“Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.” Bertrand Russell
Eat, Pray and Love is the title of a movie, but in southern Italy —in the Puglia region to be precise— seems to be emblematic of its cultural identity.
Eat a good plate of local cuisine, Pray on Sundays, and Love surrounded by romantic spots.
One might say that the Italians keep this territory a secret because of its authenticity. It ranges from the countryside to the sea, from the sandy beaches of the Ionian Sea to the rugged coast of the Adriatic, where the octopus is enjoyed raw and fresh fish is served without dressing.
This is an ongoing photo-essay that addresses the core values of people from Southern Italy. It is an approach of their life-style, traditions, social life, neighborhood business, close relationships, etc. A set of values that shake your spirit to make you live in a passionate and human way, very distinguish within Mediterranean cultures, where luxury is the simplicity of everyday life.