PUTIGNANO - FESTA DELL'ORSOAn old proverb from Putignano says that if on the 2nd February it is sunny, bears go out from their lairs to collect food and wood for because winter will be longer. During the Carnevale, a mock trial in ancient costume is held, where the bear is questioned in the wonderful scenery of Piazza del Plebiscito. The question is: Will spring come soon this year? The answer depends on the weather: if the 2nd of Febraury was sunny then spring is very far away... and the poor bear's supplies will be sequestered!
LIVING NATIVITIESDon't loose the opportunity to feel the Christmas Atmosphere created by the several Living Nativities, hold up all around the region.
From the presepe "Stella sulla Grotta" in Laureto di Fasano to the presepe in Masseria "Madonna di Grottole" in Polignano a Mare to the striking presepe in Tricase, enjoy a special tour in Puglia.
LIVING NATIVITY IN THE TRULLIOn the 26th, 27th ,29th and 30th December, in the old quarter called Aia Piccola in Alberobello, 230 actors will transform Trulli in the houses of Bethlem, where people would experience old jobs and traditions.
CASTELLANA GROTTE: GOSPELS IN THE CAVESThe enchanting cave, called "Grave" is the extraordinary stage for one of the most interesting Italian Gospel Group. Let the "Wake upp Gospel Project" and their music drive you into the Christmas Atmosphere.
PUTIGNANO - LA CITTà DEL FUOCOAn old legend tells that when Christians were persecuted by Romans, a young woman who refused to marry an old aristocratic and to abjure was burned alive and the only parts of her body that didn't burn were her eyes.
In the night, considered the longest of the year, Putignano citizens remeber Saint Lucy's maryrdom setting up bonfires all around the city.
Why don't take the opportunity to have a tour in the old center, enjoying traditional music and traditional foods,
warmed up by huge bonfires?
PETTOLE NELLE GNOSTRE - NOCI CHOCOLATE FESTIVALEnjoy a December week-end tasting good chocolate and the "pettole", the typical Christmas dough balls or served straight from the pan with sugar or with salt in the enchanting and undiscovered town of Noci, with its old courts called "Gnostre".
There local musicians will wait for you to make you feel Christams atmosphere.
SANT'ORONZO HORSE PARADEThis annual parade commemorates the 16th century miracle, where the nobles of Ostuni carried the statue of their patron saint, Oronzo, through the town to save it from the plague. Every year, the gilded statue of the saint is accompanied by up to 40 horseman in ceremonial dress through the streets of Ostuni. It's a very popular occasion and thousands of people flock to the town to see it. To add to the festival atmosphere there are lots of market stalls around the imposing city walls and a bandstand in the main square.
PUTIGNANO - S.OL.CO IN FESTASolidarity, music, dance, games and good food are the ingredients for a day when Puglia and Africa meet each other in the wonderful Masseria Papaperta location, between Putignano and Alberobello. Jugglers, minstrels, and dancers will delight you with their timeless performances .Info tel: 320 5554515
CARNEVALE DI PUTIGNANONot to be missed!! The carnival of Putignano is a riot of colour, fun and age-old satire. The fabulous floats are impressive enough to rival any carnival around the world. You will also see wonderful examples of the "Farinella", the typical Putignano mask, and scores of children in bright costumes, bursting with excitment. The atmosphere is lively and entertaining - music, parties and parades create a suggestive mix to make you forget all your troubles. From Sunday the 20th February till March the 8th!
CASTELLANA GROTTE - LA NOTTE DELLA FANOVE
A pyrotechnics dream! This bonfire festival was established to commemorate the intervention of the Madonna della Vetrana in 1691 when she is said to have saved the town of Castellana Grotte from the continuation of a terrible bubonic plague. In the main square 2 enormous bonfires, at least 3 storeys high are erected and in all the surrounding streets and piazzettas of the historical centre there are dozens of smaller fires. By 9pm the town was buzzing and all the bonfires merrily aflame. Stalls selling all number of tempting hot snacks lined the streets. Our favourite fire of the night was manned by an inventive fellow who had set up a cauldron arrangement above the flames and was handing out delicious little cups of hot wine straight from the cauldron to passers by. A perfect complement to the festivities!