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Photography & Visual Storytelling Workshop Fall 2019


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Where: Valdirose, Lastra a Signa, 20 minutes outside Florence Italy

When: October 26th to 30th, 2019

What: Photography & Visual Story Telling Retreat

Who; anyone wanting to become a better photographer & storyteller

We will visit local farmers and artisans,, participate in a fresh pasta cooking season, Learn to capture the beauty with our camera and become a better visual storyteller. We will work on composition, fundamentals of food styling and the use of light. We will harvest olives, forage for mushrooms with a certified guide and his canine company, visit local farmers. and enjoy the treasures of Tuscany in the fall.

PHOTOGRAPHY: this workshop is visual storytelling through photography and will hone our photography skills, challenging our eye to slow down. We┬┤ll have hands-on styling and photography sessions, as well as post-production in Lightroom

POST-PRODUCTION-We will work on post-editing, and how to use social media to reach potential clients, further our work, and to be able to make a living from our passion for food.

Mornings begin with breakfast and strong Italian coffee served in the glass-enclosed sunroom at Valdirose. Our evenings will end with cocktails in the secluded patio and dinner among the olive groves.

Accommodation: Private accommodations have been arranged at Valdirose, an 18th century home turned in a family-run bed & breakfast.

This will also be our home base for our cooking sessions, food styling and photography but we will travel to several tiny medieval villages.

This is a small, intimate workshop.

Hosts: Panos, Marisa Curatolo and Irene Bernini

Fee: 2400 Euros double room ( $3500 Cdn.)

Transfers to and from Lastra Signa train station
All lodgings and meals

Travel costs (i.e. flights etc.), and transportation to Florence, market purchases.


- Four nights stay in the quaint b & b of Valdirose.
- Freshly made breakfast each morning
- Cooking classes, tools and everything needed to participate
- Food and drinks during your stay.

The price excludes any transportation fees to and from the retreat location, everything else is included.

Travel: from the US or Canada
Fly into Pisa and take a train to Lastra a Signa.

Cancellation policy: Due to logistics, the people involved and hotel cancellation policies, this is a non-refundable retreat.

In order to get the most of of our retreat, you will be receiving a workbook to help you plan your objectives and have a map to where you want to go.

Feel free to email us at marisacuratolo.com should you have any further questions, and or need more info in regards to transportation.


Arrival at Valdirose
Welcome cocktails in the courtyard
Introduction- mini lecture & course hand outs
Dinner at Valdirose

Breakfast in Studio
Composition & individual exercises
Lunch at Valdirose
Life style shoot-Flowers, Foraging & Arranging
Dinner Out

Breakfast in Studio
Street Photography in Florence
Lunch Florence
Shooting & Post Production
Dinner at Valdirose

Breakfast in Studio
Hands-On Cooking Class & Photography Session
one to one Brand session
Farewell Dinner

Breakfast in Studio
Depart to Train station

The schedule is subject to change.

Payments for classes are non-refundable. You may transfer your scheduled class to someone else. Please advise us if you will not be attending and we can help fill your spot. We recommend you purchase trip cancellation insurance.