Architecture photo tour
A walking photo workshop exploring Milan’s modern architectures with Milan Photo Tour pros.
Neatly packed in one tour, capture the majesty and the reflections of the newest modern and contemporary landmarks that define Milan’s skyline.
This photo tour begins in Porta Nuova: we will walk through an area where one side of the road used to be a reference point for modernity in the 50s, 60s and 70s, its buildings designed by standards of the past, while the other side of the road is today’s gem in Milan’s architectural scenario. Since old buildings are quite neglected, the contrast is striking.
This photo tour continues at Gio Ponti‘s Grattacielo Pirelli, the highest building in Europe until 1966, and still the tallest concrete skyscraper in the world. There is an option to shoot the inside of Milan’s Stazione Centrale (the train station) which is the most famous example of Liberty and Art Deco architecture form the Fascist era. Then we’ll move towards the glass facades of Palazzo Lombardia, the highest in Milan from 2010 and awarded by the Council of Tall Buildings and urban Habitat of Chicago (Ctbuh) as Best Skyscraper in Europe in 2012.
Look up to 2014 International Highrise Award winning Stefano Boeri‘s Bosco Verticale, “a project that blazes the trail for greened highrises and can be considered a prototype for the cities of tomorrow“. This area hosts an incredible urban wheat field developed for Expo 2015.
Tour will end in Piazza Gae Aulenti: “a new piazza in the heart of Milan which sits at the heart of the Porta Nuova Garibaldi development, designed by architect César Pelli and Italian landscape designers Land. A stunning new gateway to one of Europe’s most stylish cities. The square is a key part of one of Italy’s largest regeneration projects”.
At the end of the photo tour you can relax in a cozy bistrot facing the square, then take full advantage of the blue hour.
Book this tour any Sunday and we will take you to the Belvedere, at the top of Palazzo Lombardia building (not available in August).
Walking distance: approx 4 km/2.5 mi
Required time: 4 hours (best in the afternoon)
A camera with a wideangle lens and a telephoto lens is all you need for this photo tour. You may want to bring a small to medium size tripod which will be useful specially at dusk. T/S lenses are more than welcome.
Photo editing option:
If you want to make the most out of your photography, you can book one hour or more with our professional photographers for a session of photo review and light editing after your photo tour.
We will sit together in front of a laptop, discussing your work and retouching your best shots with Photoshop Lightroom.
- Four hours of guided photo tour/workshop with one of our professional photographers.
- Water from the “drago verde”.
- Photo review of the day’s pictures (we can arrange this at an extra cost of €50 per hour).
- Food and drinks.
- Transportation if you prefer to highlight hop.
We are a team of working professional photographers. Our field of expertise encompasses many areas in the photography business. We shoot on assignment and personal projects. We shoot editorials, portraits, events, still life, travel, architecture and basically anything from small assignments to commercials. Strangely enough none of us specializes on food photography. It must be because we love to eat it. Some of us are photography teachers, journalists and certified experts.
Please ask and we will try to satisfy your request. Since we are often traveling or busy on assignments we don’t know who of us is going to be available on your required dates.
Our photo tour groups are very small. Most often it’s going to be you and your party (if there is one). Sometimes we will merge small groups if their schedule is tight. We never build groups with more than 6 people + photographer per group. We like to have a personal approach and to spend time with you and your photography. If your party is a larger group please enquire and we will arrange more than one photographer.
Of course he/she may come with us but he/she will need to book and pay as a participant. Please remember that Milan offers plenty to do for non photographers.
Yes. All of our photographers speak Italian and English. Some of us speak other languages as well. Our photo tours are held in english.
The camera you are familiar with, with lenses and accessories. A range of lenses from wide-angle to telephoto. We will probably never use flash but it would be a good idea to bring it along. If you own a bridge or a compact camera it is fine as long as you can manually control it. Bring a light backpack because there will be some walking. You will need comfortable shoes and clothing, water, warm clothes in the winter and sunscreen and a hat in the summer. For night photo tours a tripod is essential. Please remember to check that your camera is properly working before the beginning of the photo tour, recharge your batteries (bring a spare) and bring as many cards as possibile.
Regarding cameras we welcome smartphones as well, in fact you can choose any of our photo tours and let us know you will be shooting with your smartphone.
If it rains we will try to rework our schedule together. If you have time constraints or we cannot allocate another slot we will do the photo tour all the same. Milan is a fascinating city in the rain too; it is different but nonetheless enchanting. If you’re lucky enough to be in Milan during a snowfall, you’re going to love it!
Yes it is. As long as you don’t leave your belongings unattended there will be no problems. Our photo tours go through busy and central areas which are well protected by law enforcement. During night photo tours we will be walking in central and well lit areas. We never had a problem.
Transportation is on feet, so be prepared to walk some. Comfortable shoes are a must but we will take it easy, so that everyone will have time to work on subjects. You must be reasonably fit to walk for a few hours. There’s going to be breaks for a cappuccino in the winter or an ice cream in the summer. Or both.