Date: 24th September - 01st October 2017
At the heel of Italy, Puglia is an untapped gem for photographers. Its long history as a melting pot of wealthy civilisation during the Greek, Roman and Baroque times, coupled with its fertile soil, extensive coastline and unique trulli architecture that is still lived in today, makes Puglia a truly exceptional destination. Remarkably, our tour will include two UNESCO world heritage sites within just over an hour’s drive of each other. We have chosen to visit Puglia during the olive harvest which is a time when tourists are scarce, the countryside is mellowed by autumn shades, the weather is mild and the light is fantastic with long shadows even at midday.
Our photography will be a rich mix of landscape and architecture. From the fertile fields of central Puglia, dotted with the entrancing cone-topped round trullis, huge olive trees gnarled over hundreds of years and small vineyards, to the Greek-looking whitewashed hilltop villages with their narrow alleyways and often crumbling features. Our days will be filled with an unusual variety of subject matters and photography opportunities. We will explore a trogledyte city that clings to its rocky defensive location and that is still, in parts, just as it was left when abandoned in the 1950’s. We will be guided around one of the most extravagant examples of Baroque architecture you are ever likely to see in Italy, and we will discover the off-the-beaten track countryside locations that Charlie has discovered for himself and is ready to share with you.
We will be driven around our carefully chosen Puglian locations in a small private coach and will be using two comfortable hotels as our base during the week. Our first base is just 20 minutes from Bari airport (which is particularly great as our recommended flight arrives in the evening), and yet is an idyllic coastal hideaway that feels as though time has forgotten. Our hotel is in the heart of the Old Town in a stylishly converted Benedictine Monastry from where you can hear the waves crashing on the shores just yards from the Hotel’s front door. Our second hotel will be in the UNESCO world heritage site of Alberobello with its over 1,000 trullis straddling cobbled narrow streets. This incredible town offers so many photographic opportunities that we wanted you to stay right in its heart so that you could make the most of it.
This tour is led by Peter Hendrie and Paul Sanders. Peter has been leading tours to Puglia for several years and was joined by Paul in 2016, both of who have a wealth of experience in photographing this location, enabling you to photograph the unknown spots.
Paul Sanders started his career as a news photographer in 1991 working on regional newspapers before joining International News Service Reuters in 1998. After a four years covering major news and sport stories across Europe, he joined The Times in London. With...