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OUR MISSION: To raise awareness of the
Region of Puglia in Italy as a tourism
destination for international travelers.
The Region of Puglia, situated on Italy's
southeast coast, boasts art and archaeology
treasures (including several UNESCO World
Heritage Sites), historic landmarks, areas of
religious significance, world-class beaches
and resorts, and foods and wines that are
enjoyed around the world.

Please let Puglia Connection help you to
learn more about this fascinating destination.
On our blog:
Puglia’s “cucina
povera” ...
A Sustainable Tourism Initiative Centered on History and Culture
"A Visit to the New
and the Old Puglia"

Tourism marketing professional Kate McGrath
just returned from her latest trip to Puglia.
We're happy to present her report:
The Palm Trees of Puglia
Click here to read Kate McGrath's
on-the-scene update from Puglia
By Dick Oliver

Dick Oliver is a former
managing editor of the
New York Daily News
and hosted a radio show
on WABC and WOR for
many years with local
reporters. He also was
also the political TV
correspondent for Fox-
TV’s “Good Day New
York” for more than 12
Click here to read
Dick's Puglia travel
“Apulia Then and Now” exhibit  
on view in Westchester
A rarely seen collection of the region's  artifacts
On view for the first time in America ‒ A collection of rarely seen art, artifacts and
photographs along with an historical documentary film, all centering on the culture
and civilizations of Puglia in southern Italy.

The Westchester Italian Cultural Center in Tuckahoe, NY, in collaboration with the United
Pugliesi Federation, is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibit “Apulia Then and
Now,” an evocative journey through the heritage, traditions and flavoring of the Region of

Known as “the heel of Italy’s boot,” this charming region, situated in heart of the
Mediterranean, is a land rich in history, culture and traditions. It has been the bridge to the
Orient since the dawn of time, and was the crossroad among different cultures and
civilizations. Remains of these ancient civilizations are still visible in the Apulian countryside
while renaissance and baroque art is present in the cities and villages’ historical buildings as
a representation of different artistic manifestation of faith.

The ancient origins of this region are enhanced by its diverse and breathtaking landscapes.
This is the land of sun, sea and wind, where the rural countryside is dotted by ancient olive
trees and medieval towns are built on cliffs overlooking the sea.

The photographic collection, “A Taste of Puglia,” by photographer Sabino Parente pays
tribute to the beauty of this undiscovered land between the blue sky and the turquoise sea.
Parente, a photographer and graphic designer, was born in Bari, the capital of Puglia, and
his highly acclaimed photography has won him many awards such as the 2013 – National
Geographic Best of Travel 365, with a photo included in the worldwide selection.

On exhibit are images of the feasts of patron saints, local festivals and historical re-
enactments that renew ancient customs and traditions annually. The collection, “Santi di
Puglia” (“Saints of Puglia”), has been curated by Cristina Marvulli with the participation of
sponsoring Pugliese towns of Acquaviva delle Fonti, Adelfia, Altamura, Bari, Bitonto, Fasano,
Novoli, Scorrano, Taranto and Trani.

A collection of the famous handcrafted earthenware, “Whistles of Rutigliano” by artist Vito
Moccia, is also on display. These works of art are a testimony to how the historic
craftsmanship still lives on in the splendid artistic creations made today.

The exhibit will be on view through June 7, 2014. For details click
"Santo." Photo by Sabino Parente