Portofino Coast | Cinque Terre (with Tuscany option)
8 days, 7 Nights 6-12 Guests $4150 May 16-22, 2021
Tuscany extension option May 15-18
Our Italian Riviera photo workshop is set in the photo-rich Portofino Coast and Cinque Terre. If you love the sea, this treasured stretch of the Ligurian coastline is a perfect fit.
Photographers go crazy over the brightly painted villages clinging to the rugged shoreline.
Foodies love Liguria for its pesto, focaccia, seafood, and crisp white wines.
Our retreat-headquarters will be a seaside 4-star hotel away from the crowds in the hidden gem of Camogli.
Pre-Tour: Fly into Genova, Italy, or arrive by train (Milan, 3 hours; Florence 3.5 hours; Rome, 5 hours). We suggest you stay a night at Hotel Bristol Palace and visit the port city of Genova, the home town of Christopher Columbus.
Day 1 | Genova / Camogli
11AM meet up at the Hotel Bristol Palace, downtown Genova, and we’ll shuttle you to Camogli, our little slice of heaven by the sea for 7 days.
Alternately, you can meet us in Camogli. The train station in Camogli is just a few blocks from our hotel, an easy walk, even with luggage.
Workshop orientation and free time to explore the harbor town of Camogli
Meet before dinner for a blue-hour shoot on the beach.
Day 2 | San Fruttuoso / Portofino
Begin each day with the beautiful breakfast at our hotel and a view you won’t believe.
Workshop and review favorite images on the big screen, the best way to learn!
Ferry down the Ligurian Coast, stopping to visit the ancient monastery of San Fruttuoso.
Continue on to Portofino, world famous harbor town, where the rich and famous make frequent appearances, including, yes… us. Practice your “street still-lives” in the lush colors of this town and take a short hike for a classic overlook.
Day 3 | Cinque Terre
Rise early and catch a train to the colorful towns of the Cinque Terre. These charming villages provide endless photography opportunities with famous views of cliff-clinging villages, boat harbors and colorful locals.
Yes, we’ll encounter the tourist crowds this day, but we’ll quickly guide you to the quietest, most charming locals as we search out great images.
Breakfast / Lunch
Day 4 | Camogli / Free time
After breakfast we buckle down for a deep workshop session in the morning. Review your favorite images and learn new editing methods to make your photographs sing.
Enjoy a free afternoon on the boardwalk. Camogli’s harbor is a wonderful stroll from our hotel and provides a ton of opportunity to practice methods discussed in the workshop.
End the day together shooting “blue hour” views of the town reflected in its harbor.
Day 5 | Cinque Terre secrets
After a relaxed morning of eating and learning a few new editing tricks, we head out again and dig deeper today into the towns of the Cinque Terre.
On the agenda, Corniglia perched high on the cliffs, and vineyards in the sky overlooking all the “five lands”.
Finish with a classic vista of colorful houses and the sea, coveted by photographers all over the world.
Breakfast / Lunch
Day 6 | Camogli / San Rocco
As is tradition, this final full day is left somewhat open to the whims of the group. Among our options are: San Rocco on the mountaintop, an easy downhill hike along the coastline, or a short hop to seaside Sestri Levante. Some may choose to just relax by the pool on on our private pebble beach.
Today instructors can offer you even more individual help as you prepare your images and practice your new found editing skills.
All week you’ll eat amazingly, but our final dinner together is something special.
Breakfast / Dinner
Day 7 | Workshop & Farewell
After a farewell breakfast and a brief wrap-up in the workshop room, we get to see each guests favorite images from our time together. There’s nothing more satisfying for the workshop leaders than witnessing your amazing results.
Reluctant goodbyes at our noon-checkout in Camogli. We can help you arrange train travel or private drivers north to Genova, Milan or Venice, or south to Pisa, Florence or Rome.
Through 20 years of photography workshops in Italy, we’ve learned a lot about helping our guests reach their potential.
Truthfully, we’ve learned just as much about what NOT to try and teach. For instance, much less “gear-head” trivia is discussed here than most photo workshops. You’ll also rarely be standing at famous places copying other photographers’ work.
Core principles of Italy Workshops are these; dramatic light, exciting composition and individual creativity. All are skills best learned seeing your own images on the big screen and getting thoughtful feedback. That’s why a little classroom time is important throughout the week.
Finding the right balance of personalized help in the field, free time to shoot alone, and classroom critique is our deepest desire on each trip.
Oh, and great eats
Classroom Work – Not Just a Photo Tour
One thing that sets Italy Workshops apart from photo tours is seeing your own images reviewed on the big screen throughout the week. It’s invariably the most powerful learning experience to see your own work, along with other guests on-screen, accompanied by thoughtful critique and editing as you watch.
Classroom time is limited to 1-2 hour sessions, usually after breakfast. Here we can demonstrate specific editing tips that apply to your specific image, not just generic tips for “some other day”.
Watch your images come alive on-screen and see what other guests photographed, and then you’ll go out each day excited to create.
In the field, we can help you individually with your camera techniques and solve the invariable technical hiccups as they come up.
Drake, a commercial photographer by trade, has photographed in Italy since 1977. He developed Italy Workshops in 1999 to help others experience the back-road, intimate experience that most tourists miss.
Drake speaks Italian and he has built a network of friends and venues in Italy and France that guarantee you’ll have an uncommonly rich experience.
Drake has lectured and judged at photographers conferences in eight countries and most U.S. states. He has been featured on the cover of Professional Photography magazine several times and was recently honored by Professional Photographers of America with the Tom McDonald Award for a lifetime of photographic teaching. More about Drake
Gabriele Angelini, professional photographer from the Emilia Romagna region of Italy, will produce and help guide this special tour for us. Having an Italian photographer with us makes all the difference! Gabriele can schmooze when we need it and introduce us to wonderful people and places Americans just can’t find on their own. He also anticipates all our travel needs as a group (i.e., restaurant reservations, ferry tickets, gelato, snacks for your room, etc.).
A great producer like Gabriele allows instructors to be available always instead of chasing down logistics. This is your guarantee of a safe and smooth week of learning. More about Gabriele
Italy Workshops offices are located in Salt Lake City, UT in the historic downtown mansion of Busath Studio & Gardens. Please feel free to stop in and visit.
We are open and reachable by phone Tues-Friday 10AM to 6PM MST. 801-364-6645
Sheryl Bird handles all registrations from her office in Boston, MA. Sheryl is reachable by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
Any camera is acceptable, including smartphones. Automation for the beginner can make the trip fun and stress-free and, at times, increase creativity.
Participants who are very comfortable with their computer are encouraged to bring it along. Editing your images during the week can enhance your learning experience. We currently use Adobe Lightroom CC for our on-screen reviews sessions. You will learn new LR editing methods and workflow shortcuts during classroom reviews and critique. Even if you’ve used Lightroom, we highly recommend brushing up before the workshop by watching the free tutorials available on Adobe.com.
If you are not fluent downloading and managing digital images, you might consider leaving the computer behind and just focusing on camera work. You can still submit images daily for review, and perhaps find more time to learn about your camera and develop a discerning eye. (Not to mention sleep happily while others are editing into the night)
Observer Participants may be beginner photographers, attending all instruction and field trips, but not required to submit photos for critique. This is a fun way to learn without pressure. You’ll still photograph the same things and we’ll still want to review your work on the back of your camera and offer individual instruction in the field.
All Skill Levels Are Welcome
Beginner and Intermediate Photographers
We enjoy helping you master those buttons and menus on your camera! Short, daily field lessons will tackle one technique at time. Further individual attention in the field helps you lock in the concepts.
Any camera is welcome (yes, even smartphones!).
Non-photographer partners are welcome to sit in on all discussions and participate at their own level of interest. (Beginners often make some of the best images we see!)
As an advanced photographer you’ll be encouraged to:
- Build your portfolio, adding strong images every single day of the trip.
- Focus on style development, lighting and composition.
- Work in “concentrations” to produce a collection of work suitable for a gallery showing or book project.
You will return home with a body of work suitable for a gallery showing or book project that will express your personal style, as opposed to a random collection of travel photos.
Portofino Coast & Cinque Terre Photo Workshop Reviews
Portofino Coast & Cinque Terre Photo Workshop Dates
Portofino Coast/Cinque Terre | May 15-22, 2021
Arrive: May 15 – Fly into Florence
Depart: May 22 – Drop off in Florence
Tour Group Size: 8-14 People
$450 / Single Supplement
* These trip starts in Genova, Italy, and ends in Camogli, Italy. You can arrive in any major Italian city, but Genova is recommended.
All boat, train and car transportation during the workshop beginning in Genova and ending in Camogli, Italy
Six nights accommodations, at 4-star Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi. Register Early, as rooms are assigned by registration date.
Room Upgrade (ask upon registration for availability of suites or balcony rooms)
Breakfast each day, two dinners and one group lunch.
Tuition is also included with daily instruction in the field and on-screen review and critique throughout the week.
Alumni Discount $100 off.
- Trip insurance (recommended)
- A reservation fee of $500/person will hold your spot
- The balance of payment is due 120 days prior to your workshop/tour
We use hotels rated 3 or 4 stars, always with private bath. Rooms are assigned in order of reservations received, so early signup is recommended. Ask about premium rooms if you would like to upgrade for an additional supplement charge.
Single Private Room Supplements
Fees are based on double occupancy. Single supplement may be added for participants who wish to have a private room to themselves. Supplements vary depending on the hotels used. If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room with another participant, please let us know and we’ll do our best to match you with a roommate.
Cancellation fee schedule
- There is no charge for cancellation within ten days of booking your workshop.
- After ten days, reservation fees are non-refundable but may be applied to a future workshop event.
- Cancellations less than 90 days prior to workshop incur a cancellation fee of 25% of the total workshop cost.
- Cancellations less than 45 days prior to workshop incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the total workshop cost.
- Cancellations less than 15 days prior to workshop incur a cancellation fee of 75% of the total workshop cost.
- No partial refunds will be given for unused portions of a workshop.
We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to protect your investment. Travel Guard is a good place to start shopping for trip insurance. You can get a free quote online.
Italy Workshops reserves the right to cancel any trip for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient signup, logistical problems that may impede a workshop, hotel closures or acts of God.
Refund of all fees paid shall release Italy Workshops from any further liability. Italy Workshops is not responsible for any expenses incurred by workshop participants in preparing for a cancelled workshop. In the case of insufficient signup to make a workshop feasible, notice and refund will be sent 120 days prior to the workshop.
Italy Workshops reserves the right to photograph and film its trips in entirety. Participants should be aware that images of them may be used for promotional purposes or joint marketing efforts with third parties, without remuneration.
Reserve Your Workshop Experience Today
Group sizes are extremely limited. Please reserve early.
You can reserve your spot by filling out the form below,
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