Tuscany and Cinque Terre Private Tour

Exclusive Photo Workshop for the Wasatch Camera Club

Tuscany and Cinque Terre Photo Tour

Wasatch Camera Club Tour / Tuscany & Cinque Terre

8 days, 7 Nights      12 Guests      SOLD OUT – WAIT LIST    October 13-20, 2019


Ask About an Exclusive Tour for Your Club!

See the best of Tuscany along with Mediterranean villages of the Cinque Terre.  Veteran Italy guide Drake Busath has put together an itinerary that leaves the crowded cities behind to savor the quiet villages, landscapes, local specialties and wines.  

Limited to 12-15 members, with private accommodations and great meals included,  this is a great value for any group.  Compare to larger group photo tours typically costing much more.  Because of our 20 years specializing in Italy, we can maximize the experience while minimizing cost.

Club members can save an additional $500 by signing up early!


  • Two nights in the medieval city of Siena
  • Famous landscapes of Val d’Orcia, coveted by photographers worldwide
  • Quaint villages off the beaten track
  • Mediterranean towns of the Cinque Terre
  • Exclusive private visits, including wine tasting in an Etruscan tomb

Tour Itinerary

Tuscany Photo Tour

Day 1

Meet up in Florence and travel together to Siena. (Arrive in Florence 2-3 days early if possible and enjoy this great city).

Check into our Siena hotel, chosen for its panoramic view of the city.  Walking tour of the historic center with our friend and local guide.

Tuscany and Cinque Terre Photo Tour Day 2 Siena

Day 2

Rise early and photograph Siena as the city awakens.  Free time to shop, eat and explore in Drake’s all-time favorite Italian city.  Unique piazza del Campo,  the spectacular Duomo, and a special private visit to the Siena Archives.

Wine tasting in an Etruscan cave.

Dusk overlook of the city.


Tuscany and Cinque Terre Photo Workshop Day 3 Tuscany Val d'Orcia

Day 3


Transfer south to San Querico in the Val d’Orcia region with its uber-famous landscapes.

Stop in at Buonconvento, an undiscovered gem of a town.

Evening landscape shoot. 


Tuscany and Cinque Terre Photo Workshop Day 4 Tuscany Belvedere

Day 4

Sunrise on famous Belvedere villa in the rolling hills.

Landscapes along the road to elegant Pienza.

End the day in pristine Monticchiello with sunset and fabulous dinner at La Porta.

Tuscany and Cinque Terre Photo Workshop Day 5 Tuscany Crete Sienese

Day 5

Escape to Drake’s favorite (and secret) towns in the Crete Sienese region. Sheep, Cypress trees, a ghost-town and a picnic with a view.

Finish the day at a working monastery and dinner at a castle.

Day 6

Transfer to Monterosso in the famous Cinque Terre.  Stop along the way to see the medieval towers of San Gimignano or Volterra. 

Check in and enjoy some fresh seafood in the harbor.

Tuscany and Cinque Terre Photo Workshop Day 7 Cinque Terre

Day 7

A big day in the 5 towns of the Cinque Terre.

Photograph the colorful houses cliff-clinging at Riomaggiore and Manarola, then finish with dinner and a spectacular blue-hour view of Vernazza.

Day 8

One last lazy day on the Med, then we head to the walled city of Lucca.  After lunch in this wonderful town, we’ll continue to Florence. 

Check in and stay a few nights on your own in Florence, with about a million things to see and photograph.


The Workshop

Workshop Sessions

Inspiration and a few new tricks are in store for you.  On-screen image reviews are held occasionally, mid-day.  These short sessions serve to inspire the group and discuss editing techniques.  Many returning guests say this is their favorite learning experience.  

In the field, we begin each day with a themed discussion and assignment, then allow the rest of the day for individual shooting.  Our discussions offer daily suggestions for more dynamic compositions, camera perspectives and light. You’ll also get tips on approaching locals and norms for street photographing as we visit villages along the way.

One on One Workshop Training

Your Host

Randy Collier has guided hundreds of photographers throughout the Tuscany region and elsewhere in Italy, from the heel of the boot to the Dolomite Alps, as part of Italy Workshops.  

He will be at your side on this Tuscany and Cinque Terre tour, taking you to the best landscapes at the right time of day. 

Randy’s images can be seen in person at Earthlight Galleries, right on Main Street in Park City, Utah

See Randy’s Work

More about Randy




Trip Manager

A trip manager accompanies each group with 8 guests or more. This person anticipates all our travel needs as a group (i.e., restaurant reservations, ferry tickets, gelato, snacks for your room, etc.).

An experienced trip manager allows the instructor to instruct full-time instead of chasing down logistics. This is your guarantee of a safe and smooth week of learning.

Special Guest Instructor

As our groups size approaches 12 people, we add a guest instructor.  This means there’s always someone to answer your questions, offer insights, carry your gear and get you gelato on demand.  (Just kidding about carrying your gear.)   We’ll make the announcement on this website when a guest accepts our invitation.

Office and Registration

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 info@italyworkshops.com

Frequently Asked Questions

What Type of Camera Should I Bring?

We’re not camera snobs. Any camera is acceptable, including smartphones. A trip like this is meant to be fun and stress-free and and focused on increased creativity.  It’s best to bring a camera you’re already comfortable with.

Should I Bring a Computer

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.

What to Expect of the Workshop

Intermediate Photographers

During short daily field lessons we will tackle questions about camera menus, lens perspectives, precise exposure and other technical issues. On-screen reviews will allow us to demonstrate editing tips to polish your images.  

Any camera is welcome and celebrated.

More than just a technical experience though, this workshop is focused on creating more meaningful compositions and finding more dynamic light, so  your images can take an exciting leap forward.

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“I learned as much in a week with you two as I learned in two semesters of photography classes.” Read More

-Jeri Petersen | Tuscany

Advanced Photographers

As an advanced photographer you’ll be encouraged to:

  1. Build your portfolio, adding strong images every single day of the trip.
  2. Focus on style development, lighting and composition.
  3. 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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” I was delighted to end the week with not only hundreds of excellent images but nine new friends as well.” Read More

– Jim Pierotti CRA, 30 yr. pro photographer | Tuscany

Photo Workshop Reviews

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“It was the best learning experience I have had on any photographic workshop … We’re looking forward to participating in another workshop!” Read More

– Linda Purnell | Tuscany

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“We have enjoyed two of Drake’s Italian photo tours—Tuscany and the Italian Riviera—and plan to take a third. The tours are well-organized, fun, flexible and a great learning experience.” Read More

-John and Kay Norvell | Tuscany and Portofino Coast

Tuscany & Cinque Terre Photo Workshop Dates

Tuscany & Cinque Terre | Wasatch Camera Club Members Only

Oct 13-20, 2019

Begin: Oct 13 – Florence, Italy
End: Oct 20 – Florence, Italy
Max Participants: 12 club members


SOLD OUT – Ask to be wait-listed

$3,450/person (double occupancy)

Single supplement for private room, add $500



Ground travel by minivan from Siena , returning to Siena.
6 nights accommodations.


First night or two in the historic center of Siena,  with the best view of the city right off your balcony.

The remainder of nights in private apartments at Fattoria Pieve a Salti, a working 15th century farmhouse complex, fully remodeled with new A/C, TV, amenities including indoor and outdoor pools, spa, restaurant.


  • Luxurious breakfast each day at the farm
  • Dinner or lunch each day as we travel.
  • Wine tasting at famous Tuscan cantinas


Workshop tuition, including on-screen reviews of your daily work (voluntary) and one-on-one photographic instruction in the field throughout the week.

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Trip insurance (recommended)

Also not included are crowds, slow moving tour guides and lectures on the history of plague 🙂

Payment Schedule

  • 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.

Single 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 highly recommend that all workshop participants purchase trip cancellation insurance independently.

Cancelled Workshops

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.

Photographic Release

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 Italy Workshop 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

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An invoice will be sent to your email for $500/person reservation fee.