Travel Photography in the Cinque Terre – SOLD OUT

DATES: 06/03/2023 - 06/10/2023
LOCATION: Cinque Terre
PRICE: $3,775.00
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Marie has been immersed in photography and photography education for more than 20 years and is passionate about sharing her knowledge about photography, cameras and digital technology with others.

Whether she’s teaching photography, helping one better understand their camera or “see” better compositions, she works to build one’s confidence and take away the intimidation and sense of overwhelming that often accompanies learning new things. She finds just the right way to take complicated concepts and explain them in a logical, easy to understand way.

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Marie founded Capital Photography Center in January 2012 to help those with a love of photography grow their skills and reach their goals – be it to capture better snapshots or become a professional photographer. To this end, her company offers a wide variety of photography classes taught by professional photographers and renowned photographic educators where amateurs, hobbyists and professionals can learn about the areas of photography suited to their interests and experience level.

In addition to running her business and teaching, Marie finds time to enjoy her own photography and loves capturing people; both candid and posed, beautiful country landscapes and dynamic cityscapes; both in daylight and at nighttime.  Her travels have given her the opportunity to photograph in Venice, Tuscany, London, New York and various other locations in the United States.

Originally from Michigan, Marie has lived in Alexandria, Virginia (outside of Washington DC) for the past 30 years with her husband.

We’re sorry, but Marie’s class is full.
Let us know if you’d like to be on the waiting list, or check out our other photography workshop in the Cinque Terre with Lester Lefkowitz.

Take Dynamic Travel Photos in the stunning Cinque Terre

This will be a week of taking landscape, village, and people photos in the magical Cinque Terre along the Ligurian Coast for 7 nights.  The light from our hilltop hotel is spectacular at all hours, but especially when reflected in the blue waters of the Mediterranean.

A private coach will pick us up at the train station in Florence and transfer us north to the seaside region of the Cinque Terre. In June this area is normally buzzing with tourists in high season, but we’ll stay out of the fray at a family-run hotel (reserved exclusively for us) on the cliffs above the main town of Monterosso.

There are 5 towns in the area ready for us to explore.  Each village has its own character, from the dramatic tumble into the sea of Manarola to the cavernous port studded with private fishing boats of Rio Maggiore.  Getting to each town is easy with the quick trains, or we might choose to travel by boat or even – for the intrepid – trek the trails over the cliffs from one town to the next (absolutely NOT required!)

Our personal escort and guide will coordinate various excursions into the other towns so we get a good taste of the charm of the area:  the scenic harbor of Vernazza on market day, cafe Nessun’ Dorma perched on a cliff above Manarola, cappuccino with vistas in the hanging cafe in Rio Maggiore and a boat ride to explore all the towns from the sea.


About the Workshop:  Whether you’re an experienced shooter or are just picking up your camera for the first time, all will come away with stronger skills in exposure, composition and camera settings. We’ll maximize our time in the field photographing and will be learning hands-on. Our group size will be 8 to 10 people so everyone will get plenty of one-on-one instruction.

We’ll build in some down time (when we are not in the field actively shooting) to review images from the day’s shoot and learn from each other. We will also spend time working in Lightroom, learning how to edit our images to make them look their best.

The colors of Monterosso

Recommended gear:

  • Although any camera will do, we recommend one with exposure controls such as a DSLR or mirrorless camera for more creative exposure techniques and compositions.
  • Lenses in the range from 18mm to 200mm will be ideal. If you have wider or longer lenses, you’re welcome to bring them.
  • A circular polarizing filter if you have one.
  • Extra memory cards and batteries as well as battery charger.
  • Your camera instruction manual.

Optional Gear:

  • Tripods are optional but if you have one bring it for our sunrise shoots and any low light or nighttime photo opportunities. If bringing a tripod, bring a cable release if you have one, otherwise we’ll use your camera’s self-timer.
  • An external flash unit if you have one and want to bring it.
  • Laptop with Adobe Lightroom Classic installed and a card reader if laptop doesn’t have a memory card slot.

NOTE:  when registering for this workshop, please indicate what camera(s) and lenses you will be bringing in the Notes section.  This will help Marie prepare for the group.

This is a great travel workshop for all photographers whether you use a professional mirrorless camera or the smart phone sitting in your pocket.  Marie will guide you through with week with assignments and handy pointers for capturing the incredible beauty and culture in this part of Italy.  [NOTE:  there are only 7 guest rooms, so register early!]


Additional Activities: Our daily photography class will be combined with other adventures such as:

  • train pass to visit other towns (Vernazza, Riomaggiore, Manarola and Corniglia)
  • boat trip to photograph from the sea
  • free shuttle service from the hotel to the main town
  • optional bring your swim suit and jump into the blue Mediterranean!
  • pick up/return to Florence

The beach in Monterosso


The Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. “The Five Lands” comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside. For more about the Cinque Terre, the Lonely Planet gives a nice description with photos:  http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/cinque-terre

View from our hotel, La Cabana

The Food – We will have 5 dinners organized together at local trattorie in Monterosso-al-Mare or prepared for us at home.  We’ll sample the pastas, seafood and specialties of each area.  Local wine is included with all dinners.  Lunches and 2 dinners will be independent for you to explore the local cuisine on your own.

Given its location on the Mediterranean, seafood is plentiful in the local cuisine. Anchovies of Monterosso are a local specialty designated with a Protected Designation of Origin status from the European Union. The mountainsides of the Cinque Terre are heavily terraced and are used to cultivate grapes and olives. This area, and the region of Liguria, as a whole, is known for pesto — a sauce made from basil leaves, garlic, salt, olive oil, pine nuts and pecorino cheese. Focaccia is a particularly common locally baked bread product. Farinata is also a typical snack found in bakeries and pizzerias — essentially it is a savoury and crunchy pancake made from a base of chick-pea flour.


Our terrace at La Cabana

Price: $3,775* p/p based on double occupancy SOLD OUT

Optional Supplements:

  • $475 for single room
  • $275 p/p for shared suite with Jacuzzi and terrace

Includes:

  • Shared double room in Hotel La Cabana in Monterosso (singles or suite with terrace and jacuzzi available for a supplement)
  • Daily traditional breakfast
  • 5 dinners with wine
  • Daily photo shoots and classes with Marie
  • Train passes for exploring other towns
  • One boat trip on the Mediterranean
  • Transfers from and return to Florence

Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Lunch
  • Independent meals and additional sight-seeing

To Register:  just click on the Sign Up Now button.  A non-refundable deposit of $775 is required to secure your spot in the workshop.  Payment can be made on line with a credit card, or you can follow the instructions to send in your registration and payment by mail.  Once we receive your deposit we will send you a formal Registration Confirmation with further information about the program.  You will receive 2-3 other correspondences by email prior to the workshop with information about Italy, a supplies list and an electronic invoice for the balance.  Final Balance is due by April 15th.  Any time prior to your arrival, if you have questions about anything regarding the trip or the program, you can contact us by email or phone and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Contact us for more information:  info@ilchiostro.com or speak to us live at 800-990-3506.

Cabana-5 TerreOur small hotel La Cabana sits on a small hill that divides the historic center of Monterosso from the new part, Fegina.  It is a typical Ligurian farmhouse that has belonged to one family for generations. The vines and the olive trees that they have cultivated form the backdrop to the rooms that have been recently refurbished with the utmost respect for the environment and the traditions of the Cinque Terre, but without forgetting modern comforts.

Cabana roomThe 9 rooms are furnished with antiques, parquet floors, curtains, and finishes intended to frame the unparalleled panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea. It is an oasis of relaxation completely surrounded by greenery and silence with wonderful vistas and gardens to paint.  Our group will take over the entire hotel for the week.

To get down to Monterosso you can take advantage of their free shuttle service or, if you are up for it,  walking down is not difficult and takes less than ten minutes. It’s a nice walk down that offers beautiful panoramic views. On the descent, you will pass the ancient 11th century castle (today houses the cemetery of the village) and wind through olive trees until you reach the historical center of town. Coming back up, the shuttle might be a good idea!

For more information, visit their web site:  http://www.lacabanacinqueterre.com/en/index.php

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Breakfast room

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Reception

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Entrance to La Cabana

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Garden overlooking the town

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The terrace

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View from the terrace

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La Cabana shuttle

The Cinque Terre are in the section of Italy known as Liguria on the western coast.  The main city of Liguria is Genova.  These 5 towns were traditional fishing villages, cut off from the mainland by a steep range of mountains.  For centuries they were only accessible by the sea.

For our program, we will meet the group in Florence on the first day.  From there a private bus will take the group to our hotel in Monterosso-al-Mare.

To visit the town from our hotel there is a regular shuttle bus.  The towns are small with narrow roads, so the shuttle will leave us off in the newer section, then we will walk through a short tunnel to the historic center of town where most of the shops and restaurants are located.

To go between towns (Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia or Rio Maggiore) there are local trains connecting all of them.

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5 Terre fishing boat, photo by Andy Holtzman

The Cinque Terre – is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. “The Five Lands” comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside.

For more about the Cinque Terre, the Lonely Planet gives a nice description with photos: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/cinque-terre

The Food:  Given its location on the Mediterranean, seafood is plentiful in the local cuisine. Anchovies of Monterosso are a local specialty designated with a Protected Designation of Origin status from the European Union. The mountainsides of the Cinque Terre are heavily terraced and are used to cultivate grapes and olives. This area, and the region of Liguria, as a whole, is known for pesto — a sauce made from basil leaves, garlic, salt, olive oil, pine nuts and pecorino cheese. Focaccia is a particularly common locally baked bread product. Farinata is also a typical snack found in bakeries and pizzerias — essentially it is a savoury and crunchy pancake made from a base of chick-pea flour. Epic porcini mushrooms are presented in a wooden box for you to chose for grilling with olive oil and garlic.

AHoltzman-photo 2  AHoltzman-Seaside Restaurant