Have Drone, Will Travel: Villa Allegra

Now into our fifth autumn here at Villa Allegra — our little, bright-white house with Santorini-blue shutters surrounded by two budding olive groves and assorted fruit trees, tucked inside the Valle d’Itria just outside Ostuni in the region of Puglia in southeastern Italy — Orna, my wife, and I thought we’d take you on a short flight around our property, from sunrise to sunset. Buckle up!



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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.


  1. Lovely to “hear” from you again and to see that both you two and your beautiful villa are doing well. Your home looks like somewhere I could just relax into and enjoy, which is how all homes aspire to be (or should.) Happy fifth autumn anniversary (my, how time flies!!) and may you have many, many more happy, healthy years together here.


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