Val D’Orcia / Tuscany Photography Trip
A unique photographic experience among the famous Tuscan hills, villages and the typical flavours of the land of Dante
Living the Val d’Orcia in spring is like entering a picture. In this region where time seems to stand still among the scattered houses and incredible nature, you will learn the art of photography with our two Italian instructors Claudio & Riccardo.
The Val d’Orcia is one of Tuscany’s six World Heritage sites. The valley’s landscape of gentle, rolling hills was the subject of many Renaissance paintings, especially by the painters of the Scuola Senese, The Siena School, mentioned in the Val d’ Orcia’s UNESCO nomination.
The region has everything that visitors to Tuscany come to see and experience, from the powerhouse DOCG wines of Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile to spa towns like Bagno Vignoni, whose “baths” in the public square are fed by springs of Monte Amiata, which marks the southern boundary of the territory. There are abbeys and gardens–and that zig-zagged strada bianca lined with cypresses that has come to be a symbol of this territory and reflects Criterion (iv) of the UNESCO nomination: “The Val d’Orcia is an exceptional reflection of the way the landscape was re-written in Renaissance times to reflect the ideals of good governance and to create aesthetically pleasing pictures.”
During the tour we will stop to photograph the beauties of the magnificent medieval village of San Gimignano called “Manhattan of the Middle Ages” with its towers and its views, passing from Monteriggioni, a medieval walled city, where we will stay in a typical farmhouse, and at the end of the tour on Sunday we will be with our objectives focused on the majesty of Florence discovering secrets, stories and contrasts until evening.