Private Napoli and Puglia: Exemplary Palaces, Villas, Gardens, & Archaeological Sites

The ICAA is pleased to present this tour of the beautiful palaces, villas, gardens, and archeological sites of Napoli and Puglia. 

This tour is arranged by Pamela Huntington Darling, Consultant and creator of exclusive cultural travel programs. For more information, please email Pamela Huntington Darling ([email protected], visit, or call +33 1 45 67 62 81.

Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this travel program. All travel program participants have the opportunity to receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA. 

Image: Royal Palace of Caserta (Wikimedia Commons/Carlo Pelagalli) 

Teatro di San Carlo

Participants will enjoy a private visit to the Teatro di San Carlo when closed to the public. Inaugurated in 1737, the Teatro is the oldest continuously active opera house in Europe, predating both La Scala in Milan and Venice's La Fenice. 

Private Historic Villa in Posillipo

The tour features an exclusive dinner at a private historic villa in Posillipo, hosted by an aristocratic Neapolitan family. The home features an admirable museum-quality art collection, the most significant "romantic garden" in Naples, as well as a large terrace offering spectacular views of the Bay of Naples. 


During the tour, the group will visit the historic site of Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including newly restored buildings. This visit includes stops at the House of the Golden Cupids and the Forum to Villa dei Misteri

Royal Palace of Caserta

The tour features a private visit to the Royal Palace of Caserta, the last great edifice of the Italian Baroque period, built in 1752 for King Carlo III. Included is an exclusive, private visit to the Teatrino di Corte (the Royal Theater), rarely open to the public, as well as a promenade by horse-driven carriages through the Palace's picturesque park to the gorgeous Italian and English gardens and their follies. 

Caserta Residence

The tour includes a luncheon with the owners at a private residence in Caserta, the former home of Baroque artist Domenico Mondo. 


Included on the tour is a visit to the town of Lecce, known as the "Florence of the south," recognizable for its outstanding Baroque and Rococco churches and palazzi built with the pietra leccese, the local stone with warm and golden colors. Architectural treasures from Ancient Roman ruins also reflect Lecce's rich history. 

Abbazia di Santa Maria di Cerrate

The Abbazia di Santa Maria di Cerrate is a notable example of Puglian Romanesque architecture, embellished with Byzantine 13th Century frescoes and flanked by an elegant 16th Century well and a 13th Century loggia.

Private Trullo in Alberobello

Participants will enjoy a private visit with the owners to one of the most beautiful trulli in the Puglia village of Alberbello, a major example of vernacular architecture. 


The tour includes a visit to the lovely town of Ostuni, commonly referred to as "the White Town", featuring a number of palazzi of local aristocratic families and a magnificent cathedral, followed by a convivial lunch at a private Masseria, a typical fortified large estate-farm, with its owners. 

Abbazia Di Santa Maria Di Cerrate (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Marzoide88)

Fountains At The Royal Palace Of Caserta

Exterior of Il Teatro di San Carlo (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Pietro Scerrato)

Palazzo Dei Celestini in Lecce



Teatro di San Carlo (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Viva-Verdi)

Trulli In Alberobello

Pricing Information to be Announced Soon
September 14-22, 2019


How do I register for an ICAA travel program?

If you would like to register, you may contact the travel operator organizing the program. Please note that a $500 donation per person to the ICAA is required in order to participate in each travel program. The contact information for ICAA tour operators is included on individual travel pages. Kindly note that the ICAA works with three different consultants for program offerings. If you are unsure which travel consultant to contact for a given program, you may email [email protected] or call 212-730-9646 x109.

What does the required $500 donation fund?

Your $500 donation helps to further the ICAA’s goal of advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts by supporting its varied educational programs, including continuing education courses, college workshops, the Summer Studio in Classical Architecture, New Heights, and many more.

Am I required to pay a $500 donation for each travel program I register for?

Yes, a donation of $500 to the ICAA is required for each travel program you register for. The donation is required for each person attending a tour.

How do I make my $500 donation to the ICAA?

You can make your $500 donation to the ICAA online, or you can download, complete, and mail this form to the ICAA. You can alternatively fax a copy to 212-730-9649. You may also call 212-730-9646 x109 or email [email protected] to make a donation. Donations must be made separately from the registration fee.

Do I have to be a member of the ICAA to participate in an ICAA travel program?

No, membership is not required to attend an ICAA travel program. However, complimentary Individual membership to the ICAA is included with your $500 required donation.

I don’t see the full itinerary for the tour I am interested in. When will it be released?

Please contact [email protected] for more information. Due to the exclusive nature of our tours, some private locations or visits may be omitted from the ICAA's website.

What kinds of trips does the ICAA offer?

Over the past several years, the ICAA has travelled to destinations including Paris; Andalusia; Atlanta; Barbados; South Africa; Chicago; the Netherlands and Belgium; Scotland; the French Riviera; Morocco; the Italian Lake Region; Charlottesville; Naples; and New Delhi, among many other locations. The ICAA is always looking to diversify its travel offerings. If you have a suggestion or location you would like to see added, please email [email protected]