What level of photographic expertise is required for the tour?
No particular level is required. Our program is designed to accommodate beginners to advanced. However, a working knowledge of your camera is expected.
What kind of camera should I bring?
Either a film or a digital camera will be appropriate. If you have a camera with interchangeable lenses, we recommend not bringing more than 2 lenses. A wide-angle lens and a medium telephoto lens works well on the tours. A built-in or other kind of flash can be useful, but in most cases, is not needed. Flash is prohibited in most churches, museums, and public buildings in Italy. It is strongly recommended to come with a working knowledge of your particular camera in order to get the most out of the tour. If you have questions about your equipment, please email Tony Boccaccio directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should I bring a tripod?
Large tripods are generally forbidden in public places. A small table-top tripod will work quite well in most situations. If you have a small digital camera, you can purchase a small table-top tripod from the many street vendors along the way.
Do you supply film?
No. We do not supply film. Because of the problem of X-rays damaging film when traveling abroad, we recommend that you purchase film after you arrive in Rome. Film can be found at reasonable prices. However, it is difficult to find slide film; most vendors sell color negative film to make prints. If you decide to bring your own film, it is advisable NOT to put it in your luggage, but to hand carry it onto the plane and through airports.
What’s the weather like in Rome?
Rome averages over 220 days of sunlight a year. While the local micro climate is changeable, summers are usually sunny and bright with little rain. Summer temperatures range from an average high of 90F to lows in the evenings of 65F. (32C - 18C) The temperatures during September & October range from highs of 75F to lows of 55F in the evenings. (24C-15C). The weather in Venice and Florence varies with the seasons, and generally these cities so not enjoy as much sunlight as Rome. It is best to check the weather histories for each city on the web.
What if there is bad weather? Is the program cancelled?
During the summer and autumn months, weather in Italy is quite stable, with very few days of “bad weather”. In most cases, the tours will not be cancelled due to weather conditions. For the occasional rainy day, we advise you bring proper rain gear. You can purchase an umbrella in the streets of Rome if it rains for about 5 Euros. Umbrella sellers are EVERYWHERE!
Who is your booking agent?
Imaging In Italy manages all reservations and bookings. You will be billed through an established and secure online payment company. Once you have registered and paid the fee in full, you will receive an online voucher with all the information you will need to meet your guide/photographer and take the tour.
What if I don’t have access to the internet? Where do I call to make reservations?
You may call and speak with Tony tel+ 1-509-326-6019 Message Board / +1 509-435-2921 Mobile (USA)
What is the cancellation policy?
There are penalties for cancellation and travelers are advised to obtain appropriate travel insurance. We can help you do that. The cancellation policy is as follows: For the daily full-day & half-day tours, after you have registered, and within 60 days or more of your tour start date, the cancellation fee is 20€ per person. Within 60-30 days of your tour start date , $40€. Within 30 days, $60€, and within 15 days, the total amount. For the package tours, multi-city tours, or multi-day tours, after you have registered, there is a non-refundable deposit of 25%, and the balance is due 30 days prior to your arrival date. We encourage you to take out travel insurance. Under special circumstances we may waive cancellation fees.
Once paid, the tour fee is non-refundable in the event of a no-show, whether the entire group or any part of the group does not show for the tour.
Do I need travel insurance?
Supplemental travel insurance is inexpensive, is always wise, and we highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance, as your full deposit is not refundable. You will need to check your own insurance policies. Insurance coverage is not a part of the daily or tour packages.
Do I need a visa? Passport?
US citizens are required to have a valid US passport to enter Italy. No visa is required. You will need a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond your anticipated stay in Italy. If you are coming from a country other than the European Union or the USA, you should check with the Italian Consulate in your country to determine if you need a visa. For more detailed information, Americans may visit the State Department's Web site at www.state.gov or contact the US Consulate in your country.
Do I need vaccinations?
For details about health issues, vaccinations etc. please visit the Centers for Disease Control's Web site at www.cdc.gov/travel or contact the tour operator.
How will I get from the airport to the hotel?
Limousine service is available and costs about the same as a taxi. Our driver will meet you at the custom's exit and take you directly to your hotel. Contact us and we will provide you with the necessary information & pricing.
Is Rome safe?
Rome is one of the safest cities in the world. While it is always wise to be aware of your surroundings in unfamiliar places, you needn’t be overly concerned to walk in and around Rome day or night. In Europe, tourists always keep their eyes open for pickpockets; it may be advisable to use a money belt.
What else should I know?
• Participants should have a basic working knowledge of their cameras.
• We reserve the right to make changes in the itinerary if circumstances beyond our control occur.
• Tours leave rain or shine. In extreme conditions please call the local number on your confirmation sheet.
• If you have children younger than 12, please contact us before registering so that we may accommodate younger persons.
• We suggest good walking shoes, a lightweight poncho, in case it rains and in high temperatures, a small bottle of water. sun screen if necessary, and a sun hat.
• A lightweight tripod is recommended for evening sessions. Table-top tripods work well.
• Clients who have booked this activity in conjunction with a hotel are advised to provide contact details when booking: your hotel and phone number. If you have a mobile phone that works in Italy, please provide us with that number as well.
• Cancellation fees may apply.
• Prices include tour fee, instruction. Hotel accommodations, tips/gratuities, drinks/food, Air/train tickets to/from Rome for client are not included in the price. For full day tours, the client is responsible for one meal for the photographer/guide.