Archive for August, 2015

Special event: “Food, Wine and Music from Puglia” Sept. 15 in New York City

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Save the date for a big event with wine tasting, specialty foods and music from Puglia.

The United Pugliesi Federation is sponsoring “Food, Wine and Music from Puglia” Tuesday, Sept. 15 in New York City.

The event takes place at the National Opera Center of America, located at 330 Seventh Ave., between 28th and 29th Streets, 7th floor. Tickets are priced at $30 per person and may be reserved by calling 718-837-0876.

Doors open at 7 P.M. and wines from Puglia will be featured. At 8 P.M. there will be a concert of piano four hands with the DUO MIROIRS, on their second U.S. tour, who will perform music by Ravel, Schumann and Gershwin. After the concert, at 9 P.M., there will be a catering of special foods from Puglia (and more wine, of course).

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Free tourist bus highlights Puglia landmarks

Sunday, August 16th, 2015


Visitors to Puglia are benefiting from a free bus service linking principal tourist landmarks in the Province of Barletta-Andria-Trani.

“Visiting the excellent and the most attractive places of our region has never been so easy and cheap,” Francesco Spina, president of the Province of Barletta-Andria-Trani, told La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno.

The service is a, initiative of Gift 2.0, which Spina described as “a project with experimental purposes that wants to promote the region through culture, tourist and religious routes, with low environmental impact and completely free. With routes made, we integrated the routes already served by the local public transport, involving areas such as Canne della Battaglia and Castel del Monte that, for lack of local public transport links, are not well connected with ports, airports or train stations. I am sure that starting from the next summer holidays, our fellow citizens and visitors that we will host in our area can enjoy our beauty using this cost-effective, sustainable and innovative. ”

“La Linea Turistica” (“The Tourist Route”) operates every Saturday, Sunday and Monday through Oct. 30. It departs from Via Piazza dei Bersaglieri d’Italia in Andria at 10 A.M. “La Linea Religiosa” (“The Religious Route”) operates on Sundays, also through Oct. 30, and leaves at 8:40 A.M., also from Via Piazza dei Bersaglieri d’Italia in Andria.

“La Linea Turistica” begins in the historic city center of Andria, home to beautiful ancient churches and monasteries and visits the ancient Barletta Castle (today a venue for theater and special events), Canne (site of a battle between the Romans and Carthaginians in 216 BC), the old town of Canosa di Puglia and Castel del Monte in Andria, built by Frederick II and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the major visitor attractions in Puglia.

“La Linea Religiosa” also visits Barletta Castle and then continues to San Giovanni Rotondo, the city where Saint Padre Pio lived and worked, and Monte Sant’Angelo, the city of St. Michael the Archangel.

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An extraordinary honor for Puglia

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015


From Vatican Radio: Reliquary of St. Pio of Pietrelcina in St. Peter’s for Jubilee Ash Wednesday

The Vatican announced on Monday that the remains of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, better known as Padre Pio, will be exposed for veneration in St. Peter’s Basilica during the Jubilee of Mercy Feb. 8-14, 2016.

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, wrote in a letter to the Archdiocese of Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo it was Pope Francis who desired that Padre Pio’s reliquary be present in the Vatican for Ash Wednesday of the Jubilee of Mercy.

“The Holy Father has expressed his strong desire that the remains of St. Pio of Pietrelcina be exposed in St. Peter’s Basilica for Ash Wednesday of the upcoming Extraordinary Holy Year, the day in which he will send ‘Missionaries of Mercy’ throughout the world, giving them a special mandate to preach and confess so that they may be a living sign of how the Father welcomes all who seek his pardon,” Archbishop Fisichella wrote.

Continuing, he writes, “The presence of St. Pio’s remains will be a precious sign for all missionaries and priests, who will find strength and support for their own mission in his admirable example of a untiring confessor, welcoming and patient, an authentic witness of the Mercy of the Father.”

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