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Tuscany Landscape Photography Tour October 2018

The Clump
Vineyards near to San Gimignano
The Val d'Orcia in Tuscany.

Tuscany Landscape Photography Tour | 6 - 12 October 2018

A seven day photography tour of the incredible landscape of Tuscany, with fabulous four star accommodation

Join me for a fabulous tour of Tuscany and the Val d’Orcia in early October 2018. The tour is centred in the very heart of the Tuscan countryside in a four star hotel in the model city of Pienza which we will use as our base to photograph the impossible undulating landscape. The very thought of Tuscany creates images of rolling hills, misty mornings and roads punctuated with cypress trees and these will be a feature of many of our Tuscany landscapes.

During the month of October, we start to see the first colours of autumn as well as those beautiful misty mornings. We will endeavour to make the very best of the morning and evening light. I will take you to some of the very best locations and also lead you to explore lesser known spots, so you can capture a wide array of classic landscape imagery, from breath taking landscapes and vineyards to lifestyle and close-up photography.

Our stay is based in four star hotel accommodation, in the model city of Pienza, which is itself in the heart of the Val d’Orcia. The hotel provides us with breakfast in the morning.

Highlights of our tour, other than the endless rolling countryside, will be the hilltop towns of Montepulciano, Pienza and San Quirico d’Orcia. We will also be headed to Siena and also to the vineyards of San Gimignano as the colour in the vineyards should have started to appear.

Additional information

What flights do recommend?

Rome Fiumicino is served by a multitude of flight operators from budget airlines to the more commercial airlines such as British Airways and Air France.

Where do I meet you?

We will all meet at the arrivals lounge in Rome Fiumicino Terminal 3 at 14:00 on the 6th October 2018. Please ensure that you arrive in good time and eaten lunch as we will be headed straight off to Pienza.

How about getting back to the airport?

After breakfast and a dawn shoot on the Friday we will be headed back to Rome Fiumicino airport. We'll aim to arrive by 1PM.

Is it hot in Tuscany?

It’s not particularly hot in October, so be prepared for some colder starts and changeable weather as the Val d’Orcia in Tuscany is higher in altitude than a lot of other popular Italian destinations.

What clothing should I bring?

Average temperatures can reach the low 20s in early October so make sure you bring the appropriate clothing. Also bring walking trousers or similar comfortable long trouser wear. Bring a waterproof jacket just in case there should be some rain. Don’t forget a floppy sun hat of some sorts. Sunglasses are an absolute essential, polarised ones will really help with creativity.


Walking shoes are perfect for the countryside. Do be aware that during those misty mornings that the grass will be full of dew and it would be wise to have boots that are waterproof to keep your feet dry. As we will visit towns and villages, a pair of trainers / sneakers will help keep you feet cool and will make the walking easier.

What camera kit should I bring?

A wide angle lens (16-35), medium zoom (24-70) and a longer zoom (70-300) will be ideal to cover most compositional eventualities but don’t forget the macro lens if you have one. The most used will be in the 24-70 range as a super wide angle doesn’t always translate, so make sure this focal length is covered. It’s best not to weigh yourself down, so why not bring an airport style bag for all your kit and a smaller day bag, which you can decant equipment into throughout the day.

Do I need a computer?

Although not essential, its a great idea to bring a laptop computer with you so you can discuss imagery with myself and others in the group. It really is a great learning experience, so it’s highly recommend bringing a laptop to learn and for personal entertainment.

What computer support do you give?

I try to make a point of tutoring digital photography to all my clients, to help complete the learning process. It really helps to have a computer session when tiredness takes hold, or inclement weather persists.

How do I pay?

It's easy! Use the Paypal checkout here. The balance will be due 4 weeks before the start of the tour/ workshop. Or you can pay the full amount beforehand.

Please ensure you read the Terms & Conditions before booking the workshop.

Tuscany October 2018

1900€ / deposit of 250€

6th - 12th October 2018

6 nights/ 7 days

Tuscany, Italy


All double room 4 star hotel accommodation with ensuite bathrooms
Airport transfer from Rome Fiumicino T3
Transport during the tour
Tuition from Julian Elliott

International flights
Meals not mentioned

Superb 4 star hotel accommodation at the Hotel Corsignano in the Pienza, Tuscany

Max Group Number
5 (4 places left)

Fitness Level