Photography Holiday in Umbria

from £1256 pp


7 days

Max 6 people

What you'll do

Learn the art of photography on this adventurous photography holiday in Orvieto in Umbria that promises not just a photography course but also an Italian cultural immersion as you explore the regions of Umbria, Tuscany and Latium.

Learn the art of photography on this adventurous photography holiday in Orvieto, a stunning hill top city in the heart of Umbria, famous for its white wines and even whiter gothic cathedral.

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, a photography holiday course capturing spectacular landscapes, dramatic seascapes, beautiful buildings, lakes and stunning sunsets promises a unique learning experience that will stay with you long after the holiday is over.

Get out and about in a 4×4, explore the delights of Umbria and Tuscany, learn photography and take home images from this beautiful area that you will be proud to show to others.

Your Local Host:


Passionate about photography, British photography tutor Patrick has lived and worked in Italy since 1983 and knows the area intimately. With over 25 years experience working as a professional photographer, Patrick has worked in fashion, portrait and advertising, with his work published in magazines worldwide. Since 2007, he has run his own photo.. Read More

Experience Itinerary

Arrival & Orvieto and environs in Umbria

– Friday is your arrival day
– You’ll be collected from Orvieto train station in the morning and transferred to your accommodation as your course starts after lunch on Friday afternoon
– Please note that Orvieto station is just 50 minutes from Rome Termini station
– Alternatively you can arrive on Thursday evening and add an extra night or nights to your trip 
– Your course starts early after lunch with a wander around the beautiful city of Orvieto, the home of your photography tutor and famous the world over
– Orvieto like most of the towns in Umbria is an Etruscan city overlaid with Roman, Mediaeval and Renaissance buildings. The mediaeval quarter is so picturesque film crews often shoot here. The city was painted by William Turner who was struck by its site on an outcrop of rock above the Tiber valley and the cathedral is one of the wonders of Italy.
– This evening is free for you to relax and have dinner at your leisure

Your accommodation and meals
– Accommodation is in a 17th century palazzo in the historic centre of Orvieto
– Prices are based on 1 person in an ensuite room
– You will have breakfast daily at the palazzo and lunch will be taken out on location
– You will have 2 restaurant dinners with the group included in the price, other nights are free to do your own thing
– Orvieto is a lively town and a pleasure to stroll in as it is almost completely pedestrianised
– WiFi is available in the B&B but not in all the rooms (it possible to go to Orvieto where cafes have free WiFi)

Lake Bolsena

– Your course starts early after breakfast and you’ll take a trip in the 4×4 to the dramatic Lake Bolsena only 20 minutes away, to capture the stunning scenery around its shores
– You’ll focus on shooting the working fishing villages with their boats, nets and gnarled fishermen ideal for experimenting with depth of field, vivid colour composition, movement and portraiture
– There are Etruscan tombs overlooking the lake where we practice high definition photography, balancing the gloom within, to the bright Mediterranean light outside
– Dinner is taken at a lakeside restaurant tonight with the group

Tyrrhenian coastline

– You’ll have the morning in Orvieto to review the results of your photography from yesterday and will work with your tutor as he gives you an overview of how to use Photoshop
– Using a tripod to catch the motion of the waves and take an abstract approach as you photograph bleached white skeleton trees washed up the shore
– Your evening is free

The hill towns of Tuscany

– After a short drive, you’ll spend a relaxing morning on the shores of Lake Bolsena
– After a picnic lunch on the shore you’ll get back in the 4×4 to drive to three hill top towns in Tuscany, these towns are among the most picturesque in all of Italy and all three have been continuously inhabited since Etruscan times, 3000 years of history, a Jewish ghetto until the 1930s
– The view of the town  from the abandoned Jewish cemetery is very moving
– You’ll also have the chance to document Italian life and the people
– This evening is free

Mysterious Etruria

– An early start again today with a drive to the Mysterious Etruria, the Etruscan civilization was here while Rome was still a swampy village, most of what the Etruscans have left is cut deep into the volcanic rock, the tufa
– You will explore their sacred ways, cut deep into the rock for unknown purposes This is ideal terrain for photo-stitching, multiple shots joined together to make a panoramic view in a confined space
– The Etruscans loved water and you will spend the rest of the day photographing the waterfalls and streams that are to be found all over this area
– This evening is free

Classic Tuscan landscape

– After a short drive, you’ll shoot vine covered hills, hot springs,  lonely umbrella pines, sentinel cypress and characteristic farms and villas – the classic Tuscan landscape south of Siena called the Val d’Orcia
– Dinner tonight will be taken with the group in Tuscany

Orvieto and Bagnoregio & Departure

– Today is the last day of your photography course and you’ll check-out of your accommodation after an early breakfast
– Leaving the hotel early, you’ll photograph Orvieto from the hill opposite as the sun comes up the mist often comes up from the Tiber valley
– Then it’s back in the 4×4 to drive to nearby Bagnoregio an almost deserted town, a sort of mediaeval ghost town
– After lunch, your photography holiday finishes and you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you will be taking home new found photography skills and pictures to be proud of

Location Info

Based in Orvieto, at the corner of three regions each with their own history and traditions, Latium (the region of Rome), Umbria and Tuscany, this photography holiday gets you out and about around this stunning region of Italy and promises not onl..

  • 6 nights accommodation in a 17th Century Italian Palazzo
  • 7 day photography holiday course
  • Breakfast and lunch daily (lunch is taken out on location)
  • 2 dinners with the group
  • A map of the area
  • All transport to each photography shoot location in a 4×4
  • An afternoon’s Photoshop training
  • A pick up from Orvieto train station with a transfer to your hotel

Photography Holiday in Umbria