gifts in Italy is La Befana. La Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts to deserving girls… Continue reading

Majestic flight or annoying menace? – Migrating birds.

Swirling high in the sky, creating tornado funnel shapes, the migrating birds seem so majestic and intriguing, that I find myself gazing in wonder at their beautiful dance. But then ‘bang, bang, bang’,… Continue reading

Snowy Salento

The Salento region of Puglia is usually associated with sunshine, wine and beautiful beaches but the past few days, it has been covered with about 20cm of soft, powdery snow. Snowy Salento is… Continue reading

Matera – Land of Mystery

On the coldest day of the year so far this winter, my husband and I decided to venture to the mysterious and luring town of Matera, which is just across the boarder in… Continue reading

Lucky Pig’s Trotter!

If you want the New Year to be filled with good luck and wealth, then you had better eat what the Italians eat for dinner on New Years Eve, ‘Zampone e Lenticchie’, ‘Pig’s… Continue reading

Let it shine!

“Well, the weather outside is ‘delightful’ and inside it feels so ‘frightful’, as the sun is so warm and bright, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine! “…. OK, not quite… Continue reading

Italian Nativity unlike any other! – IL Presepe

Wondering through the towns and cities a few days before Christmas and you can not fail to notice the beautiful, and quite often, very impressive ‘Presepe’ or Nativity scenes. Each year seems to… Continue reading

Purcidduzzi – Traditional Festive Treats

Purcidduzzi is a very popular sweet treat and is enjoyed by many Italian families around Christmas, and well into the New Year. Traditionally, the last sweet treat is eaten on 17th January, in… Continue reading