Tag Archive: Italian Traditions

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

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

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

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

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