We are now able to provide an itinerary for the tour :
RETURN TO TUSCANY PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR* €795.00 / €750.00 Early Registration by 1 December, 2018
Dates : 25 May – 01 June, 2019 / 7 Nights
Day 1 : Saturday, 25th May : ARRIVAL DAY – BENVENUTO!
17:00 pm : Group meet and introduction, welcome aperitifs
19:30 pm : Dinner in Montepulciano
Day 2 : Sunday, 26th May : DISCOVERING MONTEPULCIANO
Photography : urban, street, architecture, interiors, people
10:00 am : Meet after breakfast for our first photography assignment/task of Montepulciano city. Photography briefing – personal projects, assignments etc.
We will be guided on a visit to The Cathedral – the most beautiful wine cellar in the world, followed by a visit to Chiesa di San Biagio.
19:30 pm : Dinner in Montepulciano
Day 3 – Monday, 27th May : VINEYARD VISIT AND WINE TASTING
Photography : Landscape, street, interiors, special interest, projects
6:00 -7:00 am : Leave for early Landscape Photography session
We will depart Montepulciano very early to head to the pre-arranged vineyard for a tour of its harvest and production facilities, and tasting. The early morning departure will enable us to witness the sunrise over the rolling hills, for photography.
18:00 pm : Photography review and discussion
Dinner – Free time
Day 4 – Tuesday, 28th May : SIENA VISIT
Photography : urban, street, symbols, people, architecture, interiors, special projects
10:00 am – Depart for the beautiful historical city of Siena, we spend the whole afternoon photographing this amazing walled medieval city with its narrow cobbled streets and the world famous Piazza del Campo.
17:00 pm : Early evening/sunset dusk photography session on the way back to Montepulciano
20:00 pm – Dinner in Montepulciano
Day 5 – Wednesday, 29th May : CRETE SENESI & ABBAZIA MONTE OLIVETO
Photography : urban, rural, architecture, people, street, special projects, landscapes
8:00 am – Depart to various locations in Crete Senesi including Sant’Anna monastery in Camprena where the English Patient was filmed then to then to Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore
21:00 pm – Travel back to Montepulciano
Day 6 – Thursday, 30th May : MARKET VISIT AND COOKING CLASS / Optional 95.00 Euros pp
Photography : markets, lifestyle, street, food, special interest
8:00 am – Meet at the local market in Montepulciano. Introduction of Alessandro Piccinini, a local Tuscan chef who will take you through the market to try and buy all the ingredients for the cooking class. – Photograph what inspires you in the market.
Transfer to Montisi for your cooking class – https://www.tuscan-chef.com/en/cooking-school/
13:00pm – Our own cooked lunch!
17:00pm – Visit a local olive oil production agri-turismo, and sample the produce, with a guided tour.
21:30pm – Return to Montepulciano.
Day 6 – Friday, 31st May : IT’S MARKET DAY IN PIENZA!
Photography : urban, street, people, architecture, landscapes, detail, special projects
A special trip to photograph some best examples of Renaissance architecture in the region. Cradled in the Val d’Orcia valley, Pienza is surrounded by breathtaking rolling hills and cypress trees, and is classified as a UNESCO World Cultural Landscape site.
19:00 Photography review and editing session as a group
Day 7 Saturday – 01st June : FINAL DAY
Photography : special projects, editing, presentation
The last full day in Tuscany is spent photographing and editing your final projects in preparation for the evening’s final presentation to the group. There are still many undiscovered corners of Montepulciano you can visit throughout the day. The facilitators will be available on hand to assist in your final edits.
17:00pm – Final Photography presentations
20:00pm – Farewell Dinner
Day 8 Sunday – 02nd June : ARRIVEDERCI A PRESTO!
*Itinerary may vary at a later stage subject to availability of venues etc.
About the Photography Experience
On this tour, open to photography enthusiasts of all levels, we are committed to sharing our combined expertise with you as a group, and as individuals. We would provide all participants with a daily task beforehand, so that each day is spent preparing, identifying and photographing images based on the visual exercises set, with a culmination of a final presentation on the last evening. There will be ample time to discuss and review daily shoots and edit your images for presentation, as a photo project, either one to one basis, or as a group.
You will be able to photograph freely as well, through guided commentary and assistance where needed, to create a fresh outlook in your photography skills whilst improving your technical prowess with your equipment in order to increase your confidence in challenging environments.
Minimum 8, Maximum 12
A range of hotels and private accommodation will be suggested. More details to come.
Closest arriving International Airports are Rome, Florence, Pisa and Perugia.
Distances from airports:
Perugia – Sant’Egidio (km 75)
Firenze – Amerigo Vespucci (km 130)
Roma – Leonardo da Vinci (km 200)
Railway station on the main line Chiusi / Chianciano Terme
Two exits on the A1 “Autostrada del Sole” motorway Val di Chiana and Chiusi / Chianciano Terme
*Photo Tour price does not include travel to Montepulciano and accommodation, and stated optional events.
To Register your interest in joining the tour, please contact :
About the Facilitators
Steven is the founder director of Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards and ran Explorenation World Travel Photography Tours with fellow photographer Andy Craggs from 2009 to 2013. Steven also started the Exposure+ Photo Mentoring program with fellow photographers in Malaysia, and is a regular portfolio reviewer at international photo festivals.
Daniela is an established photographer specialising in travel and lifestyle, who lives in Tuscany. She is also an accomplished film-maker.