Join Julian Elliott and myself for a fabulous tour of Tuscany and the Val d’Orcia in the burst of spring. The tour is centred in the very heart of the Tuscan countryside, in an exceptional farmhouse which we will use as our base to photograph the impossible undulating landscape. The very thought of Tuscany creates images of rolling hills, misty mornings and roads punctuated with cypress trees and these will be a feature of many of our Tuscany landscapes.
During the month of May, this UNESCO World Heritage Site bursts into colour with wildflowers filling the countryside and we will endeavour to make the very best of the morning and evening light. , Julian and I will take you to some of the very best locations and also lead you to explore lesser known spots, so you can capture a wide array of classic imagery, from breath taking landscapes to lifestyle, close-up and even flower photography.
Our stay is based in two traditional Tuscan Agriturismo bed and breakfast style accommodation, near to the model city of Pienza, which is itself in the heart of the Val d’Orcia. Our hosts provide us with breakfast in the morning and also a fabulous dinner (optional), payable separately for 25€ per person. They can provide a full 4 course meal with home-made pasta and their own wine from the surrounding area which I recommend you indulge at least once!
Highlights of our tour, other than the endless rolling countryside, will be the hilltop towns of Montepulciano, Pienza and San Quirico d’Orcia as well as other smaller off the tourist trail gems.
It’s nice and easy with plenty of time to get to the airport and have that all important day of rest before work on Monday…
The recommended group flight will be based on London Heathrow to Pisa. It will operate from T3.
LHR from T3 14:00 > PSA 17:10 on Saturday 4th May
PSA 18:05 > LHR into T3 19:30 on Saturday 11th May
We will all meet at the arrivals lounge in Pisa Airport (exact time to be announced). If you are not on the recommended flight, then ensure you arrive slightly before.
No not particularly, it is similar to an English spring with periods of warmth, but be prepared for some colder starts and changeable weather, as Tuscany is higher in altitude than a lot of other Italian destinations.
Dress in comfortable loose clothing, like T-shirts, loose shirts with a collar or base layers as these will work very well at keeping you cool. Also bring walking trousers or similar comfortable long trouser wear. Bring a waterproof jacket incase should there be some rain. Don’t forget a floppy sun hat of some sorts. Sunglasses are an absolute essential, polarised ones will really help with creativity!
Walking shoes are perfect for the countryside. You will not need heavy leather walking boots, these will just make you feel more uncomfortable. As we will visit towns and villages, a pair of trainers / sneakers will help keep you feet cool and will make the walking easier.
A wide angle lens (16-35), medium zoom (24-70) and a longer zoom (70-300) will be ideal to cover most compositional eventualities but don’t forget the macro lens if you have one. The most used will be in the 24-70 range as a super wide angle doesn’t always translate, so make sure this focal length is covered. It’s best not to weigh yourself down, so why not bring an airport style bag for all your kit and a smaller day bag, which you can decant equipment into throughout the day.
Although not essential, its a great idea to bring a laptop computer with you so you can discuss imagery with myself and others in the group. It really is a great learning experience, so I highly recommend bringing a laptop to learn and for personal entertainment.
We make a point of tutoring digital photography to all my clients, to help complete the learning process. I am renowned as a leading digital professional and an Adobe Influencer and I will be screen recording my sessions so the learning continues. I have extensive knowledge to communicate on all levels and I spend time with all my clients helping them to process their images to a high standard. It really helps to have a computer session when tiredness takes hold, or inclement weather persists.
£1649 / Deposit of £250.00