Amazing Tuscany

18 - 19 - 20 MAY 2019   |   TUSCANY, ITALY


Undoubtedly one of the most photogenic area in the world. Rolling hills, curvy little roads, alleys lined with cypresses, beautiful sky, lonely trees - everything just right there around you... 

I have photographed in the area several times and scouted all places we will visit. I know where to be early in the morning, what to photograph during a midday and where we have to be for the sunset. I will take you to the best spots and you will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy amazing Tuscany. Knowing owners of great locations granted me access for even better shots.

Small group of max. 8 participants to ensure great experience, so I can dedicate enough space and individual instructions for everybody. You will learn new photography techniques and equipment, you will understand landscape composition and you will see how and why light conditions have such an important role for landscape photography all than in relaxed atmosphere of same-minded photo enthusiasts. Beautiful, cozy and very conveniently located hotel with easy access to the most of the places.

Date: Saturday 18. 5. -  Monday 20.5., 2019

Itinerary for our photo trip*:

Saturday 18.5.2019

13.00 Meet and greet in our hotel in Tuscany and check-in

15.00 Rolling hills and iconic cypresses of San Quirico D'Orcia, poppy fields, sunset and blue hour

21.00 Dinner

22.00 Stars above Tuscany - optional night shooting and star trails creation


Sunday 19.5.2019

5.00 Sunrise above rolling hills

8.00 Breakfast

9.00 Tuscany everywhere - old farmhouses, curvy roads, more and more cypresses, vineyards

16.00 Little, cute town full of photogenic details and unbelievably windy roads - just ready to photograph car trails

21.30 Late dinner


Monday 20.5.2019

5.00 Sunrise beauty next to iconic chappel

8.00 Breakfast and checkout

9.00 Endless fields of wheat, flowers and breathtaking landscapes... and more cypresses, but also unique pine tree alley

15.00 End of the workshop


* Please, bear in mind, that this is a "vagabond" style photo trip, so we will be catching light, shadows, clouds and agenda can change based on the current weather situation. More detailed agenda will be shared after booking your spot.

Workshop price includes:

  • workshop fee -  full day photo experiences 

  • 100% availability of your experienced instructor all the time

  • all transport within Tuscany during the workshop

  • all logistic and organizational support at the locations

  • great atmosphere and bonus smile ;-)

Total price: 499 CHF

Accommodation: Workshop price does not include accommodation. But I have reserved rooms in the beautiful hotel with restaurant, garden, pools and breakfast - right in the heart of San Quirico d'Orcia area. Many locations are accessible from the hotel and are within a walking distance. I strongly encourage you to stay in the same hotel, which will be our morning starting point and where we will return late evening. However, you are free to find your own accommodation, but if you'll decide to stay at the different place I require punctuality - sunrise will not wait ;)

Price for two nights in 3* hotel (4.4 out of 5 rating), two people per room + 2x breakfast is 150 CHF. (Single room available upon request. More info about the hotel can be sent upon request).

Transfer to Tuscany is not included in the price, however carpooling from Vevey and back from Tuscany is possible in my car for additional 150 CHF. 

Gift certificate option available! Payment by bank transfer possible.

Please contact us here to agree details.

Requirements: Basic understanding of your camera, tripod (we have few to borrow, contact us if you need one). This will be a very intensive 3 day photo trip and we will be shooting from early morning till very late night, so as for any landscape photography, be ready for lack of sleep ;) All scouted locations are however accessible with car, perfect spots are always within a reasonable walking distance and physically this trip is not very demanding.

Weather: This is an outdoor photo trip and of course we hope for ideal weather conditions. Timing of the photo trip has been selected to maximize our chances of favorable conditions. However, please be aware that weather can change and cannot be guaranteed. We will be monitoring weather forecast closely and will flexibly reshuffle our agenda to maximize the potential of our trip, but no guarantee can be made for ideal sunrises, sunsets, clouds or blue sky. Nevertheless, landscape photography is also about learning how to take pictures in a different conditions and I will do my best to teach you how to understand weather in photography and how to plan and shoot in inclement weather if it will occur (which is often very photogenic, by the way ;-)).

Payment and cancellation policy: To book your spot, payment must be made in full. 
If your booking will be cancelled by 31.12.2018, you will be refunded 400 CHF. After 1.1. 2019 we will refund 400 CHF only if we'll fill your place from the standby list, otherwise no refund is possible. Finding replacement for your spot is encouraged and of course fully accepted.

Minimum 4 participants are required to organize this photo trip. In case of unlikely event of cancellation at our side for any reason, your payment will be refunded in full.

Terms and ConditionsThis photo trip is organized by Patrik Banas and your participation is voluntary, based on your own decision and you will join as an independent person. Please ensure to take care of all your gears and personal possessions as I cannot accept any liability for them. I will do all my very best to keep you safe, comfortable and happy, however you are responsible (and I strongly recommend it) to arrange your own travel insurance, covering your health, photo gears and personal liability. I will not be liable for any loss or damage suffered by participants resulting from any events and actions which are beyond my reasonable control. 

Booking your spot for this particular photo trip serves as placing an order with Patrik Banas and constitutes an acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. Every participant will be asked at the beginning of the workshop to sign and accept Accident Waiver and Release of the Liability, which can be downloaded here.

Questions? Email me and I will be delighted to answer any questions!

Meanwhile, enjoy the galleries with the best of Tuscany taken by my previous workshop participants!


© Michaela Nesvadbova - click for the gallery.


© Iva Ullrichova - click for the gallery.

What participants say about this workshop:

“I was lucky enough to be with Patrik on a trip to Italy in May 2017.  There are two principal reasons why I am happy to recommend him as a guide and photography trip leader, and would be happy to go with him on any workshop or journey.  First of all he is blessed with a lovely, calm and thoughtful personality, which is a great benefit when travelling, and where things don’t always go according to plan. I felt safe and secure at all times, and there was a lovely atmosphere around Patrik and his group. It seemed easy to arrange meals, meeting times and places, and journeys on trains and in cars and buses.  Patrik’s good humour was a real asset.  
As for his photography tutoring, he is most concerned to ensure that all the photographers were able to do their very best with whatever equipment they had, and was generous with both his time - explaining things as often as needed - and his kit, lending it around to help others, either to try out or to use for a particular shot. I do hope that I can get to travel with him again.”

Alison Ryde, Oxford, UK


"I would like to thank (amazing) Patrik for amazing experience and amazing workshop in "Amazing Tuscany". I was amazed not only from the start till the end (amazing locations, amazing ideas, amazingly positive energy, amazing willingness to help and advise - all that available almost 24 hours a day), but also long time before the workshop (amazing preparation, amazing communication, amazingly fast replies to our questions) and long after (amazing memories, amazing pictures, amazing motivation and also amazing inspiration). All in all, Amazing Tuscany was really amazing, no doubt about that."

Iva Ullrichova, Valmez, Czechia

Patrik's "Amazing Tuscany" workshop is unique not only due to the most beautiful locations, but also thanks to its structure (definitely do not expect a lot of sleep ;)). And last but not least thanks to professional and kind instructor's approach. Patrik is extremely careful and caring, he is really committed to get the best shots for each workshop participants and make them to feel comfortable. All that is supported by Patrik's positive energy, great sense of humor and also very pleasant and beautiful accommodation. I am still in Tuscany mood and I am very happy to, that my pictures taken during the workshop are adored by my friends and family. Thank you!

Michaela Nesvadbova, Prague, Czechia

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Looking forward to seeing you! Patrik  |  photo © Michaela Nesvadbová