Tuscany and Cinque Terre – 1st – 8th October 2019 8 days £2195.00 (deposit £250.00) – 2 places left
This classic Italian photo adventure combines two beautiful locations, the tumbling colourful villages of Cinque Terre ( five lands ) and the soft rolling hills and villas of iconic Tuscany.
The leaning tower of Pisa, Manarola and Vernazza in the Cinque Terre, Le Crete Senesi, World Heritage site Val d’Orcia, the Chianti region and Montepulciano .
After coming to terms with Pisa’s leaning tower you’ll make your way north to the five villages of the Cinque Terre in Liguria. The villages are all connected by a train that cuts through tunnels in the cliffs making it easy to jump on and off between them.
Colourful houses cling to the cliff tops and huddle around ridiculously quaint harbours, a setting that has virtually remained unchanged for centuries. The seascapes around Riomaggiore and Manarola with their colourful houses as backdrops are as atmospheric and photogenic as it gets at dusk, dawn and the blue hour.
You’ll also have time to explore a couple of the more compact villages such as Manarola and Vernazza during the day.
After feasting on and photographing the delights of the Ligurian coast you’ll track south by our own transport to Pienza, the renaissance town where the landscape is a total contrast to that of the previous days shooting. Basing ourselves in the World Heritage listed Val D’Orcia and town of Pienza for 3 nights, the photography here is unrivalled for a pure, subtle mix of rolling hills, Tuscan villas, Cypress trees and soft light at dawn and dusk.
We’ll also photograph and explore the medieval towns of Pienza, Montepulciano and Montelcino. Magical image making in one of the most photo rich parts of Europe. From here on our final day we’ll return to Pisa via Crete Senesi with some handpicked photo locations along the way.
In the evenings the wine will flow and combine with simple Tuscan and Ligurian flavours while by day you explore and photograph the villages, towns, seascapes and landscapes of these classic heart stirring regions, all photographed in glorious autumn light.
8 days / 7 nights’ accommodation.
Pick up and drop off in Pisa with transport to photo locations and guiding.
Image review and guidance from award winning master photographer Glen Campbell
Refreshments and snacks in Val d’Orcia
Dawn and dusk sessions
Tour commences 1st October @ approx 3:30pm – City of Pisa – after your arrival you’ll check into the comfortable Grand Hotel Duomo in central Pisa for an introduction and briefing before exploring and photographing the Campo dei Miracoli ( field of miracles ) with its centre piece leaning tower and other iconic buildings in soft evening light. We’ll have an informal dinner at a central Tuscan restaurant where you can sample some local Tuscan favourites.
After an early session and breakfast we’ll depart Pisa by train at 09:30 making our way north to Cinque Terre where we’ll catch a glimpse of the coastal towns from high above before checking into our apartments. The villages are connected by train line so we’ll use this to aid easy access to Manarola, Riomaggiore and Vernazza. In the evening we’ll make the first of our dusk seascape sessions at our base, Riomaggiore
After a sunrise session, breakfast and some time to relax, you’ll have plenty time to explore an capture the scenes and reflections of the colourful village of Vernazza which we’ll visit by train in the afternoon. From here we’ll make a stop in Manarola for another dusk session overlooking the extremely photogenic harbour.
After a dawn session in Riomaggiore and breakfast we’ll spend an afternoon session exploring cliff top Corniglia and photographing the village and it’s little beach. You’ll then take the train back to Vernazza again to capture the dusk light on its picturesque and colourful harbour. From here it’s back to Riomaggiore by train for dinner and the chance to review some of the last few days images.
After a final seascape session in the Cinque Terre, you’ll travel back to Pisa and onto the heart of Tuscany. You’ll pass through the rolling clay hills of Le Crete senesi as well as numerous hill top towns and monasteries to our accommodation in the Val d’Orcia. La Crete and the Val d’Orcia are home to some of Tuscany’s finest landscape scenery, walled towns, buildings, churches and fine local produce. You’ll wander the town of Pienza with its break talking views of the surrounding hills at dusk before taking dinner at one of its many restaurants.
Day 6 and 7
You’ll spend two days exploring the Val d’Orcia and the hill top towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano and maybe some wine tasting and getting lost in the many laneways that criss cross the hill tops.
Both dusk and Dawn sessions will give us the chance to capture some truly beautiful images in this fantastic region.
After a final session around the hills of Val d’Orcia we’ll travel back to Pisa via Castellina in Chianti for a final shoot.
Return to Pisa @ 1530hrs – Drop off Central Pisa – 8th October.
1 night Grand Hotel Duomo in central Pisa, 3 nights Affittacamere Anna Michielini apartments in the heart of Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, then 3 nights at the wonderful Tuscan Villa Cosona, just outside Pienza.
* subject to availability – other rural accommodation options may be used near or in Pienza. Breakfast included in Pisa and Tuscany.
Level of ability and fitness:
This Italian photo tour is suitable for all levels of experience and average and mobility fitness levels. It does require some walks and climbing of stairs around villages and low hills.
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