with Matteo de Stefano

Trip Status: OPEN

June 9-16, 2016
Tour Cost: $2750

Once again, Paola Bianco and I are teaming up to produce another art-focused trip, but this time the art is photography and the locus is Soprabolzano in the Dolomites or the Italian Southern Alps. This is the area where Germany and Italy intermingle and both languages and cultures are prevalent. The scenery is beautiful with lush green mountains in early June and wildflowers abounding. The food is also a combination of German and Italian cuisines: I can’t wait to eat the broetchen topped with cheeses at breakfast. We will start our trip in Verona, stay there for 2 nights and then go up to the Bolzano for the duration of the workshop.

Matteo de Stefano: Bio

Paola Bianco: Bio



  • Verona and the Dolomites


  • Juliet’s balcony
  •  Museo di Castelvecchio
  •  Hike, sun, swim in the Dolomites


  • 3 photography lessons (12 hours) with Matteo de Stefano


Hotel Firenze in Verona!

Hotel Bergfink in Soprabolzano

Juliet's balcony in Verona.

Hotel Bergfink.



This city, made famous by Shakespeare, will be a short stop-over on the way to our final destination. On the first afternoon, we’ll catch up on rest and survey the immediate area around the hotel. On the following day, we will have a walking tour and then visit the Museo di Castelvecchio, an old castle made into a beautiful museum by architect Carlo Scarpa. The museum is a perfect spot for photography: shadows, cleverly arranged stones and old doors abound. There will also be some free time in this very quaint town to explore on your own.

Soprabolzano (or Oberbozen in German)

We transfer from Verona to Soprabolzano on Saturday. I think an introductory cable car ride will offer a good overview of the area, without a word of explanation.

During the following three days, we will have photography lessons taught by Matteo de Stefano. Each lesson will have a different focus: street, architecture and nature. Each class will be about 4 hours long, after which we will have lunch. Then you will be free to pursue more photography, relax at the pool, or take a hike. Later in the day we’ll meet for dinner and discuss everyone’s activities and have a photographic critique.

This trip is not packed with activities and therefore offers lots of time for relaxation, so you will really have time to have a vacation in a gorgeous spot of the world.

Hotel Bergfink's pool and grounds.

Cable car ride in the Dolomites.


  • Includes accommodations (double occupancy) for 7 nights, all meals,  photography lessons, airport transfers, ground (and cable cars in the air) transportation in Italy, entrance fees to  museums,  teacher’s and administrative fees.
  • Single supplement is $625.
  • NOTE: A deposit of $500 is required upon registration to secure a place on this journey.
  • Not included are personal purchases and pampering.
  • Airfare is not included to enable travelers to use their “travel points,” upgrade flight arrangements, or to extend their trip.
  • Travel insurance is strongly encouraged.
For a great laugh watch:
Ten Things We Love About Italy

Val di Funes, Dolomites, Italy.

Monastery in Certosa, Italy.

Sluderno, Italy

A hike in the mountains!

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