The Art of Slow Traveling in Torre di Albidona

Students posing in front of a castle

Line of hammocks overlooking vineyard

CEC students continue to immerse themselves in Italian culture when they are not in class.

We spent the last weekend in a place called Torre di Albidona, a resort near the coast of the Ionian Sea. It was a Slow Resort which means that they produce all of the food they use in the area, right nearby. It was really the only place around for miles, which means they had spread out and placed a few cabins in the side roads. Oddly enough the first thing we did was play tennis before dinner.

The first thing that really stands out is the food. The food consisted of huge meals of pasta and dishes with meat or fish. We spent hours at the table, just eating and talking and watching the scenery and the other people around. Torre di Albidona was a popular place to stay or just for the food, it seemed. The first day had a photography conference meeting for a dinner, the second, a baptism after party. They produced the food from all around us, and we could see from where we were sitting, all the fields where they grew it.

On Saturday, we went to one of the resort’s private beaches. The water in the Ionian Sea has been the clearest water that I have ever seen, it was simply beautiful. After swimming for a while, we just laid out and sun bathed. While some of us got more sun that we had initially intended, it was still a pleasant experience. Out of all of the different weekend trips that we took during our stay in Italy, the Torre di Albidona trip was one of our favorite.

This post authored by Andrew Zirkle and Brandon Sonoda.