Discover the unique architecture, diverse cultural sites, and outstanding culinary traditions of Italy's southeastern Apulia (or Puglia) during this one-week Cultural Stay in Polignano a Mare, a historic town overlooking the Adriatic.

Starting at: $4,190 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The coastal town of Polignano a Mare, Apulia  Early morning in Polignano a Mare  View from the Hotel Covo dei Saraceni in Polignano a Mare  <i>Trulli</i> rooftops, Alberobello  The trulli houses of Alberobello  The "White Town" of Ostuni  The World Heritage site of Castel del Monte in Apulia  The cathedral and port of Trani, Apulia  The Old Port of Bari with Margherita Theater

Italy’s Apulia

A One-Week Stay in Polignano a Mare

9 days from $4,190

Discover the unique architecture, diverse cultural sites, and outstanding culinary traditions of Italy's southeastern Apulia (or Puglia) during this one-week Cultural Stay in Polignano a Mare, a historic town overlooking the Adriatic.

or Call 855-330-1542

Experts

Sep 15 - 23, 2021 Departure; Oct 13 - 21, 2021 Departure
Allan Langdale

Allan Langdale

Allan Langdale grew up on Vancouver Island wondering what the rest of the world was like and has spent much of his adult life finding out. Allan is an art and architectural historian, photographer, filmmaker, and travel writer who received his Ph.D. in art history from UC Santa Barbara. He has taught courses in Italian Renaissance art, Greek, Roman, Byzantine (including Georgian and Armenian architecture), and Indian and Islamic art and architecture. He currently teaches art history at UC Santa Cruz as a lecturer.

Along with several articles, Allan wrote the definitive architectural field guide to the little-known region of Turkish Cyprus, In a Contested Realm (2012) and also made the award-winning documentary film The Stones of Famagusta: the Story of a Forgotten City (2008). His travel books include Palermo: Travels in the City of Happiness (2015) and The Hippodrome of Istanbul / Constantinople: An Illustrated Handbook of its History (2019).

A popular Smithsonian Expert, Allan has traveled extensively in the eastern Mediterranean, the Black Sea region, the Middle East—including Jordan and Egypt—and India.

Oct 27 - Nov 4, 2021 Departure
Glenn Bugh

Glenn Bugh

Glenn R. Bugh is associate professor of Classical Studies and Byzantine History at Virginia Tech.  He holds a PhD from the University of Maryland and has been a fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens; the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton; the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.; and a research scholar at the Hellenic Institute for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies in Venice, Italy. Professor Bugh served as the Summer Session Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in 2000 and 2011, and was the Whitehead Visiting Professor at the American School in 2004-2005, where he offered a graduate seminar on “Venice and Greece.”  He has published numerous articles and two books entitled The Horsemen of Athens (Princeton University Press) and The Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World (Cambridge, 2006).  He also edited the revised edition of Kevin Andrews’ classic work, Castles of the Morea (Princeton, 2007).  He teaches courses on Greek language & culture and on Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, and Balkan history.  Professor Bugh has served as a lecturer on Smithsonian Journeys to Greece, Italy, the Adriatic, and the Black Sea since 1984 and has offered seven Smithsonian Associates seminars since 1998.  He served as Chairman of the Council of Member Institutions of the American Research Center in Sofia, Bulgaria from 2004-2014.  Professor Bugh has also been a frequent teaching faculty at Virginia Tech’s Charles Steger Center for International Scholarship in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland and in Spring 2014 at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK.  He was the recipient of the Virginia Tech 2013 Alumni Award for Excellence in International Education, the highest award that the university gives in this area.

Apr 20 - 28, 2022 Departure
Adam Tanner

Adam Tanner

Adam Tanner, who lives in Venice, spent many years as a foreign correspondent for Reuters news agency, including as Balkans bureau chief, San Francisco bureau chief, and correspondent in Germany, Moscow, and Washington D.C. He wrote the Rome and Naples chapters for a past edition of the Frommer's Europe travel guide, worked as a tour guide in Venice many years ago, and attended high school in Rome. He speaks fluent Italian, and is an aficionado of Italian cinema from the 1940s to 1960s.

He is an associate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University, where he has been since 2011 as a fellow at the Nieman Foundation, then a fellow at IQSS.

Adam has long studied the impact of colonialism, empire, and globalization -- including that of Italy throughout history -- as a foreign correspondent, author and lecturer. He has appeared on CNN, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, the BBC and VOA, written for magazines including Scientific American, Forbes, Fortune. MIT Technology Review and Consumer Reports, and lectured in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.

He is the author of the books "Our Bodies, Our Data: How Companies Make Billions Selling Our Medical Records" and "What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data-Lifeblood of Big Business-and the End of Privacy as We Know It."

May 25 - Jun 2, 2022 Departure
Rebecca Schindler

Rebecca Schindler

Rebecca K. Schindler is Professor of Classical Studies at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. She teaches courses in Classical art and archaeology, Latin, Greek and Roman Mythology, and Classical literature. Rebecca has chaired the Department of Classical Studies at DePauw University and has served as the co-editor of the book reviews for The American Journal of Archaeology. Her research interests include the archaeology of Greek colonization in South Italy and Sicily, Greek religion, applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in archaeology, and the ethics of cultural heritage. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College in Classical and Near Eastern Art and Archaeology and her PhD from the University of Michigan in Classical Art and Archaeology. She has also studied at the American School for Classical Studies in Athens and worked as a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome. Rebecca's archaeological field experience includes projects in Tunisia, Cyprus, Turkey, and Italy. Since 2015 she has been working with Umbra Institute in Perugia on a field project at Castiglione del Lago on Lake Trasimeno in Umbria, Italy. She is finishing a book on sanctuaries of Aphrodite in Italy and Sicily. She currently serves as the president of the Central Indiana Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and the co-PI of the Collaboratory for GIS and Mediterranean Archaeology. Outside of her professional life, Rebecca is passionate about Italian food and enjoys exploring traditional markets and learning new recipes.

Oct 5 - 13, 2022 Departure
David Price Williams

David Price Williams

David Price Williams has a degree in Ancient Near Eastern languages and Classical Greek and a doctorate in Near Eastern archaeology and has spent his working life as an East Mediterranean archaeologist. His first overseas field work was in 1969 as a surveyor at the classical site of Knidos in Turkey. He then worked for the Smithsonian Institution before directing his own field research in the same area through the 1970’s. David has designed and lectured on many cruises to Greece, Turkey and the Near East. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an elected life member of the Society for Old Testament Studies.

Oct 26 - Nov 3, 2022 Departure
Charles Ingrao

Charles Ingrao

Charlie Ingrao, a popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert, is professor emeritus of history at Purdue University, where he has taught a broad range of courses on the European world, including the Italian Renaissance. Although Charlie’s family hails from the peninsula’s southern half, both his extensive travels and several of his 13 books dwell on each of those parts of Habsburg Italy that we will be visiting.  He is also active in the public sphere, having given over a hundred public lectures to academic, governmental, and military audiences on five continents, and been a regular commentator for print, radio, and television media, including The News Hour with Jim Lehrer (PBS).