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.

Villa Accommodation

The amazing Palazzo Cuore, a former Palace, is situated in the historical centre of the town of Maglie and was previously owned by three generations of strong Italian noblewomen. The Palazzo dominates the square, and it’s surrounded by Renaissance and Baroque architecture, shops, and cafe so where better to practice your language skills. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, the bright and quiet common areas, the walls made with typical stones from Lecce, the rooms with their colour and personality, and the furniture representing the authentic local style.

For more villa information please email our team.

Your Holiday Price Includes:

  • Lessons with your experienced photography teacher on and off-site throughout your stay.
  • Private, en-suite accommodation with pool.
  • Visits to local towns Lecce, Specchia or Santa Maria di Leuca, as per itinerary.
  • All meals and wine, including 2 meals at local restaurants.
  • Transport throughout stay in private minibus.
  • Group airport transfers*
  • No single supplement

* Provided you are able to meet them. Please ask for transfer times.

Dates for 2024

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Dates for 2025

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20 Sep - 27 Sep£1799Available Ask a question »
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Photography in Puglia - Itinerary

Day 1 (Saturday) - Arrival and group transfer to the villa.

Benvenuti! Welcome to Puglia! Upon arrival at Brindisi Airport, you will find our Flavours driver waiting for the group with a sign that says ‘Flavours’. Once the group is all together, you will be taken to the villa where you can settle in, meet your chef and Tutor and enjoy welcome drinks and lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy an introductory talk with your photography tutor. Dinner this evening is at the villa, prepared by your chef.

Serving Prosecco

Day 2 (Sunday) - Your first photography session

After breakfast, you will have your first photography session to ease you into the week, followed by lunch. Lunch will be at the villa and later in the afternoon, you will visit local villages with your camera and then have dinner in Santa Maria de Leuca.

Guests at Santa Maria di Leuca

Day 3 (Monday) - Visit Lecce, Puglia’s most splendid city and enjoy a trattoria lunch.

You’ll be leaving after breakfast today for a day of sight-seeing, firstly to Lecce to enjoy a walking tour around the “Florence of the South”. This undiscovered gem hides a wealth of beautiful architecture – it’s even known as the Pearl of the Baroque. You’ll have time for some sightseeing (don’t miss the Roman Amphitheatre or the Basilica di Santa Croce), and some shopping before lunch at a local trattoria. Return to the villa for dinner.

Holidays in Puglia

Day 4 (Tuesday) - Local produce as your subject matter!

Today’s lesson will take place after breakfast and will focus on photographing local produce and the dishes prepared by the chef for lunch, telling the story of the meal as the ingredients come together. The afternoon is for you to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Dinner will be prepared for you at the villa.

Photography class inside the villa

Day 5 (Wednesday) - Take in the views with a visit to Specchia.

After breakfast, you will head to Specchia, built on a hilltop position, characterized by noble palaces, historic churches and narrow streets.You will return to the villa for a delicious lunch and then will spend the afternoon with your tutor to work on your technique. Dinner will be at the villa prepared by your chef.


Day 6 (Thursday) - Photography lesson followed by an outing to Tricase.

This morning, another photography lesson with your teacher. Lunch will be at the villa and then you will then have a late afternoon visit to Tricase, and enjoy an Aperitivo then its on to a local Pizzeria for dinner.

Photography Holiday

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.

Dinner with Guests

Day 8 (Saturday) - Group transport to the airport.

After breakfast, your transfer will collect you and return you to the airport. Arrivederci!

No Single Supplement

A room to yourself. We never charge a single room supplement.

Solo Traveller Friendly

Over 70% of our guests travel solo taking advantage of our no single supplement policy.

* Please note the itinerary is subject to change depending on the weather.

Travel Information

We understand that you would prefer to fly directly from your local airport. Please see our transfer times below to help with your travel plans:

Saturday Arrivals

  • On the first day of your holiday, your transfer driver will meet you in the arrivals hall of Brindisi Salento Airport at 10:30 am. (For June and September 2024 the pickup time at Brindisi Salento airport will be 12.30 pm)
  • On the final day of your holiday, you will be collected and taken back in time for flights departing from Brindisi Salento Airport between 10 am and 11 am. 

** Please note for Ryan Air Flights from October 5th 2024 onwards that the pickups and drop offs will be based on the flights detailed below  **

To: 17:10 STN – 21:00 BDS

From: 21:25 BDS – 23:25 STN


Sunday Arrivals

  • On the first day of your holiday, your transfer driver will meet you in the arrivals hall of Brindisi Salento Airport at 1 pm.
  • On the final day of your holiday, you will be collected and taken back in time for flights departing from Brindisi Salento Airport between 1 pm and 2 pm. 


Brindisi Salento Airport Map

Please note: transfer times are subject to change so please get in touch before booking your flight to ensure the timings work with the complimentary group transfer between Brindisi Salento Airport and your villa.

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If you might be interested in activities other than Photography, you can find out more about the Painting, Cooking and Pilates activity holidays that we offer in Puglia.

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