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Italy Photo Tour — May 2014

Italy Photo Tour with  Ken Kaminesky and Elia Locardi!

DATES: April 30th – May 9th, 2014

Manarola in Cinque Terre

As photographers, artists, and world travelers, there’s simply no country quite like Italy and we’re very excited to share our love of it with you!

This Italy photo tour was created with the intention of making it a dream tour and providing participants with a truly unique experience. Though the emphasis will be on photography, it will be a cultural journey, capturing and enriching all of the senses – you’ll be inspired by the stunning architecture, rich and textured landscapes, enormous wealth of culture and history and of course… the food and wine!

Your photo tour leaders,  Ken Kaminesky & Elia Locardi, have led photo tours & workshops across the globe. Along with expert Italian guides from Walks of Italy, they’ll take you from Rome to Tuscany, Florence, and Cinque Terre highlighting some of the premier photography spots that each region has to offer.

We’ll visit some of the most beautiful and photogenic portions of Italy as we lead you on various winery tours, tastings and history tours, all blending beautifully with the unique photographic opportunities and instruction. While we have specific itineraries planned, we also allow some flexibility to take advantage of photographic opportunities we encounter along the way.

So travel back in time with us on this one-of-a-kind Photo Tour of Italy!


Details for our 8 Day Italy Photo Tour

DATES: April 30th – May 9th

(Including arrival and departure days)

COST: $5,995 (USD) Based on double occupancy

This tour is appropriate for all levels of interest and skill in photography.

What’s Included:

  • Arrival Airport Transfer

  • 9 Nights Lodging (from checkin April 30th – May 9th checkout)

  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

  • Guides & Special Tours

  • All Tickets & Entrance Fees

  • Transportation During Photo Tour

What’s NOT Included:

  • Airfare to and from Italy

  • Snacks & Drinks outside of normal meals

  • Alcoholic Beverages (beyond included glass of table wine with dinner)

  • Tips for tour guides, drivers, bellhops etc.

  • Departure transfer (this can be arranged for you for an added fee)

  • International Medical & Travel Insurance Coverage *Required*




Prices are based on double occupancy unless noted. Single rooms are subject to availability. We try to accommodate participants who request single accommodations, as well as those looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, you will be required to pay the supplement.


Photo Tour price is in US Dollars based upon a minimum of 9 paying participants. In the unlikely event the photo tour does not fill, there is a small surcharge of $500 for 5-8 paying participants.




April 30th – Group Arrival Day & Welcome Dinner in Rome

Everyone must arrive in Rome by 3pm on this day. We will meet and get to know one another in traditional Italian fashion – over a multi-course meal with good food, wine, and conversation. Overnight in Rome.


Trevi Fountain

May 1st & 2nd – Day 1 & 2 – Rome, The Eternal City

No trip to Italy would be complete without spending some time exploring and photographing the Eternal City. From the Pantheon to Michelangelo’s historic Sistine Chapel, Rome has more must-see sites than any other city in the world. Learn about Rome’s 2,500 years of art, history, and culture as our expert guide takes us through the cobblestone streets of this ancient city, some that Julius Caesar himself tread upon.

From the Colosseum, where gladiators & animals awaited their death, to the Spanish Steps, you’ll get to experience & photograph the best that Rome has to offer. We’ll end our days of touring with a Sunset & Blue Hour photo session, followed by dinner. Overnight in Rome.

***St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel are holy places and appropriate attire is required for the visit. Both men and women must wear clothing that covers the shoulders and knees. We can’t be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Also note, it is acceptable to bring extra coverings with you and put them on before our entrance to the Vatican, given the chapel is at the end of the Vatican visit.


Photo © Naomi Locardi

Photo © Naomi Locardi

May 3rd – Day 3 – Rome to Val d’Orcia.

After photographing the sunrise over one of the most beautiful views in Rome, we begin our scenic drive through the hills of Lazio and into the amazing Tuscan countryside and Val d’Orcia region. Arguably one of the most beautiful areas in all of Italy, our trip will include photo stops along the way before arriving for an evening Wine Tour at one of the best Brunello producing vineyards in all of Tuscany. Followed by a Tuscan style dinner. Overnight in Val d’Orcia.



Photo © Naomi Locardi

Photo © Naomi Locardi

May 4th – Day 4 – Val D’Orcia

Our day will begin with shooting one of the most stunning Sunrise views in all of Val D’Orcia. After breakfast and a short rest break, we’ll continue to photograph and explore various locations and small towns throughout this beautiful countryside. We’ll tour an all organic farm and cheese producer and enjoy lunch overlooking a stunning view of the Tuscan countryside. Sunset shoot & dinner. Overnight in Val d’Orcia.




May 5th – Day 5 – Val D’Orcia – Chianti – Florence

We’ll begin the day with another Sunrise shoot in the picturesque Val d’Orcia area, exploring and photographing as we journey towards Florence. Our drive will take us through some of the most well preserved landscapes in all of Italy, areas essentially unchanged since artists portrayed them hundreds of years ago. Throughout the region are large woodland areas, intermingled with vineyards and spotted, here and there, with medieval hilltop towns. The quality of light here has inspired generation after generation of artists to capture its beauty.

We’ll stop along the way for lunch and another Winery tour where you will have time to capture the ancient cellars and Tuscan gardens, and enjoy a wine tasting of some of the best Chianti available. We’ll end our day of touring the countryside with a Sunset & Blue Hour photo session, followed by dinner. Overnight in Florence.

Florence at sunset

May 6th – Day 6 – Florence

Tuscany has, quite possibly, produced more accomplishments in science and art than any other place in the history of mankind. The birthplace of the Italian language, Etruscan civilization, and the Renaissance, an age that shaped our modern history, Florence is a living museum of art and culture. Imagine this small region that can claim Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Dante, and Botticelli all as natives!

In the company of an expert local guide, we’ll explore Florence’s great works of art, most famous landmarks and finest offerings. We’ll end our day of touring with a Sunset & Blue Hour photo session, followed by dinner. Overnight in Florence.



Photo © Naomi Locardi

Photo © Naomi Locardi

May 7th & 8th – Day 7 & 8 – Cinque Terre

On this day we’ll travel from Florence to to coastal area known as Cinque Terre (or five lands). These enchanting coastal villages cling to the rocky cliffs that plunge downward to the sea. An UNESCO World Heritage Site (and UNESCO Cultural Landscape) they are a testament to the exceptional balance struck between mankind and nature.

We’ll include visits to nearly all of the Cinque Terre villages as we spend two days exploring and photographing this incredible area. Staying the night inside Cinque Terre gives you a chance to see a different side of these villages, without the usual rush of tourists and daytime visitors.

**Travel in Cinque Terre’s coastal villages will be by local train, providing for a more authentic experience mixing and mingling with the locals on their commutes between the villages.


May 9th –  Departure Day

We’ll have one final breakfast together in Cinque Terre before everyone departs. From here we can help you to arrange transfers to your flight departure location, back to Rome, to Pisa or Florence or onto another of Italy’s wonderful cities.



We are delighted to be partnering with our good friends at Walks of Italy on our history, food, and winery tours. Walks has over a decade of experience organizing day tours all over Italy to rave reviews and their local experts are fountains of knowledge about each region we will be visiting.

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If you’re looking to expand your Italy adventure to other regions of this spectacular country either before or after the photo tour, we will be happy to help you set up other day tours with Walks of Italy.



While these descriptions represent the photo tour’s planned itinerary, tour leaders reserve the right to revise it without notice as they see fit.

Please Note:

Participants are expected to be in fair health and be capable of spending the days walking around the various villages while carrying their own equipment.

Before registering please review our Terms & Conditions. Have Questions? Check out our FAQs page.

Click Here to REGISTER NOW and reserve your spot, or contact us for more information.

The above images are photos of some of the places we’ll visit during the tour and the participants of our inaugural Italy Dream Photo Tour!



*Details on this page are subject to change without notice.