Solo Umbria: Infiorate di Spello & Rediscovering the green heart of Italy


Umbria. It all began here. This is where I fell in love with Italy. This region affectionally known as the green heart of Italy is the only landlocked region in Italy. It was often overlooked by tourists longing to visit Tuscany and big cities of Rome & Florence. But in these glorious hills are so many hidden treasures that are often missed. On this Photoventure tour, I wanted to go back to the roots and dig deeper into this region to give an unforgettable experience that no other tours can provide. While my tours are normally scheduled during the fall seasons, this time we are purposely scheduling it in June to participate in this unique / world famous local festival called Infiorate Di Spello.


We have a unique opportunity to not only witness but actually participate in this special event called Infiorate di Spello - considered one of the most profound and beautiful local festival activity in Italy. This is a weekend long event and we will be placed in a team to participate in this festival that is guaranteed to be filled with wonderful photographic opportunities. Here’s a quick video to give you a glimpse of what to expect. This has been on my bucket list of things to do in my life time and we will have the opportunity to do this together:




















2017 PhotoVenture Tours with Kenny Kim & Friends

ITALY: June 15-21, 2017

Along with Infiorate di Spello, we will dig deeper into the heart of Umbria. From their breathtaking hills & landscapes, astounding yet approachable architecture, not to miss wineries and cheese tasting experiences, cooking classes, truffle hunting, plus more, you’ll discover that there’s something for everyone here. If full immersion / unique cultural experience to Italy is what you are looking for, Umbria has it all and this PhotoVenture is for you.


When PhotoVenture started in 2009, we offered the tours only to professional photographers and mainly attracted wedding photographers since this is what Kenny Kim is known for. But over the years, we have discovered that when people from different backgrounds come together, a special synergy of learning and networking takes place. It created an environment that allowed us to teach and learn from one another. For this reason, we have opened up this tour for people of all professions that have passion for travel, photography and new culture.


Kenny will openly share his business tips, slew of his networking & marketing strategies for wedding photographers in a one-on-one or a group setting (depending on the topics being discussed and people attending the tour). For the avid amateurs or those just starting out in photography, Kenny can share the basics of SLR camera and shoot along with you side-by-side to help get the best shots. We will have various teaching moments including a scheduled lifestyle / engagement photo session with a beautiful Irish model couple. Kenny will share his shooting and posing tips and share his settings to get great images right out of your camera. Each days are organized with detailed itineraries to help maximize our time in Ireland but also open to any delightful surprises we may encounter along the way.



TOUR ITINERARY

(Please note that schedule is subject to change based on unforeseen circumstances. This is just to give you an idea what to expect. Like all the previous PhotoVenture Tours, there are often fun surprises planned along the trip that we do not find out until it gets closer to our travel dates)


DAY 1 - THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 2017

  1. -Ciao! Our group will meet at Rome airport (FCO) ready to go at 10:00am. (Terminal 3 arrival. There are three levels in T3. We will meet at the lower level near the meeting point area. There are sit down area with cafe there we can meet at.  Most flights from US will be over night and arrive early in the morning. Please book your travels to arrive before the meeting time).

  2. -We will take the scenic route back roads to reach Umbria region (instead of the highway). Our first time will be in a small medieval mountaintop village called Labro. We will go there for lunch followed by a visit to Vitelleschi-Nobili castle.

  3. -Late afternoon we will reach the ancient town of Spello where we will spend three nights. Check-in and time to relax before dinner.

  4. -Meals included: Lunch & Dinner.  |  Overnight in Spello


DAY 2 - FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2017

  1. -Breakfast at the hotel.

  2. -Infiorate di Spello activity begins. In the morning we will meet Guglielmo Sorci and his team. They are the organizers of the all event related to Infiorate. They will explain to us the history and the reason why the Spellonian are so proud of this traditional religious ceremony. They will also introduce us to various teams and will assign us one team to be part of. 

  3. -Before the real ceremony/event the different teams go in to the countryside to pick up flowers and prepare the petals. There will be many things to participate in and photograph.

  4. -Dinner will be inside a famous enoteca in Spello for a wine tasting dinner.

  5. -Meals included: Breakfast + Dinner  |  Overnight in Spello


DAY 3 - SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017

  1. -Breakfast at the hotel.

  2. -After breakfast we will get a slow start so that we can rest before the long activity day today.

  3. -We will have a short organized lifestyle session with an Italian couple in Spello

  4. -After lunch we will start working with the teams to “paint with petals.” This work will go throughout the entire night filled with many opportunties to capture photos, make great memories and laughters. During that night the team members work hard to finish the paintings in time for the next morning.

  5. -Meals included: Breakfast + Dinner / Snack  |  Overnight in Spello


DAY 4 - SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 2017

  1. -Breakfast at the hotel + be ready to checkout of hotel.

  2. -Final part of Infiorate di Spello. In the morning we will wait for the Bishop and the end of the ceremony when he will walk on the carpets of flowers, This moment is very colorful and marks the end of the entire event.

  3. -We will move to the medieval town of Montefalco to our next hotel.

  4. -On the way, we will stop in a local winery near Montefalco for a wine tasting, lunch and winery visit. In this winery there is a wonderful view of the country side and Assisi + Spello right on the other side of the valley. 

  5. -After check-in, we will have some free time to explore this beautiful medieval city of Montefalco before having dinner on our own.

  6. -Meals included: Breakfast + Wine tasting + Lunch  |  Overnight in Montefalco


DAY 5 - MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017

  1. -Breakfast at the hotel.

  2. -After breakfast we will explore Montefalco and Bevagna for beautiful landscape photo opportunities.

  3. -Late morning we will visit a cheese making factory for a tour, cheese tasting and light lunch.

  4. -Afternoon, we will visit the important town of Assisi (home to the patron Saint Francis of Assisi) for a guided tour of the city including the Eremo delle Carceri and the Rocca (the castle at the top of the mountain).

  5. -In the evening, we will go to Malvarina for an extensive cooking class / dinner.

  6. -Meals included: Breakfast + Cheese tasting & light lunch + Cooking Class / Dinner  |  Overnight in Montefalco


DAY 6 - TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017

  1. -Breakfast at the hotel.

  2. -Early morning start truffle hunting followed by truffle tasting with a selection of bruschetta and truffle delicacies. 

  3. -Go back to the hotel and rest

  4. -In the afternoon we will visit Castelluccio / Valnerina. A unique place in Umbria and perfect place to photograph sunset in this amazing location. If the conditions are not right, we will go visit the ancient town of Spoleto.

  5. -Dinner will be on our own tonight to try different local cuisines.

  6. -Meals included: Breakfast + Truffle tasting light meal   |  Overnight in Montefalco

DAY 7 - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017

  1. -Breakfast at the hotel. Checkout of hotel.

  2. -We begin our journey back to Rome. We will stop at another beautiful medieval city on the way to the airport.

  3. -Please make sure you do not book your flight back until after 6pm. You are more than welcome to continue this amazing journey on your own. Explore Rome for few days or other major cities are just train ride away. End of tour.***
    - Meals included: Breakfast


TRIP COST:

$3995 per person for single room. Receive a $345 discount per person if you share a double room (based on roommate availability or come together as a pair). We will try to accommodate attendees who are looking for a roommate to pay the discounted rate.

50% balance is due upon registration. Remaining balance is due May 15, 2017. In order to make necessary travel arrangements, registration deadline has been set for March 31, 2017 (or until seats are sold out).



WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  1. -6 nights of accommodations at 4 star hotels

- Italian-style breakfast every morning & 6 meals (lunch or dinner)

  1. -Cooking class

  2. -Cheese & Wine tasting

  3. -Truffle hunting + tasting

  4. -Ground transportation for 7 days (starting from the airport

  5. -pickup on 15th to drop off at the airport on the 21th)

  6. -Pick up and drop off at the Rome Fiumicino airport (FCO)

  7. -Photo instruction/personal mentoring time will be introduced throughout the trip at various locations as needed.



WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

- Airfare

  1. -Travel / personal insurance (recommended)

  2. -Meals not mentioned above

  3. -Personal expenditures (souvenirs, etc.)

  4. -Other transportation transfers or excursions, and experiences not specified in the tour itinerary

  5. -Gratuity for our tour guide/driver (This is at your discretion and will be collected at the end of the tour - Suggestion: 5 to 10 Euro per day)



MISCELLANEOUS:

  1. -This tour is limited to ONLY 7 people. We keep this group size small to provide a small group environment conducive for learning and networking with each other. Many of the past attendees have become great friends and often come back on our tours. It also allows us to rent a smaller vehicle (9 passenger van) instead of a large coach bus which prohibits us from getting to offbeat locations that are impossible to reach by a big bus.

  2. -All attendees must sign a travel waiver form which will be mailed upon registration.

  3. -For specific questions about the tour, please send an email to: contact@kennykim.com


***Please do not book your flights before 6pm to ensure that you arrive with plenty of time at the airport in time for check in. We also recommend that you take advantage of your opportunity to stay additional days on your own to explore more of Rome or surrounding cities.


For questions about the tour, please send an email to: contact@kennykim.com


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“The best parts of the trip are when Kenny spots an amazing scenery and yells "stop the bus!" and we are off on an unscheduled mini-adventure. The lasting memories and friends I've made keeps me coming back each year.”

Edwin D., software programmer / attendee