The Essence of Tuscany - May 16th - 22nd 2018



Imagine the sight of silvery olive groves, leafy vineyards stretching far into the distance and softly undulating hills being painted with light. Tuscany conjures up these images and more; the quintessential cypress trees, atmospheric, medieval walled towns with their cobbled streets and ancient castle ruins. Let your mind wander through quiet unspoilt villages or simply sit, and drink in the view of a sweeping landscape carpeted with wild flowers. Better still, come and experience it with us.

Our base is the beautifully located Residence Casanova. Overlooking the Val D'Orcia and on the doorstep of some of the most breathtaking scenery to be found in the region, this rustic style hotel and spa features cosy rooms with original wood ceilings & country-style furnishings. It is ideally situated to enable us to experience the many varied sides of southern Tuscany at its finest time of year.

Together we will explore this captivating region, including the stunning valley of the Val D'Orcia, one of UNESCO's World Cultural Landscapes and an area of unrivaled beauty. Characterised by gentle hills and picturesque towns and villages, here we will travel the country lanes and walk the winding streets of the tiny walled village of Monticello. We will explore the charming hilltop town of Montalcino, one of the prettiest hilltop towns in the area, as well as taking the Renaissance architecture in Montepulciano. The timeless Romanesque abbey of Sant'Antimo, flanked by vineyards, and the nearby historic Renaissance city of Pienza, one of the areas architectural jewels and the setting for the well known film, 'The English Patient', are also on our list. The landscape views at Terrapille, made famous in 'Gladiator' are a must for the photographer, as are the elegant cypress lines, but as well as these more widely known scenes, we will also explore some of the more off the beaten track locations, where many a characteristic old barn or enchanting subject can be found.

The Chianti Classico region nestles amid a rolling carpet of lush green hills, sentinel cypress trees and ancient olive groves. This area is literally teaming with vines and these regimental lines make for a wonderful photographic subject. Driving leisurely through vineyards and olive groves, we will stop to take in the many beautiful views, the medieval walled village of San Gusme, and the impressive vineyards found at Arceno typical of the southern Chianti Classico countryside.

If an area could have been created specifically for the delight of photographers this would surely be it. Offering a wealth of fabulous photographic opportunities, Tuscany is rich in beauty and charm and cannot fail to captivate. So why not join us and come and explore this timeless and enchanting region. It will not fail to leave an impression.

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More information and how to book

Workshop Fact File

  • Location

  • San Quirico D'Orica, Tuscany

  • Tutor

  • Sarah Howard

  • Max group Size

  • 9

  • Cost

  • £1785

  • Photographic Locations

  • The Val D'Orcia including the key areas of Pienza, Monticello, Montalcino, Montepulciano, the abbey of St Antimo, La Foce, vineyards of the Chianti region

  • What's included?

  • 5 days of photographic tuition and demonstrations, en-suite accommodation, breakfast & a 2 course dinner each day, daily transport, airport transfers

  • What's Excluded?

  • Transport to and from Tuscany, personal insurance, equipment insurance, lunch, beverages, city tax (1 Euro a night payable on departure from the hotel)

  • Accommodation

  • Residence Casanova

  • What will I learn on location?

  • Working with the available light, exposure & use of the histogram, composition techniques & pre-visualisation, depth of field & focusing, use of filters, shooting at sunrise & sunset & appropriate camera settings

  • Image critiques

  • 2 - 3

  • Ability level

  • Suitable for all

  • Fitness level

  • Moderate/good - some steep streets

  • Deposit

  • £300

  • Places remaining

  • 2