Date: 09th - 12th December 2016
Sitting on a plain at the foot of the Apuan Alps in Northern Tuscany, the renaissance city of Lucca is probably the region’s best-kept secret.
Behind its city walls it’s home to some wonderful and often unseen treasures. The streets follow the original Roman plan, narrow, cobbled and lined by beautiful architecture the city plays host to many photographic treats.
According to the writer Henry James, Lucca is “overflowing with everything that makes for ease, for plenty, for beauty, for interest and good example”.
This wonderful city, just a short drive from Pisa has incredible colonnaded walkways, lines of arches, winding alleys, beautiful piazzas and majestic churches- all crammed into what seems an impossibly small inner city that dates back to 180 BC.
The city walls themselves make for a fabulous subject, still intact since the 16th century, they offer not only a great vantage point but also tree-lined walkways along the top.
Narrow walkways tunnel through the walls offering simple but satisfying subjects for the street photographer, the soft light reflected by the warm stone and painted buildings allows you to play with light and shade, contrast and colour to bring your photographs to life.
Street corners see locals, reading newspapers, taking coffee or just putting the world to rights. You can climb the Torre delle Ore for a bird’s eye view of the red roofs and painted facades of the buildings.
We have chosen to visit this most beautiful of Italian cities in December to avoid the crowds that over fill the narrow streets during the summer months.
The world famous Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro begs to be shot as a panorama, its oval shape made unique by its construction on the original Roman amphitheatre.
Throughout the long weekend you will be guided by Paul Sanders, former Times Picture Editor and Fuji ambassador. He will be on hand at all times to assist you with any challenges you come across. This tour is very relaxed and will involve quite a lot of walking as Lucca is best explored on foot, which is probably just as well if you plan to sample the local wine!
There are many historic cafes and restaurants on every street to allow you ample time to recover and watch the world go by in a charming city, that will leave you feeling inspired.