IN ALL OUR TUSCANY/Umbria WORKSHOP, ITINERARIES WILL BE A SELECTION OF SOME OF THE BEST LOCATIONS WE HAVE USED IN OUR PAST COURSES.
Raffaele Nobile, was brought up in Naples, Sicily and the UK. He has lived for the last 12 years in Tuscany, now firmly rooted at Villa Nobile, close to the wonderful etruscan hill top town of Cortona. As a keen painter himself, he has also passionate about Italy and all its beauties, the company was founded in order to offer the best possible art holiday experience, he draws on his knowledge of the chosen local areas, their best painting locations and hidden secrets.
Although we have an itinerary we always make a point of saying that “the itinerary is subject to change” This will obviously be something that we will communicate to the group in advance or on arrival. It is very rare when we have had to change part of the itinerary.
General itinerary for Tuscany
Day 1. Arrival . Pick up point Rome Fiumicino Airport no later than 2pm if possible. Arrive at Villa Nobile (2.5 hr journey) Settle into your accommodation , then meet for pre evening dinner, meet the Tutor & have a lovely dinner with wine & talk about the week ahead & our expectations. Day 2. Easy start to our first day painting around the grounds of Villa Nobile. Lunch & continue into the evening Day 3. Travel to Montepulciano for sketching, photographing& wine tasting. Break for lunch; 15 minute journey for Afternoon painting in Pienza. Return to Villa Nobile for dinner Day4; Depending on your arrival day…(Thursday is market day in the town of Camucia) something that most people enjoy….only 5 minute from the Villa. We then make our way up the hill to our town of Cortona known for the film “Under the Tuscan Sun” for our painting location. We may stay in Cortona for our dinner so that we can work on our painting well into the evening. Day 5. Trip to SantAntimo. A beautiful 11thC Abbey immersed in a valley surrounded by olive groves & hillsides. SantAntimo is near Montalcino . Day 6; Trip to Orvieto. Painting alongside the “Duomo” with views of the Piazza & typical Tuscan streets. Lunch in Orvieto & continue into the afternoon. Return to Villa Nobile for Dinner. Day 7. One of the days will be a free day, Usually mid-week. We suggest trips to Florence, or Arezzo which are on the direct rail line. I will take & pick up anyone from the train station who wishes to go off for the day. Alternatively you can stay at the Villa & paint on some of your work or walk to another location just 10 minute from the Villa.
For our 10 day workshops We have some new location that we may visit & paint, Trequanda, Montefollonico, Monticchiello, local beautiful Countryside surrounding Villa Nobile Although the itinerary looks very busy, I do stress that anyone wanting to take time out to relax, use the pool, or even stay at the Villa & paint rather than coming on the location of that day….please feel free to do so. We will have time to paint back at the Villa some evenings & the Tutor will give demonstrations from during the week. Please ask if there is anything at all that is not clear & I will do my best to answer all you questions.
Pick up Point is Rome Fiumicino Airport . If possible no later than 2pm arrivals. Usually for most flight the Terminal 3 Arrival area is a good place to meet. To the right of the arrival up a gentle slope is a café bar with seats & tables. If you arrive early & need to wait for later arrivals this would be a good place to wait. I will have a Tuscany in the Frame board with me to Identify me. I will advise everyone once I have all the arrival times as to what time \I will arrive to meet you all
Professional tuition (ex non-painting partners), all-inclusive accommodation, published excursions, meals including wine/soft drinks, bilingual guide, minibus transportation to and from pick-up point as detailed in itinerary.