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

Panettone or Pandoro?

It is Christmas time and the shops are filled with mountains of Panettone and Pandoro boxes, just waiting to be devoured. These traditional Italian Christmas cakes steadily trickle into every Italian home and… Continue reading

Puglian Christmas Markets and Festivies 2014

Christmas Markets Martina Franca – The Village of Santa 6th December ’til 6th January 2015. All the lights, sounds and tastes of Christmas, wrapped in the beautiful Baroque City: Christmas market, ice rink,… Continue reading

Pettole – A Traditional Sweet Treat

Pettole are small dough balls fried in oil and dusted with sugar. They are particularly popular during Christmas, Easter and other celebrations throughout the Italian calendar. They are easy to make and delicious,… Continue reading

Alberobello Light Festival

This is a must see this Christmas. Alberobello like you’ve never seen before. This beautiful City of Trulli has been chosen by UNESCO to be the first City in the World to be… Continue reading

Father Christmas travels on a Vespa! Really?!?

This is one event not to miss! Babbo Natale or Father Christmas as he’s known to me, travelling in style, on a Vespa, through the streets of San Vito Dei Normanni, Puglia. How… Continue reading

Pizzica

A long standing traditional folk dance in the Puglian region is the Pizzica. Its origins are believed to be derived from the Tarantella dance which was performed by people who had been bitten… Continue reading