Exactly one week ago the ferry brought me back from the enchanting Tremiti Islands to the South Italian continent. In my luggage: many new cigar-loving-friends (amici!) and great impressions of an extraordinary event.
This was the fourth time “La Vida Buena” took place, always on the small rocky islands off the coast of Puglia, which (it’s a good thing!) hardly anyone outside Italy knows. The motto of the 2020 event was: “La Incomparable” – “The incomparable”.
Claudio Crema, president of the Cigar Club La Escepción of Termoli, organized this small fine cigar festival with a lot of love for details. The program includes tastings of Cuban vintage cigars paired with champagne or rum, excellent dinners and a boat trip, of course with cigars, Peroni beer, rum and a plunge into crystal clear water.
Claudio, who provides all cigars from his collection, is a hearty and humorous host. The Italian Passionados are open, cheerful and very attached to each other.
The place is a small remote paradise for snorkelers and sun worshippers, it radiates the charm of the 1960s.
La Vida Buena: a small, intimate, casual and fun cigar party that I can recommend to everyone who loves Sigari, Bella Italia and Vida Buena.
The festival will take place in 2021 on August 28 and 29, with the motto: “La Excepcional”.