Many tours of Italy aim for breadth and are designed for those who are visiting Italy for the first time and don’t want to miss the most famous locations, like Rome, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Amalfi, Naples. There is nothing wrong with that and, in fact, I lead similar tours on other occasions. The Heart of Italy tour instead aims for depth.
Those who have already been to Italy and seen the usual places will appreciate discovering locations a bit more off the beaten path, during a season when the tourist crowds are much thinner, cities are quieter, and the light is softer. Even if we briefly touch Rome and don’t include Florence, you will be surprised by how much beauty lies in those “minor” centers.
For those who are visiting Italy for the first time and would like to include, for example, more days in Rome, we can offer an optional extension, depending on the number of people interested. Get in touch with us and we’ll discuss the possible options.
Many tours of this quality in Italy run anywhere from $8,500 to $10,995 depending on which world-renown photographer is leading it. Our trip, with one of the most experienced photographers in Italy is only $6,925 per person based on double occupancy. A single room premium of $500 (if available as single rooms are limited)
A USD non-refundable deposit of $2025 is due at the time of registration to secure your spot. It is advisable to purchase travel insurance that will refund your deposit if circumstances force you to cancel your trip.
Our tour starts in Rome. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted at our hotel in the center of the Eternal City. If you land in the morning, there will be time to do a little stroll in the neighborhood and start some sightseeing. In the evening, after all the guests have arrived, we will have a welcome dinner in a typical Roman restaurant, savouring the local delicacies.
The second day will be dedicated to a tour of the best Rome has to offer. Get on your most comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers. October in Rome can be the sweetest time of the year, with warm but not too hot days and cool mornings and evenings. If the weather is promising, we will start with a sunrise shoot from a location overlooking the Ancient Forum and end the day with a sunset and blue-hour shoot near the Vatican.
On the morning of the third day, we leave Rome, bound for our next stop.
We’ll make our base for the next three days in a lovely resort nestled amongst the cypress-dotted hills of southern Tuscany, in the vicinity of Siena. From here we’ll take daily excursions on a private van to explore an area that few tours of Italy include in their itineraries, but that can be so incredibly quaint and beautiful.
Row after row of cypress trees ornate the roads and the hilltops of this region, for the most part characterized by a minimalist landscape that lends itself very well to creating stunning graphical compositions. The main towns in this area are San Quirico, Pienza, designed in the Renaissance as the model of the ideal city, and Montalcino, home to the best Italian red wines.
Of course, we will have the opportunity to visit Siena, with the amazingly well-preserved Piazza del Campo, home to the famous Palio, and its huge gothic cathedral.
This less well-know area lies just south of the border of Tuscany, in the direction of Rome. It is characterized by striking tufa hills, atop which rise ancient hamlets, like Civita di Bagnoregio and Pitigliano.
Umbria is a small region deeply steeped in Italy’s historical and religious roots. Assisi is of course world-renowned because of St. Francis and because of Giotto’s frescoes in its Basilica, certainly one of the most impressive examples of medieval art in the whole world. But Umbria has so much more to offer, starting with Italy’s greenest landscapes and some very well-preserved medieval towns, including Perugia, Todi, Spoleto, and Orvieto.
The Chianti occupies the area between Florence and Siena that was made famous by its prestigious wines, the historical towns and the elegant villas. Among the locations we will visit, we can mention San Gimignano, with its forest of stone towers, Colle Val d’Elsa, Montiriggioni, still enclosed within its pristine medieval walls, Volterra, Certaldo, and more.
We’ll base ourselves again in a resort in the countryside, close to all the locations we intend to photograph.
On the evening of the 9th day we’ll take a high-speed train from Florence to Naples and then a connection to Sorrento, our base for the remainder of the tour.
From there we’ll take a tour of the Amalfi Coast on a private van, touching the eponymous city, together with Ravello, Atrani, Furore, and Positano. On the second day we’ll take a fast boat from the port of Sorrento that in about 20 minutes will take us to the striking island of Capri. As this is not high-season anymore, we’ll have ample opportunities to photograph its beauty without the huge crowds.
On the last day of our tour, after breakfast, we’ll take the fast train again, bound to Rome, where you will be able to catch a flight back home or to extend your stay in Italy, if you wish.
No trip to Italy could be complete without sampling some of the delicious food and wine the country has to offer. In particular, this part of Italy boasts some of the finest wines and a cuisine that is deeply steeped in tradition and based on the freshest produce from the countryside.
We love tasty food and good wine and a tour with us is also a great chance to savour the best offerings of every region, each one having specific, local characteristics. Come with us and we’ll take you to our most beloved restaurants and wine cellars.
A cooking class is also included in the price of the tour, giving you a wonderful opportunity to try your hand at some classical Italian recipes, as well as a winery tour.
Just keep in mind that some things are a no-no:
Alright, we’re kidding, but only a little bit.