Villages of Tuscany Photography Workshop

8 Days - Pienza, Italy
May 22 - May 29, 2020
Activity Level


The time is ripe for good wine, good fun and great photography as we venture through the rolling hills and villages of Tuscany.

Cost: $5695 (1-6 persons); $5595 (7-9 persons) $5495 (10-12 persons). This workshop is open to all level of photographers as well as non-photographers.

Registration deadline: February 1, 2020

Pay a deposit of $1,500.00 per item

Staying in a beautiful historic village that is a UNESCO World Heritage site, we will take you on a creative and cultural journey through one of the most magnificent places on earth. You’ll experience first-hand, historic cities and towns full of fantastic architecture, monasteries, olive groves, vineyards and wineries including tastings, as well as visiting a local organic farm. We’ll also photograph and immerse ourselves in the beautiful Tuscan landscape, meet the hospitable locals, and of course partake in local cuisine, which is not only delicious but presented so beautifully you’ll want to photograph it.


We’ve designed this so that whether or not you’re a photographer you’ll be part of a fantastic vacation with superb lodging, knowledgeable guides and visits to fascinating places.


Each day we will venture to various destinations for photographic and cultural experiences including private tours and exploration of small villages only known to locals as well as some classic locations such as Siena and Montepulciano. We’ll take you on backroad routes through the luscious rolling hills and breathtaking landscapes that are Tuscany.


Workshop includes:

  • Roundtrip transfer from Rome
  • 7 nights in spacious double room (double occupancy)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Five multi-course dinners and one lunch at local restaurants
  • Winery tour of Fattoria dei Barbi in the Brunello wine vineyard
  • Multiple guided tours (Siena, La Foce Garden, Pallazzo Piccolomini Tour, and more)
  • Organic Farm lunch and tour
  • Classroom instruction and critiques

Here’s what attendees are saying about this workshop!

“The Villages of Tuscany was a workshop that was “first class” all the way. From accommodations to meals, to activities, to leadership…it was a seamless adventure and I loved every moment of it!” Kris D.


“This trip was the experience of a lifetime, both for photography and the culture of Tuscany.” — Pat W.


“This trip was a wonderful blend of culture, history, great accommodations, great food and wine and even the photography was great” — Brian H.


“AZ Highways International trips are amazing. They do the research to find the spots no other tour guide will take you. Everyday was a WOW day from the scenery we saw, the places we visited, and the food we ate.” — Dianne L.



Day 1 – Friday, May 22

  • Private transfers from Rome airport to our beautiful home base in the Val D’Orcia (a UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • Check in at hotel
  • Orientation for both photographers and travel companions
  • Brief class for photographers
  • Welcome dinner- authentic multi-course Italian dinner at local restaurant including wine (included)

Day 2 – Saturday, May 23

  • Breakfast (included)
  • Sunrise shoot for photographers (travel companions welcome to enjoy the spectacular scenery in sweet light too)
  • Class and critique (free time for travel companions)
  • Private walking tour of our home base village with local guide
  • Sunset tour and shoot of surrounding villages and countryside
  • Authentic multi-course Italian dinner at local restaurant including wine (included)

Day 3 – Sunday, May 24

  • Breakfast (included)
  • Full day visit to local villages and Brunello wine country
  • Photography for the photo participants, sightseeing and shopping for travel companions
  • Tour and wine tasting at historic winery
  • Authentic multi-course Italian dinner at local restaurant including wine (included)

Day 4 – Monday, May 25

  • Breakfast (included)
  • Class and critique for photographers
  • Tour of historic palace for travel companions
  • Optional activities
  • Free time to relax by the pool or visit shops and local artisans.

Day 5 – Tuesday, May 26

  • Breakfast (included)
  • Class and critique for photographers
  • Visit to historic church and countryside walk outside walls of old city for travel companions
  • Sunset tour of amazing formal gardens and historic Tuscan estate
  • Authentic multi-course Italian dinner in a neighboring village including wine (included)

Day 6 – Wednesday, May 27

  • Breakfast (included)
  • Full day trip to Siena
  • Experience incredible areas of the town most visitors never see
  • Sunset tour back to home base on the back roads with stops for some of the many stunning vistas
  • Dinner at leisure

Day 7 – Thursday, May 28

  • Breakfast (included)
  • Morning at San Biagio and Montepulciano
  • Private tour with local guide
  • Visit to wine caves
  • Tour, shoot and enjoy an included fresh lunch at a unique local organic farm with delights for the eyes and palettes
  • Reception in garden overlooking the spectacular valley
  • Final show
  • Farewell dinner at yet another amazing restaurant including wine (included)

Day 8 -Friday, May 29

  • Breakfast (included)
  • Check out of hotel
  • Private transfers back to Rome
  • Departures


Activity Level: Easy to Moderate.
Our Tuscany tour will involve a great deal of walking, so guests must be comfortable being on their feet for extended periods of time. While this is not a typical photo workshop with early mornings and late evenings, there will be some opportunities for sunrise and evening shooting.

Pre-night & Post-night Lodging


Rome Airport Hilton Garden Inn
Via Vittorio Bragadin 2
Fiumicino, 00054, Italy

The workshop will begin and end at the Hilton Garden Inn adjacent to the Rome Airport.  A courtesy block of rooms are available for the night prior to the workshop and the day the workshop ends.  These rooms are not included in your workshop fee.  Please contact the hotel directly to reserve your rooms.


Hotel Corsignano
Via della Madonnina, 11
53026 Pienza SI, Italy
tel +39 0578 748501


During the workshop, our group will stay at the lovely four-star Hotel Corsignano.  These rooms are included in your workshop fee based on double occupancy.  Should you wish a single supplement, please select this add-on during registration.

Joel Wolfson
Ron York
Photo Guide
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CANCELLATION POLICY: – Effective April 1, 2019


Should you find it necessary to cancel your workshop, the following cancellation policy applies – NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • 121 days or more prior to the start of the workshop your deposit will be refunded less $250
  • 120 days full payment is due
  • Cancellation between 91-119 days will receive a 50% refund of the workshop fee.
  • *90 days or less until departure – No refund.

* If we are able to fill your seat and the workshop runs at full enrollment we will refund your workshop fees less $100 administrative fee.

NOTE:  Workshop bookings including, but not limited to, outfitters, permit agencies, lodging and more are requiring firm financial commitments at 90 days. Therefore, in order to continue to bring you to great destinations, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined above. We recognize cancellations can some time be unavoidable that is why securing a Travel Protection Plan is highly encouraged.

Arizona Highways PhotoScapes reserves the right to cancel any workshop if our minimum student enrollment is not met. In the event AHPS cancels a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund for the workshop components booked directly with AHPS.  Please Note: we are not liable for the additional expenses incurred such as airfare, hotel accommodations or any other components booked outside of the workshop.


PAYMENT TERMS:  A minimum deposit is due at registration to reserve your space.  Please refer to the specific workshop for the required deposit.  Final payments are due 90 days prior to departure.  Approximately 15 days prior to the due date you will receive a reminder email that your balance is coming due.