Best of Italy September 15-30, 2019
The Best of Italy tour with Italian acclaimed guest pro photographer Ugo Cei combines the top iconic locations of Venice, Florence, Rome, and The Amalfi Coast while introducing you to several hidden gems of each area and more. The time we'll spend in each location will you leave you desiring to come back often and explore more.
About the Tour
Per person double occupancy
International Airfare INCLUDED
Single Supplement Optional
$2,375 USD due at time of booking
Tour Guest Limit
12 Guest Maximum
90 Days before departure
This price is inclusive of Round Trip economy airfare from USA gateway city. See below for more details.
Tour Pricing Info
International RT economy airfare USA gateway city
All airport transfers
Tour program and services for official 16 days
Local Experienced English-speaking guides
Double occupancy hotel stays
All meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Tips to drivers/guides
Meals outside of those specified in the itinerary
Passport and visa fees & applications
Additional drinks and other personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls etc.)
We use local boutique hotels and other establishments that give us excellent access to great photos, transport, and food. For this year's trip we are using the following properties:
Venice (Sept 16-18):
Florence (Sept 18-20):
Pisa (Sept 20-22):
Cinque Terre (Sept 22-25):
Amalfi Coast (Praiano) (Sept 25-28):
Rome (Sept 28-30):
September 15-16, 2019 | Fly from USA to Milan
Arrive in Milan and transfer to Venice via train. After arrival in Venice and a brief time to relax, meet for our first photo shoot: an afternoon walk along the many canals of Venice and environs. Tonight we’ll enjoy an evening shoot at one of several pre-selected locations (St. Mark’s, etc.,) working Blue Hour shots. L/D
September 17, 2019 | Venice
Today we’ll spend time working shots in Venice in the AM and again in the later day but in between we’ll take a private water taxi to Burano to enjoy the charm of the villages. Hotel in Venice. B/L/D
September 18-21, 2019 | Florence and other areas in Tuscany
After our last morning shoot in Venice and breakfast we’ll head to the mainland and train to Florence.
Over the next 4 days/nights we’ll explore the best of Florence, Pisa, Lucca, & more.
In Florence we’ll wander the narrow side streets, shoot the Duomo (Cathedral), visit awesome interiors of chapels, and work the Blue Hour from Piazza Michelangelo which overlooks Florence and the Duomo. Tickets to museums in Florence are NOT included in the tour as photography is not allowed without a special permit.
In Pisa we’ll wander the town and shoot the Field of Miracles (Leaning Tower & Cathedral) in several different lighting situations – morning, night, Blue Hour, etc.
From Pisa we’ll day trip to Volterra and Lucca – two of the most photogenic locations in the area. Volterra is a walled town with medieval and Renaissance buildings, a Roman theater, and Etruscan sites. It's one of Tuscany's most evocative hill towns but has far fewer tourists than nearby hill towns. The Roman theater, Forum, Baths, Piazza dei Priori – one of the oldest in Tuscany, The Duomo, and the medieval walls and gates will give us plenty to shoot.
Lucca is another Tuscan medieval walled town. The wall is so well preserved that we’ll be able to walk around the entire city and shoot from the wall. There are awesome churches, Piazzas, and beautiful calm streets, alleys, and street scenes ripe with photography. B/L/D
September 22-24, 2019 | Cinque Terre
After an early breakfast we’ll catch our train from Pisa to Monterosso al Mare and our adventure on The Cinque Terre begins! The Cinque Terre is a collection of 5 main towns/villages that hug the coast line and are connected by milk run trains. Over the next 3 days and nights we’ll shoot the best of Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia, and more. Blue Hour, sunrises, sunsets, street scenes, and landscapes are the order of the day for the next 3 days. B/L/D
September 25-27, 2019 | Amalfi Coast
We’ll get an early start on our trip to Sorrento where we’ll make our home base while we wander the Amalfi Coast for the next 3 days. Here we will work the light and best weather and shoot the coast, visit secret gardens, venture to the island of Capri for a half day, and we’ll also make photo stops in Sorrento, Positano, Ravello, and Amalfi city. The Amalfi Coast dazzles with mysterious grottos, craggy cliffs with picturesque villages clinging to them, and shimmering bays. We will photograph them all. B/L/D
September 28-29, 2019 | Rome
We will take the train to Rome and take up our rooms about 500 meters from The Colosseum. For the next two days we’ll wander Rome taking in all her Piazzas, alley-ways, world-class sites, and just soak in and photograph all that is Rome. Tickets to The Vatican or any other museum in Rome are NOT included. B/L/D
September 30, 2019 | Return Home From Rome
Free time until flights home – most will depart in mid to late AM.
What To Take (These are only suggestions, they are NOT required!)
Our list of Recommended Gear for your Photo Tour
· 2 camera bodies—the same manufacturer that will fit all your lenses
· Camera battery charger and cords
· CompactFlash/SD Cards (bring as much memory as possible. At least 40 gigs)
· Card Reader for file transfer
· External hard drives for back up (we recommend a minimum of a 500GB drive)
· Black Rapid camera strap
· Extra batteries (lots!)—best packed in checked luggage even when traveling abroad
· Lenses (Depending on the tour) Medium telephoto, Fixed, Wide angle & Macro lens that give you a wide range
of length. 10mm to 500mm if possible
· 1.4x or 2x teleconverter for the telephoto—same brand as lens
· Tripod and head
· Flash—strobe with automatic TTL fill flash capabilities or Reflector
· Photo backpack
· Lens cloth and cleaning fluid
· Blower ball for dust
· Circular polarizing filter
· Grad ND filters
· Rain sleeve for camera and lens
· Cable or electronic shutter release
· Laptop computer (travel size such as a netbook)
· Current version of Photoshop or Lightroom
· International power adapter
· Multiple plug power strip & adaptor to gain electric outlets in your room for simultaneous downloading & recharging
· Sensor cleaning supplies
GUESTS SHOULD PACK LIGHT. YOU MAY BE EXPECTED TO CARRY, ROLL, SCHLEP, AND/OR OTHERWISE TRANSPORT YOUR OWN BAGS AT ALL TIMES AND IN ALL PLACES ON THIS TRIP. LAUNDRY SERVICES ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE. M&M RULE OF THUMB IS ONE BAG FOR CAMERA GEAR AND ONE 20-22"" ROLLER FOR YOUR CLOTHES AND TOILETRIES. INVEST IN A TRAVEL TRIPOD - BENRO (http://www.benrousa.com/products/travel-angel-ii/) HAS MANY OPTIONS AVAILABLE. MEDICAL DEVICES SUCH AS CPAP MACHINES ARE EXCLUDED FROM THIS RECOMMENDATION. PACKING LIGHT WILL MAKE YOUR TRIP MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE.
Tour Difficulty = Easy
Easy = less than 2 miles walking/day and little climbing; Moderate = up to 5 miles walking per day with some climbing; Strenuous = more than 5 miles/day of walking and several climbing/hills/rough terrain expected. You should know your health and ability to carry your gear in hot, cold, humid, and dry conditions and be able to walk 5 miles or more per day and make climbs in elevation of up to 1000 feet in gain and be OK climbing many steps or steep terrain.
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