A festival with bite: Night of the Taranta in Salento, Italy – video

In the tiny region of Grecìa Salentina in southern Puglia, a folk dance first created by women working in tobacco fields as a response to the bite of the tarantula is now celebrated in the form of La Notte della Taranta, a music festival culminating in a concert in front of an 80,000-strong crowd

A festival with bite: Night of the Taranta in Salento, Italy – video http://gu.com/p/3b8hd/tw via @guardian

Feudi di Guagnano – A Story of Passion

La storia della Cantina Vinicola Feudi di Guagnano è incredibile. Una storia di passione per il vino e di apprezzamento dei vini con un senso di appartenenza e di identità. Si tratta di una storia di amicizia, l’amore per le viti dei loro antenati e una storia costruita sul duro lavoro, la passione e l’impegno a portare nel mondo un piccolo pezzo di Guagnano.

Locali della Cantina Vinicola Feudi di Guagnano

Locali della Cantina Vinicola Feudi di Guagnano

Stretta tra lo Ionio e l’Adriatico, la Puglia inizia la sua lunga storia di vinificazione grazie ai Greci antichi. Nei secoli si distingue l’uva Negroamaro che tende a produrre vini rustici, polverosi e con un elemento di dolce amaro che cottraddistingue veramente il territorio della Puglia. L’ambiente naturale è duro e richiede grande fatica, ma per fortuna questi vini sono un ottimo accompagnamento per una giornata di duro lavoro.

Vigne Feudi di Guagnano

Vigne Feudi di Guagnano

I vini di Feudi di Guagnano sono caratterizzati dalla qualità, soprattutto in considerazione del poco tempo trascorso dalla prima vendemmia.

Puoi trovare i vini Feudi di Guagnano, con tutte le caratteristiche, cliccando qui, oppure dall’elenco:

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The story of Feudi di Guagnano is a wonderful one. The type of story that resonates with all of us who share a passion for wine and the appreciation of wines with a sense of place and identity. It is a tale of friendship, love for the vines of their forefathers and a story built on hard work, passion and a commitment to bringing the world a little piece of Guagnano.

Setting out to restore the small vineyard holdings of retired wine makers around the town of Guagnano, five friends all sharing the same vinous philosophies, created Azienda Agricola Feudi di Guagnano, located in the heart of the Salice Salentino DOC zone. The first vintage was in fact 2002 and represented the achievement of something symbolic, a realisation of a dream that was conjured while sharing the wines of previous generations which dated back to the 60s and 70s.

Sandwiched between the Ionian and Adriatic seas, this small wine producing region has been here through the ages with the ancient Greeks possibly first introducing wine making to the area. Regardless of the exact origins of Puglia’s unclear wine history Negroamaro has been present since the birth of viticulture on the Salentine peninsula but translated literally, means black bitter, which sadly serves to cast a negative shadow over this extremely interesting variety. Granted, Negroamaro tends to produce rustic, dusty wines with a bitter sweet element to them but In this sense they truly represent the terroir of Puglia. The natural surroundings are harsh and require great toil but fortunately these wines are a great accompaniment to a day of hard work. High temperatures give high sugar content and thus just a touch of sweetness yet these are by no means sweet wines; they are dry, velvety wines with herbaceous and earthy moods.

Puglia, Italy: readers’ tips, recommendations and travel advice

Go to southern Puglia and use one of the rich variety of towns as a base to make easy trips to the others. See Alberobello in the early evening when the crowds have left, visiting the region’s famous, distinctive cone-roofed trulli in the Rione Aia Piccola, where people live (away from the trulli tourist trap).

Enjoy a steak in local primitivo wine sauce in the lovely garden of Ristorante Fidelio (ristorantefidelio.com). Approach Ostuni, the white town, from the east in the morning sun to appreciate its gleaming splendour. Relish the antipasti at L’Osteria Piazzetta Cattedrale (piazzettacattedrale.it), but do book as it’s very popular. Visit Locorotondo on Sunday morning, view the plateau below, walk the peaceful ‘centro storico’ then, for contrast, watch the buzzing crowd from the public gardens.

Enjoy Castel del Monte and Lecce’s architecture and take lunch at Alle due Corti trattoria (alleduecorti.com), perhaps trying the orecchiette (ear-shaped pasta) with turnip tops – surprisingly tasty…

Puglia, Italy: readers’ tips, recommendations and travel advice via @Telegraph http://soc.li/YyLgwSJ

 

Ostuni is one of several 'white' towns in Puglia

Ostuni is one of several ‘white’ towns in Puglia

Travel: Star power shines in Italy’s Puglia @malibutimes

The southern Italian region of Puglia is making headlines these days—why? Its scenic coast, historic towns and delicious cuisine are enough to focus attention on this part of Italy any day of the week, but now superstars too have tuned into the many charms of Puglia. Well, at least one superstar: Justin Timberlake has tied the knot with Jessica Biel there. Timberlake, an entertainment powerhouse who has gone from “Star Search” to “Sexyback” and beyond, has finally proven his “travel” star power by selecting Puglia as the setting for his recent wedding.

Travel: Star power shines in Italy’s Puglia http://ow.ly/fw3dr

Picturesque Puglia, in southern Italy, is quickly becoming a travel hotspot due to its historic towns and delicious cuisine.

Picturesque Puglia, in southern Italy, is quickly becoming a travel hotspot due to its historic towns and delicious cuisine.

Castel del Monte – UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Patrimonio Mundial, Центр всемирного наследия ЮНЕСКО, Patrimonio UNESCO

L’emplacement de ce château, la rigueur mathématique et astronomique de son plan, la perfection de sa forme manifestent l’ambition symbolique qui animait l’empereur Frédéric II lorsqu’il l’édifia près de Bari, en Italie du Sud, au XIIIe siècle. Exemple unique dans l’architecture militaire médiévale, Castel del Monte est la fusion parfaite de l’Antiquité classique, de l’Orient musulman et du gothique cistercien d’Europe du Nord.

Когда император Фридрих II в XIII в. построил этот замок неподалеку от Бари, он наполнил его символическим значением. Это отразилось в выборе местоположения замка, математических и астрономических расчетах его планировки и абсолютно правильной форме. Кастель-дель-Монте представляет собой уникальный образец средневековой военной архитектуры, в котором удачно сочетаются элементы классической античности, исламского Востока и североевропейской цистерцианской готики.

Edificado en siglo XIII por orden del emperador Federico II, al sur de la península italiana, cerca de Bari, este castillo es un ejemplar de la arquitectura militar medieval único en su género. Su emplazamiento, la perfección de sus formas y la precisión matemática y astronómica de su trazado, son exponentes del deseo que movió a este soberano a hacer de él un símbolo de sus ambiciosos designios. Castel del Monte es una muestra perfecta de la fusión de las formas arquitectónicas de la Antigüedad grecorromana, el Oriente musulmán y el gótico cisterciense del norte de Europa.

Quando l’imperatore Federico II fece costruire questo castello in provincia di Bari nel 13 ° secolo, lo intrise di significato simbolico, la posizione, la precisione matematica e astronomica del layout e la forma perfettamente regolare. Un pezzo unico di architettura militare medievale, Castel del Monte è un mix ben riuscito di elementi dell’antichità classica, islamica, Oriente e del Nord Europa gotico cistercense.

Source: UNESCO/CLT/WHC

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