Creative Holidays in Italy


Holidays on the Adriatic coast of Puglia in Southern Italy.

David and Leonie have been running Il Collegio Holidays in Italy for over twenty years. Originally based in Tuscany, they are now settled in the sunny, exotic 'heel' of Italy where they continue to provide friendly small-group holidays for people who want a genuine taste of the real Italy.
They are pleased to say that this year there have been few increases in holiday prices.


Our well-loved and long established ten day ART HOLIDAY will be running in June. We are now including more time to explore the inspiring art and culture of Puglia. There is time to get to know and understand your new environment, to decide what really interests you, to experiment and perhaps try new techniques, or develop your favourite medium so that you feel your work has really progressed. David is our resident tutor with many years teaching experience in U.K colleges and a respected professional artist. His talks and demos are always thought provoking, stimulating and helpful and the atmosphere is friendly and supportive, helping both advanced practitioners and complete beginners. Many of our visitors are booking repeat holidays already - the best form of recommendation
For dates, prices and itinerary click onto ART and CULTURE HOLIDAYS.


Available during the spring, summer and early autumn at the tranquil Masseria Impisi. Our recently refurbished Gatehouse and Courtyard Apartments offer delightful Accommodation in air conditioned, en-suite, twin or double bedded rooms. Exclusive use of the pool and extensive gardens. Set in ancient olive groves Impisi is a short drive to the historic hill town of Ostuni and to the coastal beaches and fishing ports of the Adriatic. Guests should make their own travel arrangements whilst in Italy. It is advisable to organise car hire at the same time as flight bookings. Impisi is less than 30 minutes from Brindisi airport (Ryanair, Alitalia)and just over the hour to Bari.(Ryanair, Alitalia, BA) Ryanair is still the most competitive carrier to Puglia. Eurostar connections at nearby Ostuni Rail Station.
For dates, prices and availability click onto SELF CATERING.

PLEASURES of PUGLIA -Food and History

Available in May this small group holiday, hosted by David and Leonie at Masseria Impisi, aims to provide the best possible introduction to the gastronomy and history of this unspoilt part of Italy. A gourmets paradise, Puglia has long been known by the rest of Italia for the quality of its wines, oil and seafood. It is now being discovered by the rest of the world so come now before mass tourism arrives. Meet the artisans who continue proud traditions of food and wine production at family farms and cantinas, enjoy the bustling markets and dine at both Michelin starred restaurants and simple local trattorias. Combine these pleasures with guided cultural and historic tours and you have a very special holiday. You will see Paleolithic ritual burials, Greek and Roman ampitheatres, early Byzantine churches, Baroque cathedrals and the mysterious Trulli houses of the Val d'Itria, all evidence of Puglia's turbulent past. The itinerary is flexible enough to allow time for independent walking, cycling and swimming as well as the minibus tours. For dates, prices and itinerary click onto Pleasures of Puglia


From 18th to 25th September. Organised by Chalk the Sun Creative Writing, Hosted by Il Collegio Holidays at Masseria Impisi. After the successful courses held in previous years we are pleased to welcome back the tutors from 'Chalk the Sun'. Guests can explore their creative potential in seven intensive days of writing, eating delicious home-cooked food, drinking local wine and swimming in the natural rock pool or simply sun lounging. Places are limited so click the link to the Chalk the Sun website for full details.
Chalk the Sun - Creative Writing


Looking for a wonderful venue for a special occasion or group holiday? For the past Ten years Masseria Impisi has been providing the ideal setting, offering typical Italian hospitality to suit every occasion. Happy anniversaries and special occasions in a glorious setting with every detail attended to – just say what your dream is and we make it a reality. Family and friends groups and special interest clubs can get together at very special rates. We have a wide range of facilities and prices. Get in touch to discuss your ideal holiday and we will make it a reality.

Visitors to Masseria Impisi can now buy our own produce - extra virgin olive oil, made from hand-picked organic olives, freshly laid eggs from the chickens you can see wandering the gardens, jams and liqueurs from our own fruit trees, fresh pesto and a hot and spicey Ferragosta salsa. There are many herbs in the garden free to gather.

NEW THIS YEAR. Ostuni Council have now extended the network of CYCLE TRACKS in our coastal area. The tracks start right outside our front gate taking you by the historical olive groves and mills, along part of the old 'Via Traiana' - Roman Emperor Trajan's road from Rome to Brindisi. In the well appointed rest areas along the routes are maps and local information. Borrow one of our bicycles and explore the quiet lanes around Masseria Impisi.

Flowers at Impisi Pool at Impisi Monopoli Harbour Pergola sculpture colonade Evening light on the pool The Millhouse