Although Puglia is a favourite summer destination, pretty unpopular in winter time, here we are, spending one of the last weekends of December in Savelletri di Fasano (BR), to attend the Christmas markets at Borgo Egnazia, the luxury hotel on the Adriatic coast in southern Italy.
Borgo Egnazia Christmas markets
Attending Borgo Egnazia Christmas markets is a unique occasion to experience the charme of Puglia during the winter months.
The atmosphere is lovely and welcoming, warmed by thousands of golden lights, glittering through the olive branches, and a crackling bonfire, where fresh chestnuts slowly roast.
The Piazza is the core of the event, filled with stalls showcasing typical Apulian crafts and friendly people offering you taralli, hot chocolate, wine, soup, and other food for free.
The little houses sourrounding the Piazza are turned into small “Botteghe”, where visitors can step in and discover Apulian traditions. Among other things, you can learn how to make orecchiette (fresh pasta shaped like small ears), visit an exhibition of papier-marche sceneries used for Carnival parades, or watch some dancers perform the “pizzica salentina”, a traditional apulian dance similar to tarantella.
Christmas markets at Borgo Egnazia represent a celebration to traditional flavours, craftmanship and conviviality, ad the experience will be definitely enriched by spending a night in the borgo.
Christmas markets are usually arreanged during weekends from November to January, plus Christmas eve, Santo Stefano (December 26th) and the Epifania (January 6th). Check the official website to know the specific dates and book your ticket.
Borgo Egnazia, Strada Comunale Egnazia, 72015 Savelletri, Fasano BR
The entrance is 25 euros for adults, 10 euros for children under the age of 12, and free for toddlers. The events is free of charge for visitors who are staying at the hotel. Room prices are usually over 300 euros per night, but worth every penny.
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