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NAPLES & THE AMALFI COAST

Naples, Positano, Sorrento, Amalfi, Capri, Procida, Pompeii

TUSCANY

CINQUE TERRE

SICILY

NAPLES & AMALFI

PUGLIA

VENICE CARNIVAL

From Grit to Glamor: Naples & The Amalfi Coast.

Join us on our 8-day Naples & the Amalfi Coast Photo Tour and Cultural Adventure for a diverse journey of unruly port city charm and glistening coastal paradise. Naples is Italy’s third-largest city and one of its oldest, most artistic, and most delicious. Certainly, Naples can feel anarchic and in tatters. But we will look beyond the grime and graffiti, take out our cameras, and discover a city filled with breathtaking frescoes, sculptures, and panoramas of fascinating street life, spontaneous conversations, and profound humanity.

Our photo adventure will start in the historical center of Naples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts some of Europe’s finest archaeology and art and its collection of royal palaces and castles makes Rome look positively provincial. We will also wander through the maze-like streets of the Spanish Quarter, characterized by its laundry lines that drape between the buildings and its graffiti-clad walls that add a contemporary twist to its historic backdrop. These narrow alleyways, as well as the city’s numerous piazzas, provide excellent opportunities to capture passionate Neapolitans going about their daily routines and engaging in animated conversations at outdoor cafes. 

Naples is also a great gateway to other iconic sites such as the ancient ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, frozen in time by the fiery eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The well-preserved streets echo with the spirits of a tragic past and we will photograph visitors reacting to the plaster casts of human figures in their final moments before the cascading molten lava descends upon them. These sites provide a surreal, haunting, poignant, and macabre element to our otherwise picture-perfect portfolios. 

On the way to the stunning Amalfi Coast, we will take a stop off in Ravello which is so blindingly beautiful it almost doesn’t feel real. Prepare your cameras for sweeping sea vistas and cliffside villas with pristine landscaped gardens that seem to be sculpted by Roman gods. We will finally reach the heavenly oasis that is the Amalfi Coast which has proved to be a paradise for poets, photographers, and travelers seduced by her beauty. We will visit many villages in the region that cascade down cliffs into scenic cerulean waters. The village of Positano, famous for its pastel-hued building facades that seem to be suspended between sea and sky, was described by John Steinbeck in 1953 as “a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone” and we will attempt to capture the ineffable quality of this enchanting village. 

We will then set sail to the luxurious island of Capri, a popular haunt for the world’s most glamorous and fashion-forward as well as starry-eyed couples looking for a romantic getaway, making for some great people-watching and people photography. Equally alluring is Capri’s Blue Grotto, a sea cave that dazzles with electric blue ethereal light. We will snap this underwater dreamscape that is so simple yet so powerful it will make you forget about the cosmopolitan spectacle unfolding on dry land. 

This immersive 8-day photography tour is more than just a quest to capture exceptional images; it is an invitation to elevate your craft and see the world through a new lens. Our expert photographer guides will not only lead you to the most photogenic locations under the best light but also help you master the art of visual storytelling. Along the way, you will refine your camera techniques and discover how to navigate the challenges of photographing in a foreign land. You will also learn to anticipate a scene before capturing the decisive moment, elevating ordinary photos into extraordinary works of art. 

Join us for spirited discussions, enriching camaraderie, and moments of unforgettable inspiration. The raw urban grit of Naples with the polished lure of the Amalfi Coast will leave you enchanted by these Southern Italian treasures. Your visual odyssey begins here! 

Our photo adventure will start in the historical center of Naples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts some of Europe’s finest archaeology and art and its collection of royal palaces and castles makes Rome look positively provincial. We will also wander through the maze-like streets of the Spanish Quarter, characterized by its laundry lines that drape between the buildings and its graffiti-clad walls that add a contemporary twist to its historic backdrop. These narrow alleyways, as well as the city’s numerous piazzas, provide excellent opportunities to capture passionate Neapolitans going about their daily routines and engaging in animated conversations at outdoor cafes. 

Naples is also a great gateway to other iconic sites such as the ancient ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, frozen in time by the fiery eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The well-preserved streets echo with the spirits of a tragic past and we will photograph visitors reacting to the plaster casts of human figures in their final moments before the cascading molten lava descends upon them. These sites provide a surreal, haunting, poignant, and macabre element to our otherwise picture-perfect portfolios. 

On the way to the stunning Amalfi Coast, we will take a stop off in Ravello which is so blindingly beautiful it almost doesn’t feel real. Prepare your cameras for sweeping sea vistas and cliffside villas with pristine landscaped gardens that seem to be sculpted by Roman gods. We will finally reach the heavenly oasis that is the Amalfi Coast which has proved to be a paradise for poets, photographers, and travelers seduced by her beauty. We will visit many villages in the region that cascade down cliffs into scenic cerulean waters. The village of Positano, famous for its pastel-hued building facades that seem to be suspended between sea and sky, was described by John Steinbeck in 1953 as “a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone” and we will attempt to capture the ineffable quality of this enchanting village. 

We will then set sail to the luxurious island of Capri, a popular haunt for the world’s most glamorous and fashion-forward as well as starry-eyed couples looking for a romantic getaway, making for some great people-watching and people photography. Equally alluring is Capri’s Blue Grotto, a sea cave that dazzles with electric blue ethereal light. We will snap this underwater dreamscape that is so simple yet so powerful it will make you forget about the cosmopolitan spectacle unfolding on dry land. 

This immersive 8-day photography tour is more than just a quest to capture exceptional images; it is an invitation to elevate your craft and see the world through a new lens. Our expert photographer guides will not only lead you to the most photogenic locations under the best light but also help you master the art of visual storytelling. Along the way, you will refine your camera techniques and discover how to navigate the challenges of photographing in a foreign land. You will also learn to anticipate a scene before capturing the decisive moment, elevating ordinary photos into extraordinary works of art. 

Join us for spirited discussions, enriching camaraderie, and moments of unforgettable inspiration. The raw urban grit of Naples with the polished lure of the Amalfi Coast will leave you enchanted by these Southern Italian treasures. Your visual odyssey begins here! 

Group Size

4-8 Guests

 

Experience | Difficulty

  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
  • All cameras and camera phones are welcome
  • Busy schedule
  • Travel by car and minibus, ferry and boat
  • Considerable elevation changes and lots of walking
  • (non-photographers also welcome)

Weather | Sun

May – Temps 74/56 F  23/12 C  Sunrise 5:55 | Sunset 8:04 (20:04)

 

Includes

  • Travel, landscape, seascape, architecture, and people photography
  • Professional photographer | guide
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size (4-8 guests)
  • Premium hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • Local transportation

 

Travel Information

Arrival & Departure Airport: Naples (NAP) – Transfer time to hotel 35min
Arrival & Departure Airport: Rome (FCO) – Transfer time by hi-speed train to hotel 2 hrs
Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.
Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to iVisa to find out.

 

Accommodations

Naples – Palazzo Turchini, NH Ambassador, Renaissance Naples Mediterraneo or similar
Amalfi – Luna Convento, Palazzo Ferraioli Hotel, Hotel Marina Riviera or similar

 

Helpful Links

Naples and Amalfi Coast – by Roman Martin
Coffee Around the World – by Ian Robert Knight

Naples & The Amalfi Coast Prices & Dates


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From: $7,995
Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Roman Martin

May 4-11, 2025

*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in upscale boutique hotels in the 4 and 5-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels that offer cultural, historic, and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. In Cuba, we stay in upscale family-owned Casas (bread & breakfasts). On all of our tours, breakfast is almost always included, but not guaranteed. Meal categories listed include (B) for breakfast, (L) for lunch, and (D) for dinner.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

NAPLES & AMALFI 8 DAYS

Day 1 | Historic Naples

We meet in Naples at our beautiful hotel centrally located near the port in historic Naples. Naples was founded between the 7th and 6th centuries B.C. by the Greeks, the port was named Neapolis, which means “New City”. The historic center of Naples is declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. It has one of the biggest historical city centers in the world and prides itself on the 448 historical and monumental churches, the highest number in the world for a single city.

We begin by discussing PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. During a group lunch, we will have informal discussions on what the guests are trying to achieve with their photography, subject matters, styles, and techniques. From here we will set out for an amazing day of photography throughout Naples historic district. In the evening we celebrate our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite Neapolitan restaurants. WARNING: Be prepared to gain 5-10 lbs on this trip. (D)

Day 2 | Spanish Quarter - Castel dell’Ovo - Piazza del Plebiscito

On day two we carefully explore Naples historic Spanish Quarter as well as some of the other neighborhoods of Naples. This will give us the opportunity to photograph the grit of Naples and its colorful street people and shop owners. In the afternoon we will visit the Castel dell’Ovo (Egg Castle), dating back to 117 BC. Considered the oldest of Naples Castles, Castel dell’Ovo juts out into the bay on the tiny isle of Megaride. The same island where Siren Partenope washed ashore after plunging herself into the sea because she failed to lure Ulysses. The same siren that gave Naples its first name, Partenope.

Legend has it that a Roman poet named Virgil placed an egg into a glass jar, the jar into a metal cage and hid it beneath the castle. As long as the egg remained safe and intact, the city would too. The only flaw with this myth, of course, is that Virgil lived long before Castel dell’Ovo was actually a castle. In the evening we will set out to photograph the late setting sun in the Piazza del Plebiscito with the Basilica Reale San Francesco di Paola in the background. This always makes for stunning photos and a great long exposure opportunity. (B)

Day 3 | Procida - Naples

Today we depart Naples harbor by hydroplane ferry for the volcanic isle of Procida in the Tyrrhenian Sea. It lies at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples, about 25 km from the city of Naples. We spend the day applying our skills to the many photographic opportunities on this dramatic island including its wonderfully colorful and iconic harbor.

In the late afternoon, we return to Naples where we’ll rest up. In the evening we will further explore Naples at night and enjoy Naples world famous pizza and gelato. (B)

Day 4 | Pompeii - Herculaneum - Castel Sant’Elmo

After an early morning breakfast, we depart Naples to photograph the incredibly well-preserved and haunting ancient ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Pompeii was partially destroyed and buried under 13-20 feet of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. It was lost for nearly 1700 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1749.

Upstaged by its larger rival, Pompeii, Herculaneum harbors a wealth of archaeological finds, from ancient advertisements and stylish mosaics to carbonized furniture and terror-struck skeletons. Indeed, this superbly conserved Roman fishing town of 4000 inhabitants is easier to navigate than Pompeii, and is not to be missed.

In the afternoon we will take the funicular up to Castel Sant’Elmo for a sunset view overlooking Naples. (B)

Day 5 | Naples - Ravello - Amalfi

Today we bid Naples farewell and set out for the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. En route, we will stop for lunch in Ravello, a stunning resort town set 1200 feet (365 meters) above the Tyrrhenian Sea on the Amalfi Coast. Ravello is best known for its iconic cliffside gardens and breathtaking views.

We’ll visit the 13th-century, Moorish-style Villa Rufolo which offers far-reaching views from its terraced gardens, and hosts indoor and outdoor concerts during the popular summertime Ravello Festival. Villa Cimbrone, a medieval-style estate perched on a steep outcrop, is surrounded by another celebrated garden. The amazing nerve-tingling 4.4 miles (7 km) drive down the Valle del Dragone toward Amalfi is well worth the excitement, as well as for the views and photographs.

By the afternoon we arrive in Amalfi to check into our hotel. In the evening we explore the harbor and city and enjoy dinner. (B)

Day 6 | Coastal Cruise - Isle of Capri - Faraglioni

On day six we depart Amalfi by boat for the Isle of Capri. The cruise along the coast is an epic photographic opportunity, capturing nearby islands, small coastal villages and views of Positano from the sea. Next up, the famous Isle of Capri. Capri is an enchanting and picturesque island made of limestone rock. A favorite with Roman emperors, the rich and famous, artists, and writers, it’s still one of the Mediterranean’s must-see places. Weather permitting, we will take our boat along the east coast of the island where we will explore and photograph the beautiful coastline including the Faraglioni.

Capri is perhaps most famous for its Blue Grotto, but honestly, Capri has such a breathtaking coastline, that it’s hard to really decide which side of the island is your favorite. Once ashore we will lunch in Capri Piazzetta, high above Marina Grande. If time permits we will explore the other side of the island. After an amazing day on the Isle of Capri, we return to Amalfi by boat for dinner and a well-deserved rest. (B)

Day 7 | Sorrento - Positano

On our last full day, we travel to the coastal village of Sorrento, wonderfully located over white steep cliffs and offering a fantastic view of the Bay of Naples. Sorrento lies on a Tufa terrace and is enclosed by impressive rocks on limestone mountains. Here we will enjoy a morning of photography and a hearty lunch.

After, we make the return drive along the stunning Amalfi coast to the famous seaside village of Positano where we will spend the afternoon and evening. In 1953, John Steinbeck wrote that Positano “Bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone”.

Here we will enjoy our “Farewell Dinner”. After we return to Amalfi for a well-deserved rest. (B) (D)

Day 8 | Amalfi - Naples

On our final day, we are up early for some morning photography (optional because you may be tired). After we return to the hotel for breakfast, our final group discussion, review our photos, trade contact information and depart for Naples where we will bid you farewell.

We urge you to extend your stay on the Amalfi Coast or elsewhere in Italy and make good use of all the wonderful photographic techniques you will learn on our amazing photo adventure. (B)

(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner, (E) Excursion

 

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®

 

OPTIONS AND BENEFITS

Pricing

All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.

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The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to learn more about why you should consider travel insurance.

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