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