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

Let’s Dance!

Dancing seems to be very popular here, everyone from knee high to a grass hopper to the oldest man/woman in the town loves to dance. I think the Italian people have such a… Continue reading

Wish Upon a Star – And another one, and another one!

It was a little past midnight, and during my final walk with the dogs before bedtime, I glanced up to the sky and was filled with a sense of wonder at the dark… Continue reading

ExFadda Extra Large Christmas, well, that is what the poster says!

Actually it is a small Christmas market, a few activities for the kids, a Tango and Pizzica exhibition (not at the same time of course!) and, a free photography course. Here is a… Continue reading

Festive fun at the Brindisi Christmas Market

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Brindisi, the lights are up and the Christmas Market is well underway.  And this year it looks like they have got it right! … Continue reading