Photography Course in Italy

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Following the highly successful photography holidays held by Lillie in 2015 & 2016 she is now holding photography workshop holidays from June 1st to June 5th, 2018, in Cortona, Tuscany, Italy.

Unleash creativity and hone photography skills whilst enjoying culinary delights and superb wines with newfound friends in the stunning ancient hill towns and olive groves of Tuscany.

Spectacular vistas, ancient mediaeval hamlets, lush olive groves, and perfect light are just a few of many excellent reasons why studying photography in Tuscany makes perfect sense. Spend a delightful five days in Cortona and the surrounding countryside soaking up ‘La Dolce Vita’ whilst building an impressive photographic portfolio.

The Organisation

Lillie’s good friend Charlie Mitford, an exceptionally accomplished event and vacation planner who lives with her family in a corner of paradise in nearby Montanare, partners with her to organise these photography workshop vacations.

Charlie has been based in Cortona for the past 15 years, speaks fluent Italian, and is enviably well-connected with an address book crammed with local politicians, restaurateurs, hoteliers, aristocrats, and most importantly, the contadini (farmers!)

The Location

The Tuscan town of Cortona, perched on the edge of the foot hills of the Apennines, offers heart-stopping views over the Val di Chiana to Montepulciano and is a must visit for any traveller in Italy.

Cortona’s Estruscan origins may still be seen in the original parts of the city walls built 2,000 years ago of hewn Pietra Serena stone blocks. Wander mediaeval streets where you discoverwonderful local trattorias and enjoy the famous Chianina steak with a divine Cortonese wine!

Photography and Tuition

Lillie will hold four daily morning workshops that will focus primarily on composition and camera mechanics.

Confidence is key and Lillie firmly believes that this will bloom once practical composition and camera mechanics are firmly grasped. There’s no better way to do this than immersion in beautiful surroundings with like-minded people on a relaxed holiday.

She will cover:

  • The exposure triangle (aperture, shutter speed and ISO), how to optimise it and putting it into use on location together.
  • Personal tuition regarding your own camera’s functions.
  • Composition “rules” and ways to implement it in your own work.
  • Light, where to look for it and how to make it.
  • Approach: how to create projects that will take each student’s work to the next level.

In the afternoons, Lillie will tutor and guide students as they practice enhanced skills in the spectacular countryside and quaint towns that surround Cortona. Each afternoon provides a different setting to practice the skills learnt at the morning workshop. Lillie will work alongside students helping to refine their search for the perfect image and then find the right light on location and capture it.

I had a wonderful time in Cortona. This is a great course for all levels. It was relaxed and fun with plenty of lovely food and wine from the local area.  The group was a great mix of people from all walks of life. We had plenty of time to play around with different settings on our cameras as well as visiting some very interesting places in and around the local area, which has a very rich history.

Personal attention throughout the day…whatever your ability Lillie was there to help…I found out about the Italian course next year just yesterday and booked it at once….This is not to be missed.

Courtesy of Casa Betania

The Accommodation

Location, location, location… Hotel Italia has all three! Spend four nights in this luxurious 15th Century converted Palazzo in the center of Cortona a stones throw from the main square, Piazza della Republica.

A hearty breakfast from locally sourced foods will be served in the terrace restaurant, whilst you enjoy breathtaking Val di Chiana views from Lago Trasimeno and Montepulciano to the Senesi hills.

Hotel Italia’s central location, delicious locally sourced food provide a lifelong memorable experience. All rooms are delightfully furnished with air conditioning for your comfort.

What the holiday will include

  • Scheduled airport pickup and drop off from Perugia airport (Cortona is easily accessible from Rome and Pisa airports via train and we can provide pickup from Cortona station). Unscheduled airport transfers can be organised at an extra cost.
  • All scheduled journeys throughout the stay.
  • 4 nights single room occupancy with private bathroom at Hotel Italia in Cortona (doubles available).
  • All breakfasts.
  • 3 evening dinners + wine.
  • 3 lunches + wine (including 2 packed lunches).
  • Wine tasting evening.
  • All photography tuition.
  • A professional guided historic tour of Cortona town centre and museum.

The cost

There will be a maximum of 8 students taking part in the photography workshops. This holiday is being priced economically, as Italy is a passion for Lillie and she sees this as an opportunity to retain this delightful region in her life.

The holiday will be priced at £1,100 based on 1 person in a double room (not sharing) inclusive of workshops, meals and tours. Flights not included.

2 people sharing a double room and both attending the photography courses will be £1,010 per person.

If you require solely single full day attendance for a workshop inclusive of meals and tours the price will be £230 (250 euro). prices solely for morning workshops start at £115 (130 euro).

Other configurations include sharing without attending the photography course and family accommodation. These can be priced on request.


Ryanair fly from Stansted to Perugia daily in the summer. Multiple airlines including Ryanair and Easyjet fly from different UK airports daily into Pisa and Rome


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