Join Alla Campagna Experiences Founder and veteran tour organizer Ralph Velasco for a truly unforgettable stay in the off-the-beaten-path region of Puglia. This itinerary was custom-arranged by Ralph and his local partner Giulia, owner of the agriturismo where you’ll be staying, and it was done with our Alla Campagna Experiences guests in mind.
Enjoy peace and tranquility, away from huge crowds, in a lesser-visited part of Europe that because of its isolated location in the “heel” of Italy was hardly impacted at all from the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
See EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS below for more details of what you can expect.
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Giulia Stasi, and are copyrighted by their respective makers.
September 17 – 24, 2021
$3,900 per person in Double Occupancy
Please add an additional $600 for Single Supplement if you’d like your own room throughout but note that single rooms may be strictly limited due to the small size of the property.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER
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- Submit a Reservation Form.
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- Provide a scan or smartphone photo of your passport’s signature page.
- Send in your $1,000 deposit or full payment.
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Overview of this Experience
Our Postcard Puglia experience is meant to provide a deep dive into a lesser-known region of Italy, Apulia, a.k.a. Puglia. Often referred to as “the heel of the boot,” Puglia is a small section of Italy with stunning scenery, gorgeous cities, quant villages, miles and miles of Mediterranean coastline and vast agricultural lands rich in olive oil production accounting for, by some estimates, up to 40 percent of Italy’s overall output.
During this experience you’ll enjoy 7 nights at a private agriturismo owned and operated by an Italian-American woman named Giulia who can’t wait to welcome our group. Giulia oversees a beautiful property where she’s created an atmosphere of peaceful tranquility complete with a private chef who cooks only with locally-sourced, farm-to-table ingredients (we even have an included cooking class while there).
There’ll also be an opportunity to schedule optional spa treatments and a yoga class right on the property, as well as have access to a limited number of bikes provided free during your stay.
Other activities will include visits to the nearby seaside at Porto Selvaggio, a day trip to Alberobello with its ancient trulli, or unique stone huts with distinctive conical roofs. We’ll also visit the nearby town of Lecce, referred to as the “Florence of the South.”
There’ll be wine tasting, cheese sampling, a visit with a local sculptor who is said to be a real character, ample opportunities for moderate walking and short hikes, and simply time to enjoy property’s facilities, including a large pool, several outdoor seating areas, an olive grove and other beautiful gardens. You can certainly spend your free time relaxing, reading a book, taking in the Apulian sun, having a coffee or a cocktail, sipping a glass of wine and more.
This customized experience was painstakingly designed by Ralph and Giulia with our Alla Campagna guests in mind, and it’s only open to a limited number of participants (single rooms may be strictly limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis only).
Join us in Postcard Puglia for the experience of a lifetime, one you won’t soon forget.
Highlights of this Experience
Just some of the experiences you’ll have include:
- Several wine tastings,
- Cheese sampling,
- Visit to a local sculptor’s studio,
- Leisurely walks with and without the group in and around the surrounding area,
- Participate in a cooking class/demonstration and enjoy the results,
- Visits to the nearby towns of Lecce and Alberobello,
- Optional spa and wellness treatments available,
- Rest and relaxation on the 5-acre property, including:
- swimming pool,
- various patios,
- olive grove,
- private gardens,
- free bikes,
- and more.
You’ll also enjoy plenty of free time to make your own experiences or to simply enjoy the Puglian sun, ample fresh air and local atmosphere.
About the Surrounding Area
Lecce is 19 miles away, while Gallipoli is 12 miles from the property. Brindisi Airport (BDS) is where you’ll fly in and out it’s located approximately 1 hour from the property. In order to have maximum freedom during your trip you may like to rent a car which can easily be done at the airport, but private airport transfers are also available for an additional fee and can be arranged in advance.
The owner is always available and is a native English speaker who can help you to navigate the region.
About Apulia (Puglia)
According to Google, “Puglia, a southern region forming the heel of Italy’s ‘boot,’ is known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland and hundreds of kilometers of Mediterranean coastline. Capital Bari is a vibrant port and university town, while Lecce is known as ‘Florence of the South’ for its baroque architecture. Alberobello and the Itria Valley are home to ‘trulli,’ stone huts with distinctive conical roofs.”
Population: 4.029 million (2019) Eurostat, Trending
Area: 7,545 mi²
Info About Our Unique Accommodations in an Agriturismo
We’ll be staying in a gorgeous, privately owned agriturismo. This property is the definition of quaint and has just 7 simple but clean and ample rooms, each is air-conditioned and has its own private bathroom, of course. The 5-acre property also has a large pool, several outdoor sitting areas, plenty of grounds to walk and enjoy, plus an incredible chef for on-site meals, including an unforgettable brunch that will be served each and every morning of your stay. Activities include optional yoga, wellness and massage services, as well as a limited number of bikes available for free to ride in the surrounding area.
Located in Nardò, the property also has a lovely garden and terrace.
Free WiFi is available for all guests.
All units feature air conditioning and a TV.
An ample Italian breakfast is served every morning at the property.
Testimonials from People Who Have Stayed at This Property
“A wonderful place to stay. Near Nardò and close to the beach too. A lovely pool nestled amongst an olive grove. We loved the breakfast with fresh local ingredients . Giulia is a fantastic host. We will be back ” ~ Sarah (United Kingdom)
“It is a fantastic place if you want to get away from the hectic city life, enjoy the silence and see the stars at night. A great place to relax with a very friendly host, highly recommended! ” ~ Alessia (United Kingdom)
“- Giulia – the owner – is very kind person and present there everyday. – Very nice pool – Quite and relaxing – Nice garden” ~ Sorin (Romania)
What is an Agriturismo?
The word “agriturismo” is a combination of the Italian words agricoltura (agriculture) and turismo (tourism), and they’re designed to receive guests, whether for food, holiday accommodation, or a combination of the two, and are often working farms. Ours, of course, provides both food and accommodation, although it’s important to note that some meals have been arranged for the group outside of the property.
Our stay will be a truly unforgettable experience.
Ralph Velasco is a U.S.-based travel photography instructor, author and international guide who has organized and led over 100 international tours and more than 100 domestic tours in the United States. His international trips have included Armenia & the Republic of Georgia, Egypt, Morocco, the Adriatic, Central Europe, Iceland, Bhutan & Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Spain, Portugal, Tuscany, Romania, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Turkey and other locations.
Ralph is an award-winning travel photography blogger, podcast host and public speaker, and for more than 12 years he’s been the Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of PhotoEnrichment Adventures. Recently he created a new travel brand called Alla Campagna Experiences where the focus is less on photography in each destination and even more about the culture, people, food, drink and other unique activities and experiences they have to offer, all while staying in unforgettable properties, such as private castles, wine estates, one-of-a-kind boutique hotels, villas and converted mansions, mostly in and around the Mediterranean.
Subscribe to Ralph’s new YouTube channel, The Continental DRIFTER, as well as visit its accompanying travel blog at this link. At The Continental DRIFTER you can expect travel advice, interesting stories, expert interviews and easy-to-use photography tips for Baby Boomers and Gen X travelers.
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All aspects of this itinerary are subject to change. We ask that you remain flexible as there are often circumstances beyond our control and changes may be necessary.
The trip leader, tour operator and/or tour coordinator reserve the right to make adjustments to the published itinerary whenever, in their sole discretion, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort and/or safety of the group.