Travel to Bologna
Upon arrival in Bologna Airport, you will be met by your Tour Manager who is a fellow photographer and they will guide you throughout the duration of your tour. You will transfer by private coach to your hotel in Lucca. Check in to your hotel and enjoy the first night of this fabulous trip. You will enjoy a welcome dinner with your group on this evening at a local restaurant.
Following breakfast at the hotel, you will have a full day excursion in the Cinque Terre region. The famous Cinque Terre is a little corner of Italian Riviera where generations have worked to create this monument in landscape architecture represented by the steep terraces sloping down to the sea. It is a landscape unique in the world in which man and nature live together in harmony since the beginning of time. You will visit by local train, the villages suspended between sea and earth, clinging on to cliffs and surrounded by green hills. This is a truly amazing experience and a perfect destination that will offer you an array of photographic opportunities.
You will return to Lucca late in the afternoon and enjoy dinner at leisure. Following dinner, you will head out into the picturesque city of Lucca for a night time photography location shoot. The city is crammed with beautiful Romanesque churches - an architecture enthusiast’s dream.
Area Naturale del Monteferrato
On this morning, you will travel to Florence with a visit to the Area Naturale del Monteferrato en route. This national park lies within the undulating mountain system delimiting the Florence-Prato-Pistoia plain to the north. The area was named after the mountain complex of Monteferrato, a pre-apennine spur formed by three peaks (Piccioli, Mezzano, and Chiesino or Poggio Ferrato) reaching a maximum height of 420m above sea level and characterized by peculiar geological features given by the abundance of ophiolitic rocks, which led to the formation of a unique biotope, completely different from the surrounding natural environments from an ecological point of view.
Continue to Florence visit two or three main Florence markets: the St. Lorenzo’s Market, the Central Market and St. Ambrogio’s Market. In these markets, all kind of food and goods are sold: vegetables, flowers, meat, fresh fruit, leather goods, spices etc. There will be some free time for lunch. Why not try a Florentine steak or head to the Uffizi Gallery, which holds some of the most impressive Renaissance art in the world. (Please note that the Uffizi Gallery should be booked in advance. See www.uffizi.com for details). You will the go to the Piazzale Michelangelo which has a panoramic view over the city.
On the way back to your hotel in Lucca, there will be a stop at a vineyard for a sunset photoshoot. Enjoy dinner at leisure on this evening.
Return to Dublin
After breakfast there will be some free time in Lucca. Lucca is the birthplace of Puccini, and the only town in Italy entirely surrounded by walls. Considered to be among the wealthiest and most conservative cities in Tuscany, Lucca’s prosperity was gained largely through silk and high-quality olive oil.
Transfer to Bologna Airport for your flight departure