• VIAGGI FOTOGRAFICI

Shoot the adventure with Viaggi Fotografici

Viaggi Fotografici is a tour operator that organizes photography workshops around the world. Each destination is carefully chosen and nothing is left to chance, in order to offer participants the best possible experience. During the trips, participants have the opportunity to meet new people who share their same interests and to devote themselves completely to their passion, without haste, with all the time necessary to observe and photograph every spectacle of nature.

The trip is always guided by a professional photographer who is able to convey photographic techniques to the participants that are difficult to learn in textbooks or in theoretical training courses.

In addition to photography “in the field”, Viaggi Fotografici organizes workshops and training courses in the classroom.

The Viaggi Fotografici travel staff is made up of professionals with specific skills in the various aspects of photography: from the landscape architect to the reporter, from the post-production nerd to the naturalist, passing through night photography, macro photography, etc., an assortment for every taste. They are professionals who love to have fun while doing what they love, all different but with one thing in common: they walk and travel with AKU footwear.

The Viaggi Fotografici team collaborates with AKU as photographers, storytellers and product testers.

“Traveling is like dreaming, the difference is that not everyone remembers something when they wake up, while everyone keeps the memory of the destination from which they returned warm”
-Edgar Allan Poeoe

Our footwear

The AKU shoes preferred by Photo Travel must be robust, comfortable and waterproof.
  • Valle Umbra Trekking

Valle Umbra Trekking in favor of young people and the Umbrian lands

Valle Umbra Trekking is an Umbrian association, affiliated with the Italian Hiking Federation, which deals with hiking activities and environmental education, promoting knowledge and enhancement of the history and traditions of the Umbrian land.

Annually, the association offers its more than 250 members a hiking and trekking program of various levels of difficulty and interest, both in Italy and abroad. The pride of the association is the youth section which carries out specific activities for children aged 6 to 16. In agreement with the Municipality of Foligno, Valle Umbra Trekking manages the Altolina Green Room in Pale di Foligno, a reference point for all hiking and educational activities.

The presence on their territory of a part of the route of the Via Lauretana has prompted the association to also take care of this ancient pilgrimage route which can be considered a completion and an enrichment compared to the various naturalistic and religious paths already existing in the area. The Via Lauretana is in fact one of the main nodes of a network of paths that connect it with the Regional Parks of Subasio and Colfiorito, with the National Park of the Sibillini Mountains and with the European path E1. Furthermore, the Lauretana is connected with the historic Via Francigena di San Francesco (via di Roma) which, passing through Assisi through the Foligno area, connects the places of Franciscan spirituality from the north (La Verna) to the south (Greccio).

Valle Umbra Trekking collaborates with AKU as a product tester.

“Always many new ideas and proposals to share with pleasure on the way”

Our footwear

The AKU footwear preferred by Valle Umbra Trekking.
  • Alpinschule Oberstdorf

      

In summer and winter with the guides of Alpinschule Oberstdorf

Alpinschule Oberstdorf is a tour operator that has been operating in the entire Alpine region from Bavaria in the most mountainous part of the Allgäu since 1981. The offer includes both educational activities (ice mountaineering courses, rock climbing, ski mountaineering) and guided summer excursions, via ferrata, climbing tours and multi-day tours at high altitude and winter excursions with snowshoes or skis.

For accompanying activities, the staff is qualified as a mountain and ski guide, hiking guide and many guides have additional training for the mountain rescue service, as paramedics or as army mountain guides.

Andreas Tauser is the director of the Oberstdorf Alpine School and has extensive experience as a mountain guide, in skiing and in the mountain rescue service. Andreas’s great-uncle was Leo Köcheler, a historic mountain guide from Bavaria in the late 1800s.

Alpinschule Oberstdorf collaborates with AKU as a footwear tester for mountaineering and hiking

“Since 1981: alpine hut tours, crossing the Allgäu Alps, guided tours on skis and snowshoes, courses on ice, rock, ski mountaineering and much more”

Our favorites AKU

The Alpinschule Oberstdorf guides use different models of AKU footwear, specific for each type of terrain and activity.
  • Elisa & Leonardo

Elisa Bessega e Leonardo Panizza / Photographer, writer and environmental activists

Zero-impact mountaineering and slow trekking

Elisa, lover of the highlands, photographer, activist and zero-waster. Born in the province of Padua, in the flattest place in Italy, she approaches the mountain very late, but since the first trek it leaves an indelible mark on her personality and lifestyle. From that moment on he devoted much of his time to the outdoors, moving permanently to Trento and learning all the mountaineering disciplines from scratch in order to fully experience the mountains in each of its forms. Hand in hand with the discovery of this sense of belonging to nature, he changes his way of life trying to minimize its impact on the environment, he is passionate about the SLOW and ZERO IMPACT philosophy and tries to apply it first in everyday life and then in excursions: self-produced most of the products he uses at home and where it is not possible undertakes to buy them in bulk. When she is not busy spending her time outdoors, she writes and talks about her passions through images and collaborates with the collective of activists The Outdoor Manifesto.

Leonardo, a psychologist, has always been a frequent visitor to the mountains of Trentino, a frequent user of bivouacs and has always paid particular attention to moving independently. In the various ascents he tries to emphasize the exploratory side and knowledge of the territory rather than the performative one. He often decides to sleep in the bivouac without leaning on the shelter for a total immersion in nature, without filters or facilities. Without the use of shortcuts, it is possible to discover that the adventure is a stone’s throw from home. Getting information and getting to know the mountains in which you move is something that enriches the experience and makes it more respectful of the places. He devotes his time mainly to climbing, ski mountaineering and mountaineering but he is also passionate about trekking, always strictly on his own. Auto produces vegetables and eggs thanks to four very white hens.

Elisa and Leonardo collaborate with AKU as photographers, storytellers and product testers.

“The mountain is not something to be bent to satisfy your will, it must be not only the place to be heroes”

My favorite AKU

For their excursions Elisa and Leonardo wear AKU Trekker Lite III GTX and AKU Alterra Lite GTX, perfect for supporting not exactly light backpacks and for walking several days with maximum comfort.
  • Altripiani

Altripiani is a combination of photography, mountaineering, cultural, anthropological and linguistic research

Altripiani is a combination of photography, mountaineering, cultural, anthropological and linguistic research, which aims to trace new paths and different paths. Lines that do not run from one city to another, but that slowly cross mountain ranges and small villages in search of faces and memories. A continuous search for the other in elsewhere, to meet and investigate the differences between the cultures and religions of the countries crossed, between the traditions and generations of the most isolated communities in the mountains, avoiding commonplaces to look for those of encounter and of dialogue.

Altripiani is a project by Giacomo Frison and Glorija Blazinšek, two photographers from Venice. “We have different characters that work well together, complementing each other. Two sensitivities, two ways of interpreting beauty and the common desire to tell moments, stories and people spontaneously. When we travel through mountain ranges we walk an ever-changing trail with an open mind and a tent on our backs. We are Altripiani, the most sincere and genuine representation of ourselves, of our passions and of our desire to know.”

Glorija and Giacomo collaborate with AKU as photographers, storytellers and product testers.

“We are Altripiani, the most sincere and genuine representation of ourselves, our passions and our desire to know”

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My favorite AKU

Glorija and Giacomo’s favorite shoes for their crossings are the AKU Alterra Lite GTX, a multierrain shoe, just like they are, perfect for moving quickly on any terrain in total comfort.
  • VAL GARDENA ACTIVE

      

Mountain leaders and companions of Val Gardena

Summer and winter. Thousands of kilometers and thousands of meters in altitude traveled every year. The trails of Val Gardena, from the valley floor to the high mountains, have no secrets for AKU and for the more than 20 guides of the Val Gardena Active program. An initiative born 10 years ago and which from the beginning has seen AKU footwear at the feet of a group of qualified professionals, experts in hiking and profound connoisseurs of their territory through which the thousands of tourists who flock to a of the most beautiful valleys of the Dolomites.

“It is a collaboration that honors us and stimulates us” said Paolo Bordin, CEO of AKU “which offers us the opportunity to test our products on their ideal terrain, the Dolomite mountain, where we wrote an important part of our history “.

For over 30 years, in fact, Val Gardena has represented for AKU one of the alpine areas in which the brand immediately met the favor of the public, through the important contribution of the specialized shopkeepers of the valley, first of all Sport Bruno, a historic shop, from over 100 years a point of reference for valley dwellers and mountain enthusiasts who choose Selva Val Gardena as the ideal place for their holidays.

Since 2020 the collaboration has extended and includes all the three main centers of the valley, with Selva, Santa Cristina and Ortisei as starting points for the excursions, gathered in a broad program that in addition to trekking includes experiences of environmental education and knowledge of the uses and Ladin customs, also for families and children. For advanced hiking that becomes a complete experience and a stimulus to deepen the value of contact with nature.

Val Gardena Active’s mid-mountain guides and companions will be your trusted people in planning your excursions, they will accompany you and will be at your disposal with their experience and knowledge, at any time. If you want to know the Val Gardena Active excursion program for summer 2020, visit the website ww.valgardena-active.co

Val Gardena Active collaborates with AKU as a product tester.

“An advanced excursion that becomes a complete experience and a stimulus to deepen the value of contact with nature”

My favorite AKU

The Val Gardena Active guides use different models of AKU footwear, specific for each type of terrain and activity: Selvatica GTX, Tengu Low GTX, Tengu Lite GTX, Trekker Lite III GTX and Superalp GTX.

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