Sicily | Passionate Traditions Photo Tour
9 days, 8 Nights 6-12 Guests $4350 (partner discounts) March 30 – April 7, 2021
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 ancient sites and baroque towns during Easter week in Sicily.
Authentic Sicilian cuisine and wines will play a big part in our “deep dive” into Sicily traditions. Come hungry.
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 | Catania / Ortigia
- AM – Meet at the hotel and photos to the Catania fish market near the cathedral.12:00 Transfer to Siracusa / Ortigia
Day 2 | Ortigia / Siracusa
09:00 AM – Meet at hotel and visit Ortigia
Free afternoon, optional excursion to see Drake’s favorite painting in the world.
Back to the hotel and dinner
Day 3 | Noto / Ragusa
Visit Visit Noto and Val di Noto
Travel to Ispica to attend the ancient procession of Christ at the Column
Check in at Hotel in Ragusa / Ibla
Day 4 | Ibla / Vittoria
06:00 early morning for architectural photography
Free time to explore the city
Late afternoon transfer to Vittoria to see the Holy Friday night procession
Back to the Hotel in Ibla
Day 5 | Modica
Visit Modica Special visit at the ancient chocolate factory in Sicily with tasting.
Back to the Hotel in Ibla – City overlook with blue hour photography.
Day 6 | Scicli / Donnafugata
Easter Morning in Scicli to see the famous Il Gioia
Free afternoon or visit to Donnafugata castle
Day 7 | Aci Castello / Etna
Travel to Aci Castello or Aci Trezza on the coastline north of Catania passing through Palazzolo Acreide
Free afternoon for photos on the seashore and dinner
Day 8 | Villages on Etna
Explore small villages along the northeast side of Mt Etna.
Day 9 | Catania
- Back to Catania, we’ll say our farewells about 3:00PM.
We’ll deliver you to the airport, or to your hotel if you stay another night in Catania.
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
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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.
Italy Workshops Photo Tour Reviews
Sicily Photo Tour Dates
Sicily | March 30 – April 7, 2021
Meet: Catania, Italy
End: Catania, Italy
Tour Group Size: 6-12 People
$4350 / Participant (double occupancy)
$450 / Single supplement private room
Ask about Rome extension!
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/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.
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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.
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