Puglia and the Summer Festivals: dancing and eating South


Let’s appreciate the summer and refresh our senses in a dancing Puglia. Ancient manor farms and historical abbeys open to the public where to listen music and talks, re-design the traditions of taranta and pizzica music, amidst delicious food and events.

Locorotondo hosts Locus Festival,a jazz festival featuring international artists from 26th July to 10th August 2013 and the Sagra Pirotecnica della Valle d’Itria a national competition in pyrotechnics for Locorotondo’s patron saint, San Rocco.

For the opera and classical music lovers unmissable is the Festival della Valle D’Itria that has been running since 1975. The 2013 edition features music and operas by Verdi and Wagner in a celebration of the bicenteries of their births from  13th July up 1st August in  Martina Franca.

Jazz festival are almost everywhere: Otranto Jazz Festival (26th-28th July 2013) in  Minervino, Maglie, Lecce and Otranto, Ceglie Open Jazz Festival, an annual jazz festival features concerts by some of Italy’s top groups in Ceglie Messapica

One of the most famous and well-known festival is La Notte della Taranta: Pizzica, the Salento’s tarantella dance, is on stage from  6th up to 24th August 2013 in  the towns of Grecia Salentina including Melpignano. An occasion to get back to the roots!

Throughout July and August, watermelon is a star to celebrate almost everywhere, along the frisella, a typical dried, bagel-shaped bread. In the third week of July, Crispiano has a lovely food festival: fegatino (liver), lumache (snails), focaccia (bread) and gelato (ice cream).
August is the sagre season: interesting the Sagra della Polpetta in Felline (Lecce).  On the 15th of August, Sannicandro di Bari celebrates one of the most traditional Puglia’s pasta: orecchiette.

Still in Puglia the 1st weekend of September? Go and visit Carpignano Salentino for La Festa “Te lu Mieru” which counts 3 days of concerts, music, dancing, local food and lots of gorgeous wine aka “lu mieru“.