May 20th - June 3rd, 2024
$9,500 USD per, person double occupancy, International Airfare INCLUDED
In collaboration with M&M Photo Tours, Inc.
The Best of Northern Italy tour combines the top iconic locations of Venice, Florence, The Cinque Terre, Milan, The Dolomites, and Lake Como while introducing you to several hidden gems of each area and more. The time we'll spend in each location will you leave you desiring to come back often and explore more.
A perfect opportunity for first-time visitors of Italy to take in as much of its beauty as possible on a two-week trip. Return visitors will also be happy to rediscover already visited locations under a new light and with the guidance of an expert photographer who knows the terrain.
This tour is organized in collaboration with M&M Photo Tours, a leader in the photo tour industry. Thanks to a decade of experience in running photo tours, they know how to make things run smoothly and comfortably for everyone. I will be the guest pro on this tour, putting my knowledge of the places and my skills as a photographer and as an educator at your service during the whole time.
This tour is open to photographers of any skill level. My aim, during the entirety of the tour, will be to create the best conditions for you to get the images of Italy that you've been dreaming of. I love my country and all it has to offer, have been photographing it for decades and learned what it takes to make it really shine. Now it's your turn to capture your everlasting memories of Italy.
I am also passionate about the culture and history of Italy. Ask me about it and you might discover some historical facts that few people know about.
Find all the details and get your booking in at M&M Photo Tours Best of Northern Italy tour page.
Who is this for?
This tour is recommended for every kind of photographer. Beginners and advanced amateurs will have lots of opportunities to learn new techniques, while even seasoned professional photographers will be able to take advantage of my knowledge of the country.
Those who are visiting Italy for the first time, have been here many years ago, or have only seen a small part of it, will appreciate the breadth of this tour and the large number of locations included, giving them a taste of many different parts of my beautiful country.
If you'd like to be taken care of by a team skilled professionals throughout your journey and pampered so that you don't have to worry about lodging and transportation hassles, then this tour is for you.
This day will be spent on the plane traveling to Italy.
May 21, Milan
Arrive in Milan and transfer to our hotel. Please plan on arriving in Milan before Noon if possible. After check-in and a brief time to relax, we'll meet for our first photo shoot: an afternoon walk in Milan to discover its hidden gems. We'll find a nice spot for blue hour shots. B/L/D
May 22 & 23, Cinque Terre
After an early breakfast we’ll catch our train to The Cinque Terre! The Cinque Terre is a collection of 5 main towns/villages that hug the coastline and are connected by milk run trains. Over the next 2 days and nights we’ll shoot the best of Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia, and more. Blue Hour, sunrises, sunsets, street scenes, and landscapes are the order of the day. B/L/D
May 24 & 25, Florence
Over the next 2 days and nights we’ll explore the best of Florence. In Florence we’ll wander the narrow side streets, shoot the Duomo (Cathedral), visit awesome interiors of chapels, and work the Blue Hour from Piazza Michelangelo which overlooks Florence and the Duomo. Tickets to museums in Florence are NOT included in the tour. B/L/D
May 26 & 27, Venice
Our 2 days in Venice will be spent shooting the canal scenes, some local landscapes, Blue Hour, and more. I know Venice like the back of my hand and will share its hidden gems with you so you'll come home with many unique images and classic shots that scream Venice. B/L/D
May 28, Cortina
Morning: transfer from Venice to Cortina and hotel check-in.
Afternoon: tour of Lakes Misurina and Antorno and excursion to Tre Cime. The latter requires a 1-hour hike that is along an easy unpaved road for the first part but climbs a bit near the end. Doable for people who have no problems walking, but keep in mind we're at altitude (about 2,400m or app. 8,000 feet) so air is thinner and those who have breathing issues might find it difficult. Stay in Cortina. B/L/D
May 29, Cortina
Today we'll visit locations such as Cinque Torri, Passo Falzarego, Lake Limides, Colle Santa Lucia, Passo Giau. We may do a sunset shoot at Passo Giau, which will require walking up a small grassy hill (10-15 minutes). Short walks on easy terrain might be required at some locations. Stay in Cortina. B/L/D
May 30, Val Gardena
Morning: Transfer from Cortina to Val Gardena. Visit Lake Dobbiaco and Lake Braies along the way.
Afternoon: excursion to Val di Funes and sunset shoot at Santa Maddalena. Easy 10 min walk along a road to reach viewpoint. Stay in Ortisei or Santa Cristina. B/L/D
May 31, Val Gardena
Morning: excursion to Alpe di Siusi and Lake Carezza. Visiting the Alpe will require some walking on roads or easy trails. Afternoon: excursion to Seceda, IF the cableway is open. Alternatively, excursions to Passo Sella, Passo Gardena and Val Badia. Stay in Ortisei or Santa Cristina. B/L/D
Please note that this is subject to change, depending on weather conditions. The weather in the mountains is always unpredictable, so we'll have to be flexible and ready to change our itinerary at the last minute.
June 1 & 2, Lake Como
We will take the train to the Lake Como area. Landscapes, lake scenes, and more await us here. B/L/D
June 3, Return home from Milan
Free time until your flight home.
Imagine having an opportunity to photograph some of the most incredible locations and people in the world’s most romantic city, Venice. And, during Carnevale! It was wonderful in every way. From the first email with Ugo, I could tell he was a caring, highly professional and experienced photographer and tour guide for us. He knew this city well and shared a lot before we were there.
I am so glad we chose Ugo and it was very special – my husband is still talking about it. There was so much to learn and interspersed with seeing a boat builder (gondolas), meeting the only professional puppet maker in Venice – and seeing how glass jewelry is made. Photo shoots were morning and night – you have to appreciate and be patient with the models. They are stunning.
The food also was wonderful – Ugo knew the best places. The group was small and allowed for intimate discussion and ease. We are so grateful for a truly immersive and learning experience in a magical city.
As I was spending my vacation in the Dolomites I arranged a one day private workshop with Ugo. Although I was a four hour drive from Ugo's home base he willingly made the journey — even though he was heading off to Barcelona first thing the next morning for another commitment.
Not having any transport or knowledge of the best locations to shoot having someone like Ugo was fantastic — and when you add his knowledge of photography and ability to impart that to his pupil it all added up to an outstanding day.
I recommend Ugo without reservation.
If you are planning to travel and love photography at any level Ugo can plan a personal tour to fit in with your itinerary! He has a wealth of knowledge to share with you on any subject of photography. Apart from photography (my passion) Ugo provides a total travel experience looking at Italy through the eyes of a local. A life changing trip leaving me totally hooked to book another! Thank you Ugo and yes I will be returning my dilemma is choosing a destination.
My husband and I did a workshop with Ugo in Cinque Terre. It was fantastic. Ugo is not only a great photographer, but he is generous with his knowledge, and he offers a great workshop. The group was international, which made the experience even richer.
I had a wonderful experience in Venice with Ugo. I learned new things while enjoying the wonderful city. I have some special needs which he was able to accommodate perfectly. I highly recommend his company for photo tours.
I have done 3 photo tours with 3 different guides and locations, this has been the best of the three. Ugo was definitely the best of the three guides. His attention to detail with setting the scene and location with models, suggestions on camera settings were helpful for me, a novice with portrait photography. I would definitely recommend any tour with Ugo, he is an excellent photographer willing to share his knowledge, experience and secrets of special places he knows to make the entire photography experience a lifetime memory.
What an extraordinary experience to participate in a photography tour and workshop with Ugo Cei Photography Tours, in Venice, Italy during the Venice Carnival. His knowledge of Venice along with the right place to be at the right time made this perfect. Add to that his technical and lighting knowledge and then to top it off the perfect local eateries and local interests. It was days full from daylight to evening at a manageable pace with likeminded new international friends. So glad I took the leap and participated.
After two photo tours with Ugo in Italy, I cannot recommend the experience highly enough – the local knowledge of Italy, partnered with photographic expertise and guidance made for an extremely rewarding photo tour! Ugo guides and mentors you according to your skills, regardless of whether you are a beginner or experienced enthusiast. I have come away with greater understanding of the craft and confidence to build my skill set. I am inspired to continue my learning journey to create beautiful images. Thank you Ugo!!!