About Us

Ray & Annie - Who are we? Why choose Long Travel

Ray and I started our business in 1988, as a “hobby”, when we were full-time teachers. We chose Southern Italy, because it is one of the healthiest regions to live in the whole of Europe, for its food, lifestyle and climate. Amazingly, we are still the only UK Tour Operator, specialising in Southern Italy, Sicily and Sardinia.

We love that we can live and work together, in lovely countryside, in the beautiful and undiscovered Shropshire, selling holidays to the equally beautiful and equally undiscovered Southern Italy. We love that we have a great team. We love that we commute just 50 metres to work and that our two dogs come with us. La Dolce Vita!

You can read more about us here, or you can take a look at our wonderful trulli houses below!

Ray & Annie’s own five trulli have been beautifully restored and have pools to die for!

Anyone can restore a trullo…..but few do it with our passion, energy and over 25 years of knowledge. Our hearts have ruled our heads, because we love them so much.

Featured in an Italian television programme as "the best examples of renovation in the Itria Valley", the trulli are set in idyllic tranquil locations, in acres of garden, olive trees, almonds (mandorla), figs and oaks.

Renovated to a particularly high standard, with originality and style, we skimp on nothing, and they are full of those little extra touches, which make places so special, feeling more like a real home, than a holiday home.

Then there are the pools. Described by guests as "sublime", even if we say so ourselves, they are magnificent – the best we’ve ever seen for private villas.