Tag Archive: Italian Culture

For the love of coffee!

We all know Italians love their coffee but I was surprised to find out that we (Brits) actually drink far more coffee than our Italian Friends. In fact, generally speaking, they only drink… Continue reading

Vino and Vespas!

Last weekend in Puglia it was ‘Cantine Aperte’ where many of the wineries (Cantine) opened their doors to the public, to showcase their wines. So we thought it would be fun to incorporate… Continue reading

Italians fear of wind and why.

Did you know that the word for Malaria derives from the Medieval Italian term ‘mala aria’ literally meaning, bad air? Perhaps this is why the Italians dislike moving air so much. You will… Continue reading

What an honour and what a view! Brindisi War Memorial Tower

Coming in to land at Brindisi airport, I caught my first glimpse of the impressive War Memorial Tower. It stood tall and proud over the harbour, and I could see the Virgin Mary… Continue reading

Cooking like a local: Pugliese Style! – All things Cardoncelli

This week’s seasonal dishes are based on cardoncelli mushrooms, which are a flat based mushrooms from the Puglia region. Last time I cooked with cardoncelli mushrooms, there wasn’t much left of them after… Continue reading

Le Rezze of San Vito Dei Normanni, Puglia.

The day had arrived, I finally found my dream home in Southern Italy! Full of excitement I decided to explore the town and the community that I had just bought into. Meandering through… Continue reading

Festa della Donna! – For all the special ladies out there!

The smell of blossom fills the air, as men all over Italy show their love and respect for the special women in their life, by presenting them with the beautifully scented and vibrant… Continue reading

Did Putignano Carnival Live Up To Expectations?

Well, I finally did it! After living in Puglia for just over 4 years, I finally managed to see the infamous Putignano Carnival! And I think I timed it perfectly! The weather was… Continue reading

Chiacchiere – A Traditional Carnival Treat

Throughout the Carnival period, Italians gorge on fatty treats, which traditionally they abstain from during the Lent period starting Ash Wednesday. And one of the most popular Carnival treats are ‘Chiacchiere‘, which translates… Continue reading

Puglia – Best travel destination as voted for by National Geographic!

Although I’m a little biased, I have to agree with the latest accolades coming from National Geographic. They have put together a list of ‘must-see’ travel hot spots for this year, and Puglia… Continue reading