Itinerary, Inclusions & Details for the Workshop
Sicily: Photographing A Sense of Place – June 2 to June 9, 2017
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“To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.” – Goethe
At the crossroads of the Mediterranean, the gorgeous island of Sicily continues to seduce travelers with its diversity of landscapes, spectacular architecture and warm and inviting people. Sicily’s praises have been sung by poets from Homer to Virgil. Since it’s been home to the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Greeks and today’s Sicilians, so when you have the sense that history is lurking just around the next corner, it’s because it is. Because of this history, Sicily provides everything from ancient architecture to stunning masterpieces of the Baroque in its relatively small footprint. Presiding over all of this is Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano, a constant reminder of the power of nature over man’s interventions.
Nowhere else on this remarkable island is this history, this landscape, these towns and these people more evident than in the southeastern corner of Sicily, which is where we’ll spend a week exploring, learning and photographing our response to this incredible place.
We’ll start with a pickup by our professional driver at the airport in Catania, on Sicily’s eastern coast. From there, we’ll drive about 90 minutes south to the town of Ragusa, where we’ll stay at the San Giorgio Palace Hotel where you’ll have your own private room, (as you will in the other places we’ll stay). Our next day will be spent exploring and photographing Ragusa, part of it with a professional guide who will help us understand the history and culture of this unique area of Sicily.
After two nights in Ragusa, we’ll move south and east to the town of Modica, with its stunning Baroque architecture. On our way to Modica, we’ll stop in the hill towns of Noto and Scicli, and we’ll also stop to taste the wines at the boutique Curto winery... no relation, but… I mean… why not, right? (and the wines are fantastico!) In Modica, we’ll stay at the Palazzo Failla, a converted noble Sicilian home.
The next day will allow us to explore Modica and after two nights there, we’ll head toward the coast. After making a stop in Siracusa and photographing its stunning Greek amphitheater and the small-island city of Ortigia, we’ll move on to the coastal town of Taormina, within site of the volcano of Mount Etna.
We’ll spend 3 nights in Taormina at the lovely and well-situated Hotel Villa Diodoro. Part of our first day in Taormina will be spent exploring and photographing this spectacular coastal town and later in the day, we’ll go up to and photograph the volcano of Mount Etna. While on the volcano, we’ll also taste some of the wine that is made from grapes grown in the volcanic soil of the mountain.
Our last day in Taormina will be spent both exploring the town and putting together final projects of the work we’ve done during the week. We’ll work on sequencing as well as on content, so your final slideshow conveys your own personal sense of place from your time in Sicily.
On the final morning, we’ll transport you back to the Catania airport, where you can fly out to Rome or other destinations.
Mixed in with our explorations will be time spent on photographic instruction – both in the field and back at our hotel, where we’ll critique images, learn nuances of technique and vision and discuss our photographic intentions and how they inform your personal sense of the places we’ll explore together. Through ample time for image making, a blend of formal and field instruction and time for discussion and critique, we will work to uncover themes and lines of vision that may not have been previously evident to you. I limit my groups to a maximum of 7 photographers to ensure a high level of personal instructional attention.
Non-photographer companions are welcome and warmly invited to attend.
Sicily: Photographing A Sense of Place – June 2 to June 9, 2017
Land Cost: $4695
Your non-refundable deposit of $500 holds your spot – Balance of $4195 is due by March 1, 2017. See our Terms and Conditions here.
On the Itinerary:
- Ragusa – 2 nights overnight in a town of palazzi and elegant piazzas
- Modica – 2 nights in a gorgeous architectural wonder
- Noto – a pearl of a baroque hill town
- Scicli – a Sicilian baroque town nestled in a gorge
- Curto winery visit and tasting
- Siracusa & Ortigia – windows into the ancient history of the Mediterranean
- Taormina – Sicilian dolce vita, with an ancient theater and breathtaking vistas
- Mount Etna tour
Our strategy? Arrive in Italy, make photographs and learn – we take care of the rest (ground transportation, meals, guides, tips, etc – it’s all included).
- Expert instruction by Jeff Curto, including small group field instruction, plenty of one-on-one time & critique sessions
- Maximum of 7 participants
- Extensive pre-trip planning documents for both photography and Italian culture
- Travel and instructional materials during the workshop
- All ground transportation during the workshop
- Admissions for all Included sightseeing
- All lodging during the workshop – single occupancy
- Local expert guides
- All included Gratuities, Taxes and Fees
- Breakfast daily
- Some lunches
- Dinner (including wine) all nights except one (dine on your own that night)
Since our workshop participants join us from places all over the world, airfare is not included.
You may decide that you’d like to travel around other places in Italy either before or after the workshops. Or after reviewing flights, you may discover that you may want to arrive the day prior to the beginning of the planned trip in order to meet the group in Italy. La Dolce Via Travel can assist you with transfers, accommodations, or other travel needs you may have. Regardless, we advise early arrival at least a day in advance so that you can be at your best and ready to go when we begin.
The land cost is based on current exchange rate between the Euro and US dollar. Should these rates change significantly, there may be an adjustment in the trip price.
…On the sixth day,
God accomplished His work
And, pleased with all the beauty
He had created,
He took the Earth in His hands,
And kissed it.
There, where He put His lips,
Renzino Barbera, 1923 – 2009 Poet, writer, artist, actor