Rad A. Drew Photography: Calabria Fall 2023!

Continental Divide at Dawn

Continental Divide at Dawn
Continental Divide at Dawn

Calabria Fall 2023!

 2023 Calabria Photo Tour!

October 18 to 25, 2023

(Limited to 8 participants!)

Santa Maria dell'Isola Monastery, Tropea, Italy
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Calabria in the "toe" of Italy's boot has a very old world feel. Its rustic villages, rugged mountains, and coastline make it one of Italy's most photogenic regions.

Cliffs a Tropea
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Walking the streets of Diamante or Sangineto, one has the sense of traveling through time. 

In Diamante, the tradition of painting murals along the town's narrow streets that started hundreds of years ago, continues today with both the restoration of old murals and the addition of new ones by contemporary artists.

Diamond Mural, Diamante
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Use the link below to email me for registration instructions.

for registration instructions.

Registration for this trip will be directly with me. Email me and I will let you know how to pay your deposit and I'll bill you for the balance on July 20, 2023, 90 days before the workshop start date.

Who Is This Trip For?

This tour is for traditional, infrared, and mobile photographers. Increasingly, I'm seeing traditional photographers rely on the iPhone for many of their images. Upon registration, you'll receive a list of camera and lens recommendations, as well as a list of suggested apps. 

Diamante Resident and Mural, Diamante
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October 18-25, 2023; 7 nights, 8 days.

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What's Included?

  • Transfer from Lamezia Airport
  • Lodging with breakfast daily
  • Ground Transportation
  • 7 Dinners
  • Taxes
  • Bottled Water during the day
Not Included
  • Lunches or snacks
  • Beverages not included with meals
  • Gratuities for drivers and guides
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses or extras

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Where are we staying? 

We'll be staying in 2 different places in order to make our journey less tiring.  

October 18-20
We'll spend three nights at an agritourismo in Montalto Uffugo Cosenza.

October 21-25
We'll stay in Vibo Valentia.

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We will make every effort to follow the itinerary, but may make changes based on the weather or other considerations. 

Day 1
This will be a day to arrive in Lamezia Terme Airport where we'll meet up and drive north to our hotel in Montalto Uffugo. After settling in and a brief rest, we'll meet at 6 pm for a briefing on our trip and enjoy a traditional Calabrese dinner.

Day 2
We'll photograph the villages of Diamante famous for its murals throughout the village. We'll explore the historical centre and walk among the hand-painted murals, visit Immacolata Concenzione's church, and walk along the boardwalk. We'll spend the afternoon photographing in Fiumefreddo, recognized as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

Day 3
Today we'll photograph the historic and artistic village of Morano Calabro and in the afternoon we'll explore the beautiful town of Cosenza. We'll walk the narrow alleys, steep stairways, and medieval squares, and photograph the baroque architecture of the Theatre Rendano.

Day 4
Today we relocate to Vibo Valentia, but first, we'll visit the Rogliano (Cascate del Cannavino) and Scigliano (Roman Bridge of Savuto). We'll continue south to Calabria Pizzo where we'll see the historic centre, Republica Square, and sample the famous Tartufo (Truffle Ice Cream). We'll see the Church of Piedigrotta in Pizzo and the Castle Argonese before checking into our hotel .

Day 5
We'll explore the city of Tropea with its historic centre, typical narrow streets, many squares including the Piazza Belvedere, and the famous Santa Maria dell 'Isola Monastery. 

Day 6
Visit Reggio Calabria where we'll see the city, visit the National Museum for the Famous Bronze of Riace, two Greek bronze statues dating back to the 5th century BC. Here we'll have free time to shop or enjoy a walk along the promenade overlooking Sicily and the Strait of Messina, known as "the most beautiful kilometer of the Italian Peninsula." We'll continue to Scilla and the Medieval Castle (Castello Ruffo) on the Stait of Messina and its picturesque fisherman's district called, Chianalea, where houses are build right at the edge of the coastline. 

Day 7
Visit Taormina, considered to be the most beautiful town on the Island of Sicily, filled with history and culture and life by the sea. We'll photograph the Ancient Theatre of Taormina, a Greek theatre build in the third century BC. 

Day 8
Transfer to the Lamezia Airport for the journey home.

Group Size: Only 8

Smaller groups are my preferred way to travel and photograph. We will have only eight (8) participants on this trip. We'll visit locations together, but in villages, you'll have the opportunity to venture out and explore on your own. 

Church of Piedigrotta, Pizzo
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$1000 non-refundable deposit will reserve your spot. (See our Cancellation Policy and Covid Protocol.)

Fishing Village of Scilla
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Flight Arrangements

Upon registration, you'll receive information about arranging your flight to Lamezia. You are welcome to make your own airline reservations, but I encourage you to take advantage of the help form our agency. Depending on where you are flying from, you may want to plan to arrive and spend a recovery night in Rome before flying on to Lamezia, or arrive in Lamezia a day early for jet lag recovery. The agency I work with can help you with these reservations and arrange to transfer you to our hotel. If you choose to arrive early, you will be responsible for the extra night of lodging.

for registration instructions.

Registration for this trip will be directly with me. Email me and I will let you know how to pay your deposit and I'll bill you for the balance on July 20, 2023, 90 days before the workshop start date.

Straight of Messina and Sicily