La Notte della Taranta

As mentioned in a few previous posts, they take their dancing very seriously in Salento. Since 1998 they have had a yearly festival called La Notte della Taranta, which culminates near the end of August with a huge free concert in Melpignano (this year on the 27th) that is attended by more than 100,000 people.…

Festa della Bruschetta in Palmariggi

No doubt everybody is acquainted with the humble bruschetta (if you aren’t, you should be). You toast some bread, add a little garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, salt and pepper and away you go. Variations are numerous and I’ve seen just about everything thrown on there though often the results are a bit flat. A bit…

Municeddha in Cannole

What better way to kick off a week in Salento than with a sagra (food-centric town festival). The small village of Cannole, which is lost on the backroads of Italy’s far southeastern corner somewhere between Lecce, Maglie and Otranto, has made a name for itself in recent years with its Festa della Municeddha, a sagra…