Holy Monday in Puglia: our tips for a green Pasquetta

After the celebrations of the upcoming weekend, Italian tradition says to get out from houses on Holy Monday.

We call this day ‘Pasquetta’, the right time to enjoy the spring fresh breeze and sun. Since the ’60s Italians used to have pic-nics on this day, having pasta-al-forno, colomba cakes and Easter eggs.

Hopefully this Holy Monday the weather would be quite fine, then the following are our suggestions.

Sunday, 5th of April

pasqua palude la vela veduta mar piccolo tarantoPasqua at Riserva Regionale Palude La Vela

Here in Taranto’s Mar Piccolo, you can have a look to rare birds from this amazing point of view, dominating the whole Smaller Sea, which is the inner lagoon of Taranto.

Holy Monday, 6th of April

Biking in the Park, Ostuni, Brindisi

This regional reserve, rents you bikes for 15€ per person. Includes a route inside the Parco Regionale Dune Costiere, on the coastline of Ostuni, Brindisi. Info at +39.327.5785185

You can also follow the guided tour, by trekking, organized by our friends of Coop Serapia. Trekking in the park, bookings at + 39 366 5999514 and info@cooperativaserapia.it

pasquetta valle di itria acquedottoBiking upon the Waterpipes in Valle d’Itria

Still biking around Valle d’Itria, on the routes built upon the former waterpipes of Acquedotto Pugliese. Riding through Locorotondo, Cisternino and Martina Franca. Same price of 15€ per person to rent your bike. Or bring your own bike. The cost of this guided tour is 10€ per person, free of charge for a child accompanished by two adults. Contact + 39 366 5999514 or info@cooperativaserapia.it

pasquetta bosco pianelleTrekking, birdwatching and Speleology at Bosco delle Pianelle, Martina Franca, Taranto

You can join the local speleological group, for a trekking through this delicious green reserve, with a breath-taking view upon the Taranto Gulf.

They also manage a workshop to learn and build puppies of owls and more night birds, living into this wood. Costs and details at +39.080.4400950 Mobile +39.320.7137976 or +39.380.3285857 or e-mail to info@riservaboscopianelle.it

Have a great time in Puglia, enjoy the local experience and stay Green Puglia ! 😉

Is this a dream: I Pastini white wines from the Valle d’Itria

Green Puglia keep on the route of Pugliese Wines communication. Here’s the English adaptation by Valerie Rice of Puglian Pleasures, to the former review of I Pastini by Angelo Laveneziana. Stay tuned with Whites from Valle d’Itria, and next reviews to come.

Puglian Pleasures

Rows of vines at I Pastini Vineyard I Pastini Vineyard

Originally posted by Green Puglia, written in Italian by Frank Maglio, adapted by Puglian Pleasures for our English readers.

This is a dream: Angelo Laveneziana, a young Sommellier living in London, thinks to himself as he samples some of the best white wines from the I Pastini vineyard in Locorotondo, in the Valle d’Itria of Italy. Working in collaboration with Green Puglia, Angelo reviews the relatively undiscovered white wines of this region.

When we speak of Puglian wines, many people automatically think of big bold reds, which are increasing in popularity, both nationally and internationally amongst wine enthusiasts. However, there’s so much more to Puglian wines, and the true workhorse behind this new phenomenon is the humble white grape, which is receiving an increasingly broad consensus on the part of those who enjoy sipping quality in the glass.

Rows of Vines running parallel with the railway line In particular, we are talking about…

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Passeggiata nel bosco a Martina Franca

Green Puglia suggerisce un percorso trekking con le Guide Turistiche di Coop Serapia, per la prossima Domenica 8 Marzo.

Una passeggiata guidata nel bosco a Martina Franca, in località Cristo Redentore, lungo la scarpata murgiana che degrada verso Crispiano.
Immersi nel bosco di leccio, tra i profumi della macchia mediterranea, scopriremo antichi tratturi della transumanza che collegavano la Murgia alla piana tarantina. Mulattiere utilizzate per compiere stagionali spostamenti di bestiame fino al Tratturo Regio Martinese che decorreva ai piedi dei Monti di Martina. Lungo il percorso riconosceremo le piante spontanee, dal corbezzolo, alle felci, ai primi crochi in fiore, e le tracce degli animali, dalle fatte di volpe, ai canti del pettirosso, alle spiumate di sparviero.

Percorso di medio – bassa difficoltà, lungo circa 5 km.

Si consiglia di indossare abbigliamento comodo e scarpe da trekking.

Appuntamento ore 9.30 alla stazione Ferrovie del Sud Est di Martina Franca (N 40°41,977’- E 17°19,935’).
Da qui, con le auto, raggiungeremo il punto di partenza dell’escursione. La passeggiata concluderà alle ore 13.00.

La quota di partecipazione è di 5 euro per gli adulti e di 3 euro per i bambini fino a 12 anni. Per ogni coppia di adulti un bambino fino a 12 anni partecipa gratuitamente.

Info e prenotazioni: +39 366 5999514 – info@cooperativaserapia.it

Lungo il percorso incontreremo la grotta di Pilano, un'ampia cavità carsica rifugio per l'uomo sin dalla preistoria.

Lungo il percorso incontreremo la grotta di Pilano, un’ampia cavità carsica rifugio per l’uomo sin dalla preistoria.