Easter is early in 2016 – it really is time to start thinking about planning a holiday in Puglia. Book Casa Mare or Villa Rosa direct with us and we will sweeten your break with pink prosecco and chocolates for the adults and an easter egg hunt for the children!

Why should you spend Easter in Puglia? The mild temperatures make it a perfect time to really get out and about and see Puglia. Explore the olive groves, the marine reserves, the beautiful historic town centres – think Ostuni, Otranto, Gallipoli, Bari, Monopli; but also the less well known such as Oria or Mesagne and a host of smaller towns.

Experience the Easter Celebrations, the food festivals, visit a winery or two and taste the wine. Easter in Puglia starts on Palm Sunday and continues through to Easter Monday. Check out these links to get an idea of what will be going on.

As well as the religious events there are many food festivals showcasing typical foods that are made to celebrate Easter in Puglia. What’s on offer varies from town to town, like the “scarcella”, a symbol of renewal and continuity, made from a type of cookie dough and shaped into various forms in which hard boiled eggs are embedded. Recipes vary but all are traditional, handed down from mother to daughter. A speciality of Taranto is the “mostaccioli”, a biscuit made with almond paste and topped with chocolate icing. Just two of the many different celebratory offerings you will find at the food festivals and in the “pasticceria”.

On Easter Sunday, after mass, in all the towns, small and large, you can mingle with the locals, dressed in their Sunday best as they take a “passeggiata” before lunch. Lunch on Easter Sunday is an important affair; if you plan to eat out be sure to book ahead as all the restaurants will be bursting at the seams. The local italians in Puglia are very friendly and will welcome you and invite you to join in the celebrations.

Visit Puglia anytime, how about Easter?The celebrations continue on Easter Monday, known in Italian as La Pasquetta, when friends and family head out to the countryside or the seaside for picnics and games. Our local town of Torchiarolo celebrates Easter Monday in great style. The illuminations in the town are switched on in the evening and are an amazing site. Find a spot near the Chiesa Matrice Maria and watch the procession before adjourning to Nonna Lisa for pizzas (be sure to make a reservation). In Torchiarolo on the Tuesday after Easter it is a town festival day with a large street market and horse fair.

With temperatures milder than the scorching summer months of June through August, Easter is a great time for walking or cycling through the olive groves and countryside. The sea might not be warm enough for swimming but beach walks, beach-combing and exploring the rock pools are great for young and old alike.

Whether you explore alone or take the opportunity for a guided tour or to take part in one of the events that our travel co-ordinators organise, April (and May) are great months to discover the real Puglia. Easter in Puglia has the added bonus of scores of celebrations and festas to choose from.

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