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About Your Photo Guide

Steve has been a photographer for over twenty years, and has lived in Rome since 1995. He has worked for most of the major advertising agencies in the city. A couple of years ago he was commissioned to photograph a series of some of the most historic and unusual shops in the Eternal city for a book. Shots from which have won a prize in the Px3 Paris photographic competition 2007 and been exhibited in the Royal Photographic Society's 150th International Print Exhibition.

He has also had to shoot a scooter in the Trevi Fountain for an advertising campaign.

Testimonials

Steve

My husband and I have now returned from our trip to Rome and want to thank you for pointing us in Steve's direction. We had a fantastic time with him. He is so knowledgeable and friendly, and took us to places we could never have found or gained entry to if we'd been left to our own devices. We're both very pleased with the photographs we took on the tour. It was a very successful birthday gift for my hubby. Thanks again,
Dianne.

Tony

"This tour is the ultimate gift you can give yourself.  Not only will you have an amazing experience - but you will walk away with photography skills that will make the rest of your travels a lifetime of memories. We had a great time - seeing Rome with a different set of eyes! Tony is a wonderful guide and teacher! I look forward to being back in Italy and taking another tour!" ~ Don & Niki M. / Seattle

"Our trip to Rome was one that won’t ever be forgotten. If our memories should ever fail, we have the most awesome pictures to remember it by. We all enjoyed our classes and learned so much. I feel the results are phenomenal." ~ Debbie, Chuck & Ashleigh D. / USA

"The couple of hours in Rome that I was with you taught me more than I could have ever asked for." ~ Miguel P. / Florida

"Thank you so much for the amazing opportunity you gave us. It was one of the highlights of our trip. You literally did change the way we look at things, both through the camera and "eye". We were able to learn so much more in one afternoon, than in past year since we've had the camera"  ~Terry & Jeannette D. / Atlanta

"THANK YOU for leading our amazing time in Rome! Our heads have been spinning since we returned. You gave us exactly what we were looking for. You enabled us to think and see outside of ourselves and inspired us to "make photos" better than ever." Janet & Kerry /Colorado


"My wife and I just returned from five weeks of travel in Europe, and the highlight of our trip was the day we spent with Tony Boccaccio on a private photographic tour of Rome.  The tour more  than fulfilled my expectations, and made me a better photographer. My wife is less into photography than I am, but also found the day enlightening and most enjoyable. To anyone with more than a passing interest in photography, this is an experience not to be missed. We would recommend it highly." ~ Perry S. /Hawaii
"Your knowledge, love of Rome and enthusiasm was endless and in the short time together you have definitely transformed the way in which my eyes see."  ~ Pete W. / UK

" I highly recommend spending some time with Tony if you want to move from snapshots to photographs. He knows Rome like the back of his hand and you'll see some things that are off the beaten path. Two thumbs, way up!!" ~ Kevin /Toronto Canada

"After an afternoon spent with Tony Boccaccio on his “Rome through a lens” walking tour, the quality and interest-levels of my photos instantly went up several notches. Looking back through the holiday photos, it’s almost embarrassingly easy to tell which were taken ‘post Tony.  His enthusiasm and confidence and his obvious love for the city and for photography are infectious and inspiring. If you like photography and are keen to learn from one of the best around, then I recommend getting yourself a place on one of Tony’s  tours. If you’re a beginner, you couldn’t get a better grounding in the art (and joy) of photography. If you’re already an experienced photographer, you’ll be surprised how much you can learn in such a short time."  ~ Matt & Helms, Germany

What you will learn

Creating striking and balanced compositions.

Using the light, colours and shadow to better effect

Telephoto or wide-angle, exploiting depth of field.

 

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Photo Tours with National Geographic Tony Boccaccio

Anthony Boccaccio leads Adventures thru the Lens, a truly unique experience in an extraordinary setting and a rare opportunity to ask a real life stories about his exploits in Rome where he lived many years speaks Italian fluently and knows the "secrets" of the city, the locals and the best restaurants. Or ask him about his 20 year adventure photographing the Amazon.

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Rome Photography Guide

This tour offers participants an authentic city adventure and rare opportunity to experience Paris from an insider’s point of view.

Your professional photographic guide will point out details invisible to the untrained eye and reveal the best vantage-points on your chosen route. Learn to tell a story through images, take great shots of iconic monuments and capture atmospheric images off the beaten track.

So bring your walking shoes and be prepared to discover the mysteries of the city. Bring your camera and learn how to have more fun with your camera.

• Discover parts of Rome less traveled by tourists.
• Hear interesting tales and stories
• Take better photos
• Turn your photos into exciting stories.
• Have fun !

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Hidden Rome

This tour offers participants an authentic city adventure and rare opportunity to experience Rome from an insider's point of view. Your professional photographic guide will point out details invisible to the untrained eye and reveal the best vantage-points on your chosen route. Learn to tell a story through images, take great shots of iconic monuments and capture atmospheric images off the beaten track.

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125€pp

Tour Code: MT-ROM-PH1

Scheduled Departures :April - Nov - Wed + Sat 9:00am
Private Departures : Daily except Sunday 9am and 2pm, Sunset Tour On Request
Duration: 4 hrs
Cost: 125.00€ pp (300€ private up to 4 people)

We begin our adventure at Ponte Sant'Angelo the chief site of executions in Rome built by the Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd Century A.D. The most celebrated being the 22 year old Beatrice Cenci who was decapitated by the sword along with her step mother in 1599 for murdering their lecherous father. Legend has it that every year on the night before her death, she came back to the bridge carrying her severed head. It appeared in Dan Brown's 2000 novel Angels and Demons, the location was the secret lair for the Hassassin and is the last existing church of the Illuminati.

We will walk to Via dei Banchi Nuovi and discover why the Spanish ambassador spat in his valet's face. Our route takes us through Piazza Navona and Piazza Pasquino site of one of the talking statues and Via dei Banchi Vecchian ancient street once home to Florentine bankers as well as Via Giulia where there are and plenty of interesting churches.

We’ll visit Piazza Farnese the setting of Puccini's opera Tosca, with its 16th Century Palazzo and two magnificent fountains made from two giant basins originally from the Baths of Caracalla.

Then off to Campo di Fiori, where we will see where Giordano Bruno was burnt at the stake as a heretic.

You’ll walk through winding streets and arrive at Palazzo Spada and see Boromino's "perspective" before crossing the Ponte Sisto to Trastevere with its labyrinth of streets, refurbished buildings, art galleries, trendy bars and local atmosphere like Piazza Trilussa a popular meeting place for locals.

We finish at the Piazza Santa Maria the eponymous church in the square which is thought to be the first Christian temple in Rome. Built on the spot where in 38 B.C. oil sprang from the ground which was said to be a sign of the coming of Christ.

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The Grand Tour

See Rome highlights with a different point of view. On this tour we'll show you the famous spots from different angle.

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Campidoglio to Pincio

Tour Code: MT-ROM-PH2
Scheduled Departures : April - Nov - Mon + Fri 9:00am
Private Departures :Daily except Sunday 9am and 2pm, Sunset Tour On Request
Duration: 4 hrs.
Cost: 125.00€ p/p or (300€ private up to 4 people)

You will see the

Campidolio, Piazza Navona Pantheon, Temple Adriano, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Villa Medici, Piazza dei Popolo from Pincio,

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Pantheon Route

The light can change from minute to minute as the early mist of sunrise gives way to the brilliance of the noon-day sun. From the Colosseum to the Pantheon, you will capture the light & shadow of Rome.

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Colosseum to Pantheon

Tour Code: MT-ROM-PH4
Departures : 9:30 am On Request
Duration: 4 hrs.
Departure: At the Kiosk newsstand outside the metro entrance, across from the Colosseum
End : Pantheon
Cost: 300€ private up to 4 people

 

The Colosseum is one of the world’s most famous landmarks and tourist attractions. Although it survives only as a ruin, it still rates as one of the finest examples of Roman architecture and engineering.

The Foro Romano, or Roman Forum, was the focal point of the city for early Romans. It wasthe center for commercial, political, and civil activities and contained markets, prisons, statues, entertainment areas, temples and monuments built by various emperors. Perhaps more than any other Roman ruin, the Forum with its great temples and arches gives us a glimpse into both the architectural and political power of Rome during the time of the emperors and is the perfect outdoor classroom to make exciting and memorable photographsof one of the world's greatest historic sites.

The Campidoglio is a remarkable square and an urban masterpiece designed by Michelangelo. At the center of the square stands the great bronze equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius.

The Pantheon is a building in Rome that was begun in 27 BC by the statesman Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa. It was completely rebuilt by the emperor Hadrian sometime between AD 118 and 128. It is remarkable for its size, its construction, and its design. The dome was the largest built until modern times, measuring about 142 feet (43 m) in diameter, and rising to a heightof 71 feet (22 m) above its base. It was dedicated in AD 609 as the Church of the Santa Maria Rotonda, orad Martyrs, which it remains today. The tomb of Raphael is found inside.

Piazza Navona is a marvel of light and sculpture. It is exceptionally long and owes its shape to the ruins that formed it, for under the buildings that surround Piazza Navona are the remains of the Circus Domitianus, Domitian's stadium -- a part of which can still be seen. The piazza features many fine old buildings,a beautiful church and three stunning fountains. In the centre of the piazza is Bernini's most spectacular fountain, la Fontana dei Fiumi (Four Rivers) erectedin 1651. Piazza Navona is an extremely lively place with open-air cafes around it. During the summer, numerousartists draw or paint members of the public for a fee. The place is crowded each day and there are often buskers and sometimes mimes to entertain.

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St Peter's Route

Nothing can compare to the afternoon light of Rome, as it washes the Eternal City in a vibrant, brilliant radiance. You will photograph the Roman Forum, the Coliseum, colorful piazzas filled with magnificent fountains, and winding cobblestone streets.

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Pantheon to St Peters

Tour Code: MT-ROM-PH5
Departures : On Request at 3:30 pm
Duration: 4 hrs.
Departure: In front of MacDonald’s restaurant in the Pantheon Square
End : St. Peter’s Square
Cost: 300€ private

Piazza Navona is a marvel of light and sculpture. It is exceptionally long and owes its shape to the ruins that formed it, for under the buildings that surround Piazza Navona are the remains of the Circus Domitianus, Domitian's stadium -- a part of which can still be seen. The piazza features many fine old buildings, a beautiful church and three stunning fountains. In the centre of the piazza is Bernini's most spectacular fountain, la Fontana dei Fiumi (Four Rivers) erected in 1651. Piazza Navona is an extremely lively place with open-air cafes around it. During the summer, numerous artists draw or paint members of the public for a fee. The place is crowded each day and there are often buskers and sometimes mimes to entertain.

Castel Sant'Angelo was built, as was the Elian Bridge in front, by the Emperor Hadrian (117-138) as a Mausoleum for himself and his successors. Antoninus Pius completed it in 139. In 271, the Emperor Aurelian incorporated the pile into the defense system he designed: it lost its function as a tomb to become a fortress. In 1277, it was occupied by Nicholas II who connected it to the Vatican by the famous corridor, a safety passage which runs along the top of the encircling wall of the Vatican. Henceforth, it remained under the control of the Popes who used it as a fortress, to impress, but also as a prison and a place for torture. The bridge in front crosses the Tiber River and is adorned by some of Bernini's most beautiful and interesting statues.

St. Peter's Square is one of Rome's greatest sites, visited by millions of tourists and faithful. The splendid square and colonnade, Bernini's finest work, form a superb entryway to the greatest church of Christendom, dominated by the magnificent Dome of Michelangelo. Michelangelo, Giacomo della Porta and Domenico Fontana carried out the construction of this basilica, plagued by numerous obstacles and problems. The basilica rises over the foundations of a paleochristian Church, which, according to tradition, was built over the tomb of the Martyred Apostle Peter.

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Rome thru the Lens

National Geographic Tony Boccaccio

This year Tony has created an exciting and unique approach to his successful photo tours, which combines learning how to take photos with impact within the context of the history of Rome.

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Tour Code: MT-ROM-PH7
Departures : May 15th to August 4th, then Sept 6th - Nov 6th
Duration: 4 hrs.
Cost: 375€ private

Learn how to create an Historical Visual Diary with Tony

This is a rare opportunity to ask about his adventures around world, his 20 years photographing the Amazon, and in Rome where he lived for many years and speaks Italian fluently. Tony knows the "secrets" of the city, the locals and the best restaurants. You will have a truly unique experience in an extraordinary setting and a rare opportunity to ask the expert about camera techniques used by world-class professionals.

Your time with Tony will be especially rewarding because he has lived in Rome for many years, speaks Italian fluently and knows the "secrets" of the city, the locals and the best restaurants.

You'll have an authentic Italian experience as you embark on Adventures thru the Lens! We can customize to your requirements including a combination of Rome with the Amalfi Coast. From Half Day to longer.

For beginners and professionals.

Tours Dates: May 15th to August 4th, then Sept 6th - Nov 6th

Morning Tours: If Stones Could Speak

Afternoon Tour: Where Gods, Angels and Demons Live

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