Events in Puglia
La Fòcara: The celebrations in honor of St. Anthony the Abbot culminate with the ignition of the Fòcara the huge bonfire 20 m wide and over 25m high, the biggest in the Mediterranean basin.
Carnival of Putignano: among the oldest and longest-lasting carnivals in Europe
The Holy Week in Puglia: The sacred liturgy and the popular piety relive in the traditional processions
European Film Festival: A festival of European and Mediterranean culture, distributing every year 100 films, among feature films, short films and documentaries from several European countries
Cantine Aperte: one of the most important events on wine tourism, which takes place on the last Sunday of May, when the wineries that adhere to the Wine Tourism Movement open their doors to visitors for tastings and guided visits in a warm atmosphere of conviviality
La Festa di San Nicola: Celebrating the arrival of San Nicola's relics in Bari, La Festa di San Nicola is a colourful three day event with spectacular firework and light display.
La Festa di San Cataldo: A procession at sea that combines both religious moments and joyful celebrations, including a rowing competition and fireworks display.
Festival Metropolitano Bari in jazz: The festival will host the main contemporary music trends through a series of free concerts held at the most spellbinding settings amid art, nature and history
The Palio of Taranto: a traditional costumed boat race with 10 wooden rowboats each representing a city neighborhood, helmed by two standing rowers.
Santa Domenica - The Night of the Lights: In honor of the patron saint St. Domenica very long illuminated galleries made of thousands of colored lights and incredible choreographies depicting monuments and saints are et up in Scorrano.
Itria Valley Festival:for all opera and symphonic music lovers
Locus Festival: concerts featuring national and international guests and emerging artists
Historical parade of Frederick II and the Joust of the Boroughs: around 800 figures participate in a parade taking over Otria
Ghironda Summer Festival: international festival of art and culture from the five continents, whose goal is to make the public familiar with the region's landmarks
The Night of the Taranta: promotion of Salento's folk music and its crossovers with other music languages, from world music to rock, to jazz and symphonic music
International Festival Castel dei Mondi: Ten days of theatre, music and art
Sagra Pirotecnica della Valle d'Itria: As part of the 5-day celebration of Locorotondo's patron saint, San Rocco, 3 or 4 of Italy's most renowned firework specialists come together for a competition in pyrotechnics.
Salento International Film Festival: Promoting young talents by fostering new forms of film production
Bacco delle Gnostre: one of the most anticipated events on food and wine in Puglia
Living Nativity Scenes
Suggested Activities for Puglia
- Water sports: scuba diving, sailing, kiting or wind-surfing
- Golf courses: the 9-hole Coccaro surrounded by 700 year old trees and the 18-hole championship course of San Domenico
- Guided tours to Puglia's baroque treasures, like Lecce with its impressive Basilica di Santa Croce and Museo Faggiano
- Yacht charters
- Nature reserve of Le Casine
- Roca (a natural bay with stunning coloured water)
- Alimini lakes
- Otranto – Italy’s most eastern point
- Leuca - a famous sea-side resort with stunning art-deco villas
PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR YOUR VILLA HOLIDAY in Puglia
GMT +1 hour
The Euro (€) is the official currency of Italy. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
Tipping IN Puglia
You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges, though leaving a small amount is common practice. If there is no service charge, you might consider leaving 10%/15%, but it is not obligatory. In bars any small change is left as a tip. Tipping taxi drivers is also not mandatory but suggested.
Arrival & Departure Formalities
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:
- A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
- Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.
Electricity SUPPLY IN Puglia
Electrical service in Italy is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz - a converter/adaptor may be required.
Driving IN ITALY
There are some important rules of the road -
- At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
- Always carry your driver's license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
- The minimum driving age is 18.
- Traffic drives on the right.
- Seat belts must be worn - children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
- Headlights must be on all the time except if driving in a city during the day with good visibility.
- In the event of a breakdown a red warning triangle must be displayed in the road.
- National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways.
- Speeding fines: Euros 30 - 300.
- For use of the highways it is invariably necessary to collect a ticket at toll booth marked " biglietti" before entering the highway. DO NOT pass under the lanes marked Telepass. Pay the toll at the exit. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
- There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyzer tests carried out regularly by the police.
Parking in Italy
- In many large towns, the historical town centre is subject to traffic restrictions (authorised vehicles only may enter) indicated by large white sign with a red circle saying " Zona a traffico limitato".
- Street parking is organized and designated with signs and by the colour of the lines for the parking spots. The colour of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking; white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking, yellow is reserved for special use. Signs will tell you if you are required to pay or to use a parking disc to time your parking (more details below). In most regions, blue lines mark paid street parking. There will be a payment machine nearby. Place the receipt from the machine on the dashboard. In many towns, white lines mark free parking spots on the street but they may be limited by time. The closest parking sign will tell you if you must set your parking disc to show when you arrived. Set your parking disc to the time you parked and display it in the window. You must return within the maximum allowed time.