Archive for November, 2009

George Benson in Bari Nov. 24

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

The American jazz guitarist George Benson will be appearing in Bari on Tuesday night (Nov. 24) as part of his “Songs and Stories Tour.”
Benson will perform at Teatro Team, Piazza Umberto 37, beginning at 9 P.M. Tickets range from 42 euros to 82 euros, and are available at the theater and online at
His performance is part of an Italian tour with other stops in Catania, Naples and Rome. The winner of many Grammy Awards, Benson’s hits include “On Broadway,” “This Masquerade,” “Give me the Night” and “Turn Your Love Around.”

Welcome Back to the Puglia Connection Blog

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Welcome back to the Puglia Connection blog. We were dormant for the past few months, as we had to take care of some family matters, but we’re pleased to be back at work and continuing our efforts to promote the Region of Puglia in Italy as a sustainable cultural tourism destination for international travelers. As wrote here in 2007 when we launched this blog, we’re hoping that we can serve as a starting point for creating a network of travelers interested in learning more about Puglia (also called Apulia), particularly because of its diverse cultural offerings. We also hope to generate interest in the region among Americans of Pugliese heritage and we look forward to learning and sharing stories about your families.
We’re Jeff and Randa Barrington, and we’ve been promoting tourism to Puglia – mainly by word of mouth – since we started this project in 2000. That’s when we visited Puglia for the second time and saw enormous potential for using very carefully managed international tourism as a way to help preserve Puglia’s precious antiquities and diverse heritage (we’ve been back nearly every year since to explore the region and compile information for travelers). If you’re not familiar with Puglia, it is the region that comprises the heel of the Italian boot along the coasts of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. The region’s principal cities are Bari, Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce and Taranto.
While Puglia’s excellent beaches have been popular with Italians and other Europeans for many years, only recently has there been significant awareness of Puglia’s history, art, architecture, heritage, food and wine. We’ve explored most of Puglia by car and train; and we have many ideas to share about places to see, stay, eat and shop; and we can offer practical advice and tips about planning your Puglia vacation.
A little about us: Randa’s grandparents are all from Puglia, within the province of Bari – her maternal grandparents are from Palo del Colle and her paternal grandparents are from Bitonto. Randa and Jeff have both studied Puglia’s culture and history extensively, and Jeff earned a master’s degree in tourism development from New York University, where his research centered on developing Puglia as a sustainable tourism destination. We formalized this project in 2005 under the name Puglia Connection and are working to develop the website as a resource for travelers. We’ve explored Puglia from top to bottom, from Vieste on the edge of the Gargano Peninsula to Marina de Leuca at the tip of Salento. We’ve booked trains, rented cars, discovered numerous restaurants, hotels and sites worth visiting, worked with local guides to gather information about the most interesting places to see in Puglia, and we’re happy to share that information with anybody who is interested in learning more about this fascinating region.
We hope that this blog will encourage you to learn more about Puglia as a tourism destination. Please send us your comments, questions and ideas. Thanks!

More Low-Cost Air Service to Puglia in 2010

Friday, November 6th, 2009

The Irish low-fare airline Ryanair has announced plans to open two new international bases in Bari and Brindisi, effective in January 2010, according to the Irish website and Aeroporti di Puglia, which operates the region’s four airports.
The carrier plans to base two aircraft at L’Aeroporto Internazionale-Karol Wojtyla di Bari in Palese and offer service on nine new routes out of that facility. It also plans to base an additional aircraft at Aeroporto del Salento in Brindisi and open four new routes from there.
Puglia’s other airports are Aeroporto di Grottaglie in Taranto and Aeroporto Civile Gino Lisa in Foggia.