Photography Holidays in Puglia
Puglia, Nicknamed Italy’s heel, in sun-baked southern Italy, offers a charming laid-back atmosphere. The photogenic land is dotted with fortified castles and whitewashed trulli, Puglia’s distinctive conical-shaped dwellings, and carpeted with a silvery sea of ancient olive groves.
It’s also an area proud of its food heritage, producing most of the country’s extra virgin olive oil and many excellent full-bodied wines. Other specialities include intensely flavoured olives, almonds, figs, orecchiette pasta, seafood risotto, fava beans and burrata, the supremely creamy cheese similar to mozzarella. You won’t go hungry between photography sessions here in Puglia! You’ll get the chance to try out some food photography, too.
Sights to savour with your photographic eye include the turquoise sea and long sandy beaches, as well as 13th-century Swabian castle, the city of Lecce’s Baroque churches, and Otranto cathedral’s amazing mosaic floor, the work of a 12th-century monk. There’s plenty of inspiration for photography, with help and advice from our resident tutor.
At a Glance
- Enjoy and photograph Puglia’s beautiful towns, castles, and sea-views.
- Exceptional villa accommodation in wonderful locations.
- Learn from on-site and off-site photography sessions with our expert tutor.
- Dine on fantastic local food in the villa and at local trattorias.
Your Holiday Price Includes
- No single supplement
- Private, en-suite accommodation with pool
- Experienced photography teacher throughout your stay
- 5 days photography tuition
- Visits as per itinerary including Gallipoli, Lecce, Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca
- All meals and wine throughout
- Transport throughout in private minibus
- Group airport transfers*
* Provided you are able to meet them. Please ask for transfer times.
Where you're going to stay
We use two villas in Puglia. Casino Pisanelli is an old Flavours favourite, a lovingly restored 17th-century hunting lodge in rural Salento, converted into a luxurious country retreat. Its formal gardens, picturesque pool, and shady courtyards planted with lemon and orange trees are idyllic and perfect for delicious meals al fresco.
Our newer property, in the charming coastal town of Gagliano del Capo at Puglia’s southern tip, offers traditional baroque architecture with a very stylish contemporary twist in its spacious interior, and is simply stunning. Both villas and locations offer exceptional photographic inspiration.
Photography in Puglia - Itinerary
Day 1 (Saturday)
Arrival and group transfer to the villa.
Our Flavours transfer will meet you at Brindisi Airport and take you to the villa for welcome drinks and time to relax before dinner prepared by our local chef.
Day 2 (Sunday)
Your first photography session, and visit a beautiful local town.
Your first photography session to ease you into the week, followed by lunch. In the afternoon, you will visit Santa Maria di Leuca, at the very tip of the Salentine Peninsula where the Ionian and Adriatic Seas meet. Enjoy an aperitivo and dinner in our favourite local trattoria.
Day 3 (Monday)
Photography lesson, winery visit, and stop-offs to photograph classic Puglian views.
This morning you will have another lesson at the villa, followed by lunch. In the afternoon, you will visit a local winery, followed by a drive around the area to photograph classic Puglian views. Return to the villa for dinner this evening, prepared by your chef.
Day 4 (Tuesday)
Visit Lecce, Puglia’s most splendid city, trattoria lunch, and Otranto cathedral.
After breakfast, the group will leave for a trip to Lecce – the ‘Florence of the South’, where you can photograph the town’s beautiful architecture and views. Lunch will be at a local trattoria. After lunch, we will visit Otranto situated by the sea, with the chance to visit the famous Cathedral with its beautiful medieval floor mosaic. Return to the villa for dinner.
Day 5 (Wednesday)
Day at the villa, with a food photography lesson.
Your lesson this morning will concentrate on photographing the food that the chef prepares for lunch, and tell the story of the meal as the ingredients come together. The afternoon is free to enjoy as you wish and dinner will be prepared for you at the villa.
Day 6 (Thursday)
Photography lesson followed by an outing to the port of Gallipoli.
This morning, time for another photography lesson around the villa, followed by lunch. You will then have a late afternoon visit to Gallipoli, on the Ionic sea, where you can photograph the fishing boats arriving and wander around the old town. Dinner will be at an excellent local fish restaurant.
Day 7 (Friday)
Final photography session, slideshow, and farewell dinner.
After breakfast you will have your final lesson and round-up, before the evening slideshow of the week’s best photographs! Enjoy your last afternoon relaxing before a special farewell dinner prepared by your chef.
Day 8 (Saturday)
Group transport to the airport.
After breakfast, your transfer will collect you and return you to the airport. Arrivederci!
* Please note the itinerary is subject to change depending on the weather.
How to get there?
Direct flights from the UK to Brindisi are from London airports, with connecting flights to some regional airports. For each of our holidays, we provide a group transfer on arrival and departure to Brindisi Airport. Our team in the office are happy to advise you on our group transfer times to help with your travel arrangements – simply contact us »
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