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Puglia enjoys a mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers. It is a dry land with few rivers, and this reflects the fact that rainfall is low.

When to go really depends on what you enjoy.

Coming up to Lent there are festivals all over Italy, but the Shrove Tuesday masked celebration in Putignano is reckoned to be second only to that of Venice.

In springtime the fields are full of poppies and cherry blossom.

As summer approaches the vines are clad with leaves and grapes, and the country is at its greenest. Each town has a major religious festival celebrating its patron saint, with illuminations, processions and firework displays.

Summer is very hot, especially down on the coast. The beaches are popular especially during the national holiday of August, but surprisingly, perhaps, the inland roads and towns are often quiet even at the height of the holiday season.

The second half of July and August is the time for festivals in towns throughout the area. For example, in Alberobello you can enjoy a range of concerts and performances, from street artists to fireworks, a jazz festival, international folk festival, the summer music festival and more. In Martina Franca there is a prestigious classical music and opera festival.

September is cooler, and leads to the vine harvest and the later olive harvest in November.

 

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BBC weather 5-day forecast for Bari