Festival fever and all that jazz in Puglia

The festival season has well and truly arrived in the UK – and in Italy. If you are heading to southern Italy in July or August, the 41st Festival della Valle d’Itria (15 July – 4 August 2015) in the Puglian town of Martina Franca showcases several high-profile artists in a prestigious programme of opera, classical music and drama.

Jazz is also big news in Puglia in July when events include a Jazz Festival at Otranto Castle (24-26 July 2015); the Locomotive Jazz Festival (26 July – 4 August 2015), a 10-day jazz bonanza featuring concerts in Bari, Brindisi and Lecce; and the Locus music festival (24 July – 9 August 2015) which offers a programme of eight concerts in Locorotondo.