SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 9.00-13.00

ANCIENT ROME/COLOSSEUM

We will discover the origin and the development of the Roman civilization from the Royal time to the Republican time, up to the Imperial era, during an evocative and exciting archaeological tour. Our walk will start with the Flavian Amphitheater, also called Colosseum, symbol of Rome, later we will reach the Arch of Constantine and the ancient and now disappeared Meta Sudans that stood in front of it. Later we will walk towards to the Palatine Hill, where Rome was founded and where the Imperial Palatium was built. We will complete our tour in the Roman Forum, the most important square of the ancient city, the commercial, political and religious heart of Rome.


SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 14.00-18.00

COLOSSEUM, ROMAN FORA, VITTORIANO and CIRCUS MAXIMUS

We will discover the origin and the development of the Roman civilization during an evocative and exciting archaeological tour. Our walk will start from the Flavian Amphitheater, also called Colosseum, symbol of Rome. We won’t enter in, but we will explore the square around it and its monuments, such us the Arch of Constantine, the disappeared Meta Sudans that stood in front of it and the Temple of Venus and Rome. Later we will walk along the Imperial Fora Street, built at the time of Mussolini. From the two terraces along the street we will admire the Roman Forum, the most important square of the ancient city, the commercial, political and religious heart of Rome. Later we will reach the Vittoriano, a spectacular monument built to remember the first king of Italy and from its Terrace we will admire an astonishing view. We will complete our walk going towards to the Theatre of Marcellus, and the Circus Maximus, the oldest and largest circus of the Ancient Rome.


MONDAY, MARCH 23, 9.00-13.00

VATICAN MUSEUMS AND SAINT PETER’S BASILICA

A visit to discover the masterpieces of one of the most famous museums of the world. Our itinerary includes the Courtyard of the Pinecone, the Pio Clementino Museum (Apollo del Belvedere, Laocoon, the Room of the Animals, the Room of the Muses with the Belvedere Torso, the Round Room, the Greek Cross Room), the Candelabras Gallery, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of the Maps and at the end the Sistine Chapel. After visiting the Vatican Museums we will skip the line to enter in Saint Peter’s Basilica, the most important Catholic church of the world. We will see the famous Pietà by Michelangelo, the bronze Canopy by Bernini, the Tomb of Saint John Paul the II, the Dome designed by Michelangelo, the Swiss Guards and Saint Peter’s Square.


TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 11.00-18.00

DAY TRIP TO VILLA D’ESTE, TIVOLI

We will enjoy a day trip in Tivoli, visiting the wonderful Villa D’Este, included in the Unesco list of world heritage sites. We will leave from the Studio Orizzonte with a private bus at 11.00. Trip will last about 1 hour, and we will have a lunch (pizza or similar) before to start the visit. The visit itself will start around 12.30 and will last about 4 hours. Villa D’Este dates back to the XVI century, built for Cardinal Ippolito d’Este, governor of Tivoli, designed by Pirro Ligorio. Villa D’Este is the most famous Italian garden of the world, its fountains are rare examples of scenography and technique, where water, driven by hydraulic mechanisms, created games of jets and some of them could play music too. The Villa is adorned of remarkable interiors, such us frescoes and stuccoworks whose motifs recall Greek mythology. We will be back at the Studio Orizzonte at 18.00, in time for the opening of the WPC 2020 winners exhibition. (Lunch is not included in the ticket of the trip) .


POST-EVENT TOURS, WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY, MARCH 25-28

TOUR VAL D’ORCIA, TUSCANY

What would be the World Photographic Cup and the European Photographer of the Year without an interesting social program? What's more, when the World Cup is hosted by such an amazing country as Italy ... We offer you the opportunity to extend your stay in Rome by a 3 day photo trip to the Val d'Orcia area in Tuscany - one of Italy's most photogenic landscapes. This social and photographic experience will be led by Jan Pohribny, Master QEP. The stay includes transport by minivan from and to Rome, including trips to the countryside, towns, sights or tasting of the famous local wines. The price includes accommodation in double rooms at the hotel in medieval Pienza, including breakfast, two dinners in local restaurants, and wine tasting in the family wine cellar at San Quirico d'Orcia. The budget also includes a visit to the Palazzo Piccolomini in Pienza and the Sculptor D. Spoerri Gardens to Seggiano. And above all, the opportunity to photograph the unique atmosphere, the morning mist, the unmistakable colors of the spring Tuscan landscape or the medieval towns and gardens. The specialty of this photographic trip will be evening light painting in the Tuscan countryside under the leadership of Jan Pohribny, MQEP, who is one of the world leaders in this field of photography. This is limited to only 21 attendees to allow a great group experience and is sure to sell out quickly with attendees coming from all over the world to the World Photographic Cup event in Rome. Check out the following itinerary, then get your tickets today! Register here.


Itinerary for tour in Val d’Orcia:

Wednesday, March 25 - 9.30 a.m. departure from Studio Orizzonte in van(s) from Rome, stopping at medieval towns Pitigliano and Sorano. Lunch at Sorano along the way. Arrival at 4 p.m. to Pienza. Accomodation in twin rooms at Hotel Residence San Gregorio in Pienza. Individual program. Group dinner in Pienza.


Thursday, March 26

Tuscany landscape photography. Morning mist and sunrise between Pienza and San Quirico d’Orcia. After breakfest Palazzo Piccolomini visit. Afternoon trip to Bagni San Filippo (natural hot springs) and Montepulciano, city tour with wine tasting. Group dinner in Montepulciano.


Friday, March 27

Tuscany landscape photography. Tour to Montalcino, Sant Antimo Romanesque Monastery and to Giardino di Daniel Spoerri in Seggiano (gardens full of contemporary art sculptures and objects). Afternoon local wineyard Bagnaia visit with wine tasting near San Quirico d’Orcia. Sunset and lightpainting near Pienza. Dinner on their own in Pienza.


Saturday, March 28

Morning mist and sunrise close to Pienza. 11:00 departure back to Rome. The journey will take about 2,5 hours. Attendees can plan afternoon flights or on their own in Rome.


The schedule can be modified according to weather changes. In case of bad weather we can go to Siena (Cathedral, Museums, City), San Gimignano or Arezzo.

About your host:

Jan Pohribny, Master QEP (www.pohribny.cz) is one of the leading European photographers, tutor and president of Association of Professional Photographers of the Czech Republic. He lives part of the year in Italy and he leads number of photoworkshops in Tuscany, Liguria, Umbria, but also in Finland, Norway, China and in other countries. Contact him directly at jan.pohribny@gmail.com or +420 603424108 if you want to know more about this or other workshop experiences.


TOUR SORRENTO, CAPRI, AMALFI COAST

If you are looking for a great way to extend your visit to Rome and the World Photographic Cup ceremonies, join us for three days in Sorrento. This social and photographic experience will be led by American Master Photographers Bert & Cindy Behnke. There will be tours, meals, sightseeing, portrait sessions, meals and so much more to make this a special memory for all attendees. Included is your lodging for three nights in Sorrento, transportation to and from Rome, tours of Pompei, the Amalfi Coast and Capri. All breakfasts are included as well as a three-course cooking class in Sorrento, and a group dinner in Amalfi. Bert and Cindy will also be doing an optional sunrise portrait workshop, a night-time portrait photowalk and lots of networking time for everybody to enjoy the trip. This is limited to only 28 attendees to allow a great group experience and is sure to sell out quickly with attendees coming from all over the world to the World Photographic Cup event in Rome. Check out the following itinerary, then get your tickets today! Register here.

Itinerary:

Wednesday, March 25

After your time at the WPC Roma 2020 event, you will board our bus at 9:00 in Rome for the journey to Sorrento. Enjoy the Italian countryside and the comraderie of your fellow travelers. Introductions and stories can be shared along the way to kick off this memorable event. Your first stop will be the historic city of Pompeii. Tickets for this self-guided tour will be provided to you. We will stay for up to four hours so you can see the ruins that date back to the great eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. Wander the ruins, take time for lunch or even drop into the city itself if you like. Here are some ideas: https://luxeadventuretraveler.com/do-it-yourself-tour-of-pompeii/ The bus will then take us to Sorrento where you can check into the hotel and relax. Dinner will be on your own, or with your new friends if you like. A great time to wander Sorrento, visit the shops, check out the local architecture or just wander aimlessly! Make sure to check out the local limoncello, best in the world!

Thursday, March 26

As the sun rises at 6:00, join Bert and Cindy for an optional portrait workshop. They will do an actual portrait session, showing how they work with available and additive light to create portraits for their clients. If any of the workshop attendees would like to have their portrait done, they will photograph any couples or individuals that would like to have this keepsake portrait. Morning breakfast is a time to visit your fellow travelers at the hotel. Get up early or sleep in, it’s your morning to chill out or further explore Sorrento. Head to the shopping district, take a local tour on your own or anything you like, then grab lunch before the tour continues. Here are some things to check out: https://www.planetware.com/italy/sorrento-i-cm-so.htm The bus will pick us up at our hotel at 14:30 for our time on the Amalfi Coast. We will make a stop at the panoramic square in Positano for picture opportunities and sightseeing. Then on to the small village of Amalfi with an early dinner at one of the local restaurants where your wine and limoncello is included. The bus will bring you back to the hotel in time to still go out for a night cap if you so desire.

Friday, March 27

Get your morning exercise with a sunrise walkabout or sleep in, you decide. Make sure to grab breakfast and get ready for your day on Capri. We will head over to the port and jump on the hydrofoil for the journey to the Isle of Capri. Exact time will be determined based on local weather, but the plan is to leave at 9:00 and return at 16:00. You will have all day to explore this amazing island. Walk the paths in the national park (bring water if you do), trek out to Anacapri or Capri, maybe visit the Blue Grotto or Gardens of Augustus. Shop, eat and drink the day away on this beautiful island. Click here for a sample itinerary: https://www.visitacity.com/en/capri/itineraries/capri-one-day-itinerary-day-1 Then get ready for a fun-filled evening as we go as a group to our cooking class in Sorrento that is only 500 meters from our hotel! We will start at 18:00 and spend three hours learning how to prepare an authentic three course Italian meal. Bert and Cindy have hosted many of these events and they are always some of the most memorable things to do. Wine is included without limits, so be prepared to have a great time! Then if you can handle it, we’re sure there will be continued celebrating late into the night for our last night together! Saturday, March 28 Grab an early breakfast at the hotel, the bus will leave around 9:00 for the return trip to Rome as our program comes to an end. Take this time to share images, get contact information from your fellow travelers or just chill out. We will be back in central Rome by around 13:00 (dependent on traffic) so plan accordingly. If you are planning to fly home that day, we recommend no earlier than 16:00. If you plan on staying the night in Rome, we can start a list of hotels that we can recommend. If you are wanting to start your own trip from Sorrento, please let us know so we make sure you get off on the right track.

About your hosts:

Bert & Cindy Behnke are highly acclaimed photographers from the Chicago, USA area. Visit www.behnkephoto.com to learn more about them. This will be their fourteenth visit to Italy and they are really excited to share this with you. As partners in Inspired Adventures, they have led photographic experiences to Tuscany, Umbria, Ireland and later this year to Scotland. Their trips have been referred to as “the trip of a lifetime” by their attendees. Contact them directly at bert@behnkephoto.com or +1-708-479-6700 if you want to know more about this or other workshop experiences. REGISTER NOW TO GET YOUR SPOT.