Donít think of Italy as only a summer destination. There are plenty of things to do and to see during the Italian spring, fall, and even winter. This series of articles provides ideas for your Italian September vacation, describing regional spectacles, tourist attractions, and special events, and sometimes sports. Italian fall holidays have several advantages: You wonít fight the crowds, hotels and other accommodations are easier and cheaper to find, and every region has its own fall festivals. Start organizing your Italian fall holidays now. Keep reading.
Apulia, also known as Puglia, is a long thin region of southern Italy facing on the Adriatic Sea. Here summer is really summer, so if you arenít a fan of hot, hot weather you may prefer a September vacation. Once in a while it gets chilly here in September, especially late September. Enjoy the first Sunday of the month in the city of San Severo, population about 55 thousand with a food festival centering around the cooking of many different types of pasta (i.e. orecchiette, chiancarelle, fusilli and tagliolini). Be sure to try the soup made with whipped wheat.
On the 7th to the 9th of the month the town of Taurisano, population about 12, 000 holds a Festival in honor of Maria SS della Strada (Maria Super Saint of the Street), a church built in the early Fourteenth Century. The fishing village of Molfetta first held the Festival of its patron Saint, Maria SS. Dei Martiri (Madonna of the Martyrs) in 1399. This is one great festival featuring their famous prickly pears and tantalizing local foods. There are carnival rides, an animal fair, live music and dancing, culminating in an elaborate fireworks show. Donít miss the parade in which where a statue of the Protectress is carried by the local fishermen to a fishing boat and then to the middle of the harbor, accompanied by a small armada of local boats. The city of Hoboken, New Jersey, celebrates this festival on September 8th to honor the many relatives who came from there.
On the second Sunday Polignano a Mare, population about 16 thousand, right on the Adriatic sea holds a food festival honoring Jesus in the Foggia Notar Nicola neighborhood. The specialties include grilled lamb, a local specialty called gnemeridde (stuffed strips of baby lamb sometimes with parsley), olives, and other vegetables. They claim to serve the best gelato in Italy. You might want ot dine in the restaurant nestled in a grotto in the cliff that supports the city. Among the handicraft fairs are those held in Rutigliano from the 13th to the 20th, and the district one in Barletta on the 19th-27th. The last Sunday of the month the city of Lecce in the province of the same name hosts an antique show in the historic Piazza Libertini with some 70 exhibitors.
Apulia is a major wine making region of Italy, although few would classify it among the best. Local wine and grape festivals are held in numerous locations including Nolcottaro in the province of Bari, Brindisi in the province of the same name, Foggia and San Ferdinando di Puglia in the province of Foggia. Bari and Lecce in Bari province. The end of the month is a good time for wine festivals. Sammichele di Bari in the province of the same name holds the Festival of the Zampina, Bocconcino and of Good Wine on the 4th Saturday of the month. The next day Santerano in Colle in the same province hosts an Exhibition of Grapes and Wine, and Borgo Incoronata in the Foggia province holds a Grape Festival.
And wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Apulia or other Italian wines.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.
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September events, spectacles, and tourist attractions in Apulia