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Upcoming Celebrations in Puglia

27, February 2015: Renowned for its accomodation in the unique "trulli" houses, the stunning Italian region of Puglia is high on the radar of international travellers. With Christmas over, the next big seasonal spike for travel comes with the Easter period, and companies like the renowned specialist Italian accommodation provider, Cottages to Castles, are reportedly already reaching capacity with bookings to the region.

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With a high proportion of Catholics, Easter marks a very significant time in Italy, with a host of celebrations and festivities held at varying times all over the country. A spokesperson from Cottages to Castles confirms Puglia is no exception, with many of their clients travelling to the region especially to take part in the festivities in places like Bari, Taranto and Alberobello.

The annual "Fracchi of San Marco" procession is held in Lamis, on Good Friday. A huge torch is constructed from tree trunks (fracchia) bound together. On Good Friday, the torch is loaded on to a cart and used to light the way at the head of a procession that escorts the Madonna Addolorata to the site of the body of Christ. The procession includes locals dressed as pilgrims in traditional garb and even miniature versions of the trulli.

In Alberobello, the Passion of the Christ attracts thousands of locals and visitors to experience the spectacle. Throughout the streets of the town, more than 200 young players enact on various stages, culminating at the 'crucifixtion' in front of the historical seat of this holy play, the Church of St. Anthony.

For those interested in the deeply religious aspects of Easter, in Taranto, the Holy Week is heralded by a series of centuries-old rituals. These include one on Palm Sunday where representatives for the two 'brotherhoods' of the city vie for the right to carry the sacred religious icons in the ensuing procession.

With experts predicting a record summer season in Italy, the prospect of spending spring in Puglia may be appealing to many travellers looking for a quieter experience. The spokesperson from Cottages to Castles says the Easter period is traditionally a busy one for their accommodation in Puglia, not just because of the festivals scheduled at that time, but also because of the mild weather conditions.

About Cottages to Castles:

Cottages To Castles is a family-run company offering quality accommodation in privately owned Italian villas. Their comprehensive catalogue encompasses all the main Italian locations, and their family team of experts will use their knowledge of Italy to find the perfect location for any client’s holiday. Visit Cottages to Castles at http://www.cottagestocastles.com/

For Media Contact:
Cottages to Castles
Tuscany House
10 Tonbridge Road,
Maidstone
Kent, ME16 8RP
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1622 775217
mail@cottagestocastles.com

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