"Classic" and "Photographers"  Tours

The daily activities on the Photographer Tour have less structure to meet the needs of the more experienced photographer - the locations we visit remain the same.

ROME,  AMALFI COAST & TUSCANY (14 NIGHTS)

ROME

Our hotel in Rome is housed in an elegant 17th century building in the historic centre of Rome and is within walking distance of the city’s many famous landmarks (four nights).

DAY ONE

Welcome dinner: join your hosts and fellow travellers for a welcome aperitif followed by dinner together at a local ristorante.

DAY TWO

Campo de’ Fiori: this noisy, vibrant flower and vegetable market dates back to the 1800’s.

Piazza Navona: the most famous and arguably the most beautiful of Rome’s Baroque piazzas.

The Pantheon: an ancient temple built in 27BC and one of the most beautiful buildings in Rome.

Santa Maria sopra Minerva: with its vaulted nave painted with brilliant red ribbing and blue and gold gilded stars it is one of Rome’s rare Gothic buildings.

The Spanish Steps and Piazza di Spagna: where we take in the cosmopolitan atmosphere.

The Pincio:  with panoramic views of Rome's skyline.

DAY THREE

Back-alleys and Winding Cobblestone Streets: to hidden piazzas and fountains.

The Trevi Fountain: where the noise of rushing water dominates the small Piazza di Trevi.

The Colosseum: the symbol of the eternal city.

The Roman Forum: the heart of ancient Rome.

The Campidoglio: with wonderful panoramas of ancient Rome.

DAY FOUR

Morning: free time.

St Peter’s:  late afternoon we capture the sun setting behind its magnificent dome and the colonnades and fountains of St. Peter's square.

AMALFI COAST

The hotels we choose have all the architectural features typical of the Mediterranean, from graceful arches to the sea view terraces brimming with colourful flowers (four nights).

For those with an interest we offer the opportunity to take part in cooking classes in a working ristorante. Also a lot of fun to photograph the hustle and bustle and carry-on of the chefs and waiters.

DAY FIVE

Travel to Positano: First-class train with air-conditioned van transfer.

Orientation Walk: along narrow paths and winding stairways, where incredible views and scenes from daily life fuse together. We pass by artisan shops selling shoes and clothes, ceramics, and limoncello.

Spiaggia Grande: from the main beach we head towards the rocky cliff of La Scogliera as the sun sets behind Positano.

DAY SIX

Photography walk: capturing the local produce and seasonal fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, pasta, wine and cheese.

Spiaggia Grande: we take advantage of the vivid morning light to take stunning seaside pictures of neat rows of brightly coloured umbrellas, beach beds, deck chairs and boats.

Fornillo Beach: where we find a more relaxed atmosphere - locals playing cards and listening to music, chatty waiters, families enjoying a day at the beach.

DAY SEVEN

Free Day: if you wish your hosts can recommend an itinerary suitable to your interests.

DAY EIGHT

Early morning photography walk: we take advantage of the softer light and capture the sea glimpsed through narrow passageways, terraces behind wrought-iron gates and locals getting ready for their day.

Church of Santa Maria: with its distinctive gold tiled Dome and interior.

Private boat trip: Positano from the water in the late afternoon.

Dinner: we dine together and say farewell to Positano and the Amalfi Coast.

TUSCANY

Our hotel is a lovingly restored Tuscan farmhouse complex with a large salt-water swimming pool and beautiful rustic grounds. It is on four acres and is just outside the walls of Siena (six nights).

For those with an interest we offer the opportunity to visit the cellar doors of wineries and olive producers to taste their products.

 

DAY NINE

Travel to Siena: First-class train with air-conditioned van transfer.

On the way to Siena we visit:

Pienza: this beautiful little Renaissance hill-town is a delight to visit.

The Val D’Orcia region: we stop at vantage points to photograph this classic Tuscan landscape.

 

DAY TEN

The Duomo (the Cathedral of Siena): with it's magnificent facade and its interior of black-and-white striped pillars.

Orientation walk: through the streets of Siena, one of the most beautiful cities of Tuscany.

Piazza del Campo: the large, medieval square is the site of the famous bareback horse race and pageant.

 

DAY ELEVEN

San Gimignano: a hill-town famous for its many towers dominating the skyline. We take a photography walk around the outside of its 13th century wall with wonderful vistas of the Tuscan landscape.

Volterra: the medieval character of this walled hill-town has changed little since the 16th century. We are here for the evening passeggiata (a slow stroll) and capture this Italian tradition.

Dinner: we dine together in Volterra in the local tradition.

 

DAY TWELVE

Free day: you may like to do a cooking class in the true Tuscan style. 

 

DAY THIRTEEN

Val d'Orcia Region: a day that takes us from isolated abbeys to hilltop towns and ancient thermal baths all with wonderful vistas of olive groves and cypress lined roads and lanes.  

Abbey of Sant'Antimo: a beautiful Romanesque church that dates back to the 12th century.We time our visit for the Gregorian chanting of the resident monks.

Montalcino: a walled hill-town of narrow cobblestone alleyways and there is time to explore its main piazza with its lovely porticos lined with cafes and shops.

Bagno Vignoni: with its ancient roman thermal baths in the centre of town.

 

DAY FOURTEEN

Chianti Region: enjoy the classic Chianti landscape as we sit back and experience a fabulous lunch together at a renowned local Ristorante.

Greve: a small town of quaint streets and piazzas.

Dinner: we dine together and say farewell to Tuscany.

DAY FIFTEEN

Departure: over breakfast we swap details and say goodbye to our new friends.

 

VENICE (FIVE NIGHTS)

(This tour is an option that can be added to the Classic & Photographers Tours)

Our hotels in Venice are inspired by Venice’s authentic maritime tradition (five nights)

DAY ONE

Orientation walk: We stroll through the famous Piazza San Marco and canal-sides and introduce you to the city’s many famed landmarks.

DAY TWO

Art in Venice:  We are joined by David Hendenson, an Australian artist who works and lives in Venice for 6 months of the year. David takes us “off” the tourist track to “inside” his Venice and how, as an artist, he sees and uses the distinctive light that is Venice.

DAY THREE

Rialto Fish and Produce Market: see and photograph stevedores unloading crates of product from barges, vendors hawking their wares, delivery men pushing handcarts laden with fruit and vegetables.

Afternoon: free time

DAY FOUR

Murano: a short boat trip across the Venetian Lagoon this island is famous for its glass making.

Burano: this island, with its cheerful cosiness, thanks to the Buranese custom of painting their houses in bright colours, is a delight to photograph.

Dinner: we dine together and say farewell to Venice.

DAY FIVE

Departure: over breakfast we swap details and say goodbye to our new friends.

For more information or a copy of the complete itinerary, including the photography lessons and concepts covered in each location (click here).

 

Testimonials

"Lisa has inspired me. Not only do I now know what all those buttons and dials mean, I know what I need to do, and think about, to take great photos for years to come. Thank you for a wonderful two weeks." - Lynne, Sunshine Coast, Australia

 

“This holiday was everything I had hoped for and more. A blend of photography, culture, history and wonderful food and people. I thought I knew everything there was to know about photography but have come with some really handy tips.” - Allan, Melbourne, Australia

 

“This tour will not disappoint...we picked up some valuable skills and Lisa has fired our passion for great photography. A really inspirational experience.” - Ray and Anne, Sydney, Australia

 

“I first met Lisa when she was travelling and photographing Canada about ten years ago. Last year I was finally able to join her on a Capture Italy tour. What can I say? It was a fantastic two weeks and I not only improved my photography but made new friends as well. The group was great, and we all shared a common goal - to make great photos and have fun.” - Kellie, Toronto, Canada

 

“Lisa’s tuition has changed me from a happy snapper to now looking at photography as an art form. Her knowledge of the history of the places we visited added to my wonderful holiday. The visits to the medieval hill-towns were the highlights for me.” - Annie, Brisbane, Australia

 

“We loved the tour! Lisa and Dianne are great teachers and hosts. Their love and knowledge of photography and Italy is amazing. We would recommend this tour to anyone looking for a really special travel experience.” - Anthony and Louise, London, UK

 

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September 2014 Tour