Puglia – Heavenly White Villages
View from outside our classroom of beautiful Martina Franca
I was bewitched by Martina Franca and her white village cousins on my first trip to the Valle D’Itria years ago. So taken with it that I made it our base for the first four days of the Caravan Travel Photography Workshop this June.
The Caravan travel photography workshop started in the hillside town in the Valle D’Itra of Martina Franca. If you love Baroque architecture you will love Martina Franca. Every door, archway and facade has been carved in stone with loving care and as the local mayor explained to us, even the most humble doorway is baroque.
A magical lampost, a blast of sunshine and a local.
Blue doors, white stone and ornate door frames.
I loved this window that I saw each day from my terrace just needed Sophia Loren to pop out of it.
A little boy comes out to see what I was up to.
This man is a local legend in Martina Franca. He runs the gorgeous Cafe Tripoli which is a historic cafe and at seventy something is up at 5am most days to serve coffee and charm his clientele. Love Vito!
More baroque streets in Martina Franca.
Whilst out scouting for the workshop I pulled into a beautiful Masseria above and found this handsome man working there.
A fab archway in Martina Franca
Ceglie Messapica getting ready for the big procession..
The locals at Bar San Antonio in Ceglie Messapica..
A flower lined street in the historic centre of Ceglie Messapica
A corner of Ceglie Messapica and the lady that in lucky to live there.
I adored this wall and the tea towel drying in the sun.
The basilica of San Martino in Martina Franca.. A baroque feast.
Hanging the washing out in Monopoli.
Waiting for the procession in Ceglie Messapica
I couldn’t resist these two.. All photos copyright Carla Coulson
Puglia was kind and gentle to us photographers, the locals opened their arms and hearts and showed us what true Southern Italian hospitality is all about.. Puglia Rocks!!
“Travelling is the ruin of all happiness! There is no looking at a building after seeing Italy.” Fanny Burney
PS: If you love travel photography and would like to travel to this part of the world you might like to join me in Puglia in June 2015 at the Caravan Travel Photography Workshop.