The scent of flowers of Monopoli and colours of ceramics from Grottaglie
1 June 2016.
The Botanical Garden "Lama degli Ulivi" in Monopoli will be the scene of the sixth edition of "The Colour in the Garden". Colours of botanical exhibits will combine with the scents of the many scheduled food and wine events. To note in particular will be the show-cooking of a so-called ciallédde, a typical dish of the rustic cuisine from Apulia. Bread in the form of Friselle or large bagels is soaked in water and cut into pieces, to be then topped with tomato, strictly extra virgin olive oil, oregano or basil and red onions. The program also includes workshops, guided tours to the "Crypt of St. Cecilia" and around the park as well as educational workshops for children, during which children will fly hand-made kites.
Special features of this edition will be the opening ceremony of the Butterfly House.
The event is promoted by the FAI (Italian Environment Fund).
Turning our backs on the Adriatic coast, we then look towards the Ionian sea to not miss the Buongiorno Ceramics – three days of clay, art and crafts in Grottaglie.
The event, of national scope, involves as many as 37 Italian cities of ancient artistic traditions of pottery.
The pottery from Grottaglie is always produced with strict regard to aesthetic form, yet without ever losing sight of the importance of its use.
Characteristic and known all over the world are the so-called "bianchi di Grottaglie" which are soup bowls with ornamental lions feet. Also typical of Apulian artisan tradition are bridal cups, mugs, anthropomorphic bottles and the unmissable "ciarla" or jars with handles made of large loops .
One cannot leave this city without having bought at least one "pumo".The name comes from the dialect of Ostuni "pumo dè fiure", i.e. flower bud and is given as a symbol of good fortune for important events. In the past and still today, the pumi adorn the corners of the balconies of stately homes in Apulia to bring good luck to the inhabitants of the houses.
Thus this will be an opportunity to get to know the most famous artisans of ceramics, perhaps even experience first-hand the production and decoration of such creations, to then take away as a souvenir of a magical weekend full of scents and colours.