Italy Is Opening Again!

After months of lockdowns and restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has hit hard our beautiful country, we are again ready to welcome travelers from many different countries.

These long months have changed a lot of things, but some have remained the way they used to be: our gorgeous landscapes, our inimitable art, our delicious food, but most of all our warm hospitality.

With travel restrictions still in place for many countries and fewer people wanting to travel, this is a great opportunity to enjoy all of the above without having to contend with huge throngs of tourists.

As of Oct. 5th:

  • Travelers from EU countries (except for Romania) are allowed without the need of justification, therefore also for tourism, and without the obligation of isolation, provided they have not transited or stayed in other territories. This includes all the EU Countries (except Romania and with specific provisions for Croatia, France - limited to the regions Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Corsica, Hauts-de-France, Île-de-France, New Aquitaine, Occitania, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur - Greece, Malta and Spain), Schengen, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco.
  • Travelers from Croatia, France (limited to the regions of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Corsica, Hauts-de-France, Île-de-France, New Aquitaine, Occitane, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur) Greece, Malta, and Spain must also present a recent negative test or subject themselves to a swab upon arrival.
  • Travelers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay can enter Italy for any reason, but have to undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance, to fill in a self-declaration and reach the final destination in Italy only by private vehicle.
  • Travel to/from the rest of the world is allowed only for precise reasons, such as work, health or study reasons, absolute urgency, return to home, home, or residence.

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What is the Covid-19 situation in Italy?

Oct 5th Update: The number of cases in Europe, including Italy, is again on the rise with the beginning of the cold season. The situation appears to be still very much under control, with no major alarms or restrictions. Stronger mask mandates are being established and enforced across the whole country and you can expect to see people wearing masks in public everywhere.

To put it simply, we didn't just flatten the curve, we squashed it!

Covid-19 cases in Italy

Despite successive relaxations of lockdown measures, starting in May, we have seen no resurgences of cases, no second waves. Most new cases discovered are mild, asymptomatic, and scarcely contagious.

Click here to read about Covid-19 statistics in Italy

The Lombardy region, which was the epicenter of the epidemic, still sees the majority of cases daily, though that number is rapidly going down. Other regions have seen much fewer cases and now have more days with zero new cases than days with one or two. Basilicata, where the amazing city of Matera is located, has recorded no new cases for 17 consecutive days, as of June 28th.

Mask use is widespread and everybody seems to have learned good personal hygiene practices. Temperature controls are ubiquitous. Social distancing is still the norm and believe me, for a population that enjoys hugs and kisses like no other, that's difficult. Having been hit so hard meant we had to adapt or succumb.

While the national health care system was severely strained at the height of the crisis, we are now almost back to normal and foreign visitors are again able to enjoy one of the best-rated levels of medical assistance in the world, should the need arise. Hospitalizations due to Covid-19, which reached almost 30,000 at the peak, are now down to 1,120 (as of June 29th) and rapidly declining. If they keep going down at this rate, we expect hospitals to be virtually free of Covid-19 patients before the end of July.

I think today Italy is one of the safest places in the world, as far as Covid-19 is concerned. In some areas, it is probably easier to encounter a wild bear than a virus molecule.

What About Photo Tours?

Lago di Misurina

EU citizens have been able to travel to Italy since June 3rd and visitors from many more countries will be allowed in starting July 1st, without having to undergo a period of quarantine on arrival. As I'm writing this, the list of such countries is still not known. As long as there is such uncertainty, it's difficult for me to plan long tours in the immediate future. In any case, feel free to browse this site and discover what's already planned.

My response to the current state of affairs is to be flexible and nimble.

What this means in practice is that I'm offering private, bespoke, short photo tours for singles and small groups.

If you love photography and are thinking of taking a vacation in Italy in the coming months, this might be right for you. Let’s say you are traveling to Italy and would like to include the Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Venice, Rome, the Dolomites or some other beautiful destinations in your itinerary. You want to be sure you will be taking home the best photographs of those locations, for your personal collection or to show your friends.

This is what you will get from me. I will bring you to the best spots at the best times and teach you how to get those amazing photos you’ve always dreamed of taking.

Depending on the location and the number of days you have, we will design together the best program that works with your schedule.

Here are some of the locations I have visited many times and that I consider myself an expert of, but I would be happy to accompany you elsewhere. I have traveled across all of my home country, so there will be hardly a place I don't know well.

Cinque Terre

Five colorful villages on a beautiful stretch of pristine coastline. Ideal for a two-day tour. Options for hiking and boat excursions. Getting around by train or boat.

Tuscany

Medieval towns, enchanted landscapes, stunning works of art. Truly the heart of Italy. Ideal for one day or more. Getting around by car. Very accessible.

The Dolomites

One of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world. Tons of photo opportunities in a limited area. Green meadows in Spring and Summer, foliage in the Fall, snow in WInter. Very accessible. Ideal for two days or more.

Venice

Venice is a city with many well-known photo spots, but you should let me take you to some of its secret ones. Ideal for one day or more. Very accessible if you enjoy long walks.

Rome

All the roads lead to Rome, they say, and a visit to Italy wouldn't be complete with it. A photo tour of Rome could keep you busy for a week, but even one or two days will make you want come back for more.

Milan

Once considered a dreary industrial town, it actually has a lot to offer, especially if you enjoy modern architecture and always fashionable people. Ideal for a one or two day tour and very accessible.

100% Money Back Guarantee

I offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee on private tours. If for any reason you weren’t satisfied with my skills as a tour leader, I will refund 100% of my fees, as long as you provide a motivation and do it within 30 days from the end of the tour.

Interested? Use the form below or email me. I will get back to you as soon as possible with some proposals and we'll discuss them together.

Private Tour Request Form (reopening)

What People Say

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We had an unforgettable weekend with Ugo in Cinque Terre. He took us around the 5 villages and showed us the good vantage points for photography and gave us very useful tips. I went home with beautiful photos. Highly recommended.

Funda Inceer - Istanbul, Turkey

My wife and I just returned home from the trip of a lifetime with Ugo and Mike Gulbraa. 7 cities in 15 days photographing the most amazing places in Italy! Ugo was the perfect Italian host and photography pro! Can't say enough about how great he was. Looking forward to touring with him again. Recommend VERY highly

Glen Zalkin - St. Augustine, FL

I contacted Ugo for a private two day tour of Cinque Terre. He immediately responded and we met up in Monterosso. Ugo is an easy going and likeable guy and, as can be seen in his website, a good photographer. He knows Cinque Terre very well since he lives nearby and has conducted several tours in the area. If you have only a few days in Cinque Terre, it makes great sense to contact Ugo and he can take you right away to the good spots and at the right time of the day. I had a great time with Ugo in Cinque Terre and would recommend taking his tours.

Manolo Roxas - Manila, Philippines

To travel and work with Ugo is a delight. He is resourceful and knows his destination, so no matter what weather awaits you, Ugo will always suggest a way to make the most of the day. He is energetic, non-stop, productive. A travel/work experience with Ugo motivates you to become a better photographer. Must mention that he is very fun company, and loves good food!

Cristina Piva - São Paulo, Brazil

As I was spending my vacation in the Dolomites I arranged a one day private workshop with Ugo. Although I was a four hour drive from Ugo's home base he willingly made the journey — even though he was heading off to Barcelona first thing the next morning for another commitment. 

Not having any transport or knowledge of the best locations to shoot having someone like Ugo was fantastic — and when you add his knowledge of photography and ability to impart that to his pupil it all added up to an outstanding day. 

I recommend Ugo without reservation.

Peter Wade - Sydney, Australia

If you are planning to travel and love photography at any level Ugo can plan a personal tour to fit in with your itinerary! He has a wealth of knowledge to share with you on any subject of photography. Apart from photography (my passion) Ugo provides a total travel experience looking at Italy through the eyes of a local. A life changing trip leaving me totally hooked to book another! Thank you Ugo and yes I will be returning my dilemma is choosing a destination.

Sharon Jackson - Gold Coast, Australia

My husband and I did a workshop with Ugo in Cinque Terre. It was fantastic. Ugo is not only a great photographer, but he is generous with his knowledge, and he offers a great workshop. The group was international, which made the experience even richer.

Gail Ginder - Healdsburg, CA

After two photo tours with Ugo in Italy, I cannot recommend the experience highly enough – the local knowledge of Italy, partnered with photographic expertise and guidance made for an extremely rewarding photo tour! Ugo guides and mentors you according to your skills, regardless of whether you are a beginner or experienced enthusiast. I have come away with greater understanding of the craft and confidence to build my skill set. I am inspired to continue my learning journey to create beautiful images. Thank you Ugo!!!

Kerri Clark - Canberra, Australia