Sicily: Stories of Stone, Sea and Lava

Instructor: Yiannis Rizomarkos

An ancient island at the crossroads of civilizations awaits us to discover it. In this 7-day photographic voyage we will stroll through the wild beauty of Sicily and capture the Sicilian and stone forged lifestyle, aiming for authentic experiences outside of the beaten track. Throughout our carefully planned adventure we will be driven by a private van, assisted by local guides while staying exclusively at carefully selected beautiful local lodgings, far from touristy grounds. So we will travel from city to city, from mountains to the sea and from the influences of the ancient world to modern Italian fun. We will stroll through the labyrinthine straits of Taormina and Catania, conquer the active volcano of Etna, enjoy the Mediterranean delights of traditional villages and experience the grandeur of history in the eternal city of Syracuse. Arabian palaces and volcanic landscapes, ancient monuments and cathedrals, passionate cities and deafening quiet medieval villages will offer us the contrasts that create great images. Continuously photographing under the constant guidance of Yiannis, each traveler will create their own photographic footprint of an unforgettable travel experience.

Our journey begins from the coastal Taormina city of Thousand Conquerors, where Greek, Arabic and Spanish influences create a magical architectural landscape over the blue coast. Kamari town the ancient Greek amphitheater with breathtaking views of Etna and the open sea. From there we will be transported to the villages of Savoca and Forza D’Agrò, the true set of the movie “The Godfather”. We will see in front of our eyes the archetypal Sicilian moments as we live the Corleone atmosphere of dark bars and medieval trails.
On the third day our course is literally up. We head to Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano and climb almost as high as 3300m by cable car, 4×4 vehicle and hiking. With the necessary equipment and guidance from an experienced climber-driver we will photograph the volcanic space landscape roaring beneath our feet. But since the contrasts never stop on this journey, we then arrive in Catania, the local capital of eastern Sicily, to leave at staggering rates. From traditional fishing markets to the secret bars to the secret arcades, this city has given us countless human moments and exciting photography experiences.

As we approach the end of the trek the rates go down as the grandeur of the scenery shocks travelers. The picturesque villages of Ragusa and Marzamemi will give us a taste of traditional Sicilian life. At the top of a steep cliff one, stopped in time by the second fishing village, gives us the opportunity to enter the daily lives of communities living in ancient temples and codes and to enjoy the local delights of volcanic soil and rich sea. The trip then wraps up for three  days in historic Syracuse, where the past comes alive at every turn and photographic opportunities appear in every marble-lined square and picturesque alley.
We are ready to photograph the Mediterranean adventure prepared by the millennia of history, the volcanic ash and the soul of the Sicilians.

The trip is aimed at anyone, regardless of photographic level, beginners with basic technical knowledge but also more experienced photographers who want to get a strong travel portfolio. Participants should have a laptop with them for editing images.

Suggested prior knowledge: Photography Basics



7 days


1400 in a double room & 1700 in a single room


March, Friday 18th to Friday 25th


– Stay in lovely local accommodation with breakfast in the historic centers of Taormina, Catania & the small island of Ortygia in Syracuse.
– Van service for all routes and transfer to and from the airport.
– Climbing Etna: Ski lift tickets, 4 × 4 vehicles, mountain guided tours, equipment: Mountaineering boots with new socks, soft shell jacket, hiking boots, helmet.
– The personal photographic guidance and editing of images for the final portfolio.

Not included:

– The flights.
– Meals.
– Entrance tickets to museums and archaeological sites.
– Travel insurance.
– Everything else is not explicitly mentioned.

Important Note:

Departure on March, Friday 18th from Athens to Catania, Fontanarossa Airport, will be by Ryanair FR8251 flight at 13:30 and return on March, Friday 25th by Ryanair FR8250 flight at 14:35. We recommend that you book your tickets at low prices as soon as possible and ensure your participation in time, as the number of seats in the School’s travel programs is limited.


For the participation, 30% of the cost is prepaid until January, Monday 10th and the rest until February, Friday 18th. Entries after January, Monday 10th may be accepted if there are vacancies, but we do not guarantee accommodation in the same accommodation as the rest of the group.


For cancellation until February, Friday 18th the School keeps the amount of the deposit and returns the balance if it has been paid. For cancellation after February, Friday 18th no refund is possible.