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©2020 by Focus on Sicilia

P. IVA 05642190879

Eastern Sicily

Photography Holiday 

Eight Days

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2020 and 2021
Itinerary - Eastern Sicily Photography Holiday - Eight Days*

Day 1

  • Your arrival in Catania – Focus on Sicilia will provide transportation from Catania International Airport to the hotel in the historical city centre of Catania.​

  • Dinner in local trattoria​

  • Introductions by the Focus on Sicilia team and participants

  • Accommodations - Hotel in Catania in the historical city centre

Day 2

  • Blue hour photography – Piazza Teatro Bellini Catania. Catania’s Opera House with its Sicilian Baroque façade is located on a traffic-free square. (Cityscape,Heritage)​

  • Breakfast in hotel​

  • Historical fish, fruit, and vegetable market. The colourful and chaotic A'Piscaria market offers some great opportunities for photographing local shoppers and vendors with their catch of the day. Catch the vibe of Catania. (Street, Heritage)

  • Catania city centre walk. A guided tour of some of the most interesting places for shooting the essence of Catania – from the beautifully restored baroque palaces, the attractive piazzas, and the opulent churches to the picturesque alleys, old workshops, and ancient Greek and Roman monuments. (Street, Heritage, Cityscape)

  • Accommodations - Hotel in Catania in the historical city centre

Day 3

  • Blue hour photography – Piazza Duomo Catania. This is the heart of historical Catania, and with the majestic Duomo in the background, there are some great angles for shooting. (Cityscape, Heritage)

  • Breakfast in hotel and checkout/departure

  • Villages around Mt. Etna. We will visit some of the most gorgeous historical villages and towns strewn around the flanks of Mt. Etna, Europe’s highest and most active volcano. There will be sweeping landscapes of the fertile plains and the desolate lunarscapes on the volcano itself. (Landscape, Heritage, Cityscape) 

  • Sunset at the Gurne dell’Alcantara. A relatively unknown but beautiful location for shooting the small rapids and characteristic basalt walls of the Alcantara River. (Landscape)

  • Accommodations – Hotel in Taormina’s historical centre 

Day 4

  • Blue hour photography at Isola Bella, one of the symbols of Taormina, perfectly lined up for sunrise (Seascape)

  • Breakfast in hotel and checkout

  • Teatro Greco, the spectacular and iconic ancient Greek theater with Mt. Etna in the background. (Heritage, Landscape)

  • Taormina city walk. Walk around the small centre of Taormina to photograph its most scenic corners. (Street, Heritage, Cityscape)

  • Seascapes on the Riviera dei Limoni. We will visit the tiny, picturesque fishing ports and panoramic points along the beautiful and rugged coastline between Taormina and Catania. (Seascapes, Heritage)

  • Sunset at Augusta lighthouse (Seascape, Cityscape)

  • Photo review session

  • Accommodations – Hotel in Ortigia, Syracuse’s historical centre

Day 5

  • Blue hour photography in Piazza Duomo Syracuse. This is one of Italy's most beautiful squares with some great angles for shooting. (Cityscape, Heritage)

  • Breakfast in hotel

  • Ortigia city walk. A guided tour of the hidden gems of Ortigia Island, the oldest part of Syracuse, which dates back to the ancient Greeks more than 2,700 years ago. Ortigia, with its port and beautiful sandstone piazzas, and its palaces and churches, is jam-packed with photo opportunities. (Street, Heritage, Cityscape)

  • Noto city walk. This baroque city is a gem of small dimensions. You will have an opportunity to shoot the many historical buildings. (Street, Heritage, Cityscape)

  • Noto sunset – we will shoot the sunset in Noto from a rooftop terrace. (Heritage, Cityscape)

  • Accommodations – Hotel in Ortigia, Syracuse’s historical centre

Day 6

  • Sunrise photography – I Due Frati (Seascape)

  • Breakfast in hotel and checkout

  • Marzamemi – this picturesque fishermen’s village has wonderful corners to shoot in and around its port. (Seascape, Heritage, Cityscape)

  • Modica – city walk through one of the baroque jewels of this corner of Sicily. (Street, Heritage, Architecture)

  • Sunset at Ragusa Ibla (Heritage, Cityscape)

  • Accommodations – Hotel in Ragusa’s historical centre

Day 7

  • Breakfast in hotel

  • Ragusa - city walk in to discover the two side of this baroque city (Street, Heritage, Cityscape)

  • Checkout 

  • Palazzolo Acreide - city walk in and around this remote town with over 3000 years of history (Street, Heritage, Cityscape)

  • Sunset at Brucoli, a scenic bay with Mt. Etna in the background (Seascape)

  • Accommodations – Hotel Catania historical city centre

  • Farewell dinner

Day 8

  • Breakfast

  • Transportation to Catania International Airport

  • The services provided by Focus on Sicilia end upon your arrival at the airport.

*The itinerary of the Eastern Sicily Photography Holiday is subject to change for circumstances beyond our control. We will do everything within reason to provide a suitable alternative to the planned location. Your health, safety, and enjoyment will always be our primary concern when considering such changes.  

  Available Dates
04 Oct 2020 - 11 Oct 2020
29 Nov 2020 - 06 Dec 2020
31 Jan 2021 - 07 Feb 2021
28 Mar 2021 - 04 Apr 2021
31 Oct 2021 - 07 Nov 2021
Price of Eastern Sicily Photography Holiday - Eight Days​
euro 3150 per person twin-room sharing
euro 2950 with Early Booking Discount 
Single Supplement euro 500 per person
  • Seven nights of accommodations and breakfast

  • Photographic assistance throughout the holiday

  • Luxury transportation as per itinerary

  • Entrance and local guide fees

  • Transportation to and from Catania International Airport and tour accommodation

What is Included in the Price
  • Meals and drinks other than breakfast

  • Cost of flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Anything not specifically mentioned as being included

What is Not Included in the Price

10 Reasons to Book With Us

  1. We are based in Sicily and are the local experts.

  2. We have in-depth knowledge of the local culture, locations, and photographic techniques.

  3. We ensure you will be in the right place at the right time for the best light.

  4. We speak the local language and connect you to the Sicilian people.

  5. We offer multilingual support during the tour in English, Dutch, Italian, and German.

  6. We will take you to a great variety of iconic and off-the-beaten-track locations.

  7. We offer an excellent mix of photographic opportunities, including landscape, seascape, cultural, and street photography.

  8. You will experience the authentic Sicily.

  9. We offer high-quality transportation, meals, and accommodations.

  10. You get great value for your money.

Piazza Teatro Bellini, Catania, Sicily, Sicilia, Italy, Italia, Photography Holiday Location

Early Booking Discount Photography Holidays

  • Book three months prior to departure and receive a euro 200 discount on the price of the Eastern Sicily Photography Holiday.

  • Pay instead of euro 3150 pay only euro 2950 per person.

  • You don’t need to do anything, the price will be automatically adjusted.

Sicily, Italy's Most Photogenic Region

Sicily, with its millennia of turbulent history, majestic Mt. Etna, picture-perfect hilltop villages, baroque towns, mesmerizing landscapes and seascapes, and cultural treasures is one of the most fascinating and versatile destinations for a photography holiday in Europe.​  

 

Eastern Sicily, the area surrounding Catania, which also includes Taormina, Mt. Etna, Syracuse, and the baroque towns of Noto, Modica, and Ragusa is jam-packed with some of the best and most varied photographic opportunities you could ever want.

There will be interesting opportunities for street photography in the markets, squares, and streets we will visit, and for shooting some of Sicily’s most iconic locations like Mt. Etna and the ancient Greek theatre in Taormina.

 

The charming towns and little villages offer great opportunities for cultural and architectural photography, and the huge variety of landscapes and seascapes is fantastic.

We will take you to Eastern Sicily’s most stunning locations at the right time for the best light. 

Focus on Sicilia

It’s all in the name – we only offer photography tours to Sicily. We are experts in all things Sicily and we endeavor to transmit our love, enthusiasm and knowledge of this fantastic Italian island to each participant in the photo holidays and private photo day excursions we organize.

We are based in Sicily, so we never cease in gaining more local knowledge, discovering new locations, and keeping ourselves up-to-date with the latest developments, all so that we can offer the best possible photo tours in Sicily.

Photography is the main objective of these tours, so we take you to our favorite locations and give you the opportunity to take home some fantastic shots, but we also want you to experience more…

We want you to get to know the authentic Sicily and to become familiar with the Sicilian people and the genuine local cuisine and specialties of each town so you can have the right context for your photos, and so that your Sicilian photography trip will be a truly amazing all-around experience.  More about us >>

Meals
  • Sicily is well-known throughout Italy for its genuine, simple, high-quality produce and specialties. We want you to experience also the gastronomical and oenomical excellence and diversity of Sicily and will take you to our favourite places.

  • Lunches will be near the photography locations in typical local trattorie and rosticcerie, which offer simple but excellent food based on fantastic local produce and delicacies.

  • Dinners will be near your accommodations in restaurants popular with the local population. However, if you prefer, you can choose to dine somewhere else or stay in the accommodations instead.

  • Sicily is also famous for its street food, and you will have an opportunity to sample some of the best specialties each location has to offer. 

  • We have chosen not to include meals in the price of the photography holiday so that everyone can personalise his or her choice of meal; one, two, or three courses; special diet or the full monty; vegetarian, vegan or carnivore, etc. etc. 

  • Each participant is responsible for the payment of his or her own restaurant bills.

Reaching Catania

  • Catania International Airport (CTA) is connected via direct flights with numerous capitals and secondary cities in Europe.

  • There are daily direct flights from Dubai.

  • Other intercontinental connections are possible through Milan (MXP) or Rome (FCO) or through London, Paris, Munich, etc. 

Airport Transfers

  • Transportation between the hotel and Catania International Airport will be arranged for you.

  • If two or more participants are on the same flight, their transportation will be grouped together.

  • If you arrive on a different date or at a different airport in Sicily, we can assist in arranging transportation for you, an additional charge may be applicable depending on location

Accommodations

  • The accommodations will be in four-star hotels.

  • All rooms have en-suite bathrooms

  • Accommodations are selected based on location, charm, comfort, and facilities such as free Wi-Fi.

Climate

Sicily has a Mediterranean climate, with pleasant autumns and springs and very mild winters. Of course, rain is always possible, but it tends to pass quickly. Crisp days with beautiful light and some nice clouds are the norm – ideal photography weather.

Passport and Visa

Italy is part of the Schengen Zone. Please check the passport/visa requirements necessary to enter Italy/Schengen.

Insurance

Please ensure that you have adequate and valid travel insurance that includes medical expenses and medical repatriation. We require a copy of your travel insurance prior to the start of the trip. Furthermore, we recommend you purchase cancellation insurance in case you have to cancel your trip due to unforeseen circumstances. Also check to see whether your travel insurance covers your equipment (most of the time this coverage is inadequate). Some home insurance policies will cover it, but if yours does not, we recommend you take out separate insurance for your expensive equipment.

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