Italy: A Photo Tour to Tuscany and the Cinque Terre (five towns)

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  • Italy is one of the most fantastic destinations for photographers and non-photographers alike. Join us in May/June 2015 (yes, 2015) when we travel to Tuscany and the Cinque Terre (five towns) in Italy to enjoy life while we photograph the beauty of two incredibly photogenic regions. For non photographers, our spousal program will see to it that you're not neglected. You'll have your own schedule of events and activities to choose from. 

    Our Spousal Program:

    We realize that many of the photographers wishing to travel with us to Italy will be reluctant to leave their spouse or significant other at home. As we all know, dedicated photographers can be difficult to be with for non-photogs. With that in mind, we are developing special activities for non-photographers to engage in while their other half is busy photographing the many wonders of Italy. Tours will be arranged to places like the Uffizi Palace and the Ponte Vecchio to name a few. Without a doubt, this is a photography tour for photographers but we don’t intend to ignore the non-photographers in our midst. Italy is a place of great beauty and a joy to behold for photographers and non-photographers alike.

    No one goes to Italy just once because once they go, they want to go back again and again.

    If you'd like a digital brochure describing the details of our Photo Adventure, just send an email to me at [masked] and put Italy Brochure in the subject box and I'll take care of the rest.

    The two regions that we'll be visiting are Tuscany and the Cinque Terre (five town). Take a few minutes to read about what to expect.

                         A triple exposure taken inTuscany by Martin Joffe

    Tuscany:
    Can you imagine Tuscany in the spring? Long warm days, medieval hill towns, cypress-lined lanes, the scent of herbs and wildflowers, rolling green hills, delicious fresh food and wine, and, best of all, you are there with your camera capturing stunning, professional images.
    Our Spring in Tuscany photo tour is open to photographers of all skill levels. The only requirement is a desire to have fun and to learn. We will tailor photographic instructions based on each individual’s need.

    Our tour begins in Pisa, where we will spend one afternoon and evening. The next morning we will depart for Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the heart of the Val d’Orcia, a region that is universally recognized as one of the most beautiful landscapes on earth. We will spend five nights in a cozy B&B in the medieval hill town of Pienza. This will be our home base for daily photographic forays into the surrounding countryside. Many of the iconic Tuscan photographs that you may already be familiar with were captured near Pienza. This convenient proximity offers us the opportunity to spontaneously return to specific photo sites to catch just the “Right Light.” There will also be some days when you will have the option to rise early to capture images such as that quintessential Tuscan farmhouse in the early morning light before enjoying your first cappuccino. Close to Pienza we will explore the medieval hill towns of Montepulciano, Montalcino, Monticchiello, San
    Querico d’ Orcia, and Castiglione d’ Orcia. Our comfortable van will also take us to some of the famous sites within a 2-hour distance, including San Gimignano, San Galgano, Monteriggioni, Pitigliano, Civita di Bagnoregio, Volterra, Asciano, Siena, Orvieto, and the Chianti region. Pienza is small and intimate. At night, when all the tourists have gone back to Florence or continued on to Rome, we will have the tranquil walking lanes all to ourselves.

    We like to think of ourselves as travelers rather than tourists and our approach to this photo tour reflects this attitude. By spending a whole week based in one location, we will be able to experience the daily rhythms of life in a small Tuscan town. Evenings will give you the opportunity to sample the exquisite regional cuisine offered by Pienza’s many fine restaurants. The region also produces some of the best red wines in the world including the famous Brunello di Montalcino and its rival, the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

    The Cinque Terre:
    The five villages of the Cinque Terre, Italy cling to the rugged and steep hillsides of the Italian Riviera, creating wonderful compositions for stunning photographs. Part of the charm of the Cinque Terre is its timeless nature. Little has changed in its outward appearance over the past centuries. Direct access by car is not possible. One must park above the villages and walk down. Paths, trains, and boats connect the five villages. We will spend 4 days and 5 nights on this tour, exploring the region by foot, boat, and train. In addition to the five villages (Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore), we will visit nearby Porto Venere accessible by boat. A walking trail known as the “Sentiero Azzuro” connects the five villages. One can hike on this high scenic path, have lunch in the next village, and then take the train or boat back. This is a wonderful photography tour to one of the most photogenic regions of Italy.

    Our local tour guides while in Italy will be Jim Nilsen and his wife Magrit.

    The following pages contain photos of typical scenes that we’re likely to encounter in our travels. All the images shown here were taken by either Martin Joffe, or our guides Jim Nilsen and Magrit Nilsen

    After seeing the following images, I suspect that you’ll find it hard to resist traveling with us. 

                                          Image supplied by Jim Nilsen

                                             Image supplied by Jim Nilsen

                                               Image supplied by Jim Nilsen

                                              Image supplied by Jim Nilsen

                                                        Image supplied by Jim Nilsen


                                                   Image supplied by Jim Nilsen

    Once again, for a digital brochure, send an email to [masked] and put "Italy brochure" in the subject box and I'll send you a digital brochure  complete with prices.

    Join us on tour in Italy and the first glass of Vino is on me.

    John Pickles, Martin Joffe and Eric Dong













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