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Waking up in Tuscany does not suck. Where else in the world can you open your door in the morning and photograph these rolling hills with the fog rolling through and changing the scene by the minute. We walked up on the hill one morning to join the horses by the ancient oak tree, and watched the sunrise over this magical Tuscan landscape. A highlight this year for me was arriving at San Antimo just after the service, as the monks were putting things away and the Sanctuary was still full of incense. The light streaming down from the high windows was truly spectacular in this very holy structure. I’ve rarely felt more inspired.
– Drake Busath

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Italy Workshops took us again to Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta. Starting with 3 nights at Lago d’Orta we explored the lake by boat, stopping to photograph the island of San Giulio. A day trip over to Lago Maggiore allowed us to explore the islands of Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella. Then it was off to Lake Como, where we stayed 3 nights in the village of Lenno, perfectly positioned mid-lake to visit our favorite Varenna and busy Bellagio, as well as Villa del Balbianello where the recent James Bond film Casino Royale was filmed.

Another glorious week in Southern Tuscany, our 12th workshop here, near Buonconvento. Staying 6 nights, we explored Siena and some of the notable towns like Montepulciano and Montalcino. But we also poked around and photographed some of the tiniest villages you’ve never heard of. In San Giovanni d’Asso, the locals put on a great dinner for our group that we’ll never forget. Rolling hills, riding horses, sidewalk cafes and picnic lunches in the fields along with daily critiques, Photoshop time, pool time and long dinner times made for a super memorable week.