Rolling hills, dramatic coastline, pretty villages and impressive cities make Tuscany he perfect location for a photography holiday in Italy. We’ll explore the very best the region has to offer, capturing the landscapes, history and people of the region with our cameras.
We’ll meet at Pisa airport before driving to the nearby medieval town of Lucca. Hidden behind huge Renaissance walls, Lucca is a highly photogenic labyrinth of cobbled streets and pretty piazzas. We’ll begin with a short photo walk, wandering the streets to take advantage of the evening light and capturing the architecture and people of the town.
The Garfangana Valley is one of the best-kept secrets of Tuscany. A beautiful and unspoilt region sandwiched between the Alpi Apuane and the jagged Apennines, the area is visually stunning. After lunch we’ll visit some of the best photographic viewpoints for shooting the landscape, quaint villages and, if we’re lucky, wildlife of the region.
Hilltop villages, rustic farmhouses and medieval churches dot the countryside of the Garfagnana region, and along with the thickly forested valleys and jagged peaks provide us with a multitude of photographic opportunities. We’ll spend today exploring and photographing the area including a visit to Barga, renowned for its colourful houses, narrow streets and great views.
This morning we leave the Garfagnana region and head for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Cinque Terre and some of the most dramatic coastal scenery you’re likely to see. We’ll arrive in the area around lunch, and after a bite to eat we’ll spend the afternoon shooting the small villages and coastal scenery, checking in to our hotel at Manarola after the sun has set and we’ve got those all important golden hour shots.
After making the most of the morning light in the Cinque Terre region, we head to Siena via Florence. The famous capital of Tuscany, Florence is a busy, bustling city with stunning architecture at every turn. After a photo walk of the city we’ll continue to Siena, arriving in time to shoot the narrow cobbled streets, exquisite piazzas and 14th century architecture of the town.
This morning we head out in to the picture-postcard countryside of Tuscany and spend the whole day seeking out viewpoints of rolling hills, Tuscan farmhouses and small villages. We’ll start early to make use of the morning light, have a break for lunch and then make sure we are back out for the evening golden hour and sunset.
We explore more of the Tuscan countryside this morning, seeking out those iconic Tuscan images. We return to Siena to for lunch and spend the afternoon shooting the winding streets and architecture before leaving for Pisa
Our tour ends this morning after breakfast in Pisa. Depending on your flight time you may wish to visit the famous leaning tower before you depart.
Our photography holidays and tours are designed to maximise the chances of getting great images by visiting photogenic sites at times that are good for photographing them. This generally means trying to avoid crowds and being out when the light is best, just after sunrise, and again in the late afternoon. Occasionally we’ll stay out after sunset or make use of clear night skies. The middle of the day is often reserved for lunch, free time, travelling, downloading images and relaxing. We try to make the most of each area we visit so there may a lot of distance covered and sometimes days can be long. Please read the itineraries carefully to get an idea of driving times and any particularly demanding days.
Our holidays are planned for dates when the weather is expected to be suitable for photography; however, with an ever more unpredictable climate there is always the possibility that we’ll experience poor conditions. In this case we’ll give what advice we can to help you get good results from your photography, and we may make changes to the tour to try to make the best of the situation.
The joining time is 18:00 on day 1 at the hotel reception, your photography leader will meet you there.
We can arrange transfers for you at the beginning and end of your tour at a cost of £39 each way.
It is condition of booking that you are covered by adequate travel insurance. If you are bringing expensive photography equipment we recommend that this is insured too.
The following photography equipment is recommended:
- DSLR or mirrorless camera
- Wide angle lens
- Mid range zoom
- ND filters
- Remote shutter release
- Sufficient memory cards and storage devices
You’ll need light casual clothes and comfortable shoes. Early mornings can be chilly so a sweater is recommended. A sun hat and some long sleeved items are a good idea to help protect your skin against the sun.
Rooming is based on a twin share basis. If 2 people book together, they will automatically be roomed together. Those travelling alone will be sharing with another single traveller of the same sex unless a single room has been booked. If you desire privacy, are a light sleeper or a loud snorer then we’d recommend you book a single room.
All accommodation is on bed and breakfast basis. You’ll need money to cover lunch, dinner and your drinks. As a rough guide we’d recommend that you allow around £20 – £35 per day.
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|* Includes Tuition day at the beginning of your holiday|