We have hosted and planned Italian vacations for many wonderful people over the years. It is a pleasure to share our knowledge, love and passion for Italy with those looking to experience authentic getaways. Here are some kind words from some of our previous guests and clients.

10 day guided Puglia tour and villa stay with additional 16 day travel planning and booking from Rome to Tuscany, Lake Como and Venice:

“What a fantastic find! Jim and Laura made our first trip to Italy an entirely stress free and joy filled experience. They listened to our thoughts, made a few suggestions, applied their extensive knowledge of all things Italian and provided us with our dream trip. From making all lodging and dining, planning and reservations, to providing sea cave tours, olive oil tastings, winery tours, long days on Italian beaches, transportation and so much more. Their expertise, knowledge of Italy, and facilitation of events was amazing. To Jim & Laura: You two are fantastic! Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. We loved every moment - thanks for letting us experience a once in a life time trip.” 

- Pete & Sandy - Columbia, TN

10 day guided Puglia tour and villa stay

“Laura and Jim are amazing hosts. Their property is absolutely beautiful and convenient being close to town and the sea. This was my first trip to Italy and I thank them so much for accommodating me with a truly authentic Italian experience. Their love for Italy is expressed in so many lovely ways from the pizza making to the trips to the markets, the out of the way historic treasures, the beautiful seaside towns and the most inviting traditions.  I had the best time!  They will always be in my Italian state of mind and my preferred hosts when I return to Ostuni.” 

- Susan - San Clemente, CA

5 day guided Puglia tour and villa stay with additional travel planning and booking in Amalfi, Ischia, and Rome

“Spending time in Laura and Jim’s home in Ostuni was such a dream! They are an incredibly hospitable couple, their home is cozy and comfortable and they have the best little dog, Bowie. If you are interested in a truly authentic and laid-back experience of southern Italy — (think: exploring surrounding towns & farmers markets, eating at their favorite hidden restaurants, sharing homemade wine on the rooftop terrace, taking long slow walks through the countryside) — or if you need help planning your trip from beginning to end, I highly recommend you reach out to them. We will definitely be visiting again!”

- Katherine & Luke - Brooklyn, NY

10 day guided Puglia tour with additional planning and guided tours in Rome, Florence, Tuscany and Ischia

“Jim and Laura have created a beautiful and welcoming home in the scenic countryside that will make you feel inspired and eager to embrace all that Puglia has to offer. From olive and wine tastings to pizza night and sharing meals at some of their favorite restaurants, we certainly got an excellent taste of the local flavors. The historic towns and seaside visits affirm how special southern Italy is. Excellent hosts, filled with local knowledge and recommendations that will ensure an unforgettable authentic Italian experience.”

- Chelsea & Seth - New York, NY

Villa stay and guided tour of Matera

“I cannot say enough good things about this place. Jim and Laura are the best hosts I’ve ever stayed with. They were great with communication and were very flexible with check in. We took a day trip to Matera and they perfectly organized the whole day. They know the area well and were able to give some really good recommendations. The space itself is phenomenal, plenty big enough for two with a breath-taking view from the balcony. On my last night I sat outside on the balcony just watching the stars.”

- Chelsea - Oklahoma City , Oklahoma.

5 day guided Puglia tour and villa stay with additional planning for Puglia and Basilicata

“From the moment we met up with our hosts in a small quaint cafe in Ostuni to the moment of our departure, our experience at Laura and Jim's villa in the countryside outside of Ostuni was amazing.   The drive into the property is quite astounding with classic Trulli houses dotting the countryside. The villa has a lovely covered veranda on the ground floor that is just off the kitchen with a big table that saw many a wonderful array of cheeses and wines when we weren't eating something spectacular.  Laura's fluent Italian was a pleasure to listen to as a parade of neighbors and friends would casually drop by. The villa itself has a spectacular upper level suite where we stayed that is private and has it's own magnificent terrace overlooking the grounds and valley outstretched from the property.....beautiful old olive trees, flowering bushes, lush green, and beautiful rock walls lining properties about their place.  They took us on day adventures that ranged from a day on the Gallipoli beach with white sand and blue blue waters to the turgid Adriatic where we feasted on fresh fish, mussels, and sardines. Stops along the way in churches with spectacular art and history that Jim could impart with such ease sweetened the journey. Their knowledge of the local farmer's market was an especially wonderful day as we perused the array of fresh vegetables, meats, and cheeses topped off with a visit to the local wine store where we bought a case of wine for virtually nothing.  Sitting on their deck, basking in the sun, and listening to their adventures and challenges of being Americans living in this land of plenty was fascinating. Perhaps the highlight was the night we made Pizza in the oven baked hot from the wood of the olive trees and kindled by bundles of olive branches that smelled divine. Making individual pizzas that had their own uniqueness and special flavors sent us all over the edge. I can't speak highly enough of how helpful Jim and Laura were in guiding us on the next leg of our voyage....down the amazing Adriatic coast to the very tip of the heel of Italy and then around and up through the ancient city of Gallipoli and on to the cave homes of Matera.  They are so in love with this part of Italy and imparted their spirit and energy in such a way that we truly felt at one with the landscape and terrain of Puglia....don't miss this opportunity if you can help it!!”

- Steve - Richmond, VA

7 day guided Puglia tour and villa stay

“Generous and eager to share the magic of Ostuni with others, Laura and Jim are dream hosts in a dream home. Every day was a new and beautiful adventure-- whether it was a short day trip to nearby town, swimming along the coast of one of the many stunning and secluded beaches, or just hanging at their little Eden home under the stars with a great bottle of wine. Easily one of the best weeks of my life. Would go back in a heartbeat.”

- Laura - New York, NY

Villa Luna guests

“Wow, what can I say about this place!? First of all, Jim and Laura are amazing hosts. Interesting, intelligent, and thoughtful people who created an amazing stay for us. I don't care where you are trying to stay in Puglia, you need to do a couple of nights here. You can still hit all of your day trips to Ostuni, Matera, Ceglie, and Cisternino from here easily. In a world of busy hostels and cramped air bnbs, this is nothing like that. You will be off the beaten path in a gorgeous landscape with open space and beautiful scenery. We also signed up for Pizza night and it was fantastic. We ate until we were stuffed and had amazing wine all evening! Lastly, your space will be secluded enough to have private time of your own. So whether or not you have consistently stayed with other people, this is a place to try. Thanks again for everything!”

- Katie & Colter - Phoenix, AZ

“Staying here was a really special experience. Jim and Laura's place is absolutely stunning, and they're incredible hosts. The location is so beautiful, out in nature surrounded by olive trees, fig trees and trulli... it really is a little piece of paradise! It's also really close to Ostuni, Cisternino and Ceglie Messapica so it's easy to get into town. The included breakfast is awesome - homemade jam & yoghurt, local eggs etc - and we opted for a couple of evening dinners with them, which we really enjoyed. They're great chefs, and use local & seasonal produce, always with a great variety of local wines ready to hand! Definitely don't miss out on pizza night, which was a super fun (and delicious) experience. The apartment itself is very spacious and comfortable, with a shady porch and a sunny roof terrace to relax on. Jim and Laura are both very knowledgeable about the area and Italian culture in general, and gave us some fantastic local tips. We can't recommend this place highly enough, and are already looking forward to our next visit!”

- Ewan & Erin - Lisbon, Portugal

“Laura and Jim are WONDERFUL hosts and their home is a tranquil oasis away from the buzz of the city center. We stayed with them for about five days, each of which they thoughtfully helped us plan. We also shared a homemade pizza dinner, which we highly recommend. Laura and Jim are thoughtful, intentional, and incredibly helpful. We were so sad to leave but will definitely be back! If you’re considering, absolutely stay here.”

- Molly & Phil - Los Angeles, CA

“We had such an amazing stay at Jim and Laura’s. They have a beautiful home overlooking fields of olive trees and poppies, just outside of Ostuni. As hosts both Jim and Laura were very accommodating and friendly. If you can we recommend taking up their offer of pizza making. Well worth it!” -

Danielle & Nic - Melbourne, Australia

“Jim and Laura are kind and very welcoming. The house is comfortable and very well located, in a nice area a few kilometers from Ostuni. The view from the terrace is wonderful! They gave us some good advice - restaurants, beaches and places worth visiting! Every day we had a great breakfast with fresh fruits, eggs, granola... we also had a pizza evening with fresh ingredients, different tastes, home made dough in a traditional wood oven... we really enjoyed these few days at their home!”

- Luc - Kienheim, France

“Really wonderful and cozy place with amazing hosts in the Puglia heartland. We loved staying here - moving back and forth between wonderful beach days and historic city tours. “

- Theis - Berlin, Germany

“Jim and Laura’s place is very tasteful. The terraces are great and the big fans in the rooms made the August heat bearable. They gave us great restaurant tips and were willful to help us with requests. Thanks!”

- Romy - Antwerp, Belgium

“Ruime kamer, mooi privé dakterras, gastvrij ontvangen, fruit in de tuin mogen plukken, goede aanbevelingen voor de omgeving! Genoten van de overnachtingen!” (Spacious room, beautiful private roof terrace, welcoming, picking fruit in the garden, good recommendations for the area! Enjoyed the overnight stays!)

- Steven - Netherlands

Casa Susanna Guests

“This is a fabulous apartment in the heart of Ostuni. Jim and Laura are wonderful hosts and are extremely thoughtful. We stayed here with our children and we all absolutely loved the roof terrace which was the perfect tonic after a hot day at the beach. 5 Star home.”

- Carrie - Great Easton, UK

“We had a wonderful stay at Laura and Jim’s apartment! It had a perfect location (five minute walk to the centre of Ostuni) and a very large rooftop terrace with a beautiful view. Jim and Laura were very kind and gave us lots of tips for beaches, restaurants and vineyards. Very much recommended!”

Julia - Amsterdam, Netherlands

“Jim and Laura are fantastic hosts. Very responsive, friendly and helpful. They provided us with great recommendations for local restaurants etc. They also offer a Pizza making experience at their country home, which we would highly recommend. A real taste of Puglia with great hosts.”

- Dee - Chester, UK

“Jim & Laura were fantastic hosts to us, easy to communicate with and always eager to help out with any questions or problems we had. The apartment is a three minute walk from the bus station that took us either to Ostuni Station or the next beach, Villanova. Equipped with anything you need, from sun beds, all important cooking gear, iron, to a washing machine... etc. We especially loved the roof terrace with its fantastic view, where we all met in the morning to plan our day. All in all the perfect base to explore Puglia”

- Noel - Amsterdam, Netherlands

“Jim and Lauras place was in a fantastic location with an amazing view. The hosts were also very helpful and responsive, highly recommend!”

- Christopher - Paris, France

“La casa è incredibile, immersa nel centro storico di Ostuni. Jim e Laura sono disponibili per qualsiasi cosa, hanno contribuito a rendere il nostro soggiorno speciale. Tutto è stato perfetto.” (The house is incredible, immersed in the historic center of Ostuni. Jim and Laura are available for anything, they helped make our stay special. Everything was perfect.)

- Giuseppe - Formigine, Italy