If Puglia is well known for its stunning beaches and fine gastronomy, there are still other worthy reasons to come and visit the region. With an ancient past that finds its roots in the populations that conquered the territory over the centuries, Puglia preserves an immense cultural background and traditions that are passed on from generations to generations. So why not considering visiting the region in conjunction with one of these celebrations. Puglia has lots to offer all year round, whether you are looking for a traditional religious event, a remake of a historic commemoration, a local food production feast (called sagre) or just enjoy a good festival and have fun! Here we provide you with some suggestions on what you can expect.

  • Cartapesta: Lecce’s Artistic Legacy

    Discovering the old tradition of Cartapesta in Lecce with Victoria | #PugliaByMe A craft very unique to Lecce in the Salento region of Puglia is cartapesta, papier-mâché. No, not the papiermâché you did in elementary school… papier-mâché as an art form! In fact, especially here in Lecce you will find many ...

  • Holy Thursday

    The path towards the Passion: the Holy Thursday and the Altars of Repose Today, the 17th of April 2014, all the devoted people will visit the churches and stop in front of the Last Supper to commemorate the moment in which Our Lord parted the bread, building up a bridge of hope ...

  • A little altar for St Joseph

    An old Puglian tradition to celebrated St Joseph On the 19th of March the Church commemorates Saint Joseph, Jesus’ putative father. Every year, in the little towns that surround Bari, people organize bonfires in honour of the beloved Saint. On Saint Joseph’s Eve, devoted families also open their houses to visitors and ...

  • The Quarantane: Old popular tradition in Puglia

    With the season of Lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday and covers a period of approximately six weeks before Easter Day, some villages in Puglia celebrate the ancient popular tradition of the Quarantane. In particular, this is typical of the cities of Fasano and Ruvo di Puglia, as well as the ...

  • Fires of St Joseph

    In the period just before the celebration of St. Joseph, in Puglia it is not unusual to come across groups of young people collecting wood pruning of olive trees and vines f in the countryside. This sets the beginning of a competition that sees the wards of opposite neighborhood accumulating ...

  • Popular Celebrations

    Whether you are looking for a traditional religious celebration, a remake of a historic event, a celebration of harvest time and local food production (called sagre) or you simply want to enjoy a good festival and have fun, then Puglia has lots to offer all year round. Many celebrations and religious ...

  • Putignano Carnival Farinella_Putignano

    The Putignano Carnival is one of the biggest Carnivals in Italy and is also the longest and one of the oldest carnival in the world. It has in fact very old origins (few records date this event back to the 26th of December 1394) and it still retains few traditional ...

  • Trabucchi of Gargano

    The Italian poet Gabriele d’Annunzio defined these weird constructions as…”strange fishing machines, all composed of planks and beams similar to giant spiders”. This colorful description perfectly describes the trabucco, a funny wooden structure which will definitely attracts your attention when you visit the Gargano Promontory as it is typical of its ...

  • The Fòcara of Novoli Focara_Novoli3

    Can you imagine a giant bonfire that reaches a height of 25 meters and a diameter of 20? It is the Fòcara (dialect word simply meaning bonfire), an unmissable event for believers and folklore lovers that takes place in Novoli, the province of Lecce every January. The origin of Fòcara presumably ...

  • Pizzica & Tarantismo

    Definitely one of the most famous Italy’s folk dance the “pizzica pizzica” is a traditional music and ballet of considerable social and cultural importance which is becoming more and more popular and is largely appreciated even among young people. This ballet is surrounded by religious believes and something mythological which ...

  • Holy Week

    Puglia has a long and ancient tradition of religious holidays. However the Pasqua (Easter) is probably the most celebrated and loved among the locals; for an entire week the region abandons its modernity to embrace religious rituals of extreme beauty and highly symbolic for the drama that can transmit. Solemn celebrations ...

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