Have Drone, Will Travel: Trullo GamberoViola

I spent a few hours the other day flying Sparky, my DJI Spark drone, around my neighbor’s sprawling estate, Trullo GamberoViola in the Valle d’Itria of the Alto Salento sub-region of Puglia in southeastern Italy.

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Filled with olive and fruit trees, colorful plant life and a greenhouse built to house and nurture their exotic collection of orchids from around the world, Trullo GamberoViola, with its signature conical-shape trulli roofs, is a real Shangri-La tucked away in our laid-back, quiet-as-a-mouse neighborhood.

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Paid in full by Daniele and Margherita, the owners of the estate, with a patio lunch of cheese, artisan olive bread and sparkling organic wine, along with a takeaway basket of just-off-the-tree figs, I exchanged the obligatory two-cheek kisses, waved goodbye and Sparky and I headed back up the lane to my house to begin the editing process on all of the aerial footage that I, actually Sparky, shot from way up there.


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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via TravelingBoy.com and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


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