Florence and Val D’Orcia, Italy (yes, my friends, ITALY!)

May 16 - 26, 2020

Join myself, Jeff Carlson and David Jones for a very special adventure in the incredibly beautiful Italian countryside of Tuscany. We’ll explore historic villages and the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside during the time of year when the fields are their greenest and the morning mist wraps the land in mystery. Daily adventures to places of remarkable cultural and scenic splendor will be enhanced by decadent meals, legendary wine and some of the best coffee in the world. Throw in three guides dedicated to helping you make the most of every moment and you have a workshop that may never be bettered. Did I mention Gelato?

Photo by David Jones

Photo by David Jones

Photo by David Jones

Photo by David Jones

More than just a pretty place.

It’d be easy to think of Tuscany as a landscape photography destination, but the region offers so much more than that. On this adventure we will divide our days between the hills and valleys of the region and the charming communities we find there. As with all of our workshops, we will remain ever-vigilant to opportunities to make remarkable images. Our schedule has us based in one lovely hotel in a friendly village for seven nights, with three more nights in the city of Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. With 10 days to roam this storied place, we will most certainly find more photographic bliss than we deserve.

Photo by David Jones

Photo by David Jones

Villages, Towns and Cities of Tuscany

We’ll spend our days strolling through the streets and plazas of Tuscany’s historic villages and towns. The textures and colors of these amazing places are stories waiting to be told. We will work together to capture unique and compelling images of the region’s architecture and people.

Photo by David Jones

Photo by David Jones

Photo by David Jones

Photo by David Jones

Sunrises and Sunsets

Our workshops often feature long days of photography and exploring, and this one is no different. For seven days we will rise before the sun and head out in our vans to the Tuscan countryside in search of golden light, romantic mist and engaging compositions of centuries-old farms atop the iconic rolling hills. Each evening, we will return to the hills for sunset and capture the vibrant colors of this incredible place.

Photo by David Jones

Photo by David Jones

GROUP SIZE: 12 clients & 3 guides (that’s a heck of a ratio, folks!)


• All transportation once you arrive in Florence on May 16th.

• Basic museum entrance fees in Florence and Sienna.

• Location guiding by David Jones.

• Photographic Instruction and support from Mason Marsh, Jeff Carlson and David Jones.

• All of the good humor you could possibly handle.


• Accommodations in San Quirico and Florence (but we will provide all of the information you will need to make reservations so we can all find rooms together). There are several room type options at both properties. Look for accommodations details below.

• Meals and drinks.

• Airfare to/from Florence, Italy (Arrivals on 5/16, Departures on 5/26)

PRICE: $1,600 per person

($500 Deposit to hold your spot, fully refundable until April 1, 2020)

Accommodations Information

Normally on one of my trips, I handle the accommodations bookings, but for this trip there are so many options for rooms and amenities that pricing out the trip would be nearly impossible. I am leaving the booking of your rooms to you, but I have been working with both of our properties to ensure that they are going to be the best options for us. Here they are:

Casanova Hotel Wellness Center, San Quirico D'Orcia • 16-23 May, 2020 (seven nights)

David Jones has stayed here a few times and raves about it. It looks amazing. They offer a variety of rooms and studios. If you search for rooms by date on their website it will show everything as unavailable as our trip is still over a year away. Try entering this coming May and look at the rooms and rates. Once you have an idea of what you’d like, attempt to contact the hotel and book your room. I have found that they are friendly, but slow to respond to emails. They will require a 30% deposit to hold your room, but they do allow cancellations. I am in contact with them to find out when we will be able to book the rooms online, and I will keep you informed once you reserve your space on the trip.

Palazzo San Niccolò, Florence • 23-26 May, 2020 (three nights)

Located in the heart of Florence along the banks of the Arno River, the Palazzo San Niccolò will put us within walking distance of the city’s incredible locations. The property has a wide range of room types and options. Click here for a list. You can look at photos and read descriptions on their web site. As with the Casanova, their online booking is not open for our dates yet, but you can contact the hotel directly to book.