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6 things to do to experience the Christmas atmosphere in Puglia

Places and traditions not to be missed to experience an authentic Apulian Christmas atmosphere!


Posti da visitare a Natale Puglia Who said that to experience the Christmas atmosphere at its best you have to go to Lapland?

Of course, how can we not wish for such a place when the Christmas period arrives ... but don't worry because if the desire to live a unique and evocative Christmas experience assails you, you can be sure that even the Pug lia will not disappoint you. You should know that in Puglia there are places that you can visit all year round, especially when Christmas comes! At first glance it might seem a little strange since snow, a typical element of Christmas scenarios, is difficult descends in Puglia (although in recent times there has never been a lack of snow) , however, there is certainly no lack of cold and very hot lights to warm the heart and mind.

The villages of Puglia are places that with the arrival of Christmas become the right occasions to experience magical atmosphere that we all want when December arrives, and all this thanks to the historic centers that still preserve the beauty and traditions of Apulian Christmas and which, combined with the warmth of luminarie , give adults and children particularly beautiful and evocative moments, difficult to enjoy and with a great desire to replicate every year.

It should also be noted that Bari is one of the main protagonists of Christmas since San Nicola , the patron saint of the city, is also the saint who inspired the myth of Santa Claus in the world , whose "home" can be said to be located in Bari vecchia, exactly in the Basilica dedicated to the saint.
And what about the local typical products prepared for Christmas ? A goodness to try absolutely. In short, after this preamble, let's find out together what are the things you could do in Puglia to breathe an authentic Christmas atmosphere and carry it in your heart when you return!

Old Bari, the markets and the lights

Luminarie Bari vecchia Puglia

Normally, starting from 6 December (St. Nicholas' day) Bari celebrates the arrival of Christmas by illuminating the city celebrating; for the occasion, the tree in Piazza del Ferrarese lights up and Bari vecchia becomes a concentration of lights , colors and lots of joy, not to mention the pilgrimages to Basilica of San Nicola , the liveliness of the markets and the scents of sweets and sgagliozze in the alleys of the ancient village. TO LIVE.

In the house of "Santa Claus"

Luminarie Bari vecchia San Nicola

How not to pass by the "temple" of Santa Claus ? Saint Nicholas is the saint of children, the one who inspired the myth of Santa Claus in the world . Passing by the Basilica of San Nicola means immersing yourself in the ancient history of Christmas (as well as entering an extraordinary monument) . It is also for this reason that the days of Christmas spent in Bari have a particularly different and extremely suggestive flavor. TO VISIT.

Experience the magic of lights on the Trulli

Luminarie Trulli Alberobello Puglia

How can we not count, among the Apulian Christmas beauties , the magic transmitted by the Trulli of Alberobello ? The Trulli of this city, unique in the world and visited at any time of the year, at Christmas are transformed into an almost fantastic place thanks to the colorful lights that illuminate themed the roofs of these ancient houses. A few kilometers from Bari, between alleys, characteristic shops and trattorias, Alberobello offers emotions every year.

The Christmas atmosphere in the alleys of Locorotondo

Locorotondo periodo di Natale Puglia

The historic center of Locorotondo? A fantastic postcard of your Christmas in Puglia, not far from Bari. In addition to being one of the “Most beautiful villages in Italy ”, Locorotondo is probably one of the most evocative places to breathe the authentic Christmas atmosphere of the Apulian style. Decorations and lights everywhere , in every street and in every corner of this suggestive ancient village.

The Apulian tradition at the table

Dolci natalizi baresi pugliesi

Cartellate , almond pastries, sasanelli, mostaccioli, castagnelle, liqueurs and so on and so forth. The Christmas in Bari is dedicated to food and above all the typical Apulian sweets , those not to be missed during a trip to Bari in the Christmas period . You will find them almost everywhere among bars, pastry shops and above all in the homes of the people of Bari; a sweet tradition, inevitable and all to try.

The sweet Bari street food

Street food natale Bari Puglia

Very good, very soft and very tasty. Those prepared in Bari, especially in Bari vecchia , are the pettole par excellence which at Christmas become Sweet Popizze , that is, round pancakes covered with sugar. You will find them in some corners of the ancient village and it will not be hard for you to find them (in Bari they are a must) ; their scent will draw you to the right alley.

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