TUSCANY Long Weekend Photo Tour FLORENCE and VAL D’ORCIA
“Florence’s is a subtle beauty—its staid, unprepossessing palaces built in local stone are not showy, even though they are very large. They take on a certain magnificence when day breaks and when the sun sets; their muted colors glow in this light.” – Fodor’s
Enjoy your Photo Workshop in Florence
- Duration: Type:4 days - 3 nights
Week EndPhotographer Matteo
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Small Group
- Meeting point: Hotel reading room, briefing with the Master of Photography
Meeting time: 9:00 p.m. - Thursday
When: November 30 - December 3, 2017. December 28 - 31, 2017 . January 25 - 28, 2018. March 1 - 4, 2018
Matteo Dunchi is a native Tuscany photographer, one of the emergent talents in Italy. MasterPhotoTour chooses great photographer characterized by a deep knowledge and passion for their land and its cultural heritage. Follow the advice, tips and suggestions of a professional photographer. Let them guide your experience and improve your skills on-the-field. You will meet Matteo first in the reading room of the hotel on Thursday evening for the briefing.
Friday - Photography in Florence
Many writers and directors wrote something about this city and its beauties, or decided to set their works among the medieval alleys, courtyards and squares of Florence: Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Zeffirelli, De Palma, Ivory, Scott, Fellini and Brown, just to name a few. Indeed, art and culture developed here in such a superb way that the concrete expressions of this exceptional heritage are considered a testimony to the glorious civilization and importance of the city in the past; a time that is by no means gone, but that is reflected in the unique culture that permeates the city, not only in its artistic elements. Matteo will bring you in one of the most famous Caffè Letterari (literary cafés), a tradition of the XX century, that still peps up the cultural landscape of Florence.
Saturday in Val d'Orcia
On Friday evening photographers will agree with the Master about time departure. Saturday will be dedicated to visiting Val d'Orcia. Usually, we propose to shoot both sunrise on the way to Siena and sunset at Podere Belvedere or San Quirico d'Orcia. The order of stopovers could change because of the year season.
The magnificent natural scenery of the Val d'Orcia that extends through the Tuscan hills was inserted onto the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004.
"Val d'Orcia fuses art, landscape and ecosystem in one geographical space, and is the expression of a series of marvelous natural characteristics. It is also the result of and testament to the people that has long-inhabited it. In fact, according to UNESCO this Valley is an exceptional exemplar of the way in which a natural setting was redesigned during the Renaissance (14th-15th Centuries), reflecting the ideals of good governance in the Italian City-State. Additionally, these splendid localities were celebrated by the painters of the Sienese School, which flourished between the 13th and 15th Centuries." Italia.it
3 nights in 4-Star Hotel in double room accommodation
Master photographer for 2 days (6-7 hours per day approx.)
Italian VAT tax
Transfers or transportation during the itinerary
Water and beverages except what is served for breakfast
Items of personal nature
Tips and gratuities
Anything not mentioned in “cost includes”
Good weather guarantee
- Step 1 Arrival
Arrive in Florence on your own. If you need a private transfer please let us know, we will be happy to organize it for you. Check into our hotel in the city center. Explore the city on your own. 9:00 p.m. Hotel reading room, briefing with the Master of Photography4-Star Hotel in Florence
- Step 2 Florence Photography day
In the morning meet your master photographer and spend the day with him discovering the magnificence of Florence and the Italian Renaissance. Here, passionate photographers can enjoy more than a simple view of the city; they can develop new techniques and try out different types of this discipline, like street, landscape and art photography. You will walk in the city to discover the everyday life of Florence and of the people that regularly experience these historic but dynamic buildings, as these structures evolved through the centuries to better accomplish their social and economic functions. You will forget for a while of the many crowded squares of Florence, but from between crossroads you will enjoy some stunning glimpses on the magnificent buildings, churches and architecture of the city center of this beautiful city.Breakfast in the 4-Star Hotel in Florence
- Step 3 Val d'Orcia Photography day
We will have a rest with a shooting session in Monteroni D'Arbia from where is possible to get a great view of the Tuscany landscape. Arrival in Val d’Orcia at Monticchiello, one of the most famous country road of Val D'Orcia. The Gladiator’s Hill is the hill of the “Gladiator” movie with Russel Crowe. Photo shooting in the Middle Age town of Pienza and lunch Podere Belvedere. SUNSET: Cipressini, a very famous hill with cypresses like in masterpieces of Cartier Bresson. OR The Cappella Vitaleta, very renowned chapel in the middle of the Tuscany hills. All these suggestive locations are next to each other and Pienza or San Quirico are perfect places to take a typical Tuscany lunch and dinner. Taste local cooking will be a nice experience too. Discover special dishes and meet Tuscany people is a very important aspect of MasterPhotoTour philosophy.Breakfast in the 4-Star Hotel in Florence
- Step 4 Departure
Breakfast and departure on your own. Private transfer available on request.
Born in Pietrasanta (Tuscany) he lives between the Apuan Alps and the Thyrrenian Sea, in close contact with nature and wildlife. His passion for photography arose from here and it is still developing focusing on landscape photography and nighttime skies thanks to the many stunning opportunities offered by the Tuscan countryside. Being highly interested in sports like mountain bike and trekking, he has been the official photographer of some important cultural and sport events too.More