Whether you are already a keen photographer, or simply would like to learn how to take more artistic photos of your once in a lifetime adventure, this all-inclusive tour is for you. Capture the Tuscan landscape with the help of a professional photographer and experience what the region offers alongside a Tuscan local.
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Pier Nicola will guide you through each Tuscan town, teaching you not only about the history, but also how to capture a truly unforgettable image in each photo you take. Unleashing your inner creativity, Pier Nicola will teach you how to turn your vision into reality with camera techniques, capturing the best light, and understanding the artistic nature of photography.
We transfer you from our local train station to your accommodation and allow you to settle in and familiarise yourself with your new surroundings which will be “home” for the next 8 days.
At our Welcome Dinner this evening the photographer & his assistant will give a presentation of the exciting week that lies ahead. This will include an analysis of the territory/locations we will visit during the week, basic concepts of photography, from technique to landscape photography and architecture and Photoshop.
Welcome Dinner in Cortona
This morning we travel to Siena. A visit to the spectacular Piazza del Campo, where the famous bareback horserace is held. Visit to Il Duomo and The Mangia Tower or simply stroll the streets and enjoy the ambience and the various delights Siena offers, from the little food stores which offer lots of tempting treats to the beautiful stores offering hand painted ceramics and leatherware.
After lunch, we will take a short drive to Monteriggioni, a medieval village built between 1213-1219 as a defensive fortification. We will spend some time exploring this small township.
Late afternoon we will head into the Chianti area where we will visit an organic winery, meet the wine makers and learn about the ageing & harvesting process.
Dinner at the Vineyard
Today we will spend the day in the local Medieval township of Cortona, the setting for the movie and book ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’.
We will begin the day by visiting the Chiesa di Santa Margherita from where we will walk down into the township through all the back residential streets.
Over a cappuccino & brioche, true Italian style we will discuss the best places to photograph around the township of Cortona. You will then have some time to explore Cortona on your own before meeting again for lunch at a local Trattoria.
After lunch, we will spend some time taking landscapes shots around Cortona. Late afternoon we will return to the accommodation where you will have some time to relax by the pool prior to dinner.
Dinner will be at the Villa this evening, prepared by a local chef we enjoy local culinary delights while sharing in discussion of the day that has been.
Dinner at Villa
VAL D’ORCIA – MONTEPULCIANO, MONTICCHIELLO & PIENZA
Departure at 8:30am
This morning we will travel to Montepulciano, this township is a true gem, great shopping, wonderful Trattorias, Cantinas and Sulumerias for wine and cheese tastings.
Pienza, declared a world heritage site in 1996 by Unesco, is the birth place of Pope Pius II, a small township situated not too far from Montepulciano famous also for the Pecorino cheese. Here we will spend the afternoon visiting & photographing the wonderful views surrounding the township as well as the many beautiful buildings & churches this town offers.
Dinner in Pienza overlooking the Val D’Orcia
You may choose to ‘stay in’ enjoy the pool and relax, spend the day with the Photographer’s assistant at a nearby location shooting, or choose from one of our many additional activities on offer.
Dinner in Cortona
This morning we travel to Orvieto in Umbria. Visit Il Duomo (Cathedral), Saint Patricks Well, dating back to 1537, 62 metres deep with double spiral staircase; a tour of the underground city/caves; wonderful shopping. We will spend most of the day here exploring this wonderful city.
Dinner at Villa
This morning we head to Lago Trasimeno where we will set up our cameras in time to get some stunning photographs of the sunrise. After which we will have a picnic breakfast by the Lake.
A short drive back to Cortona late morning we will visit Le Celle & the Fortress ‘Girifalco’ at the top of Cortona. From there we will head back down into the township for some lunch.
After lunch, there will be the option to spend the rest of the afternoon in the township with the photographer or head back to the accommodation for some relaxation before heading back into Cortona for dinner.
Dinner in Cortona
You may choose to ‘stay in’ enjoy the pool and relax, spend the day with the Photographers assistant at a nearby location shooting, or choose from one of our many additional activities on offer.
Dinner will be at the Villa this evening where we will have a presentation of the weeks’ photos prior to dinner.
After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer you to our local train station for your onward travels. Checkout is at 10am.
Tour Cost: USD $5,100 per person, twin share.
Single Occupancy : USD $300
This tour will commence 23rd June 2018
• Accommodation for 8 nights’ in a Tuscan villa
• Bi-Lingual Hosts for the duration of your tour
• Professional Photographer & assistant for duration of the tour
• Open forum at dinners with photographer
• 5 day tours to itinerary locations
• All breakfasts (continental)
• Welcome pack of local delicacies
• Complimentary bottle of wine
• 5 Light lunches
• All dinners (from an open menu) at a local trattoria or restaurant. Wine included with dinner.
• All travel to and from tour locations as detailed on itinerary, via 8 seater vehicles
• Wine tasting at selected vineyards/ establishments
• Transfers to and from the local train station on your arrival and departure days
• Free access to Wi-Fi at the villa
• Travel Insurance
• Entry fees to museums/galleries & other places wherever entry fees apply
• All personal expenditure
TOUR BEGINS – CORTONA
We are located near Cortona; 2.5 hours by regional train from the main train station in Rome (Roma Termini) and 1.5 hours by regional train from the main train station in Florence (Santa Maria Novella).
PRIVATE TRANSFERS TO AND FROM THE VILLA:
Please contact us for prices.
TRAIN TRAVEL TO THE VILLA:
If you are already in Italy connection to either Roma Termini or Firenze Santa Maria Novella train stations is easily accessible via other train stations.
Either of these two major cities are a good option for your arrival into Italy and then travel to our location. We will meet you at our local train station Camucia-Cortona and will transfer you, via vehicle to the villa, which is a short drive into the countryside.
Arrival from Rome Airport:
Arrival from Florence Airport:
Located in the valley, near the historical centre of Cortona (approx. 10km), the accommodation, a Tuscan villa with old world rustic charm, is your home base for the duration of the tour. Unpack, settle in to your own private apartment and commence your Tuscan experience.
Set on wonderful grounds with a spectacular pool and all modern facilities, including laundry, it overlooks the Val di Chiana and the historical centre of Cortona. On your tour free days take advantage of the country setting, pick fruit from the trees, stroll through the lush Italian countryside or simply enjoy reading a book by the pool under the Tuscan sun.
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