October 1, 2023 | Rome, Italy
Apulian Days2023-08-02T03:07:03+02:00

Apulian Days

My tender bar

By |September 7th, 2023|

I spent my childhood and adolescence in a small village. It was not one of those one-bar places you sometimes came across driving along the “strade statali,” the old Italian [...]

Life with cats (and dogs)

By |July 1st, 2023|

The animal world has charmed me since childhood. I remember leaving breadcrumbs on the windowsill for sparrows, goldfinch, and robins. My father later taught me that not all birds were [...]

Sue, New York, and I

By |November 16th, 2022|

Our daughter Laura and her long-term fiancé, Alessandro, got married a few weeks ago. The newlyweds traveled to Miami and embarked on a fifteen-day cruise in the Caribbean. Later, they [...]

Gypsies at the fair

By |August 3rd, 2022|

They materialized every year on the dawn of August 14 in my native Alezio, at the southernmost tip of Apulia. The day marked, and still marks, the beginning of a [...]

The last blacksmith

By |June 21st, 2022|

Over the last 20 years, I have been living in Presicce, a village in Salento (in the far south of Apulia), whose old town is numbered among the “borghi più [...]

America, America!

By |February 3rd, 2022|

It was a late August day in 1924, shortly after dawn, when my paternal grandfather Giorgio left Alezio, his native village on a hillock in the Salentine peninsula in southern [...]

An Apulian love story

By |December 11th, 2021|

One late spring day in 1940, a day on which the southern Italian sun was already pounding down, Rocco came out from the tollhouse opposite the church of Our Lady [...]

Aldo Magagnino was born in Alezio (Apulia). After a career as a teacher of English he now works fulltime as a literary translator. He now lives in the Apulian town of Presicce, a few miles from Santa Maria di Leuca, land’s end of the Italian boot, with his wife Pina, two dogs, and a variable number of cats.

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