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©2020 by Focus on Sicilia

P. IVA 05642190879

Western Sicily

Photography Holiday 

Eight Days

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

Day 1

  • Your arrival in Palermo – Focus on Sicilia will provide transportation from Palermo 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 Palermo in the historical city centre

Day 2

  • Blue hour photography at Teatro Massimo. Teatro Massimo is the third largest Opera House in Europe. It has a neoclassical façade and is located on a beautiful square. (Cityscape, Culture)

  • Breakfast in hotel 
     

  • Palermo city centre walk. A guided tour will take you to some of the most picturesque places in the historical centre of Palermo, including Byzantine churches, medieval
    palaces, Renaissance fountains, artisan workshops, and the colourful open-air food markets of Capo and Ballarò. (Street, Culture, Cityscape)
     

  • Accommodations in Palermo’s historical city centre

Day 3

  • Blue hour photography of Piazza Pretoria. The stunning Fontana Pretoria – better known as the “fountain of shame” – is the most beautiful fountain in Palermo and arguably in Sicily. (Cityscape, Culture)
     

  • Breakfast in hotel – checkout – departure
     

  • Duomo di Monreale. The Norman-Arab-Byzantine interior is breathtaking, and the adjacent cloister has some fine angles to shoot. (Cityscape, Culture)
     

  • Cefalù city centre walk. This sleepy little seaside town has it all – a great seafront, cute alleys, and a majestic church. (Cityscape, Culture)
     

  • Cefalù sunset, we will shoot the seafront during sunset from the quay to get a lovely perspective. (Seascape, Cityscape)
     

  • Accommodations in Cefalù

Day 4

  • ​Blue hour photography at Cefalù cathedral. The cathedral of Cefalù is a Norman-Arab-Byzantine masterpiece, picture perfect with its twin bell towers. (Cityscape, Culture)
     

  • Breakfast in hotel – checkout – departure
     

  • Castelbuono city walk. This is a small medieval town known as the gateway to the Madonie Mountains. Full of quaint little corners, alleys, and steps. (Street, Cityscape, Culture)
     

  • Petralia Sottana city walk. Another small medieval town with a very different atmosphere but also with many photo ops. (Street, Cityscape, Culture)
     

  • Petralia Soprana city walk. Voted the most beautiful village in Italy in 2018, it has the perfect combination of shabby and chic, with dilapidated old buildings and beautiful palaces. (Street, Cityscape, Culture)
     

  • Petralia Soprana sunset. Although not really a location for viewing a sunset, the Chiesa Santa Maria del Loreto and the surrounding scenery are particularly beautiful at this time of the day. (Cityscape)
     

  • Accommodations in Petralia Soprana

Day 5

  • Breakfast in hotel – checkout – departure
     

  • Polizzi Generosa city walk. Another picture-perfect town with some photographic jewels. (Street, Cityscape, Culture)
     

  • Porticello is one of the main fishing harbours of Western Sicily, with colourful boats of all shapes and sizes and fishermen selling their catch and mending their nets. (Street, Culture)
     

  • Sant’Elia, a small and quaint hamlet with some beautiful scenery to shoot. (Seascape)
     

  • Bagheria – Villa Palagonia. We will visit one of the most photogenic 18th century aristocratic villas. This one is particularly well known for its statues of monsters and mythological figures dotting the gardens. (Cityscape, Culture)
     

  • Accommodations in Castellamare del Golfo

Day 6

  • Breakfast in hotel
     

  • Castellamare city walk. Castellamare has a beautiful seafront, which we will able to shoot from above and below at sea level. (Street, Cityscape, Culture, Seascapes)
     

  • Checkout and departure
     

  • Scopello, we will visit the Tonnara di Scopello, an old tuna processing plant in a stunningly beautiful location. (Seascape, Culture)
     

  • Thereafter we will visit the tiny medieval borgo of Scopello. (Cityscape)
     

  • Erice city walk. This gorgeous town perched high on a hilltop, has a beautifully preserved historical centre with quaint alleys, a castle, and watch towers. (Street, Cityscape, Culture)
     

  • Saline di Marsala – the saltpans of Laguna delle Saline. The characteristic windmills surrounded by the saltpans are fantastic to shoot. (Seascape, Culture)
     

  • Saline di Marsala at sunset. The sun sets directly behind the saltpans, making for great photo opportunities during any type of weather. (Seascape)
     

  • Accommodations in Marsala

Day 7

  • Breakfast in hotel – checkout – departure
     

  • Mazara del Vallo city walk. The typical North African souk feeling of the kasbah is still very much present, even after the end of Arab dominance over 900 years ago. The harbour is buzzing with all kinds of activities to photograph. (Street, Cityscape, Culture)
     

  • Segesta – Greek temple and theatre. Although more than 2,700 years old, this is one of the best-preserved Greek temples in the world with a location to match. The nearby Greek theatre is marvellous in its own right. (Culture)
     

  • Camporeale – rolling hills. Discover the photo opportunities presented by these flowing hills. The patterns made by the patches of land and crops make for some intriguing photography. (Landscape)
     

  • Accommodations in Palermo’s historical centre 

Day 8

  • Breakfast

  • Transportation to Palermo International Airport

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

*The itinerary of the Western 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
18 Oct 2020 - 25 Oct 2020
13 Dec 2020 - 20 Dec 2020
14 Feb 2021- 21 Feb 2021
18 Apr 2021- 25 Apr 2021
21 Nov 2021 - 28 Nov 2021
Price of Western Sicily Photography Holliday - 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.

Sicily, Italy's Most Photogenic Region

Sicily, with its millennia of turbulent history, 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.   

 

Western Sicily, the area surrounding Palermo, which also includes Cefalù, Erice, Marsala, and the Medieval towns of Castelbuono, Petralia Soprana and Polizzi Generosa are crammed 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 Segesta with its ancient Greek Temple and amphitheatre, the impressive Norman mosaics of the duomo in Monreale and the salts pans of Marsala. .

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 Western Sicily’s most stunning locations at the right time for the best light. 

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Early Booking Discount Photography Holidays

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

  • Pay only euro 2950 per person (full price = euro 3150).

  • The early booking discount will be automatically applied – you don’t need to do anything.

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 Palermo

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

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

Airport Transfers

  • Transportation between the hotel and Palermo 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

Accommodation

  • The accommodations will be in four-star hotels. In some locations, due to the season and their remoteness, we may have to opt for good three-star hotels or five-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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