Art – Inspiration – Travel


What better way to explore the beauty of places like Tuscany and Sicily than through the eyes of an artist?  Professional instructors, generous with their knowledge and experience, lead our painting retreats.  Expect creative exploration and artistic growth, uninterrupted time with your canvas, and opportunities for new friendships and shared fulfillment.

Our retreats accommodate different skill levels and embrace various techniques, from sketching to watercolour to oil painting and more. However, the focus is on the en plein air experience of making art in Italy.

The nature of exploring and learning provides an experience that will often strengthen over time, becoming a personal treasure that resonates deeply in the ideas of living a artistic life.

For Participants

Exploring a foreign country can bring out the best in an artist and is why we view our programme as a retreat. Learning new skills combined with being on holiday is satisfying and stimulating, as a personal commitment to an artistic theme offers an opportunity to open your senses and soul to new awareness and creativity.

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Our selected regions of Tuscany and Sicily each represent a unique fusion of cultures from the Etruscans, Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans, onward to the magnificence of the Middle Ages and splendours of the Renaissance.

To experience all this extraordinary and inspiring atmosphere, we’ll not hurry from one town to another.  Instead, we prefer to focus on quality rather than quantity for a time of personal growth and increased awareness of your surroundings.

Villa Bacio Tuscany

The word Tuscany conjures up a variety of images that can make you breathless – from the gentle hills clad with vineyards and olive groves, rustic tables set with delightful local food and wine, to the abundance of Renaissance splendour.  Blessed with beauty and unparalleled artistic legacy, it is a region that more than lives up to its image.

Villa Salinara Sicily

Sicily lies to the south of the country immerged in the Mediterranean sea, the cradle of western culture with its long fascinating history resulting in a lavish mixed heritage of Greek, Roman, Arab, Norman and Byzantine presence.