Photography tour to Tuscany,
Dates: 18-24 May 2020
Day 1 (the 18th of May)
We meet you at Fiumicino airport (Rome) at 1-2 pm and head straight to our beautiful rural villa. We will have sunset shooting close to our villa and right after we will have a welcome dinner at the villa.
Day 2 (the 19th of May)
We meet sunrise at Poggio Covili famous for its amazing cypress path. After breakfast at the villa we will go to one of the coziest Tuscan towns – Pienza. We will walk along the ancient stoned streets, have a coffee at Piazza Pio II, visit Pienza Cathedral, enjoy Tuscan panoramic views and taste a famous Bistecca Fiorentina (Florentine steak). At sunset we will photograph one of the symbols of Val d’Orcia - capella Vitaletta. After sunset shooting we will have traditional Italian dinner at the villa.
Day 3 (the 20th of May)
We meet a sunrise at famous Gladiator Villa. This is where the key scenes from Ridley Scott’s Gladiator with Russell Crowe were filmed. After breakfast at the villa we head to ancient picturesque tuff towns – Sorano and Pitigliano. We will photograph sunset from panoramic spot in Pitigliano. After sunset we will take pictures of cozy winding streets of the ancient town.
Day 4 (the 21th of May)
After a few minutes drive to our morning location we will photograph one of the most famous villas in Tuscany - Podere Belvedere. After a morning shooting session and breakfast at the villa we will head out to one of the centers of winemaking in Tuscany - Montepulciano, where we will taste wines and listen to an interesting story about Italian winemaking. If we get lucky with the weather, we will enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets near Baccoleno villa.
Day 5 (the 22th of May)
We will spend morning admiring the sunrise over the Crete Senesi hills. If we get lucky with the weather and the hills will be folded in mist, we will witness a wonderful morning in Tuscany. After breakfast at the villa we will visit famous Terme di Saturnia, where we will enjoy the natural baths pretending to be the Roman patricians. We will photograph sunset at Corsignano.
Day 6 (the 23th of May)
We will shoot sunrise close to Capella Vittaleta. After a quick breakfast at our villa we will head out to Montalcino - another wine making town in Tuscany. We will also visit San Gimignano - one of the most famous towns in Tuscany. Having reached its peak in the Medieval period, the town hasn’t changed much since those times. Surrounded by city walls, it is dominated by 14 stone towers - “medieval skyscrapers”. Since 1990 the historic centre of San Gimignano has been a UNESCO heritage site. This charming town is also famous for the most delicious ice cream in the world. For sunset we will go to Cipressi di San Quirico d’Orcia.
Day 7 (the 24th of May)
On this day we will photograph sunrise close to our villa, and after breakfast we will take you to Fiumicino airport (Rome).
P.S. During our photography tour we might adjust our plan due to weather conditions. We will also practice street photography and portraits.
Price: 2700 euro (double room at the villa, full-board)
All transfers are included in the price, including Rome-Villa-Rome
Guided by 3 professional photographers (English, German, Russian, Czech languages)
Not included in the price and paid additionally:
- Air/train tickets
- Single room at the villa +540 euro
- Personal expenditures (souvenirs etc)
- Wide angle lens (11-24mm or 16-35mm)
- Middle range zoom lens (24-70mm)
- Telephoto zoom lens (70-200mm or 100-400mm, the most important lens in Tuscany)
- Memory cards
- Extra batteries
- Shutter release
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof pants
- Waterpoof shoes or rubber boots
I signed up for the Tuscany Workshop in May 2019 with Oleg Rest having only seen his pictures and workshop itinerary online. It turned out to be an awesome decision as this was the best photography experience I could have imagined. Oleg picked me up upon my arrival at the Rome airport and we drove to the beautiful countryside of Tuscany. The villa we would call home for the week sits on a large hill overlooking rolling hills with a 360 degree view. That view alone may have been worth the entire trip. We spent the entire week immersed in photography, waking up before dawn each morning to shoot sunrise. Each morning we went to an epic location. Oleg would offer any advice/help that was needed to capture that morning’s shoot. Each afternoon was spent exploring an ancient city and shooting street scenes. Evening was dedicated to sunset, and again each location was better than the next. Breakfast and dinner was at the Villa, and lunch was at a different city each day. Oleg also provided me with a separate session on Lightroom and Photoshop, which served to help with invaluable tips for editing.
It was a truly magical experience, one I would recommend wholeh eartedly to any photo enthusiast.