Five Days in Liguria and Piemonte
Portofino • Cinque Terre • Asti • Monferrato
The Italian Riviera is a great arc of olive-green hills that curves around the northwestern coastline of Italy from Tuscany to France. It has a spectacular and famed coastline, with places like Portofino and the Cinque Terre the most prized of its many fishing villages, pitched atop steep hills that cascade to the sea.
For those who venture into the valleys behind, along winding gullies and over long-fingered ridges that slice the land into ribbons, another place awaits. Here are the hill-towns and mountain villages, hidden among olive groves and resplendent in tumbling bougainvillea, the fresh ripple of a stream beside them, just waiting to be discovered.
Behind the sea and hills of Liguria lies a great secret: the gentle rolling hills of the Langhe and Monferrato, two areas of Piemonte that most people don't even know of, even if they know about Asti Spumante, Barolo wine and Alba's truffles. Add all this together and you have a a great photo tour!
Five Days in Liguria and Piemonte
Touring Liguria and over the mountains into Piemonte is ideal for the photographer, with the light and shadow playing off rolling hills, wild nature, stone buildings and fields with their rich bounty. These five days are much about stopping to photograph the natural scenery and local life as it is to see the places mentioned. You will learn and practice several photographic techniques: composition, street photography, unusual angles, portraits, film/shutter/aperture combinations, depth of field, using light and many others. Photo skills will be reviewed "as-you-go" and also at the end of the day so you get the best from these opportunities. At the end of the day you will also have something to see and enjoy, always with photography in mind.
Settling in • Camogli
Everyone is going to arrive at different times, so this is a very relaxed day, for settling in and getting to meet each other. Before dinner we will have an orientation session and a walk around Camogli as it comes alive for the night, with dinner in one of its most picturesque restaurant.
Day One • Portofino and San Fruttuoso
The tour begins at dawn, so you can take some wonderful views of Camogli as the sun rises over the Italian Riviera. After breakfast we take the ferry to the cove of San Fruttuoso, which is a hidden jewel along this coast, great for atmospheric shots. From there we take another shot ferry ride into world famous Portofino, where we spend a good part of the day photographing not only the village but the nature around. In the late afternoon another ferry back to Camogli, to shoot the sunset and take twilight shots of street life. After reviewing the shots of the day and a session on photo retouching, dinner in another delightful hotel.
Day Two • Cinque Terre
With a very early start we head off to the Cinque Terre, first to check in to the hotel in Portovenere, where we will stay the night, and then onto a long but wonderful series of ferry hoppings to and from the villages of the Cinque Terre. Towards the end of the afternoon our own transport will take us above the villages for those wonderful sunset shots, before heading back to Portovenere for the daily review, dinner and after-dinner night shooting.
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Day Three • Mare e Monti
This is a day for both sea and the mountains. Just after dawn and an early breakfast we head west to drop in on a couple of delightful coastal towns before heading inland up one of the less travelled valley roads, up over the heights of the mountains that separate Liguria from the great northern plains and down into the tumbling hills of the Langhe, which is that part of Piemonte famous for wines, truffles and a whole host of flavors. We stop for the evening and night in a very beautiful place near Alba.
Day Four • The Langhe
Wonderful scenes await as the sun rises of soft gentle hills, carpeted by vineyards and fruit trees. Today is a day for exploring country scenes and activities, including see how some of the region's produce is made. There will also be a local festival nearby, so we will go to see and shoot the street life around it too. In the evening we will organize something special to see and enjoy.
Day Five • Monferrato
Another slice of Piemonte awaits, again full of nature's bounty. Here in the Monferrato you will see softer hills, old farm towns and settlement, plus the occasional mansion set in groves of trees. Here too the rivers join together, creating pools of tranquillity and gentle views. Today we look at more local activities, great for street photography and photo journalism. As this is the last night, the evening will be a special celebration of the tour.
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