Sicily Living Traditions Photo Tour
9 days, 8 Nights 6-12 Guests $4350 (partner discounts) April 6-14, 2020
No-one celebrates Holy Week like the Sicilians! We’re proud to offer this un-common tour, in an atmosphere suspended between ritualism and popular faith, as we journey through archaeological sites, baroque cities and hilltop towns in Sicily.
Authentic Sicilian cuisine and wines will play a big part in our “deep dive” into Sicily traditions.
Partners are welcome! The sunshine, seafood and unparalleled local history make this a rich experience whether you’re photographing or not.
Our Sicily photo workshop includes street photography in the heart of Holy Week and Easter celebrations, along with the most vibrant of street markets. In addition, we’ll experience classic landscapes of historic Greek and Roman ruins. We’ll also be touching on the Mediterranean along the way, so plan to get some sand in your shoes!
This tour requires good fitness, as we’ll walk 2-3 miles per day in and around the towns we visit.
BEGINNER FRIENDLY / PARTNER FRIENDLY
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or do this just for fun with your iPhone, this tour is designed to offer valuable instruction and to rock your portfolio.
- Fly to Catania Fontanarossa Airport and stay a night on your own to acclimate.
- We will suggest a hotel for you in Catania. (TBA)
- Meet up in the early afternoon for pre-workshop introductions and a fun welcome dinner.
Day 1 | Taormina
- Meet in Catania and begin our tour officially
- Travel to Taormina
- Visit to the Greek theatre, lunch in Taormina.
- Travel west to the town of Agrigento
Taormina is a hill town on the eastern coast of Sicily, located near Mount Etna, an active volcano with paths that reach the top. The city is known for the Ancient Theater, an ancient Greek-Roman theater still in operation today, it has been the residence of many artists and writers for its magical atmosphere.
Day 2 | Agrigento / Valle dei Templi
- Meet at hotel and visit The Valle dei Templi.
- Back to the hotel and free afternoon, possibility of visiting Agrigento.
- Dinner in Agrigento.
Day 3 | Realmonte / Modica
- Visit Scala dei Turchi in Realmonte.
- Travel to Modica (2,45 hours), on the way stop at Donnafugata Castle.
- Check in at Hotel.
Day 4 | Modica / Ispica
- Visit Modica and special visit at the famous old chocolate factory in Sicily with tastings of course!
- Mid afternoon: travel to Ispica to attend the ancient procession of Christ at the Column.
- Check in at Hotel
Day 5 | Ragusa
- Visit ancient Ibla (Ragusa).
- Late afternoon possibility to attend the Holy Friday night procession in Vittoria.
Day 6 | Piazza Armerina / Caltagirone
- Visit Villa del Casale (Piazza Armerina) and Caltagirone.
- Check in at Hotel.
Day 7 | Easter / Scicli
- Morning in Scicli to see the famous Il Gioia.
- Free afternoon.
Day 8 | Noto / Siracusa
- Leaving the Hotel in Modica.
- Visit Noto and Ortigia (Siracusa).
- Check in at Hotel in Siracusa.
Day 9 | Catania
- Back to Catania, we’ll say our farewells about 3:00PM.
- Enjoy the fish market in Catania or just relax for an evening before flying home the 15th.
Catania is an ancient port city on the eastern coast of Sicily, located at the foot of Etna. The large central square of the city, Piazza del Duomo, is characterized by the picturesque statue of the Elephant Fountain and the richly decorated Cathedral with the famous Sant’Agata chapel. In the south-western corner of the square, La Pescheria, the fish market held on weekdays, is a roaring spectacle surrounded by restaurants that serve fish.
Each day we focus on one technical skill and one esthetic concept. Assignments are given daily with printed examples, so that in your free time you can work on those skills.
Daily classroom time is short but important, because that’s where we can evaluate our images and present helpful editing tips in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
On-screen reviews of participant images serve to inspire the group and give us a demonstrateLightroom editing techniques. Most guests remark that review /critique is the most valuable learning experience. We normally devote an hour each day to classroom discussion, as our facilities and location allows. In the field, we begin each day with a themed discussion and then allow the rest of the day for individual shooting. Our discussions center around finding more interesting compositions, perspectives and more dynamic light.
Drake Busath is the originator of Italy Workshops. Having lived and worked extensively in Italy, he speaks the language and has guided hundreds of photographers on week-long workshops in different regions, from the Alps to the heel of the boot.
Drake will share what he’s learned over 35 years photographing Italy and encourage you to identify and develop your own personal style while traveling. More about Drake
Our Local Tour Manager
Gabriele Angelini, professional photographer and publisher from the Emilia Romagna region of Italy, will produce and guide this special tour for us. Having an Italian photographer with us makes all the difference! Gabriele will introduce you to wonderful people and places tourists just couldn’t find on their own.
With an intimate knowledge of the area, he’s also the person who can anticipate our group needs and smooth any travel bumps along the way.
Having an experienced pro along like Gabriele is your best guarantee of a safe and smooth week of learning and enjoyment.
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
Unlike some workshops, ours is not a camera fashion show. We don’t much care how new your camera is, or how much you spent on it. In fact, bringing a well worn camera, one that you’re super comfortable with, promises to be better in many ways, especially for street photography.
Tripods are optional on this particular tour. If you’re already a regular tripod user, there will certainly be opportunities for it (especially if you’re an early riser). But if you’re not comfortable with a tripod, don’t worry about bringing one.
Smartphone cameras are welcome on this trip either as a backup or as your main camera!
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
We want to help 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 concepts of lighting and composition.
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.
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Sicily Photo Tour Dates
Sicily: Living Traditions | April 6-14, 2020
Meet: Catania, Italy
Depart: Catania, Italy
Tour Group Size: 6-12 People
$4350 / Participant (double occupancy)
$500 / Single supplement private room
$200 discount for non-photographer partner
Daily excursions and all ground-transportation starting in Catania, Italy and ending in Catania
8 nights accommodations in 3 and 4 star hotels (best available hotels in the towns)
If you wish to share a room, we’ll do our best to find you a roommate. Register early because rooms are assigned by registration date.
Suites and balcony rooms may be available at extra cost, upon request.
All breakfasts, 2 dinners, 2 lunches.
Workshop tuition, including instruction in the field throughout the week and on-screen review where allowed by time and hotel space.
- Trip insurance (recommended)
*Also not included are crowds of tourists, slow moving tour groups and lectures on the history of plague 🙂
$100 off per person having attended a previous Italy Workshops event (6 days or longer)
- A reservation fee of $500 will hold your spot
- 50% of balance is due 120 days prior to your workshop
- The balance of payment is due 60 days prior to your workshop
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, at some workshop locations for an additional supplement charge.
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 highly recommend that all workshop participants purchase trip cancellation insurance independently.
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. (We have never yet had to cancel a workshop.)
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 Experience Today
Group sizes are extremely limited. Please reserve early.
You can reserve your spot by filling out the form below,
or by calling us at 801-364-6645