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Will Puglia reopen for summer 2021?

Will Italy open for travel this summer? We are frequently asked whether tourism will restart in Italy this summer. From the many messages we receive it is clear that there is an appetite for international travel. Based on last year’s relaxation of travel restrictions it is anticipated that Italy will open to visitors for a […]

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Covid-19 in Puglia | April 18 Update

As of the week ending 16 April 19.8% of Italy’s adult population (over 16) have received at least one vaccination shot.   One week ago this was 16.9% representing an increase over a one-week period of 2.9%.   In Puglia 1,060,475 vaccines have been delivered. 895,245 (84.4%) shots have been administered. Puglia remains in the red zone […]

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Puglia’s “dysfunctional” vaccine rollout

The cartoon featured on the front of the Saturday edition of Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper. “Respect the queue” orders the official. “I’m the cousin of Big Pharma” is the response. An article in Friday’s London Financial Times cited Puglia as “the most vivid example of the dysfunctional vaccination rollout that has plagued [Italy]”, with thousands […]

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Covid-19 in Puglia | April 10 Update

As of the week ending 9 April 16.9% of Italy’s adult population (over 16) have received at least one vaccination shot. One week ago this was 14.5% representing an increase over a one-week period of 2.4%.   Friday’s Financial Times carried a story about “Italy’s botched vaccine rollout”“Italy’s botched vaccine rollout” by their Rome correspondent Miles Johnson: […]

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Conquering Puglia | Gay hookup apps to use on vacation

Puglia is especially known for its tolerance and inclusivity. We put this down to Puglia’s rich and diverse history. Our region has always been a land of passage, a gateway to other cultures. Long before invasion by social media Puglia was conquered by the Greeks, the Romans, the Ostrogoths, the Byzantine Empire, the Normans, Aragonese, […]

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LGBT rights in Italy | where we are, April 2021

LGBT rights in Italy | where we are, April 2021 Although Italy approved same-sex civil unions in 2016, the country lags behind its EU partners in creating anti-homophobia measures. Attempts by various governments over the past 25 years to enshrine LGBT rights in law have either been stifled or sabotaged. An attack a fortnight ago […]

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Puglia by cake | the Easter trinity

Puglia by cake | the Easter trinity Life in Puglia is seasonal. What we do, what we eat – and that includes cakes and pastries. We can tell where we are in the calendar year with a trip to the baker. Holy Week starts with messages on our phone from family and friends wishing us […]

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Covid-19 in Puglia | Easter weekend update

This week As of the week ending 2 April 14,5% of Italy’s adult population (over 16) have received at least one vaccination shot. Last week One week ago this was 12% representing an increase over a one-week period of 2,5% (compared with 0,9% the week before). Graphics from La Repubblica sabato, 3 aprile 2021 More | our Covid-19 […]

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Easter in Puglia | La Processione dei Misteri

Easter in Puglia | the procession of the Mysteries Pasqua (Easter) is probably the most celebrated religious festival in Italy. During Holy Week the church abandons any semblance of modernity to embrace symbolic religious ritual and tradition. Settimana Santa starts on Domenica delle Palme (Palm Sunday) and ends on Easter Sunday. Solemn events celebrating the […]

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Ornellechiette – Puglia’s pasta tribute to Italian music legend

Ornellechiette – Puglia’s pasta tribute to Italian music legend In an exciting initiative Regione Puglia’s department for tourism and culture have announced the launch of a limited edition range of regional food products for 2021. In a statement issued this morning Michele Emiliano the region’s President announced: “Food is an integral part of Puglia’s identity. […]

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