Hidden Milan photo tour
Off the beaten paths and away from main tourist routes in downtown Milan: this walking photo tour will give you a more in-depth look on our beautiful city.
Milan has many hidden gems, and we want you to see them all! (well, at least most of them).
Dedicated to photo addicts with an eye for details, willing to see and shoot something different from the usual Duomo and Sforza Castle, this photo tour will take you away from main tourists routes and large crowds, showing you many facets of our beautiful city we’re sure you don’t expect to see!
From beautiful churches to fresh perspectives through the narrowest, quiet and atmospheric streets in Milan, there will be a bit of everything to shoot: all packed in a carefully planned and surprising tour, including the bright colored frescos in San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore Church (aka ‘Milan Sistine Chapel’) and controversial modern art in the likes of Maurizio Cattelan’s ‘L.O.V.E.’, a challenging giant middle finger made of marble in front of the Stock Exchange building.
There’s a lot more than this: capture hectic students life and the geometry of 15th century Renaissance cloisters in State University building (Ca’ Granda), practice low light photography in romanic Sant’Ambrogio (one of the oldest cathedrals in Milan, built in the 4th century), learn the secrets of long exposures in Vergine dell’Annunciata’s solemn crypt, elaborate architectural or abstract photography exploiting the intrepid design of mushroom-like-shaped Velasca Tower, a symbol of Milan economic boom in the 1960’s, and be puzzled by skulls and bones perfect patterns in San Bernardino Church ossuary. Not to mention, street photography opportunities and murals will wait for you at many corners, starting from S. Lorenzo’s Columns right at the beginning of the tour.
And then again: roman ruins, bombed chapels in open air, almost 200 years old pastry shops, odd boutiques, art galleries, beautiful residential buildings… In a few words, every step of this photo tour will be a feast for your eyes… and for your camera, of course!
Walking distance: approx 5 km/3 mi
Required time: 4 hours
A camera with a general purpose zoom lens is all you need for this photo tour. Any wide to normal fast prime lens will be a lot of fun for street photography.
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.