Month: December 2019

#Hashtag holidays and peer-to-peer travel: how Puglia became the holiday hotspot of the Instagram decade

My partner and I love going to places that are off the beaten track. When researching our holidays, we find that search engines often display the most popular sights, meaning we might miss a hidden gem. Social media allows us to keep up with travel bloggers that have similar interests to us and get ideas […]

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Italy falls 6 places in gender equality rankings

North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Botswana and Thailand had all leapfrogged Italy in closing the gender gap since the last audit in 2018. In its Global Gender Gap report 2020 the World Economic Forum (WEF) said Italy has fallen from 70th most equal nation to 76th. With a score of 70.7% (out of 100; a score […]

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Pettole – Puglia’s Christmas tradition

Pettole, deep fried dough balls, are a Christmas tradition in Puglia. Prepared and eaten during the festive period, pettole can be sweet or savoury. The dough is made from flour, potato, yeast, water and salt, and left for a couple of hours at least to rise. They are then deep fried in olive oil and served warm. […]

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Parlo Italiano? Do you speak Italian?

Italian is a beautiful language. It sings to you, and it is fun to attempt speaking it back. Trying a few words in Italian when visiting – ciao, buongiorno, grazie – gives a small sense of achievement. But more so we think that it is polite to make the effort when visiting any foreign country […]

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Understanding Italy #2

Italy is such a delightful place to live in if you happen to be a man. – E. M. Forster, Where Angels Fear to Tread, 1905 In his fantastic book The Italians, author John Hooper considers that the public debate on gender and language that took place years ago in other societies has scarcely begun in […]

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For the best pizza in Puglia go to Lecce – and that’s official!

The 3rd annual Italian Pizza Awards, the Oscars of the pizza world, took place in Rome last month. A jury of around 200 food and wine journalists select the best pizzas nationally and regionally, with awards including Best Pizza in Italy, Best Traditional Pizza and Best Regional Pizza. The award for the Best Pizza in […]

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La Fòcara

picture from www.visititaly.eu In January, Novoli celebrates “the days of fire” with the huge awe-inspiring bonfire of the Fòcara, as part of a festival dedicated to Sant’Antoni de su Fogu (St. Antonio Abate, Saint Anthony the Abbot). The highlight of the festival, which takes place from the 16th to the 18th January, is the lighting […]

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Salento Pride 2020

The next Salento Pride – on 20 June 2020 –  will take place in Brindisi, switching destination from Gallipoli where it has taken place since its inception in 2016. Gallipoli is the beating heart of gay summer in the Salento. But the organisers of Puglia’s most authentic Pride (perhaps why it is also fondly referred […]

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