A photography holiday in Italy is just a delight – the place is so photogenic! This photography tour takes in two fabulous cities in Venice and Verona, before stopping of at Lake Garda en route to the dolomites and some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe.
Our adventure begins in Venice, the famously beautiful city of canals and a dream location for the photographer. Glorious sights are at every turn, from grand squares lined with stunning architectural masterpieces to narrow backstreets hiding quaint neighbourhood churches, from wide canals with ancient and ornate bridges to tight, atmospheric waterways just a few feet wide.
You’ll meet your photography leader and the rest of the group this evening for a brief chat about your tour.
We’ll start early to make the most of the city before the crowds. We may be treated one of the relatively common foggy mornings for a wonderfully moody start to the day, if not we’ll make sure we are at a great location for sunrise. Working our way around the city, we’ll make sure we capture all the most photogenic locations including St Mark’s Campanile, Piazza San Marco, Palazzo Ducale and Riva Degli Schiavone. Our memory cards are full of pictures of the canals, Gondolas, architecture and carnival masks that Venice is famous for.
After lunch we’ll drive to Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, taking in a panoramic view of the city at dusk.
A myriad of photo opportunities await us in the narrow palazzi-lined streets that make up the historic centre of Verona, famously the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. We’ll shoot the Ponte Pietra bridge, the terracotta rooftops from the Lamberti Tower and of course the Verona coliseum and Juliet’s balcony.
After lunch we’ll drive to Lake Garda, taking in the sunset from a viewpoint before checking in to our hotel.
Making use of the early morning light, we make our way around the shoreline of the lake stopping off at viewpoints and small villages before taking a well-earned lunch break. We’ll keep photographing the lake and surrounding countryside until sunset when we’ll make our way to our next night stop, the alpine town of Trento.
We’ll wake this morning in Alpine country with the scent of pine trees on the clear, mountain air. The town of Trento offers some interesting photography opportunities with its colourful houses, quaint squares and architecture that is a mix of Italian Renaissance and Germanic influences. After photographing Trento, we’ll leave for Santa Maddelena. The journey takes us through spectacular countryside and we’ll make plenty of stops to capture the scenery.
If ever there was an opportunity for that perfect picture-postcard image, it’s likely to be found here, at Santa Maddelena. The Alpine scenery consists of pine-clad slopes with dramatic, often snow-covered, peaks in the background, and perfect country churches or villages in the foreground. We’ll make sure we are out early to make the most of the light and spend the morning finding all the best viewpoints.
In the afternoon we’ll drive to Belluno.
Belluno is a picturesque town, and well worth a wander with camera at the ready, but the real draw is the nearby Dolomites. Impressive rocky mountainsides and outcrops, lush green forests, and, dotted with small lakes, the area is truly beautiful and a photographer’s dream. We’ll spend the whole day exploring before leaving for Venice.
Our tour finishes after breakfast in Venice
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, there is always the possibility that we’ll experience one or two days of poor conditions. In this case we’ll endeavour to make changes to the tour to try to make the best of the situation, or find locations or subjects that suit the weather.
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.