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TUSCANY AND CINQUE TERRE - NEW ITINERARY!

£2,300.00 / £250.00 Deposit / Sharing Discount - £200.00

Back in May 2022, I spent a few days exploring the beautiful villages of Cinque Terre on the Liguria coast of north west Italy, immediately prior to leading my spring Tuscany workshop. In May 2023 I have decided to combine both destinations to create a fantastic 8 night workshop that gives you the best of both worlds!

The first 5 nights will spent in Tuscany....

Spring is a fantastic season to photograph the magnificent Tuscan landscape. The days are long, but the weather is usually dry, and there’s a high probability of seeing the amazing Val d’Orcia (literally behind our hotel) full of mist at dawn. The sunrises and sunsets can also be breathtaking and there’s always a chance of poppies and other wild flowers adding a splash of colour to the undulating landscape.

From our base just outside the ancient hill town of San Quirico d’Orcia (itself a great place to wander around, camera in hand), we’ll explore in all directions and discover the most beautiful scenes in Tuscany – rolling green hills, sculptured cypress trees, winding roads, crumbling farmhouses, magnificent villas (including the villa in the closing scenes of the movie Gladiator), picturesque villages and historic towns and cities such as Pienza and Montepulciano. Lee will drive the group around in an air-conditioned minibus and be on hand at all times to offer help and advice about equipment choice, composition and technique to help you get the very best from every location.

Our days will be long and full, starting before sunrise and ending after sunset (weather permitting) so we can take full advantage of the best light of the day. The weather can be hot, so we’ll have the option to take a siesta during the afternoon to escape the heat and harsh light for a couple of hours and re-charge our batteries, both literally and metaphorically! There isn't a fixed daily itinerary for this trip as we take each day as it comes in terms of the weather and light and choose locations accordingly. I'd much rather we visit fewer locations and spend quality time at each one, rather than race around Tuscany trying to tick everything off our wish list then being disappointed with the results. Quality is far more important than quantity when it comes to landscape photography!

The next 3 nights will be spent in Cinque Terre...

Cinque Terre is a string of ancient fishing villages on the rugged Ligurian coastline. The are 5 villages (hence the name!) - Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. In each, colourful houses spill down steep terraces to harbours filled with fishing boats and beautiful aquamarine sea. We will be based in the most picturesque village - Manarola - and we will explore and photograph all 5 villages using the excellent railway that connects one village with the next. The train are frequent, and run from early in the morning until late at night.

In each village there is at least one classic viewpoint, which we will take advantage of either at dawn or dusk when the light is at its most beautiful. But great shots are also to be had by wandering the narrow streets, capturing details and cameos that all help to reveal the character of this beautiful region.

The drive back to Pisa Airport only takes 1 1/2 hours, so we should be able to manage a final dawn shoot on May 16th before driving to the airport for our flights home.

Advice on flights will be sent out once enough bookings have been taken to make the trip viable. Lee will also send out information on suggested photographic equipment, clothing etc, approx 2 months before the trip.

  • At A Glance...

  • Deposit / Price

    £250.00 / £2,300.00

    Sharing Discount - £200.00

  • Date

    08th - 16th May, 2023

  • Included

    Accommodation in en-suite rooms at Hotel Residence Casanova for 5 nights with breakfasts, and 3 nights at Ca’ de Gianchi Verdeblù in Manarola, Cinue Terre, on a room-only basids, airport transfers for suggested flights, transport during the trip, tuition from Lee Frost.

  • Excluded

    Flights to/from Pisa, breakfasts in Cinque Terre, lunches and dinners during the entire trip, insurance, photographic equipment and materials.

  • Fitness Level

    Moderate

  • Location

    Italy

  • Max Group Size

    8