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Carrara and his Marble Quarries

Carrara is world-famous for its exceptionally pure, fine-grained white marble. Its marble has been quarried since Roman times and Michelangelo used to come to local quarries to choose blocks of stones for his Masterpieces.
The untamed scenery, the white screen slopes and the gigantic scale of the work undertaken by man are an amazing sight.
Thanks to special off road 4x4 Jeeps, you will be taken up to 1200 mt altitude in unique and magnificent scenery, where strong emotions are mixed with 2000 years of history and culture.

Absolutely to see.


Antro del Corchia

In Versilia, in the heart of the Natural Park of the Apuan Alps, there is a “Hollow Mountain” which holds within the secrets of 5 million year long geological history: this is the Antro del Corchia.
Inside 60 km of galleries pits and pools with a maximum difference in height of 1200 mt and an intricate system of Karst tunnels stretching through 2 cubic meters of rocks make the cave of Mount Corchia Italy’s most imposing underground complex and one of the largest in the world. Again… Absolutely to see.


Puccini Opera Festival

Torre del Lago, home of the Puccini Festival, lies between the Lake of Massaciuccoli and the Tyrrhenian Sea. The Festival welcomes about 40,000 spectators every year to its open-air theatre, just a few steps from the Villa Mausoleum where Giacomo Puccini lived and worked.
His mortal remains are now in a small chapel inside the Villa.
Torre del Lago is a favorite destination of Opera lovers and tourists who wish to visit the places where the most beloved composer of the 20th Century lived.


The Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre are one of the most uncontaminated areas in the Mediterranean Sea.
Five miles of rocky coast among two promontories, thousands of kilometers of dry-laid stone walls, five small towns castled up on stone spurs in minuscule creeks.
For their history and their position, the Cinque Terre have not suffered a massive expansion. The vineyards, typical of this area, have contributed to create a unique landscape with dry-laid stone walls, winding paths, enchanting beaches between cliffs and clear waters.
Not only sea, the Cinque Terre offer beautiful footpaths with take breathing view, churches, oratories and old castles, food and wines of first quality.
The Cinque Terre are National Park and UNESCO protected territory since 1997.
Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso are the five villages that form the Cinque Terre, suspended between sea and land on sheer cliffs upon the beautiful sea.
Riomaggiore is the first town arriving from La Spezia.
Caught between two steep terraced hills descending to the sea, this village strikes visitors with its delightfully colored houses built vertically. Here it starts the “Via dell’Amore”, that takes to Manarola, a very suggestive pedestrian street, with beautiful landscapes among the noise of the waves smashed against the cliffs.
Manarola is the calmest of the Cinque Terre, later discovered by the tourists. A bright and colorful scene, a paradise of vineyards and olives trees, an ancient village with salt-like painted houses which seem to rise from the cliffs of the narrow harbor. It is possible to enjoy the nature with relaxing walks.
Corniglia is the only village of the Cinque Terre that can hardly be reached by sea. It is located on a hundred of meters high steep promontory, close to a hill with many vineyards from which it is possible to admire all the other four towns of the Cinque Terre.
Lying on majestic cliffs, Vernazza, with its mysterious alleys enclosed among the colorful houses is included in the list of the 100 most beautiful villages in Italy and boats a long maritime tradition, proud of its past sailors and warlords.
Monterosso is the most western town of the Cinque Terre. The village is protected by hills covered with vineyards and olive groves. The poet Eugenio Montale, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1975, loved Monterosso and used to spend the summer in this village that he described as “rocky and austere, asylum for fishermen and peasants…”.
Absolutely to see.


Bagno Grazia

This beach club has been managed by this family for over 20 years. There are 60 cabanas with 2 sun beds, 2 deck chairs, a folding chair, a table and soft blue beach towels.
Our beach is accessible from very early morning until late evening.
A lush garden welcomes you in a relaxing area surrounded by tamerisk, rosemary, lavender, hydrangeas and others.
The beach club has a swimming pool with heated sea water whose shape and frame simulates the shore so as to allow bathing even for the less experienced clients.
It is enriched by a Jacuzzi powered by 4 different whirlpools to massage the body naturally.
The pool area offers a beauty corner where, by appointment, you can have any type of beauty treatments.
The family manages directly his beach restaurant. Every day the freshest ingredients are chosen to satisfy guests requests: fresh fish, pasta and home made cakes.
They provide also baby food and appropriate sitting facilities for children of any age.


Workshop in the Vineyards

A very nice workshop in Tuscany, where one of the most important wine producers in Italy give us the exclusivity for our photographic lessons.
We will work among their olive groves and vineyards and we’ll study the landscapes lights.
In the evening we’ll analyze our works on pcs and correct RAWs with Photoshop.
PHOTOGRAPHER: CLAUDIO BEDUSCHI
Program: analysis of portfolios and a complete introduction about nature and landscape photography today exposure, light meters and directions of light, lens aperture, hyper focal and sharpness shutter speed and rules photographic composition, shapes and available light processing raws and rumors file formats
3 days workshop
Up to 10 pax: 950,00 €
from 15 to 20 pax: 850,00 €
Cost per person Vat included
Minimum number of pax: 2
Maximum number of pax: 20
The cost includes:
3 lunches Fattoria Carmignani (Tuscany specialities)
3 nights B&B in a 4 or 5 stars hotel to be quoted
Meeting room for Photoshop applications included
Cancellation policy
Payments are not-refundable.
Your participation is guaranteed only when payment has been executed in full.
We reserve the right to change this policy at any time.
If this workshop is cancelled by us you will receive a full refund.
Distance from PIETRASANTA to Montecarlo (Lucca): approximately 50 km – 30 miles


The Marble Experience

Stay with us and learn how to sculpt the marble that Michelangelo used to make the David with one of the most renown and skilled teacher of the area, living and working in Pietrasanta for over 20 years.
Your teacher has high credentials, is an English speaking nice man, carving stone and marble for all his life and has created a worldwide famous centre for sculpture and marble carving.
Born and apprenticed in Liverpool, England, he is recognized internationally as a master craftsman and an accomplished tutor and has devoted his entire life to marble.
His work can be seen worldwide in the form of Public Monuments, Portrait Busts, Private Commissions and Architectural Restoration.
Period: February – March – April – May – June – September – October

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