Photo by: Ron Rosenstock
Location: Venice Italy

Italy Heart and Soul of Venice

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  • Check out Ron’s YouTube video on photographing in the Heart and Soul of Venice.
  • Departure limited to 12 participants, optimizing your photographic experience.
  • The exquisite city of Venice, bound and crisscrossed by canals with their arching bridges, and the magnificent Piazza San Marco with its Basilica and Campanile.
  • The Rialto Bridge and the Grand Canal plied by boats of every description, and the incomparable wealth of art and architecture.
  • The Island of Burano, a charming fishing village far removed in spirit from the grandeur of Venice.
  • Other islands may include Lido, Murano, San Michele or Torcello.





January 14-22, 2022


8 days


per person, double occupancy*

*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 9 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $300 if 4-8 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 $475.

Tour Overview

Why travel to Venice in January? In the middle of winter, tourists are at their lowest, and there’s great potential for moody weather, and dramatic sunrises. So many memorable photographs of Venice can be made when it is moody, with wet cobblestones or reflections of the lampposts, capturing the spirit of the city.

Venice is a wonderful city to explore alongside your Photography Leader, Ron Rosenstock. As you wander the streets and alleys, you’ll...

Why travel to Venice in January? In the middle of winter, tourists are at their lowest, and there’s great potential for moody weather, and dramatic sunrises. So many memorable photographs of Venice can be made when it is moody, with wet cobblestones or reflections of the lampposts, capturing the spirit of the city.

Venice is a wonderful city to explore alongside your Photography Leader, Ron Rosenstock. As you wander the streets and alleys, you’ll see dark passageways that end in sunlit squares, palatial buildings lining the canals, ornate bridges spanning the waterways, and beautiful cathedrals in every quarter. You do not have to go far to see gondolas moored under tiny stone bridges, and laundry hung out house windows or across the alleys to dry. Venice, legendary city of art and the capital of the Veneto region, is built on an archipelago of more than a 100 small islands separated by a dense network of 177 canals, and joined by 400 small bridges. Water is everywhere, shaping the life of the city, and reflecting its compelling beauty. The city is an exotic blend of Gothic, Byzantine and Renaissance styles, and appears today much as it did in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Your tour will include a visit to the tiny island of Burano, scarcely more than a half-mile wide and a forty-minute boat ride across the lagoon. Burano is one of the most colorful and photogenic places anywhere.

Please contact Strabo Tours if you would like to have additional evenings at the hotel to explore the many museums or other attractions of Venice. Ron will have you concentrating your time on photography during the tour program.

Photo Leader

Ron Rosenstock

It is tough to pick just one highlight of the tour. Each segment of the trip was fantastic.
Florence – early morning photography, walking tours of the city, and the excellent food
Tuscany – amazing landscapes, towns and wine tasting
Venice – it exceeded everything I had heard

Ron is a 10 plus!!! Your local guide and hotels all 10’s. Loved the trip and now have some great photo memories to view and share with family. We are thinking about Scotland for next year.

— T Hopewell

What was the highlight of your trip: Being able to compare pictures with Ron and seeing first hand how he creates his images. Ron and local guide were a 10 our to 10, as well as all the accommodations. We had a wonderful time; each location was unique and special. Ron and Sabina had a way to get us to interesting locations at the right times. The grape harvest on the vineyard behind the villa is something that you can’t plan for. The water taxi through the canals of Venice was inspiring.

My hope was to come away with 5-6 HERO images, this was more than exceeded. I am down to 20 excellent pictures!!!

— Jim Hopewell

Pardon the belated thank you; Maria and I wanted to thank you for the wonderful time we had in Florence and Tuscany. It was great meeting and getting to know you and you were terrific hosts. The photographic locations and instruction you brought were terrific. I thought we had just the right amount of photography and then taking time out to enjoy the wonderful cuisine of the area. Photography and food are two of our favorite things! I have been editing many of he images and am really happy with what I got. There will be lots of great memories from this trip. We hope to join you on another trip real soon; we are starting to make out next year’s vacation schedule.

— E & M Pronske

Joyce and I both felt that it was a trip-of-a-lifetime. The group was small enough so that we became friendly with everyone, and it was not too unwieldy in getting around. The places we stayed were as nice as you could ever hope for. The photographs that we were able to take make me look as though I am a pro. The quaint little villages that we visited in Tuscany have left a lasting impression on us, and the special vineyards and little churches just made the whole trip so special. The places we ate, and the food, both were first-rate. The extra effort that you made was greatly appreciated.

— L. Dobens

Ron is excellent. I’ve been with him 3 times before and he is just outstanding. He has always been good about answering any questions participants may have. I think Laura was an excellent asset to this tour. Her knowledge of the art and history of Venice is quite impressive. It was well worth it!!!

— T. Babich

Just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful Italy trip. You did a great job of showing us all the beautiful areas that we would not have seen on our own. I keep trying to decide what of the three places (Florence, Tuscany, or Venice)I enjoyed the most but can not decide. The early morning shots were the best thing too.

— C. Sackett

I really appreciated Ron’s knowledge of the area and his passion for photography. It is great to have a leder who understands the importance of lighting and who is willng to get up early to capture the early morning lighting. Without Ron’s guidance there were many great shots that i would not have captured. Thanks for a great trip Ron, and I hope to meet up with you again in the future.

— P. Rice

What is a trip to Italy like with Ron? Lets see… Unbelievable food and fabulous accommodations…. Golden sunsets in rolling hills covered with ancient vineyards and olive trees… Wonderful and unusual people who make every experience special… Visits to special places I’d never find on my own… The time to explore tiny little towns with my camera… and the camaraderie of a group of people who are just as excited as I to be there and explore. And then there’s Ron, who’s list of friends all over the world are delighted to see us and extend their hospitality like we were family. Ron, who makes sure everyone is getting what they want from their trip while he enjoys each journey as if it were his own first moment of discovery. I can’t wait to return.

— M Russo

Tour Itinerary

January 14: Home - Venice

Board your overnight flight to Marco Polo Airport in Venice.

January 15: Venice Arrival - St. Mark's Square

Take the Alilaguna, public transport, to your hotel (instructions will be sent in your final packet). After checking into the hotel, you will have time to relax and settle in after your flight. Your photo leader will meet you this evening for an orientation meeting and then you will go out and photograph twilight around St. Mark’s Square. St. Mark’s Basilica is on one end, flanked by arcades of shops and open-air cafes, and the Campanile soars above it all. Built in the eleventh century, the nearby basilica is an intriguing mix of eastern mystery and western opulence. After the photo session enjoy your welcome dinner. Overnight Venice (D).

January 16-20: Venice

Venice was Europe’s reigning trading republic in the Adriatic region. As a result of the wealth present then, some of Europe’s finest architecture exists here in the buildings – Renaissance, Gothic, Barouq, Byzantine. Venice stirs the imagination. As you walk the cobbled streets, the architecture, the light reflecting off canals, the prows of gondolas slipping silently under bridges — all of it feels like a walk back in time. Gondolas bob on waves in the grand canal, lamp posts glow at twilight, a lone figure walks beneath the colonnades. Bridges lead over small and large canals, leading us into winding alleys and quiet piazzas; there will be an abundance of opportunities for your photographic eyes.

Winter light creates low, warm angles, light/shadow, and rich colors at sunset and sunrise. Days are short, allowing for easy sunrise/sunset in the same day, with plenty of photo exploration in between. You will photograph both as a group and individually, during these six days. Your leader has planned visits to their favorite locations, including the Rialto Market and the Accademia bridge, each with their distinct neighborhood; as well as the home of the Jewish Ghetto, Cannaregio. Take a trip up a campanile to view Venice from above, and seek out other spots within the city that are beyond the usual tourist path, finding niches and tunnels that will delight the eye. Work the edges of day and night, the blue hour, when the magic of the city unfolds in twinkling lights set against a twilight blue sky.

One day the group will take a day trip to the colorful island of Burano, and other islands that peak your interest. One example is the little island of San Michele, which hosts a renaissance church and cemetery, where the famous are buried alongside the Venetian common folk. The cemetery offers intriguing opportunities for photography. During these five days you will have photo discussions and review session. (B each day)

January 21: Venice

Your last full day in Venice can be exploring with Ron, seeking out the less frequented small squares that cover the island, or take time on your own to visit one of the many museums of Venice. Another option is to escape the tourists of St. Mark’s Square and cross the canal to photograph Giudecca. Giudecca has interesting residential neighborhoods amidst the many mansions you have been photographing along the grand canal. Enjoy your last blue hour photo shoot with your leader this evening, followed by a farewell dinner. (B, D)

January 22: Venice - Home

Depart Venice having filled your memory cards and your minds with wonderful images and experiences. Board your flight home or on to other exotic destinations. (B)