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Food Photography and Veneto Retreat - May 2018

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Join us, food photographers Valeria Bismar ( and Ariel Tarr ( on our upcoming workshop in Italy in the gorgeous province of Verona.

We’re hosting a 5 days/4 nights retreat from May 16-20, 2018 at a villa in the town
of Sommacampagna. We’ll be joined by two chefs, Sabrina and Francesco, trained at the renowned Boscolo Etoile Academy. We’re very excited to spend 5 fun-filled days of learning all about food and lifestyle photography and of course, eating the most amazing local cuisine

Discover the beautiful and diverseVeneto region with its vineyards, picturesque towns on Lake Garda, the rich Romanesque and Gothic architecture of Verona all while honing one’s photography skills. Being part of a small group allows for lots of personalized attention and a supportive and intimate setting.

We’ll have chance to explore wineries of the Valpolicella region, photograph local dishes and ingredients sourced from local farmer’s markets.All meals will be prepared by our two chefs and shared together at our villa, except when we’re out exploring the region and enjoying the ambiance of local osterias.

We’ll have a fresh pasta workshop where everyone will prepare their own pasta as well as photograph the process and finished plate. For the foodies, we’ve prepared a special cooking demo in which Sabrina and Francesco will cook a 6-course tasting menu for us to taste.

Of course, a trip to the area isn’t complete without a visit to nearby Verona with its medieval old town known for Juliet’s balcony of Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet." We’ll enjoy a foodie walking tour of Verona where we’ll learn not only about history but also sample pastries, espresso, Amarone wine, cheese and salami.

A fun day-trip to visit a local olive oil producer in the picturesque Lago di Garda region will provide many photo opportunities. We’ll explore shooting at different times of day, such as photographing the gorgeous resort town of Bardolino on Lake Garda at magic hour.

We’ll be staying in a peaceful area in Sommacampagna, 20 minutes from Verona.TheVilla dates from the mid-70s and has been restored, maintaining the characteristics that characterize the old manor villas.
In the middle of the Custoza vineyards, its sprawling 1000 square meter garden is the perfect spot to rest your body and soul. Each room boasts views of the garden or mountains.

What’s included

  • Single accommodation or double accommodation at our villa in Sommacampagna
  • Welcome cocktail and appetizers
  • Wine tastings at a local winery

  • Four breakfasts, four dinners and four lunches.

  • Local wine to be enjoyed with dinner

  • Five day food photography workshop with food photographers Ariel Tarr and

    Valeria Bismar

  • Beautiful hand-picked food to photograph

  • Day excursion toVerona (including transportation) and a 3.5 hour foodie walking


  • Day excursion to Lake Garda and an olive oil producer (including transportation)

  • 2.5 hrs cooking demo with chefs Sabrina and Francesco

  • A fresh-pasta making workshop with chefs Sabrina and Francesco

  • A welcome gift of local goodies

Resrve your spot via this Eventrbrite page and you will receive information about payment method by email. We provide receipts for all purchase and sales taxes will be applied to Canadian orders depending on the province.


  • 4 queen size bed rooms (1 queen bed) - $2600 or 2300$ for a couple (per person), shared bathroom (approx. $2100 USD or 1700 Euros)

  • 1 double (two twin beds) - $2300 (per person) (approx. $1850 USD or 1500 Euros) * SOLD OUT

  • 1 single (one twin bed) - $2600) (approx. $2100 USD or 1700 Euros) * ONLY ONE AVAILABLE

*Price in Canadian Dollars

**No refunds after booking unless you can find someone else to fill your space.

***Does not include airfare to Italy or any item not listed above. Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel to Sommacampagna. Please contact us if you need help with transportation to the Villa from a nearby train station or airport which can be arranged with the Villa owner.

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