Events in Lecce, Novoli, Galatina, Copertino, Leverano and nearby
During this popular event most of the beautiful courtyards, which are scattered around the old town of Lecce, are exceptionally open to the public.
When: Usually the end of May
Where: Lecce historic centre
European Film Festival
One week film festival. The Ulivo d'Oro prize is awarded to international film makers and actors in the course of the closing day ceremony.
When: Mid April
Lecce is open all night. You can visit museums, listen to concerts, go to art exhibitions and more.
When: Usually mid of April
Where: Many different places in the centre of Lecce
Feast of Patron Saints Oronzo, Giusto and Fortunato
The festivity of the Patron Saints of Lecce, Oronzo Giusto and Fortunato, is a three day celebration with a series of religious and popular events.
Where: Piazza Duomo, Lecce, Puglia
Puglia Open Days Winter
In many towns in Puglia, including Lecce, many important monuments are exceptionally open to the public, with guided tours, exhibitions and free activities.
When: Every weekends from November to January
Where: Lecce city centre
Fiera e mercato dei pupi
An exhibition of figures representing nativity characters made of clay or papier-mâché.
Where: Lecce, Puglia
La Focara of Sant'Antonio Abate
La 'focara' is a bonfire that is lit to celebrate Saint Antonio Abate. Food and drinks all around the bonfire until it dies out. At the end everyone takes a handful of ashes home for good luck.
Where: Novoli, Puglia
The tarantula seems to be native of Galatina town, in fact, the day of St. Peter and Paul, the 'tarantate' went in the Galatina church to dance and "exorcise" the tarantula that had bitten them. After wild dancing, harassed and helpless, they healed themselves. The belief tells that while consuming their energy in the dance, also the tarantula is consumed and suffer until being destroyed. Processions and tarantella dances on this day.
Where: Galatina, Puglia
Other interesting things to do in Galatina
Visit the Church of S. Caterina d'Alessandria
It is one of the most amazing examples of Gothic architecture in Salento, built between 1384 and 1391. Inside there are beautiful frescoes illustrating scenes and portraits of a variety of Saints, the life of the Virgin and the life of Saint Catherine. The façade has finely carved portals where the central one is surmounted by a rose window.
Feast of San Giuseppe
A feast dedicated to the Patron Saint of the town.
For more info go to www.comune.copertino.le.it
When: Usually the second week of September
Where: Copertino historic centre
Other interesting things to do in Copertino
Visit the castle
The well preserved castle is made up of trapezoidal bastions with speared bulwarks. The portal, in soft Lecce stone, is richly decorated in the Renaissance style. It belonged, in the XIV century, to the Counts d'Enghein and, in 1498, to the Albanian Castriota family who modified it to comply with the wishes of Alfonso Castriota.
Feast of the new wine (novello)
Exhibitions, street artists, original choreography, music and local products along with the leader of the event: the 'novello'.
For detials and info go to www.novelloinfesta.it
When: Usually in November
Where: Leverano city centre
Sagra te lu purpu
The Octopus Festival is dedicated to tasting all kinds of recipes with octopus, such as the delicious 'octopus salad', the deep-fried 'Octopus meatballs' and many more. Also live music during the whole event.
When: Beginning of August
Where: Melendugno city centre
Visit the dolmens
Melendugno is a famous place for Dolmens. In its vicinity there is the Placa, one kilometre along the road for Calimera, and the Gargulante, 3 kilometres in the direction of Masseria Zappa.
Festa te lu Mieru
Three days dedicated to the wine (lu mieru) and food, with shows, live music and folk dances.
When: Usually at the beginning of September
Where: Carpignano city centre
Lecce info office
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 24
+39 0832 682985
Castello Carlo V
viale XXV Luglio
+39 0832 246517
+39 0832 242099
Melendugno info office
Via San Nicola, 6
Novoli info office
Via Roma 14/A
+39 328 1694538
Galatina info office
Via Vittorio Emanuele 35
+39 0836 569984
Copertino info office
Via M. Di Savoia, 71
+39 0832 949010