TUSCANY


UNDER THE TUSCAN LIGHT

MAY 15 TO MAY 21, 2023

PACKAGE PRICE: $ 4800  WITH 8 PEOPLE

PACKAGE PRICE: $ 5400  WITH 5 – 7 PEOPLE

Tuscany is famous for its breathtaking landscape, hills laden with medieval towns and its slow-paced way of life. Here people know how to enjoy life and they excel at it. Any and everything becomes a sensory overload which translates into amazing photos; the morning mist, the sight of olive orchards, the stratums of rich earth, the cappuccinos, prosciuttos and the extraordinary food of the region.

Full Details Below

 

We will photograph the towns of Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Siena, San Gimignano, St. Quirico and St. Antimo where the ancient ways still dominate the day-to-day life. A full day of shooting in the magnificent city of Florence is also scheduled.

We devote a great deal of time to the Tuscan countryside during our landscape drives where we photograph iconic landmarks and look for evolving opportunities. Cypress Trees and colorful flowers provide an all-encompassing foreground to heaven and earth. Days go by trying to figure out the perfect panorama, or climbing hundreds of steps to get the unique view or, more importantly, piercing into the sunset in search of the endless afternoon layers of colors and dreams.

Every day is crowned by the home-cooked three course Tuscan dinners at Il Poggiolo, our home base and villa. The day fades away among the countless glasses of fine Italian wines while chatting about the myriad of images shot.

DATES

MAY 15 TO MAY 21, 2023

GROUP SIZE

MAXIMUM 8

ACTIVITY LEVEL

LIGHT

What's Included

Hotel Accommodations

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS FOR
7 NIGHTS


Meals

ALL BREAKFASTS AND SIX DINNERS (TUSCAN)


Transportation

ALL IN-COUNTRY TRANSPORTATION & ENTRANCE FEES ARE INCLUDED


*Price is per person, single occupancy.

Airfare from/to your home cities, airport transfers, meals not listed above, alcohol, personal expenses, visas if required are not included.

A deposit of $ 500 is required to reserve your space.

ITINERARY

Day 1

Welcome to Rome! We will be meeting at a hotel near the airport from where we’ll drive to St. Quirico. Upon arrival, you will have a few hours to settle in and relax before our welcome reception where you will taste some fabulous local wines followed by a wonderful dinner.

Day 2

We have an early start with a landscape shoot. Right after breakfast, we depart for Pienza. Pienza is a town in Tuscany – the “touchstone of Renaissance urbanism.” In 1996, UNESCO declared the town a World Heritage Site and in 2004 the entire valley, the Val d’Orcia, was included on the list of Unesco’s World Cultural Landscapes. From there, we will drive to Montalcino – a hill town and commune in Tuscany, Italy. It is famous for its Brunello di Montalcino wine and St. Antimo where we will photograph the former Benedictine monastery.

Day 3

Right after breakfast, we depart for Florence for a full day of shooting.

Day 4

We will start the day with our first photo critique followed by breakfast. Then, we will depart for Montepulciano. Montepulciano is a medieval town of rare beauty. The city, full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares and hidden corners, boasts vast panoramas all over the wonderful Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana valleys that surround it.

We will end our day with a private wine tasting in one of the famous wineries.

Day 5

Right after breakfast, we will explore Siena in the morning – This Tuscan hill town will transport you back to the Middle Ages. Siena’s grand Cathedral, built in the 1200s, has treasured artworks and marvelous marble floors. The Piazza del Campo, the main town square, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, you will explore San Gimignano, another Italian hill town in Tuscany, southwest of Florence. Encircled by 13th-century walls, its old town centers on Piazza della Cisterna, a triangular square lined with medieval houses. Other medieval features include fountains and towers, such as the stone Torre Grossa. The Duomo di San Gimignano is a 12th-century church with frescoes by Ghirlandaio in its Santa Fina Chapel.

Day 6

e will start the day with your second photo critique followed by breakfast. Then we will walk to St. Quirico and explore this quaint little town. After lunch, we will have a landscape drive on the road to Pienza and Monticchiello. On our return, we will have our wine reception and slide show, followed by a fabulous dinner.

Day 7

We depart for Rome after breakfast. We will take the scenic route along the coast and we will stop at the coastal town of Talamone.

Day 8

Airport departure

Tuscany with Raul Touzon