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

Favourite villas in Puglia sleeping up to 6+ people

Originally posted on Personal Puglia:
The number of holiday villas in Puglia, particularly those sleeping 2-6, has increased at least ten fold in the 9 years that I have been here. The main…

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

Wine by the pump!

Here in Puglia the price of petrol is expensive, and despite the recent drop in oil prices, it is still one of the most expensive in Europe. Fortunately, wine by the pump is… 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

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