ITALY

PULGIA

September 17 - 24, 2017

May 20 - 27, 2018

September 16 - 23, 2018

May 19 - 26, 2019

Travel, Landscape, Architecture, Seascape and People Photography

Includes

  1. -8 Days

  2. -Workshop Adventure

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -Photo Walks

  5. -Small Group Size

  6. -Fine Hotels

  7. -Breakfasts

  8. -2 Dinners

  9. -Local Transportation

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Puglia

Alberobello, Locorotondo, Ostuni, Lecce, Matera, Vieste

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A treasure trove of art, culture, history, and nature.

Puglia Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Puglia is a treasure trove of art, culture, history, and nature. A land of sun and hospitality, it's located on the heel of the boot in southeastern Italy, in a strategic position in the heart of the Mediterranean. Centuries of history and a range of charming landscapes are just some of the reasons why it's such a unique destination, one where you'll enjoy some truly unforgettable photographic experiences. We will focus on landscapes and seascapes, as well as capturing the local architecture, people and culture.

Puglia, with its 500 miles (800 km) of coastline, is hugged by two incredible seas. The Ionian and the Adriatic have crafted a variety of different shores, with steep cliffs overlooking colorful sea bottoms and golden beaches sloping into crystal clear waters. Inland, the uncontaminated realm of nature comprises great valleys and gentle hills covered with olive trees, vineyards, and luxuriant forests, as well as some surprising Mediterranean gravine (ravines).

From the Ancient Greeks to the Romans, from the Byzantines to the Normans, and from the Swabians to the Angevins, many civilizations have followed one another in ruling Puglia. Over the years, numerous archaeological excavations have brought back to light priceless artifacts and works of art and architecture testifying to the history and wide-ranging cultures of the different societies that were once here. And so you'll find menhirs, cave churches, medieval castles, Baroque and Romanesque churches, noble palaces and historical residences, enchanted hamlets and art cities, charming masserie (manor farms) and casali (rural homes).

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the unique region of Pulgia, Italy!


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Group Size



4-8 Guests


Experience | Difficulty



Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Busy schedule

Travel by car or minibus

Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Attilio Di Giangiacomo or Michael Chinnici  |  September 17-24, 2017

Attilio Di Giangiacomo  |  May 20-27, 2018

Attilio Di Giangiacomo  |  September 16-23, 2018

Attilio Di Giangiacomo  |  May 19-26, 2019


Weather | Sun



May - Temps 72/55 F  23/13 C  Sunrise 5:41 | Sunset 8:20 (20:20)

September - Temps 78/62 F  25/17 C  Sunrise 6:45 | Sunset 7:08 (19:08)


Includes



Travel, landscape, seascape, architecture and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

Fine hotel accommodations

Breakfasts

2 Dinners

Local transportation


Accommodations



Le Alcove Luxury Resort nei Trulli or Similar - Martina Franca

Risorgimento Resort or similar - Lecce

Sant’Angelo Luxury Resort or similar - Matera

Hotel Il Porto or similar - Vieste


Travel Information



Arrival & Departure Airport: Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport, Bari, Italy (BRI) - Transfer time to hotel 30min

Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.

Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to VisaMapper for more information.


Price



PUGLIA 8-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 17-24, 2017:  $5,395

Photo Adventure Vacation | May 20-27, 2018:  $5,695

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 16-23, 2018:  $5,695

Photo Adventure Vacation | May 19-26, 2019:  $5,995


Single Supplement:  $800

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room:  $325

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room:  $325


Deposit:  $1000


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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.






PUGLIA 8 DAYS


Sunday (1)  Bari - Martina Franca

We meet on Sunday morning at our early arrival hotel in Bari, where we’ll discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles of Photography” and our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. During a group lunch, we will have informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. From here we will relocate to Martina Franca, where we will base ourselves for the the next 3 nights. In the evening we celebrate with a “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite Italian restaurants. (D)

Monday (2) Martina Franca - Alberobello - Locorotondo

We’re up early on Monday to explore the stunning towns of Alberobello and Locorotondo. Alberobello with its iconic conical roofed trulli whitewashed houses and narrow pedestrianised streets is a UNESCO world heritage site. The town is protected because it is has been deemed an exceptional example of a building construction style dating back to pre-history that survives both intact and functioning to this day. After lunch we move on to Locorotondo. Surrounded by the green countryside of the Valle d’Itria is Locorotondo, this attractive hilltop town and is officially one of the Borghi piu belli d’Italia - translation... one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Locorotondo means “round place”, named that because of the circular layout of the streets in the old town (centro storico) with the Chiesa Madre di San Giorgio (The Mother Church of Saint George) in the center. It’s believed that Locorotondo was first settled by the Greeks several centuries B.C. The earliest historical records go back to 1195 and a document written by King Henry VI of Swabia referring to the place as “Rotondo”. The town has endured centuries of economic decline, cultural turmoil, uprisings and invasions. (B)

Tuesday (3) Ostuni (“La Citta Bianca”) - Lecce

Ostuni, from the Greek Astu-neon or new city has a long history from the Romans to the Bourbons. It has been given the epithet La Citte Bianca - the white town. This fortified city is considered one of the most stunning in Southern Italy with its dazzling uniformly whitewashed houses that starkly contrast against the pink brown of its prominent Gothic cathedral. It would be easy to spend a whole day here wandering through its medieval streets and alleyways. But by the late afternoon we are on the road to Lecce where we will check in to our next hotel. In the evening we explore Lecce for some long exposure sunset, twilight and night photography. (B)

Wednesday (4) Lecce (“Florence of the South”)

Known as the “Florence of the South”, Lecce is perhaps Puglia’s best known treasure. The cities multitude of churches and palaces built in the baroque style have won numerous nicknames including the Florence of the south, Rome of the south, or the Florence of Baroque. We will explore and photograph this amazing city from the early morning light until sunset. Noteworthy sites are the Basilica of Santa Croce, the Piazza Sant’Oronzo with its ancient Roman amphitheatre and Piazza Duomo, the location of the cathedral. (B)

Thursday (5) Sassi di Matera

On day five we depart Lecce early for the neighboring Basilicata region and the city of Matera, and another UNESCO world heritage site, The Sassi di Matera. Matera consists of remarkable cave dwellings and probably the only place on earth where people can claim to be still living in the same houses as their ancestors of 9000 years ago. Everything in Matera starts with its caves. To understand them, you have to understand the geology. The town sits on a ridge with deep canyons to either side. The top of the ridge consists of clay. The sides of the canyons, by contrast, contain exposed layers of softer, sandier rock. At least 9,000 years ago, and probably much earlier, humans settled in natural caves in the canyon walls, extending them until thousands of grottoes honeycombed the town. The caves make up Italy’s oldest continually inhabited dwellings and, in the words of Unesco, “the most outstanding example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean”. Matera and its inhabitants make for an amazing day of photography. (B)

Friday (6) Polignano a Mare - Trani - Vieste

On day six we drive to the Promontorio del Gargano in northern Pulgia. Along the way we will visit the beautiful coastal villages of Polignano a Mare and Trani. We’ll slow the pace to take in and photograph the stunning seascapes and landscapes that surround us. (B)

Saturday (7) Vieste - Monte Sant’Angelo

Like a young belle who’s beautiful without even realizing it, the town of Vieste clings modestly to a spectacular promontory on the Gargano peninsula resembling a cross between Naples and Dubrovnik with a bit of Puglian magic mixed in. The narrow alleys of the old town, decorated with lines of drying clothes and patrolled by slinking cats and the odd friendly dog, are an atmospheric place day or night, off-season or on. If time allows we will visit the hilltop village of Monte Sant’Angelo. In the evening we prepare to enjoy a wonderful “Farewell Dinner” overlooking the sea, with great fun and laughter as we discuss all the highlights of the trip. (B) (D)

Sunday (8)  Bari 

On day eight, we awake to our final group discussion, review our past weeks photos, trade contact information and bid you farewell. From we will be returning you to Bari Airport for your voyage home. We urge you to extend your stay in Italy and make good use of everything you will learn on our Photo Workshop Adventure. (B)

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NOTE: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, travel to and from our destinations, airport transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless it is not offered in our hotel package. As is standard in the travel industry, all accommodations are based on double occupancy. Please choose the private room / single supplement option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if you are traveling with a guest. We reserve the right to change events and schedules throughout the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Our number one priority is always the safety of our group.






 

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