Puglia: The Story of the South – June 1 to 9, 2018

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Puglia (pronounced “Pooll-ya”) is Italy’s southeastern-most region – the “heel” of the boot – with proximity to Greece and the east, giving the region influences, traditions, culture and food that represent that diverse history.

There is a long history of storytelling in Puglia and this experience will help you to use camera, lens and your own personal vision to tell your story about one of Italy’s most interesting areas.

What’s Included:

Our strategy? Arrive in Italy, make photographs and learn – we take care of the rest (ground transportation, meals, guides, tips, etc – it’s all included).

  • Expert instruction by Jeff Curto, including small group field instruction, plenty of one-on-one time & critique sessions
  • Maximum of 7 participants
  • Extensive pre-trip planning documents for both photography and Italian culture
  • Travel and instructional materials during the workshop
  • All ground transportation during the workshop
  • Admissions for all Included sightseeing
  • All lodging during the workshop – single occupancy
  • Local expert guides
  • All included Gratuities, Taxes and Fees
  • Breakfast daily
  • Some lunches
  • All dinners (including wine)

Your non-refundable deposit of $1000 reserves your workshop  – Balance of $3795 is due by March 1, 2018. See our Terms and Conditions here.

Questions? Contact Jeff: jeff@jeffcurto.com or call 630.202.3635

 

Itinerary, Inclusions & Details for the Workshop

June 1 to June 9, 2018 – Puglia Photography Workshop – Sold Out!

Puglia (pronounced “Pooll-ya”), Italy’s southeastern-most region – the “heel” of the boot – is bordered by both the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, giving it one of the longest coastlines of any region in Italy. Because of its proximity to Greece and the east, Puglia’s towns have influences that represent those diverse ancient inhabitants.

Puglia has a long history of storytelling and this experience will help you to use camera, lens and your own personal vision to tell your story about one of Italy’s most interesting regions.

Participants will start out in Bari, where our driver will pick us up at the airport to take us to our first two nights in the amazing town of Matera (actually in the region of Basilicata) a town made up of homes, churches and shops that are really caves dug into the cliff walls of two valleys. Even our hotel in Matera has rooms made of (very luxurious) caves! It has to be seen to be believed.

After 2 nights in Matera, we’ll head south to the magical cone-shaped dwellings called Trulli in the town of Alberobello, then further south to the coastal fortress town of Otranto, our next 2-night stop, with fisherman’s boats bobbing in the azure Adriatic sea and stunning large-scale mosaics in the 12th century cathedral. Here, our hotel is right outside the city’s ancient walls.

The Baroque architecture wonderland of Lecce will be next, where we’ll spend two nights at our hotel right in the heart of the city. We’ll have a guided tour of the city. In Lecce, we’ll see not only amazing buildings, but we’ll also visit the artisans who create the finely detailed papier maché that Lecce is famous for.

We’ll finish up our time with two nights in the “white city” of Ostuni. Looking like a magnificent pearl tiara from a distance, the whitewashed city of Ostuni is a series of levels, staircases, small roads, alleys and arches with hints of the Middle Ages at every corner. Again, our centrally-located hotel puts us right in the middle of town.

At the end of our week together, participants will have a private van transfer to the Brindisi airport, where you can return home or travel on to other destinations.

As we make our way through these beautiful places, we’ll photograph, review and critique. I’ll assist you in making a rich and textured picture story of this wonderful part of southern Italy.

The Story of the South: Photographing Puglia – June 1 to June 9, 2018 – Sold Out!

Land Cost: $4795

Your non-refundable deposit of $1000 reserves your workshop – Balance of $3795 is due by March 1, 2018. See our Terms and Conditions here.

Questions? Contact Jeff: jeff@jeffcurto.com or call 630.202.3635

On the Itinerary:

  • Matera – The stunning and atmospheric cave town
  • Alberobello – a charming village with cone-shaped “Trullo” houses
  • Otranto – A fortified seaside town with a fascinating history
  • Lecce – Puglia’s Baroque masterpiece of a town
  • Ostuni – The White City, high on a bluff above the Adriatic

What’s Included:

Our strategy? Arrive in Italy, make photographs and learn – we take care of the rest (ground transportation, meals, guides, tips, etc – it’s all included).

  • Expert instruction by Jeff Curto, including small group field instruction, plenty of one-on-one time & critique sessions
  • Maximum of 7 participants
  • Extensive pre-trip planning documents for both photography and Italian culture
  • Travel and instructional materials during the workshop
  • All ground transportation during the workshop
  • Admissions for all Included sightseeing
  • All lodging during the workshop – single occupancy
  • Local expert guides
  • All included Gratuities, Taxes and Fees
  • Breakfast daily
  • Some lunches
  • All dinners (including wine)

Important Notes:

Since our workshop participants join us from places all over the world, airfare is not included.

You may decide that you’d like to travel around other places in Italy either before or after the workshops. Or after reviewing flights, you may discover that you may want to arrive the day prior to the beginning of the planned trip in order to meet the group in Italy. La Dolce Via Travel can assist you with transfers, accommodations, or other travel needs you may have. Regardless, we advise early arrival at least a day in advance so that you can be at your best and ready to go when we begin.

The land cost is based on current exchange rate between the Euro and US dollar. Should these rates change significantly, there may be an adjustment in the trip price.

The white city of Ostuni, Puglia
The white city of Ostuni, Puglia
On the Sea in Otranto - Photograph by Workshop Student Ann Marie
On the Sea in Otranto – Photograph by Workshop Student Ann Marie
Portrait - 92 Years Old - Matera - photograph by Jeff Curto
Portrait – 92 Years Old – Matera – photograph by Jeff Curto
The Trulli houses of Alberobello
The Trulli houses of Alberobello