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Trabocco Coast, Abruzzo, Italy

known as the ‘Region of Parks’ Abruzzo is a large network of national and regional parks, Abruzzo has the tallest peaks in the Apennine range, with a lanscape of forested mountains and hills dotted with fortified medieval villages, churches and castles. From the Appennine Mountains to the Adriatic Sea, Abruzzo has the charm of the ‘Costa dei Trabocchi’. a rugged coastline that stretches from Pescara South to the pretty town of Vasto. A Trabocco is a wooden fishing “machine” called “overflow” that sits in the Adriatic Sea. It’s spider like structure hangs over the sea supporting a huge net and connected only to the land by seemingly fragile walkways.

We use a private vehicle for photo locations; we visit several Trabocchi, the historic Abbey of Sn Giovani in Venere with panoramic views overlooking the Fossacesia coastline and the British War Cemetery at Torino di Sangro. We head inland visiting medieval villages such as Roccascalegna, Gessopalena, and Altio set in rural countryside with views of the Majella Mountains. Through motivating, practical sessions you’ll learn more about your camera and various techniques to capture stunning images. Abruzzo offers photographic opportunities galore and throughout we can enjoy typical Abruzzi food and wine.

Our accommodation is Villa Fruttanoce, set amidst vineyards and olive groves with beatiful views across to the Apenne Mountains. At Fruttacoce you’ll find relaxed and comfortable accommodation with good sized rooms, well fitted kitchens and bathrooms and plenty of space to spread out and relax on the three terraces and around the swimming pool. All within minutes of the Adriatic’s blue-flagged beaches and close to the Majella National Park, making it the perfect base for our photography holiday.

A traditional Trabocco bathed in the evening light

Sunset over a small harbour on the Trabocchi Coast

Trabocco Coast, Abruzzo, Italy

  • Day 1
  • Fly from the UK to Pescara.
  • Transfer by private vehicle to your accommodation.
  • As it is an evening flight we have time to relax and settle in over wine and bread, cheese and meats etc.
  • Day 2 – Day 4
  • Breakfast at Fruttanoce.
  • Photography days with coffee stops and of course for lunch. Steve will be on hand to set assignments and give one-to-one assistance with all aspects of photography. Our tour will be mainly a tour of two halves on the coast photographing the traditional Trabocchi and heading inland to the mountains for countryside and medieval villages. We use our private vehicle to reach carefully selected locations.
  • Evening meals during the tour are taken as and when we are out and about to enable us to shoot later in the day.
  • Day 5
  • We have the full day on Monday for photography but in the evening sadly the end of the tour, we transfer by private vehicle to Pescara Airport for the journey home to the UK.

Suitable for all photographers: Just starting out with a digital SLR or CSC Mirrorless camera? want to improve your photographic skills?

Tuition: Tuition is in the form of in-the-field talks, demonstrations, one-to-ones, review sessions and discussions.

You can learn about: Camera functions and handling; Composition; Exposures; Apertures; Shutter speeds; Depth of Field and Using Filters.

Group size is limited to 8: Small groups mean that you get the best out of a location and receive the personal attention to learn at your own pace.

Trabocco Coast, Abruzzo – Dates and Prices

Travel Dates Nights Single Occupancy Double / Twin Share Local Payment Notes
Thurs 10 Nov – Mon 14 Nov 2016 4 £1029 N/A €60 1 place available
Thurs 09 Nov – Mon 13 Nov 2017 4 £1029 £759 €60 Available
Thurs 08 Nov – Mon 12 Nov 2018 4 £1049 £769 €80 Available

Included: Flights, transfers, bed and breakfast accommodation in a three star hotel in the centre of Venice, pass for the Vaporetto buses and photography tuition and advice throughout the tour. Group size is limited to a maximum of 8 people to enable everyone to receive some one-to-one support.

Not included: Drinks, lunches, evening meals, travel insurance, photographic insurance, city tax (€3.50 pppn).

Flights (2016)
Flights are from London Gatwick to Venice Marco Polo OR Manchester to Venice Marco Polo… Book early to avoid any flight supplements.

Land Only
If you prefer to organise your own flights and book the tour as a land only package (without flights), please enquire for a quote.

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