Practical Information • Tuscany Summer Workshops 2016
July – August 2016
The pace of the week varies tremendously according to each workshop as we leave great freedom to our teachers in their lectures, shooting and editing schedule: nonetheless there are some fixed appointments that recur.
- Sunday4 to 6 p.m. arrival and registration
- 6 p.m. meeting with students and teachers
- 7.30 p.m. welcome and orientation
- 8.30 p.m. inaugural dinner
- 8.30 to 9.30 a.m. Breakfast (Monday/Saturday)
- 1 to 2 p.m. Lunch (Monday/Friday)
- 9.00 p.m. Dinner (Monday/Friday)- 10.00 p.m. Teachers slide-show (Monday/Thursday)
- 9.00 p.m. Dinner and slideshow of the students’ work of the week, followed by Final Party
- Morning: last meeting with the teachers to review some last theoretical and practical points, discuss and suggest possible future professional projects. The workshop is over at noon to allow the staff to get everything ready for the following week
- 10 a.m. check out from your room
San Quirico d’Orcia, Tuscany. 35 km south of Siena
It is suggested, when possible, to come by car. For some workshops it is better to be independent and in general a car could be useful to explore the surrounding area.
The closest station is Buonconvento. From there, we can arrange a free pick up service on Sunday afternoon between 3 an d 5 pm.
Please check the train schedule on www.trenitalia.it
From North (Milano/Florence)
Highway A1 take exit Firenze Impruneta and then take freeway to Siena. Exit at Siena Sud then SP 2 direction Rome. Arrive at San Quirico exit on the right.
From South (Rome)
From South, exit Chiusi, following the direction Chianciano – Montepulciano – Pienza – San Quirico.
The closest and most practical airport is the one of Florence. From there you can easily reach the train station by bus and then follow the train itinerary (see above).
You can also take a taxi from the airport, or order a car service. Car service is around € 150 – you can split the cost with other students – a taxi can be more expensive
When to arrive
You should arrive BETWEEN 4 AND 6 P.M. on SUNDAY: that will give you time to check into your room, relax and be ready for the first meeting at 6 p.m. where you will meet your teacher and fellow students.
When to leave
The one-week workshops end at noon on Saturday. Except for the students staying for more than one week, all students are required to check out from their room by 10 am.
The TPW Centre is in San Quirico d’Orcia, about 40 km outside of Siena. It is an ancient village, most likely of Etruscan origin, set among the hills that divide the two river valleys of Asso and Orcia. It is situated along the Francigena Route, which served as a point of passage for wayfarers, pilgrims and merchants on their way to Rome in ancient times.
Teachers and students are housed rooms located in the village of San Quirico. We started this formula back in 2003…now it it is called diffused hotel !!!
Rooms at Il Poggiolo are of course the more requested and tend to fill up very quickly: they are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. As soon as you have decided about your workshop, please reserve the room! It will be easier to get the accommodation you prefer. All rooms at Poggiolo and in the town are very confortable in true Tuscan Style…If you prefer to have hotel accommodation, or live in the village and share its atmosphere, we can help you to find the ideal lodging at different rates.
We encourage double occupancy, this will make you save money and will allow us toaccomodate more students at Il Poggiolo. For those who prefer to stay in town, or once all the rooms at Il Poggiolo are booked, remember that you will be with the rest of the group for all activities, lectures, shooting-demo, meals and evening slide shows.
For students staying for two weeks, the night between the workshops is not included in the costs.
All of our students and teachers go home with fond memories not only of our landscapes, beautiful colours, friendly people and great experience, but also of our food and wine that freely flows! Meals are an important communal moment of the life at TPW to relax, exchange opinions and ideas with students and teachers of other courses, etc. We always eat together, the meal plan includes all meals from dinner on Sunday to breakfast on the following Saturday. The food is hearty and savoury traditional Tuscan country food. It is possible, upon request on enrolment, to have vegetarian meals. Wine and mineral water are provided free of charge. For those staying for more than one week, Saturday’s lunch and dinner are not included in the meal plan. Sunday breakfast is included.
We limit our workshops to 14 students per class in order to keep the intimate feeling that our workshops are renown for, and to allow each student to have more individual time with the teacher. Workshops taught by two instructors can be larger in which case it is specified in the course description.
We have no registration deadline but because of the small size of the classes it is better to register as soon as one has decided as the courses tend to get filled up quickly, and in this way you will also be able to choose your room at Il Poggiolo
For your reservation to be effective you must send a deposit.
You can enrol:
- By e-mail with our on-line form;
- By phone to make a reservation that has to be followed by the registration form.
To confirm your registration, you can either pay the deposit of Euro 400 or the total amount of the workshop fee. The balance is due 40 days before the beginning of your workshop.
It is possible, and encouraged, to come with a companion, such as members of your family or friends, who will not take active part to the workshop. In that case, their cost will only be for room and board. There is no risk to be bored: your companion can use the week to visit the art cities nearby, take walks or bike rides, tennis, swimming or horse riding, and even Italian or cooking lessons! Please let us know and we can organize this in advance.
When one of our courses fills up we will open a waiting list for people who want to try to get into the class, if there are any last minute cancellation. You will be entered in the wait list once we receive your enrolment form, but you will not need to send a deposit, we will let you know what number you are on the list and will keep you updated on any openings.
Workshop Cancellation / Refunds
When working with professional photographers it may happen that at the last minute an unalterable assignment forces them to cancel a workshop. Rarely we have to cancel a workshop because we do not reach the minimum number of students to hold that class. In these cases the students can choose either to be fully reimbursed or transferred to another course.
If you decide to cancel for any reason, we will reimburse all fees less Euro 80 for administrative expenses, if you notify your cancellation at least 40 days before the starting date of the workshop. After that time frame you will lose your down payment. There will be no refund of any fee for withdrawing after the workshop has begun.
There will be no charge for transferring between workshops, as long as you give us notice at least two weeks in advance of the workshop start date. (No transfers can be made once the workshop has started).
We offer two types of discounts: TPW alumni can benefit of a 5% discount, students taking more than one workshop during the same session TPW Classic or one TPW Project will have a 10% discount on the second workshop. Also, please check our SPECIAL OFFERS & XMAS OFFER, active till Jan 6, 2016
All discounts are applied on the tuition cost only.
What to bring
Photographic equipment you normally use, make sure that it is in perfect working condition. Some classes might need a tripod. A selection of your work for the first meeting with your teacher and the other students is essential. This will be very useful to the instructor in order to evaluate your photographic level and you will be able to see the steps you have made by the end of the workshop.
It is useful to bring a lens cleaning kit, we work in the country and it is a good habit to keep your equipment clean to avoid dust problems.
We suggest that you bring your own laptop: you will have the independence to work on your files without having to wait for our computers to be available, and at the same time you will have the possibility to connect to our scanners and printers.
Note pads, tape recorder if you want to record your classes, are also useful.
We used to give advise on which clothes to bring based on the summer weather, but now the climate is so unpredictable… It is usually quite hot, but windy during the day, and cooler at night, while we have dinner and while we assist at slide shows.
All courses with a few exceptions are held in English. Translation will be guaranteed where needed by the course assistant.
TPW is not liable for personal injuries or equipment damage during the workshop duration. The signing of the enrolment form releases TPW from any liability. TPW is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case a workshop is cancelled. We recommend that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance. Please check with your travel agent.
For any additional information, do not hesitate to contact us at our office.
CROB di Carlo Roberti
P.O. Box 326Bologna Centrale 40124 Bologna Italy
Phone/Fax: +39 051 334754 Cell +39 340 5546571
CP 326 Bologna Centrale
40124 Bologna • Italy