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The Taranta, the healing dance

  The origins of the taranta, how it has become a traditional dance and a symbol of Puglia and of southern Italy from a past therapeutic ritual. In Puglia , especially during summer, it’s easy to find some events where the main attraction is a folk music concert, played with tambourine, violin, accordion and dancers who dance on the   distinctive rhythm of traditional melodies (an example for all is the Notte della Taranta in Melpignano). Leggi in italiano
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Treasures in Puglia: the Basilica of St. Catherine of Alexandria in Galatina

Let's visit one of the treasures of Puglia, the Basilica of Saint Catherine of Alexandria in Galatina: a real art gallery in one of the most important church of Salento. I have a thing for  cathedrals . They’re not just places of worship, but they played a fundamental role over the centuries. Building a cathedral or a basilica was a sign of devotion towards the Church, yes, but it was overall a way to show support to the pope. The more the commissioner paid to make a cathedral rich and majestic, the more important the engagement between the commissioner and the Vatican was. Here why many cathedrals and basilicas are proper museums and here why I like them so much. Some of them are so beautiful and precious that they’ve become unique examples and today I’ll talk about one of them that is here in  Puglia : the  Basilica of St. Catherine of Alexandria  in  Galatina . Leggi in italiano

Visit to the king of the trulli of Alberobello: the Trullo Sovrano

  Let's visit the Trullo Sovrano, the biggest trullo of Alberobello. Let's dive in this journey in time and in the tradition of one of the symbols of Puglia, which is among the most known in the world. Tell me first symbol of Puglia that comes into your mind. You may have thought about Alberobello and about its skyline made of trullis that with their grey cones animate the slope of the monumental district. Every place in the world has a monument that is a symbol and, even though each area of Puglia has its own, the trullo has a honor place in representing the region. In this blog post, I tell you about a particular trullo, one of those that you can’t ignore when you visit Alberobello: the Trullo Sovrano . Leggi in italiano

Chiatona, la spiaggia dei massafresi

  La Marina di Chiatona, il mare di Massafra, dove l'acqua cristallina e la sabbia bianca e soffice sono da sempre lo sfondo dell’estate dei massafresi. Se chiedi a un massafrese dove va al mare, è molto probabile, se non certo, che ti risponda “ Chiatona ”. Eh sì, la Marina di Chiatona è da sempre la spiaggia di chi abita a Massafra e mi sembra giusto parlartene, per farti conoscere la bellezza e la particolarità delle marine di questo angolo di Puglia e, perché no, potrebbero essere proprio della tipologia che stai cercando.

Trek and Yoga in the Ravine of Castellaneta

  Have you ever tried to combine trek and yoga? Today I tell you about my experience in the Ravine of Castellaneta, where, thanks to Puglia Canyon experience, I made an excursion to reach a natural cave where we practiced yoga and reconnected with Mother Earth I always suggest to make an excursion in the ravine to those who visit Terra delle Gravine (the Land of Ravines ). I’ve gone on trek many times and have always found new things. Ravines are different from each other and each one has its own peculiarity. It also depends on which the aim of the excursion is. Leggi in italiano

A Walk among the Fig Trees of I Giardini di Pomona

  Let's have a walk in I Giardini di Pomona, the botanical conservatory in the countryside of Valle d'Itria, and discover its collection of fig trees and not only  “ I Giardini di Pomona …what’s that?” I’d just received the guide of the cycle path of the Apulian aqueduct and as a good snoop dogg I was analising its route. I couldn’t follow it completely, not at the moment, at least: it’s a long journey, you need to plan properly to make that travel. But no one forbade me to go for a little piece of it, maybe near to my hometown, and to stop in some interesting place. Leggi in italiano

Visita al re dei trulli di Alberobello: il Trullo Sovrano

Visitiamo il Trullo Sovrano, il trullo più grande di Alberobello. Tuffiamoci questo viaggio nel tempo e nella tradizione di uno dei simboli della Puglia più conosciuti nel mondo. Dimmi il primo simbolo della Puglia che ti viene in mente. Avrai pensato ad Alberobello e al suo panorama fatto di trulli , che con i loro coni grigi movimentano il pendio del quartiere monumentale. Come darti torto? Ogni parte del mondo ha la sua costruzione simbolo e, sebbene ogni area della Puglia abbia la propria, ormai il trullo ha un posto d’onore nel rappresentare la regione. In questo post ti parlo di un trullo in particolare, uno di quelli che quando vai ad Alberobello non puoi ignorare: il Trullo Sovrano . Read in English