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Small-Group Tour

Join Canadian artist, Laura Harris, for a heavenly week of creative, cultural, and epicurean experiences in beautiful Puglia, Italy.

During this painting vacation, we’ll paint in the mornings under Laura’s guidance and spend our afternoons experiencing Puglia’s authentic villages, stunning landscapes, amazing cuisine, authentic villages, and wonderful year-round sunny weather. With whitewashed buildings, secret castles, crystalline Mediterranean Sea, and a slow approach to life, you will surely be enchanted by this gorgeous slice of Italy.

For this gloriously indulgent week, we’ve also partnered with the incredibly talented chef Julie Marr and her amazing partner Francesco Creanza, a Puglia native, of Everyone at the Table. This dynamic duo will take us to some of their favourite haunts in Puglia and share their love of the region and passion for food with us. We love their approach to life and their philosophy of sharing time, food, and stories around a table where everyone is welcome.

Inspired, connected, generous and intuitive, Laura Harris has motivated countless people to rewrite their stories and honour their creative calling. Offered to beginners and non-beginners alike, Laura will share her unique approach to painting, with a focus on manifesting inspiration and personal expression.

The Laura Harris Painting Retreat in Puglia includes 7 nights accommodation, 4 days with painting instruction, nearby excursions, culinary experiences with Julie & Francesco, many meals, transfers, and painting supplies. No experience necessary! Please contact us to participate in this exclusive retreat – [email protected]     

**Please note that this itinerary is subject to change. Included dinners may sometimes be changed for lunches depending on the itinerary.

September 16-23, 2022

$4175 USD per person


  • 7 nights accommodation at Masseria Ayroldi (based on double occupancy)
  • 4 Studio painting sessions with Laura Harris
  • Culinary experiences and town tours with Julie & Francesco (as per itinerary)
  • All painting supplies (paints, easels, canvases, etc) – except brushes
  • Transfers to/from Brindisi
  • All applicable taxes
  • Creating masterpieces during a multi-day art retreat with artist Laura Harris
  • Enjoying the sanctuary of our gorgeous 4* Masseria accommodation – Masseria Ayroldi
  • Experiencing authentic Apulian cuisine and hospitality from Julie Marr and Francesco Creanza of E.A.T.
  • Visiting charming nearby towns of Oria, Altamura, and Matera
  • Enjoying the luxuriously slow pace of Puglia during this week-long painting retreat
  • Finding creative inspiration in the beauty of Puglia
  • Feasting on amazing local cuisine with inspirational flavours

Day 1 – Arrival in Brindisi, Puglia (Italy)

Welcome to Puglia!

Today, you will be met at the Brindisi airport and transferred to our home for the next week at Masseria Ayroldi. The property is an ancient Apulian farm with 16th century Trulli that has been converted to a gorgeous villa. Trulli are fairytale-like cylindrical, whitewashed buildings with grey conical roofs tapering out to a point or sphere, often adorned with painted symbols, and are unique to Puglia.

Tonight we will have a chance to get to know each other as we dine together as a group.

  • Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 – Painting AM & Visit to Ceglie Messapica

After a delicious breakfast, we head to the studio for the first day of painting. Laura Harris will chat about her painting process and help get everyone set up in the studio.

After a morning in the studio, we meet with Julie and Francesco who will accompany us to the charming town of Ceglie Messapica. They will introduce us to the picturesque town and join us for a delicious lunch of regional delights. There will be time to stroll through the historical center in the afternoon before returning to our Masseria.

  • Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 3 – Painting AM & Cooking Class

We spend another morning in the studio letting our creativity pour onto our canvases. During your studio time, you will have the chance to ask questions or advice from Laura Harris.

In the afternoon we will head to the village of Oria, the home of Julie and Francesco, for a cooking class. Here you will have the opportunity to learn about Apulian ingredients and local cooking techniques from these two passionate individuals. Of course after all of your hard work, we share a table and dine on what we made.

This afternoon you’ll have the chance to dip your toes or plunge right into the Ionian Sea.

  • Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 4 – Painting AM & Free Afternoon

After breakfast, head to the studio feeling inspired. Embrace the creative flow.

This afternoon is free for you to do whatever you’d like.

Relax by the pool

Go for a hike through the beautiful countryside

Explore nearby towns of Cisternino or Ostuni

  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 – Full Day Exploring Puglia

Today we leave the studio behind as we head out with Julie & Francesco to explore beautiful Puglia! First, we travel to Altamura which is famous for its amazing bread – Pane di Altamura. Here we visit local artisans such as bread makers, cheesemakers, and other artisans. Surrounded by delicious food, we enjoy a meal together at one of our hosts’ favourite Osterias.

After enjoying a scrumptious meal we continue to 2019’s European Capital of Culture, Matera. Famous for its extensive cave-dwelling district called the Sassi, Matera will surely impress visitors. Here we wander the narrow streets and explore the historical center.

Exploring will work up an appetite so we will have a light dinner together in Matera before returning to our Masseria.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 – Painting AM & Martina Franca

Feeling inspired by Puglia, we head back to the studio for a morning of painting. This morning is yours to put the finishing touches on your creations.

Later in the afternoon, we will visit the picturesque nearby town of Martina Franca. This charming 10th-century town is known for its stark white painted houses, amazing winding alleys, and century’s old rococo and baroque buildings that stand gracefully until today. Soak in the sunset before we dine together.

  • Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7 – Free Day

This morning we prepare our paintings to bring home. The balance of the day is yours to explore, shop, relax, or do whatever you feel the urge to do.

This evening we will all share and dine together along with Laura and Julie & Francesco.

  • Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8 – Departure Brindisi

After breakfast, bid farewell to our beautiful home and hosts as you will be transferred to Brindisi to catch your flight or to continue your adventure.

If you would like to extend, please let us know and we’d be happy to help you plan your stay in Puglia or elsewhere in Italy.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Laura Harris

Passionate Canadain Painter

Laura Harris – Artist

Inspired, connected, generous and intuitive, Laura Harris exemplifies and champions the crafting of a creative life. Laura has inspired countless people to rewrite their stories and honour the creative being that resides deep in their soul. Her paintings are described as beautifully imperfect, and have the ability to stir powerful emotions, speaking to an inner voice often ignored. Often large in scale with strikingly bold colours and texture, each piece offers discovery. Her process is rooted in memory and imagination, and her emotions are palpable. When she’s at work, Harris becomes utterly engrossed in her practice. It’s a fully physical task with music turned up loud and paint flying. Laura applies the same love and abandons to all other areas of her life. 

“I try and create what I ache for. Painting for me is not work, it’s an essential part of living.

Harris’ is a positive oeuvre, but there are contrasts in texture and hue that suggest the opposition of forces. Exuberant, sensual, and often surprising, Laura’s images are known and prized for their irresistible energy. Her relationship with light has been compared to that of Turner. As a young child, the Canadian artist learned drawing techniques from her father, who preferred realism but encouraged freedom of expression. Laura currently lives and works in Victoria, BC where her family has roots run generations deep. Her work is exhibited in galleries across Canada and collected worldwide. Corporate clients include Mercedes Benz, The Ritz Carlton, The Keg, and Canaccord.

Visit Laura’s website

Tour Exclusions

  • International Flights (can be arranged through us [email protected])
  • Mandatory travel medical insurance and optional cancellation insurance ( Ask Finisterra about acquiring travellers insurance)
  •  Activities and services not mentioned in itinerary
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature and paint brushes
  • Gratuities for staff (housekeepers, kitchen staff, drivers, etc)
  • Tips/Gratuities for tour guides, drivers, etc.


At the time of booking, please mention who you would like to share a room with. Rooms are based on double occupancy (two beds per room). Solo travellers: This Beautifully Imperfect Retreat is about camaraderie and sharing experiences with like-minded spirits who share similar interests.

On the sharing note, our gorgeous accommodation at Masseria consists of double (two or one bed) beautifully spacious rooms. If you are travelling on your own, you will be paired with another wonderful traveller to share a room with.

If you would like your own room, just let us know – there is an extra charge of $500USD (Single Supplement)Payment: You will receive an invoice from come from  [email protected].

You are welcome to pay by e-transfer, cheque, or by credit card.Using the invoice (separate email), you may pay online please note that the total price of the trip is $4175USD in a double/twin room. A 25% non-refundable deposit is required in order to reserve your spot with full payment being due 60 days prior to the trip. If paying by cheque, please note that exchange rates for USD to CAD are determined by the current exchange rate using as a reference.

Air Travel

Flights are not included in the tour price. DO NOT purchase any airline tickets until the trip is confirmed to take place. Pre and post-tours can be arranged through available at an additional charge. Please contact Finisterra Travel for further details [email protected]

Visa & Passports

Travel Visa requirements and passports are the responsibility of the participants. Please note that most countries require passports to be valid for 6 months from the date of your return flight. We are not responsible if you are refused entry to a country because you lack the correct passport, visa, or other travel documentation (vaccinations, Covid PCR tests, etc).

Travel Insurance

Cancellation, Travel, Flight, and Health insurance are required and are the responsibility of the participant to research and secure the appropriate coverage. Click HERE for a Travel Insurance Quote or please email [email protected] for a quote.

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Waiver Form

All participants will be required to sign a Waiver Form prior to departure.

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