Photo by: Nancy Ori
Location: Tuscany Italy
Italy From Tuscany to Umbria
Live It, Love It, Shoot It with Nancy Ori
- Ten days of photographing and instruction with award-winning photographer and tour leader Nancy Ori.
- Accompanied by an experienced local guide, learn about the culture, food, arts and crafts, and historical architecture of the region.
- Umbria’s medieval towns villages: Perugia, Assisi, Spello, and in the South Todi, Orvieto or Spoleto.
- Staying within the walled hill town of Perugia provides easy access to capture the soft light of sunrise and sunset on the historic architectural details.
- Accommodations in the heart of photographic locations, completing the tour at a lovely Tuscan villa, surrounded by vineyards, cypress lined roads and olive groves.
- Limited to 12 participants to optimize your photographic experience.
- Photography discussions and education involve creativity, creating with light and capturing the spirit of the amazing landscape, architecture, and culture with big as well as small digital cameras and cell phones.
per person, double occupancy*
*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 9 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $400 if 6-8 participants. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested (subject to availability), or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, there is a single room surcharge of $695.
LIVE IT, LOVE IT, SHOOT IT This is an amazing journey, taking you to the heart of Florence, Tuscany and Umbria. If you have ever dreamed of a trip to Italy to photograph, then this is the trip for you. Springtime is one of the best times to visit Italy as the weather is lovely, the landscape is fresh green, and it is prior to the major tourist season. The emphasis of your trip is on photography, yet this is much...
LIVE IT, LOVE IT, SHOOT IT This is an amazing journey, taking you to the heart of Florence, Tuscany and Umbria. If you have ever dreamed of a trip to Italy to photograph, then this is the trip for you. Springtime is one of the best times to visit Italy as the weather is lovely, the landscape is fresh green, and it is prior to the major tourist season. The emphasis of your trip is on photography, yet this is much more than a photographic tour. Tour companions who are not photographers are welcome. The trip’s leisurely pace will provide ample opportunity to wander through medieval hill towns, and feast on the renowned regional foods and wines.
These top-rated locations combine the best mix of what makes each region so recognizable, woodland, vineyards, olive groves, and historical sites. Timing is everything. Your local guide will get you to the best locations for best available light and maximum visual appeal. It is not possible to see everything during each tour, as we also like to take time for unscheduled stops. Your guides will plan each day considering the interests of the group, and special events taking place during your time here.
The first part of your trip will center on Florence, the capital of Tuscany, the city where the Renaissance began. Explore its streets, piazzas, Duomo, and the Ponte Vecchio, crossing the Arno River in the company of excellent guides. If you wish to extend your stay in order to visit the many museums of this beautiful city, please contact Strabo Tours for additional evenings and reserve entrance tickets.
Move on to the heart of Umbria, Perugia, one of Italy’s most spectacular and well-preserved medieval hill towns. The hotel is located in the city, providing a perfect location for early morning or evening photographic opportunities. With four days here, there will be excursions to the hill town gems of Todi, Assisi, , and Spello. Perhaps travel further afield to Orvieto and Spoleto. The group will explore at leisure, capturing the quality of light on the land and architecture, as well as the daily life of the people themselves, providing continuity between past and present.
Lastly, return to Tuscany. Imagine a small region that can claim Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo, Dante, and Botticelli as its native sons! Stay in the Chianti region, among the best-preserved landscapes in Italy, some virtually unchanged since artists depicted them five hundred years ago. The region has large areas of woodlands, interspersed with vineyards and dotted with medieval towns high on hills and ridges. The quality of light here has inspired generations of artists.
A Note from Nancy: “Along with my traditional large digital camera, I will also be shooting with my cell phone. I love the painterly feeling I can get from some of my favorite apps and will be happy to share that with you along with lots of other tips. Please feel free to contact me prior to our trip regarding any questions on what to pack or equipment to bring. I would like you to be prepared, and also stress-free, so we can concentrate on getting some great photographs together, My tours are always lots of fun and chock full of photo opportunities. I marvel every time at how the group comes together as friends in such a short time. I hope you can join us for this tour of such an amazing part of our world.”
Afternoon, Jacque, You have been on my mind. Wondered how you are getting through these insane days of nothingness. If you don’t have travel fantasies, then you really have nothing!
Looking forward to seeing where you are headed when this madness is over. Always love your tours, your leaders and the world that you have opened up to us when we travel with Strabo!
Glad to put in a word about how amazing your tours are. Not only well-planned, informational, but more important, personal as your leaders are so approachable during the tour, regardless of where we are. The tour leaders have always shared their connections with the land and the people for participants, and that alone keeps bringing us back to Strabo. Travel is as much about seeing a land, cultural enrichment as it is about photography.
— S. Doner
The trip was a 10 our of 10, as well as the photo instructor. Favorite part was I loved the food, especially the meal at the farm house in Ragusa and being part of the life of that family, if for just one day. These trips are about being immersed in the culture of the location. Meeting new photographers who share their passion along the way is an added benefit.
— S Doner
April 27: Home
Depart home on your overnight flight to Florence (FLR). You will want to land by early afternoon tomorrow to take part in the first evening of the program (see below). (meals on plane)
April 28-29: Florence
The hotel can be reached via a taxi ride from the airport. Check in time is approximately 3PM, relax after the flight. Go on a brief walking tour late this afternoon or early evening with your photo leader. There will be a brief introductory meeting followed by a welcome reception.
The next day explore the heart of Florence with Nancy and your local guide. You may wish to rise early to capture sunrise on Florence’s Duomo. After breakfast meet with your local guide to the famous Ponte Vecchio, the most popular and oldest bridge that spans the Arno River. Florence’s town square, the Piazza della Signoria, has been the heart of political life since the fourteenth century. The Piazza also is home to the Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace), built in the thirteenth century, and the Uffizi Gallery. Later this evening, capture the sunset and the streetlights lining the bridges across the Arno. Overnight Florence (D; B, L)
Please note: The art of enjoying an Italian meal can take time, if you prefer to grab a light bite and meet with the group later, feel free to request time and place to meet with the group.
April 30-May 3: Umbria
On your way to Umbria today you will have photo stops outside Pienza for must have photographs of winding Tuscan roads and cypress trees. Move on to Umbria, Italy’s only landlocked region – something of an undiscovered jewel. Because of the Tiber River basin, Umbria is considered the fertile, “green heart of Italy.” The region produces magnificent crops of olives, grapes, and wheat every year. It has a long tradition of print and ceramic creations. Perugia, the capital of the Umbria region, is a lively medieval walled hill town with historic buildings, squares, and modern shops. Staying in the heart of this city allows for early morning and evening exploration on foot to capture the architectural details in soft light.
Day trips by coach, take you to Umbria’s most picturesque towns, such as Assisi, Spello, Orvieto and perhaps Todi or Spoleto. Assisi has several interesting churches and Roman ruins in its walled medieval center. South of Perugia lies Orvieto and Spoleto. Each steeped in history and architecture. Orvieto, sitting precariously on a limestone cliff, offers spectacular views. Its stunning duomo with its mosaic facade is one of the best medieval monuments in Italy. Spoleto has Etruscan, Roman, and medieval sites, including its most famous, Ponte delle Torri or Bridge of Towers. You will also visit a location where famous Deruta ceramics are produced. Overnight Perugia (B, D; B; B, L; B)
May 4-6: The Tuscan Countryside
Your last evenings will be spent at a Villa located in the heart of Chianti. Today, more than sixty percent of Chianti remains forested, as there are strict limits on how much land can be cultivated. The hamlet of Monterenaldi is nearby on a quiet country road that winds through vineyards and farms. Day trips allow you to visit a number of Tuscany’s most picturesque towns, such as Radda in Chianti, Volpaia, Montefioralle, Greve in Chianti, Castellina, Monteriggioni, one of the most perfectly preserved fortified villages in all of Italy. San Gimignano is one of the most picturesque of the Italian hill towns, known as the “city of the beautiful towers”. Fourteen of the seventy original towers remain, giving the town a striking appearance. Enjoy home cooked dinners at your villa each evening, and time for photography and tastings at a local winery for lunch one day. Overnights Tuscany (B & D each day, one L)
May 7: Florence – Home
Flights typically depart Florence noon or after, therefore you will depart after breakfast for the airport. If your airline schedule of choice departs early in the morning, please contact Strabo Tours for options on additional arrangements. (B)