Were so happy to announce our new Alpine Italy & Slovenia Photo Tour which combines our favorite locations into an epic 8-day photography extravaganza.

If we could yodel, we would!

 

Yellow and green meadow with beautiful mountains in background. Val di Funes, Dolomites, Italy.

The glorious Val di Funes in the Italian Dolomites

Imagine snowcapped mountains, vast meadows fragrant with wildflowers, romantic chapels, and charming alpine architecture. 

Here we are again in Südtirol/Italy in a cozy apartment in a small alpine village, working on marketing for next year’s tours, hiking, and drinking Campari Spritz. ;-)

For those of you who have participated in our Slovenia/Croatia and Dolomites photo tours earlier this year, you know how stunningly beautiful these alpine areas are and how much we love them for their culture and impressive photogenic glory. We’ve just now put the finishing touches on this new tour of our all-time favorite photo locations. It’s up and happening. Come join us! For tour details, click here. »

 

Alpine chapel on mountain ridge with dramatic mountains behind. Chapel of St. Barbara, Wengen, Dolomites, Italy.

Chapel of St. Barbara in the small village of Wengen in the Dolomites

This Alpine Italy & Slovenia Photo Tour is Not a Hiking Tour!

Although at times we will be as high as 9,000 feet up in the Alps with 360 views of mountain peaks and alpine valleys, this is NOT a hiking tour. We reach our amazing photo locations via ski lifts/gondolas or we drive our vans up to the top. Some uphill walking is required but it is minimal. We always encourage our participants to go at their own pace and enjoy the experience. We will be there for you. Also, any of the walks are optional. There are plenty of other photo ops.

The Fantastic Locations You’ll Photograph

Santa Magdalena in the Italian Val di Funes, an iconic photo location

Small chapel in meadow with majestic mountains. Chapel of St. Johann, Val d Funes, Dolomites, Italy.

The much-photographed beautiful Chapel of St. Johann in the Val di Funes

We begin this Alpine Italy & Slovenia photo tour in the heart of the Dolomites and spend the first two nights in the tiny village of San Pietro in the Val di Funes. From here we have easy access to the iconic scenes of the Santa Magdalena and St. Johan churches with the breathtaking backdrop of the Odle/Geisler Massif. We will also drive to Val Gardena where the gondola ski lifts take us up to 9,000 feet and some of the best alpine vistas in the Dolomites.

Wooden farmer's huts in green meadow with dramatic mountains in background. Alpe di Siusi, Dolomites, Italy.

Afternoon light on the majestic Alpe di Siusi in Italy

Wooden farmer's huts in green and yellow meadow with mountain backdrop. Alpe di Siusi, Dolomites, Italy.

We love these wooden farmer’s huts dotting the meadows of the Alpe di Siusi.

Powerful, fast moving clouds hitting and swirling against dramatic mountains. Seceda, Dolomites, Italy.

From the Val di Funes, we also make the journey to the nearby Seceda massif.

Next, we head to the peaceful Alpe di Siusi. Our comfortable hotel is located on the highest alpine meadow in Europe and is dotted with a myriad of wildflowers and tiny wooden storage huts with the proud Sasso Lungo and Sasso Piatto mountains in the background. The plateau is a pedestrian-only area, so once we arrive at our hotel we park underground and spend our time roaming the mountain paths in search of stunning compositions.

Three rock mountain tower with sunburst, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Dolomites, Italy.

The majestic Tre Cime di Lavaredo near Cortina, Italy

We then head to the west to Cortina in the Italian Dolomites. From here we have access to the magnificent Tre Cime di Lavareda for a sunset photo shoot.

We love charming Monte Lussari, a tiny little hamlet in the 3-country corner of Italy, Slovenia, and Austria. Access is via a ski gondola.

Sunlight and gradations on mountain ridges. Monte Lussari, Italy.

Afternoon thunderstorms provide nice gradations from the top of Monte Lussari.

From Cortina, we head a bit to the very NE of Italy for a ski gondola ride up to a tiny bucolic hamlet on the top of Monte Lussari where we spend the night in a newly remolded alpine hotel. Jure, the owner, and innkeeper, plays the accordion for us after we have captured amazing images at sunset and at the blue hour. Polka dancing to Jure’s fun music has occurred. 

Church and castle on lake with clouds reflecting. Lake Bled, Slovenia.

You can look forward to photographing the magical evening blue hour along the shores of Lake Bled.

Small chapel illuminated at night with mountains in the background. St. Primoz, Slovenia.

The little Chapel of St. Primoz, high in the Slovenian mountains during the evening blue hour.

And last, but certainly not least, we head to the SE into Slovenia for our last two nights of this tour to Lake Bled. This area is rich in photo ops, especially the evening blue hour setups on Lake Bled and the nearby Chapel of St. Primoz.

The Tasty Part

Hospitality is wonderful in this part of Europe. Hotels skillfully combine traditional architecture with modern conveniences and design. The food, wine, spirits, and desserts are to die for. Strudel anybody?

Mountain tarn and sunburst reflection and mountain. Nuvolau mountain, Passo Giau, Dolomites, Italy.

Small tarn near Passo Giau, Italy.

As you can probably tell, Magrit and I are very excited about this new Alpine Italy & Slovenia Photo Tour and hope that you will join us. Click here for detailed tour information. »


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