Venice & Veneto: The Serene Republic – June 17 to 24, 2018

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There is only one Venice – a waterborne dream of atmospheric canals and bridges, lagoons and islands. Over its history, The Serene Republic of Venice included not just the city, but a large area of refined towns and gorgeous countryside, in the region of  Veneto, dotted with spectacular villas by the acclaimed architect Andrea Palladio. This workshop experience will provide you with a journey on water and on land allowing you to live, breathe and photograph the romance of this fascinating region of Italy.

What’s Included:

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)

Your non-refundable deposit of $1000 reserves your workshop – Balance of $3795 is due by March 1, 2018. See our Terms and Conditions here.

Questions? Contact Jeff: jeff@jeffcurto.com or call 630.202.3635

 

Itinerary, Inclusions & Details for the Workshop

June 17 to June 24, 2018 – Venice & Veneto Photography Workshop

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Traditionally known as The Most Serene Republic of Venice, the sovereign state covered a large area of northeastern Italy, making it a leading European economic and trading power in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. This photography workshop will divide its time between lesser-known areas in the famed city of Venice and inland sections of what is now the Province of Veneto and its spectacular Villas by Andrea Palladio, helping you find your own camera-based interpretation of the imposing presence of this now-faded Venetian Republic.

Venice:
A fabled destination for centuries, the central part of Venice is now often crowded with tourists, clamoring to see this remarkable city of water and stone. Our objective will be to stay far from the madding crowd, photographing the lesser-known sections of this improbable metropolis made up of 118 islands, connected by footbridges and riddled with winding canals.

On Sunday, June 17, 2018, participants will meet up at our hotel The Hotel Ca’ d’Oro in the quiet residential Canneregio “sestiere” (neighborhood in Venetian dialect) and settle in for the next three nights. Canneregio is the most northern sestiere and a part of Venice most tourists never see. Our first full day will be spent exploring and photographing this area, once home to Marco Polo, Wagner and Titian as well as the city’s Jewish Ghetto. We’ll also cross the Canale Grande to the other less traveled sestieri of Santa Croce and Dorsoduro.

The next day will find us using Venice’s system of vaporetti (water busses) to head out into the placid solitude of the Venetian lagoon to photograph the outlying islands. We’ll visit some combination of the cemetery island of San Michele, the nearly-abandoned islands of Torcello and Mazzorbo, the candy-colored houses of Burano and perhaps visit the glass-blowing capital of Murano.

Vicenza:
After a few days in Venice, we’ll pack our bags and, using a private van transfer, head inland to see another side of the once-powerful Venetian republic, paying special attention to the works of one of the most important architects in western history, Andrea Palladio. An hour or so outside of Venice, we’ll stop in the vibrant city of Padua. There are many things to photograph in this city of piazzas and arcaded walkways, and we’ll also visit Giotto’s fresco cycle in the Scrovegni Chapel, one of the world’s most important works of art.

Leaving Padua, we’ll visit and photograph Andrea Palladio’s “La Rotunda,” one of the most famous buildings of the 16th century and then head on to our hotel, the Hotel Campo Marzio for the next 4 nights in the city of Vicenza.

We’ll spend the next full day in Vicenza, “the city of Palladio,” marveling at the master architects works both in and just outside of town. The following day will find us boarding a private van for a trip an hour north to the charming riverside town of Bassano del Grappa and Palladio’s nearby Villa Barbaro.

Our last full day together will be spent back in Vicenza, where we’ll have more time to photograph and to finish up our final photographic slideshows of work we’ve done during the week. Finally, on Sunday, June 24, we’ll have private transport back to Venice, where you can head home or continue your travels.

Of course, during this week, we’ll have both in-the-field instruction and in-the-hotel critique of your images. Through critique, guidance and advice, I will gently push you to create richer, more complete photographs. By week’s end, you’ll have a body of work that will represent your own personal photographic response to these remarkable northern Italian places.

Venice & Veneto: The Serene Republic – June 17 to June 24, 2018

Land Cost: $4795 

Your non-refundable deposit of $1000 reserves your workshop – Balance of $3795 is due by March 1, 2018. See our Terms and Conditions here.

Questions? Contact Jeff: jeff@jeffcurto.com or call 630.202.3635

On the Itinerary:

  • Venice – The Queen of the Adriatic
  • San Michele – The Cemetery Island of Venice
  • Torcello & Mazzorbo – remote, nearly abandoned islands in the Venetian Lagoon
  • Burano – a vibrant Venetian Lagoon island with candy-colored houses
  • Padua – Home to the second-oldest university in Italy and to Giotto’s astonishing fresco cycle
  • Vicenza – “The City of Palladio” – with broad avenues and amazing architecture
  • Palladio’s “La Rotunda” and “Villa Barbaro” – important architectural masterpieces
  • Bassano del Grappa – a gorgeous riverside town in the Veneto region

What’s Included:

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
  • All dinners (including wine)

Important Notes:

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.

The Grand Canal, Venice
Fish Market, Venice
Boat & Reflections, Burano
Villa Valmarana ai Nani, Vicenza
Andrea Palladio’s Villa Capra, “La Rotunda,” Vicenza
Statue of Andrea Palladio, Vicenza