Verona and Lake Garda, Italy with Eva Luna and Dakota
Last Summer, I had the honor of meeting Primo Cassol and spent three days adventuring and shooting with him all around the area of Lake Garda, Italy. I fell in love with the romance of Verona and Lake Garda: majestic mountains, charming vineyards, ancient cities, castles and caves, the pristine waterfalls….all locations in which we were able to shoot. During my time traveling with him, we created fantastic art together and I asked him if I could turn our adventure into an event. And so, I created a luxury edition for my events: we will spend 6 days in the breathtaking beauty of Northern Italy with a spectacular team, locations, and accommodations. Please look below for more information:
Italian Photographer Primo Cassol
Below are examples of where we will be staying in Verona and Lake Garda. We will spend two nights in two of the most beautiful apartments in Verona. Each apartment is right in the heart of Old Verona and each has their own distinct charm. The first apartment pictured below is an affrescoed apartment located on the top floor of famous 15th Century fully affrescoed palazzo. It is located in the most beautiful area of Verona: Piazza Erbe, Verona's most central and lively square, just 50 meters from Via Mazzini (one of the best shopping areas in the world with some of the top luxury Italian designers), Juliet's House, Piazza Dante and just 150 meters from the Arena di Verona, close to all of the city's most important things to see and do. The second apartment pictured below is a beautiful 2 story apartment in the center of Verona. Private garden with direct access from the lounge. Magnificent view of Adige River and Ponte Pietra; 2 steps from the Roman Theater. House of Artists with Design Furnishings, and though still in a fantastic location, will also be in a quieter area of Verona for those that prefer a slower pace and peaceful environment.
We will have two options for accommodations in Lake Garda. The standard option will be a private hotel room in a charming 3 star hotel in the Lake Garda area. Hotel will be located near our guide, Primo Cassol, in an ancient, small, romantic town. Here you will experience the history of the Lake Garda area, all with shops and restaurants a short walk from your hotel. Enjoy a delicious Italian breakfast every morning, included in cost of the event. This option is excellent for those looking for a memorable vacation while also staying within a budget-friendly range. The hotel is beautiful and clean, with excellent service and food.
The luxury option for those looking for a 5 star hotel to spend their downtime in will be in the Riva del Garda area of Lake Garda (just 15 mins from our guide, Primo Cassol) and is the only 5 star hotel in Riva: Lido Palace Riva del Garda. The hotel offers breathtaking views of the Lake and has been used by the Imperial Family as a retreat since 1899. A Michelin rated chef operates two elegant and locally sourced restaurants in the hotel with the best breakfast in Trentino. Each hotel room is around 400 sq ft and has floor to ceiling windows with two view options: Mountain and garden view, and lake and mountain view.
Here are just a few examples of the various locations we will be shooting at. All locations are very close to Riva del Garda and do not require prolonged hiking. Almost all locations we shoot at are private and thus will only be used by us during our time shooting there. No risk of wanderers coming into our shoot, we have the locations completely to ourselves. There will be two locations that are technically public but they are accessible only to Primo Cassol and are not tourist areas, thus we will have total privacy in those spots as well. Not pictured are the waterfall location and vineyard location which we will also be shooting at. Also worth mentioning: the above photos of Primo Cassol’s work are examples of locations we will have access to during the week of our photo adventure.
The Cuisine of Northern Italy
Food is one of my biggest passions in life; few things are as simple yet as meaningful as eating great food with equally great company. One of the reasons I fell in love with Northern Italy is the magnificence of the local cuisine: Rich sauces and freshly made pastas, beautifully made risottos, delicious cheeses with a variety of textures and tastes, cured meats, fresh seafood…and all created with such pride and care. During this photo adventure we will passionately explore the cuisine of Verona and Lake Garda, gaining a deeper understanding of why Italy consistently tops many food critic’s lists as having the best cuisine in the World. Some examples of what is included in the cost of the event: Dinner at a castle-turned-restaurant in Lake Garda, lunch at a charming vineyard in the countryside of Lake Garda, breakfast at a top-rated hotel or a luxury hotel in Riva del Garda, dinner at an excellent restaurant in Verona, and more. Lunch and breakfast is included in cost along with dinner for two nights. Not included is dinner for the remaining three nights to allow for some time to explore outside of the group setting.
COST OF EVENT AND WHAT IS INCLUDED:
Event is from July 15-20, 2019 and will start in the city of Verona, continue with the majority of our event taking place at various locations around Lake Garda, and end in Verona.
**Only FOUR photographer spots will be offered on this photo adventure. The event will consist of a small party of shooters and models for an exclusive event and a model/photographer ratio that guarantees unique images for everyone in attendance. We will have two models billed for this event, however if we sell out the event I will add an additional local Italian model of Primo’s recommendation (and final choice by the attendees of event) to keep the ratio as close to 1/1 model/photog shooting ration as possible.
Also, you are absolutely welcome to bring a companion for an additional fee. A larger fee applies if your companion requests their own room.
**You must provide your own airfare/airfare NOT included in cost of event.
Transportation: Transportation is provided from Verona Airport to the luxury apartments in Verona. Transportation provided to Lake Garda and all shooting locations and dining locations (when applicable).
The first and last day of the event will be mostly for gathering the group on the first day and then saying our goodbye’s on the the last day. The 16-19 will have four full days of shooting with two fantastic models and an experienced Italian photographer, all of whom are highly experienced in their craft. On the 20th will be some light shooting and then heading back to Verona Villafranca Airport.
Food: All breakfast and lunch meals included and dinner for two nights.
Accommodations: All lodging for 6 days, 5 nights covered in total cost.
Any additional group activities included in cost of event.
Total cost of event when booking the 3 star hotel in Lake Garda. $4000 USD/ EUR €3530.
Bring a non-photographic companion for an additional $1500 USD/EUR €1325.
If interested in the luxury option of staying at Lido Palace, please reach out for pricing as it is dependent upon room requests.
Thank you so much, and our team greatly looks forward to going on this adventure with you!