We light the bonfire

Hotting up Puglia in January

We light the bonfire Festas are frequent in Puglia through the summer, and if you know where to look you can find them in the spring and autumn too; but until now we thought that the Italian street parties in January were limited to late presepe – the ever popular nativity representations.

This year though we discovered La Focara in Novolo, near Lecce.  Reputedly Italy’s largest bonfire party.

It was certainly a huge party, the entire town was decked with festa lights and lined with stalls selling food, goldfish, saucepans and other random articles, and the park had been turned over to a fun fair and hoards of burger vans.  And there was a huge stack of wood… I’m sure the largest in Italy… but sadly the fire was still not much more than a spark at the top while we were there.

The party goes on for three days, and I expect that the bonfire will last until the end.  Maybe next year we’ll go on day two!

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