Matera, Italy Photography Workshop

by Robert Bush: July 11, 2014
Photography Workshop Matera, Italy May 8 – 13, 2015
It is not often that you will have an opportunity to visit an absolutely amazing location that has not already been the subject of thousands of photographers’ best efforts, is free of swarms of tourists, and is conveniently located near some of the most wonderful parts of Italy. On May 8 through 13, 2015 I will be leading a 6 day photography workshop in Matera, Italy – a  UNESCO World Heritage site – and to some of the incredible locations in the immediate vicinity of Matera, including another UNESCO World Heritage site, Alberobello..  You will be living in one of the cave dwellings that has been continuously occupied since Neolithic times.  Most of that time, the cave has not been a 5 star hotel as it is now.In addition to having the opportunity to visiti one of the most unusual and picturesque cities in the world, you will be guided by Donato Rizzi, a well known artist who was born in Matera and who owns a art gallery in Matera, and by his wife Anne Demay who is a tour guide in Matera.  Donato was noted  in a recent  Smithsonian Magazine article on Matera and his art can be seen on his website. This workshop will be limited to 10 participants. Details are described below.   You should sign up immediately to reserve a spot.  If you are interested, contact me at   Of course, feel free to contact me if you would like more information.
The Sassi of Matera at dusk.
The Workshop Includes:

  • 5 nights in the 5 star Hotel Sant’ Angelo located in the heart of the Sassi
  • 4 dinners, two lunches and all breakfasts
  • Winetasting with a local wine specialist
  • Daily photo shoots,  and photo workshops in Donato’s gallery in the heart of the Sassi
  • Transportation to and from the airport in Bari, Italy
  • Transportation to and tour of  highland plateau Murgia and Valle dell’ Ofra outside of Matera
  • Transportation to and tours of Alberobello,  Venosa and Craco Vecchia (see below for a brief description)

The Price of the Workshop:

  • $2,500 per person  double occupancy
  • Additional $200 for a Deluxe Room
  • Additional $225 for a Suite
  • Additional $375 for single occupancy

Price does not include airfare to and from Bari, Italy.   Spouses and Partners.  Spouses and partners are welcome and special arrangements will be made for activities for non-photographers.  However, because all of the tours, meals and accommodations will be provided to non-photographers, and since there are a limited number of spaces available, the price of the workshop will be the same for non-photographers. Cancellation and Deposits.  You can reserve a spot in the workshop with a deposit of 50% of the full price of the workshop.  Your deposit is fully refundable if a cancellation occurs on or before February 1, 2015.  After that date, your deposit is only refundable if a replacement can be found for your spot. Balance of Payment:  The balance of the payment for the workshop is due on February 1, 2015.

lAlberobello is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is the location of the world famous trulli,  the traditional Apulian dry stone huts with conical roofs. 
Venosa is one of the cities founded by the Greek hero Domedes after the Trojan War.  Horace was born in Venosa in 65 BC.  Remnants of civilizations from the Greeks to the Romans are found here, including Jewish catacombs with inscriptions in Hebrew, Greek and Latin from the 4th and 5th centuries. Craco Vecchio is an Italian ghost town.  It was abandoned in 1963 after being continuously inhabited since around the year 540.  Because of its unique and particular landscape, it has been the setting of many movies.
I hope you can join us.  This area of Italy is truly amazing.  Easily accessible from the Matera area are places like Puglia, Sicily, and the Amalfi Coast.  And the airport in Bari has flights to everywhere in Italy. And, did I mention the food??
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