Travel to Italy
Begin your photography adventure to Italy with a flight from Dublin to Verona airport. Upon arrival in Verona you will be met by our local expert guide and transferred to your hotel in Riva del Garda. Surrounded by imposing mountains and sparkling blue water, this town is known for its medieval towers, Renaissance churches, and narrow cobblestone streets.
You will have the remainder of evening free for independent exploration. We recommend exploring the pretty streets of Riva del Garda’s historic centre with its wide range of restaurants, shops and bars. Your local guide will be happy to suggest some places for you to sample traditional cuisine at your leisure. The Bastion, a Venetian fortress, was built on the steep slopes of the nearby Mount Rocchetta and affords a splendid view of the city and the northern part of the lake. Riva’s central square, Piazza III Novembre, is a great spot to settle into your new surroundings with a drink.
4 star hotel in Riva del Garda (2 nights)
This morning you will board a private boat for a unique sightseeing tour with your local expert guide and your Dublin Photography School tutors. Your first stop will be at Limone, a small village backed by lemon groves, with waterside cafes and cobbled streets lined with shops. Your Dublin Photography School tutors will be on hand offering tips and tricks as well as demonstrations so you can get the most out of your camera’s settings and photographic equipment. Limone is an ideal location for you to develop your street and documentary style photography.
Afterwards, with fantastic panoramas and a spectacular mountain backdrop, travel onwards for a visit to picturesque Malcesine, famed for its medieval Scaligero Castle. Meander through the small streets of Malcesine with your camera and capture the hustle and bustle of what’s going on around you, while shooting from the hip. As with every day, the Dublin Photography School tutors are available at all times during your excursions to ensure you get the most out of your photography. In the late afternoon return by boat to Riva del Garda.
Sunset photography in Riva del Garda
This evening your Dublin Photography School tutors will take you by foot for a location shoot along Riva Del Garda’s stunning lakeside. Filter and long exposure tuition and demonstrations will be given so you can create a dreamlike feel to your dusk images. This sunset photography offers the perfect end to your jam-packed day of exploration in Lake Garda!
Photograph the Dolomites
This morning you will depart Riva del Garda and spend the day exploring the Dolomites. As you travel around this famous mountain range, well known for its stunning jagged peaks, you will have excellent photographic opportunities to practice your landscape and nature photography skills. As always, the photography tutors will be on hand to offer composition tips, tricks and demonstrations so that you can get the most out of your camera’s settings. Abstract, macro, water and panorama photography tuition is also provided. To begin travel travel through the Sarca Valley towards the Castle of Drena. There will be a photography stop made at this castle where you can see Marocche with Brento Alto and Casale in the background. Afterwards descend from Lasino and continue towards Sarche and Toblino. Another photography stop will be made at the Castle of Lake Toblino. Here there will be a short walk to the viewing point for photos, with the Casale mountains in the background, before another shorty walk along lake side. Next, transfer to Ranzo ascending towards the photo stop which will give you spectacular views over Lakes of Toblino and Cavedine. Following this descend towards the Bus de Vela, making a stop at Trento for lunch at your leisure before continuing Segonzano with a photo stop at the stone pyramids before arriving at your hotel in Moena in the late afternoon.
After some brief time to get familiar with your new surroundings it will be time to pack up your camera bag and head off on an evening sunset photography location shoot at Carezza Lake. You will depart by coach to climb up to the Costalunga Pass up to the Carezza Lake to photograph the Latemar mountain range, the Catenaccio mountain range and the Carezza Lake. Depending on the weather at the time of your location shoot, there is the chance you can witness the optical phenomenon of “alpenglow” which appears as a horizontal reddish glow near the horizon, changing the shade of the mountains. Dusk, long exposure, composition and equipment demonstrations and tips will be given by your Dublin Photography School tutors to give you the tools to create memorable sunset images.
4 star hotel in Moena (1 night)
Photograph Pass Pordoi
Today you will spend another day shooting the stunning mountain ranges and spectacular landscapes of the Dolomites. At each location and throughout the entire adventure the Dublin Photography School tutors will discuss how to get the most out of your images with the equipment that you have. The morning will begin with driving through Canazei and arriving at Pass Pordoi for a photography stop.
The picturesque village of Ortisei will give you more opportunities to catch daily life through documentary and reportage style photography. There will also be some free time for you to grab some lunch at your leisure before continuing back to Riva del Garda.
4 star hotel in Riva del Garda (1 night)
You will have the morning at leisure in Riva del Garda. This is the ideal time to take all the tips & tricks you have learned from the Dublin Photography School tutors and head out with your camera independently to put them all to practice at your own pace. Or perhaps you would like to do some last-minute shopping or sightseeing. The choice is all yours.
In the afternoon it will be time to say goodbye to Italy as you depart Riva del Garda towards Verona airport for your return flight home.