“Lia”, the gondola of Lake Como, in navigation (courtesy of the Museo Barca Lariana)
Saturday 30 September
at 8.00 am
On board a gondola of Lake Como and in the park of Villa Erba
The event will take place even in case of bad weather
The event is promoted by Gardenia with Lello Piazza, in collaboration with Orticolario and Marco Scarpa, photographer and photojournalist for Corriere della Sera
Two workshops in one
The morning will be spent with Marco Scarpa and the water landscape from the lake.
On a cruise between the two shores of Lake Como, on board the extremely rare Lia gondola: from Pianello del Lario to the Piona Abbey on the Olgiasca peninsula, to the Piona lake, Domaso, … to discover the landscape of the upper lake, the wildest and most open one.
A two-hour navigation to learn the different photographic techniques that allow you to take perfect photographs of the landscape “with a sense, from the water”.
In the park for a “toc”, one of the oldest dishes of the tradition of Lake Como, at “La dispensa in serra”
The afternoon will be spent with Gardenia and Lello Piazza at Orticolario 2023.
In the park of Villa Erba, photographing gardens, installations and nature.
Paid admission upon reservation. Limited number of places.
Reservation: online only, by 9.00 am on Thursday 21 September
Contribution: Euro 180,00* including:
– entrance pass to Orticolario, valid for all days of the event
– round trip of about 1 hour (dedicated shuttle) Villa Erba > Museo Barca Lariana
– workshops on the boat and in the park
Total duration: about 11 hours (trip + workshop on gondola and in the park + lunch)
Topics covered: framing/composition, lenses/brightness, aperture/depth of field, exposure.
Equipment required: comfortable clothing and shoes (sweater, windbreaker, sun hat, waterproof poncho in case of rain), camera or cell phone camera, batteries, memory cards, lens (recommended: wide-angle to telephoto zoom)
Parking and meeting point: Galoppatoio entrance (Via Regina 2/A)
Experience suitable for everyone: beginners and not
It is necessary to comply with the current regulations on Covid 19 safety and prevention
* The event is among the activities supporting the “Amici di Orticolario” Fund
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Curiosities and Collaborations
The gondola of Lake Como and its captain
Historic and beautiful, “Lia” is the only gondola on the Lake Como that can navigate.
Completely restored, this extraordinary boat returns to sail the waters as a preview for Orticolario thanks to the Museo Barca Lariana, custodian of a priceless heritage, unique in the world, and on which the participants of the workshop set sail towards the water landscapes.
Over 13 metres long, with a typical rectangular sail, its construction dates back to the 1920s. It was used for commercial transport when the lake waters represented the main route for the daily supply of the markets and villages of the Lake Como.
Exceptional captain, in vintage uniform, and guide during navigation, Ferdinando Zanoletti, president of the Museo Barca Lariana.
In the November issue of Gardenia
A report on the event with photos of the participants in the workshop.
Museo Barca Lariana with Ferdinando Zanoletti
Pianello del Lario (Co)
Bassano del Grappa (Vi)
A special thanks to