With artistic treasures, picturesque small towns, and some of the most delicious food on the planet, Italy impresses even the most seasoned travelers. Join Nikon and AFAR professional photographers Layne Kennedy and B.A. Van Sise for a small-group expedition across Italy's dynamic and off-the-beaten-path southern regions that includes photography mentoring and access to the latest Nikon equipment.
The expedition begins in Naples, the gateway to southern Italy, with its storied blend of cultures, sights, sounds, and flavors. We continue to Castelmezzano, named one of the "prettiest villages in Italy," high above the Basento river and cradled by the jutting peaks of the Dolomiti Lucane. Next, we spend two days in Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage site with cave dwellings dating back to the Paleolithic period. Photography excursions include Alberobello for its famed trulli houses and the seaside town of Taranto. We'll spend the following two days in the city of Lecce, where the lavish architecture has acquired its own category: barocco leccese (Lecce baroque). We'll explore the towns of Ostuni and Polignano a Mare before reaching Bari in time for a harborside farewell dinner that includes sampling the local limoncello and seafood delicacies.