Come behind-the-scenes and explore the medieval streets & alleyways of ancient Genova with us.  

Bring your camera and your curiousity.  Come prepared to taste the best of Ligurian food & wine, to really explore the lifestyle here via music, shopping, exhibitions  ... while wandering in those special places that only the locals know.

This is an invitation for you to truly experience this ancient Italian city once called La Superba.  But more than that, it is an invitation to explore your way of seeing the world via your camera, while learning the basics of photography.  

“It is a place that 'grows upon you' every day. There seems to be always something to find out in it. There are the most extraordinary alleys and by-ways to walk about in. You can lose your way (what a comfort that is, when you are idle!) twenty times a day, if you like; and turn up again, under the most unexpected and surprising difficulties. It abounds in the strangest contrasts; things that are picturesque, ugly, mean, magnificent, delightful, and offensive, break upon the view at every turn.” 
― Charles DickensPictures from Italy

The photography lessons fluidly led from detailed descriptions to anecdotes and to stories of Genova. At first, it all seemed a blur of ISO, F-stops and trying to sort out what aperture numbers really meant but then it all came together.

Suddenly I could control the settings on my camera to make the spouts of water long and smooth or stop the action where it felt you could see the drops of water. Just by turning a dial. And it worked. And it made sense. My camera, I am pleased to say, has only been back to the Automatic setting a few times since I’ve returned. I’ve still got so much to learn, but after only a weekend with Di I feel like I am on my way.'

Workshop Client, Laura Thayer, Blogger at Ciao Amalfi

More than that, our accommodation is truly special.   Vecchia Genova is located in a 16th century palazzo, built on Roman foundations, with an interior that has stayed true to an older-style Italy.  You can explore the interior over on their website. It is situated on one of the most beautiful streets in the city.  Your hosts, Paolo and Fabio, are truly delightful and will do all in their power to make your stay enjoyable.  It's a peaceful, nurturing environment ... with fresh breakfasts daily, from bakeries nearby, the bedrooms make it difficult to leave the building, and the terrace is truly divine.  Fabio's garden has to be seen to be believed.

A recent guest in the B&B wrote:

Oh, yes. And: more, please . . .”

Well now. You are in for a treat. The location is great — at the back of the fourth floor of a genuine palazzo, on a pedestrianized street in the city centre. There is a tiny, typical Italian apartment-block lift — wood and brass and slow and big enough for two.
The breakfast is genuinely exceptional — for us, there were just-in-season strawberries and kumquats, the best of focaccia (the real Genoese thing) and brioche and prosciutto and coffee made in one of those aluminium stove top things I can never remember the proper name of.
The bed linen is lovely. The beds are old but modernised. The bathrobes would tempt some towards larceny.
The real delight, though, is Fabio and Paolo. They are the most wonderful of hosts, chatty if you want it, discrete if you don’t. (As British Airways cabin crew, I guess they are used to dealing with everything from grumpiness to terror.) There is gossip, a terrace and genuinely old old old frescoes on the toilet ceiling. Advice on where to eat and where to visit is given lightly but authoritatively.
Don’t say you weren’t promised.

  • Stayed April 2017, traveled as a couple

Below is a sample of just one of many beauties that appear on the terrace, depending on the season.  

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Included in our behind-the-scenes exploring, we have a variety of options, limited only by time.  There is Genovese food to taste  ... in my favourite restaurants and bars in and around the city.  An old-fashioned, famous-in-Liguria, confectionary shop where 18th century equipment is still used.  There are markets - fruit & vegetable, fish and antique too.  Live music, a day out exploring the Italian Rivieri, and a range of museums that might blow your mind.   It is also a city with a constant stream of superb exhibitions.  We'll see what's on when you're here.

We have to much to taste and drink and explore.  So let's talk about how you want me to tailor this experience to fit with your interests.

It's Genova.  Everything is possible.  Just ask me.

I prefer to work with small groups of 3-4 people, and so you might want to bring together a group of your friends and plan your trip according to dates that work for you.  Just get in touch with me to check dates and prices.

Included in the price, to list a handful of delights:

  • Accommodation - 6 nights in the exquisite, truly authentic, Genoese B&B, with hosts I simply adore.

  • Transport costs to workshop locations.

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner each day.

  • A truly special Ligurian lunch, at my favourite restaurant here in the city

  • Gelato-tasting

  • Beer and wine tastings, as options.  Let me know

  • Speciality stores, cafes and confectionary factories, famous amongst local people. 

  • All learning materials and tuition during the workshop.

Not included:

  • Personal travel, and transfers to and from Genoa

  • Travel insurance

  • Aperitivo, morning and afternoon teas while out.

  • Meals where you wander off alone.  Free-time is optional always.

Prices include all taxes.

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Retreats can be booked individually or in groups of up to six. There is a discounted rate for group bookings.