Events in Puglia
Spring in southern Italy is characterized by a mild and warm weather, ideal for visiting Puglia region and discovering the traditions and ancestral rites. It is also a unique chance to taste the local cuisine and typical dishes, rigorously prepared with seasonal fruits and vegetables. From May to June, from the late spring and early summer, there are many events in Puglia that will take you around the region.
Here are some of our favorites to choose from!
Open Cellars in Puglia (Cantine Aperte) –May 24/25, 2014
Open Cellars, Cantine Aperte in Italian, is a very important event in which the wineries open their doors to visitors encouraging direct contact with wine lovers. Whether you are a wine enthusiasts or just a curious traveler, you will discover the "behind the scenes" of Apulian wines production. In addition to the opportunity to taste the wines and to purchase them directly from the farm, the Open Cellars event consists of tastings, sommeliers and winemakers meetings, art exhibitions and, last of all, you can admire the beautiful countryside landscapes of Apulia. The motto of the event is: See what you drink!
Palio di Taranto and Sea Festival – June 6/8, 2014
The Palio is a row boat race of ten wooden boats, each representing a city districts. It takes place in the old city where the 10 protagonists have to circumnavigate the entire old town in less than half an hour time. On June 8, it also takes place the Sea Festival, where many stands show the latest news related to tourism, fishing and craftsmanship.
Farms under the stars (Masserie sotto le stelle) - June 22
Encouraged by the success of the previous years, the event “Farms under the stars” celebrates this year its fourth edition. It is a unique traveling night organized by some Masserie which open their doors to external guests: exhibitions, educational workshops, nature trails in the woods of oaks and ilex, music and folk dances. Masserie sotto le stelle is a privileged gateway to discover the history, cuisine and traditions, of Apulia.
The Night of the Witches, Ostuni - June 23, 2014
The charming town of Ostuni, also known as "The White City" for its historic center, once fully painted with white lime, hosts the celebration of St. Giovanni, one of the most magical summer nights in Puglia. This day is also called "the Night of the Witches" dues to ancient beliefs and pagan traditions. For the occasion, the squares and streets of Ostuni become the stage of the popular theater of the street, telling themes of magic and mystery in evocative representations. To shoo away the bad luck, “snails” are served along the street because their horns symbolize personal conflict and worries.