Frequently Asked Questions

Is the programme price fully inclusive?

You will have to prepare your own lunch on most days, and there will be an occasion for grocery shopping early in the week. There will also be opportunities to eat out.  All field trips and ground transportation are included in the programme price.

Can I bring a non-painting partner?

Most but not all retreats do accept non-painting partners. Please send an enquiry to or directly to the specific Instructor.

Do I need to have any painting experience?

All levels are welcome, unless as may be specified otherwise by the Instructor.

Do I need to bring my own equipment?

You are encouraged to bring your own equipment. Painting materials (e.g. oils, solvents) may be ordered in advance and paid separately upon arrival.

How much will we paint?

On average, six to seven hours of instruction will be offered each day except for the days when the group is on a field trip.  If you decide to take a break from your work to sight-see, shop, or sit down with a nice glass of wine – that’s fine too. It is Italy after all, si?!

I have difficulty in walking long distances. Will this be a problem?

Italian cities are walking cities, so we advise that you be prepared to walk long distances, climb stairs, and carry your painting equipment & materials. However, everything is organized around the participants’ needs, so we will do our best to minimise any barriers for your art!

Do I need to rent a car?

All ground transportation is provided. It is possible for you to take independent afternoon trips with public transportation.  However, if you prefer maximum freedom and independence, you might consider renting a car.

How do I get to the location of the workshop?

At arrival and departure for each retreat, there is a pickup service from the Florence airport and train station.

To which airport do I best fly into?


Arrival and Departure Airport: Florence (Firenze), Tuscany (FLR) – Transfer time by shuttle van to the Villa is about 1h 10min. Two shuttles at an arranged time will be offered both for arrival and departure.


Arrival and Departure Airport: Palermo, Sicily (PMO) – Transfer time by shuttle van to the Villa is about 1h 20min. Two shuttles at arranged time will be offered both for pick up and at departure.

Can I extend my stay?

For those who prefer to arrive earlier or leave later, an optional extended stay may be arranged. Please inquire at

I have special dietary needs. Can this be accommodated?

Our chef can provide vegetarian, gluten and lactose-free diet. Please tell us in advance!

Which language is spoken?

The programme is conducted in English, and the English-speaking staff of La Meridiana-Art are available before and during the retreat to answer questions that might arise.

How do I get more information or register for this workshop?

You can learn more about the workshops and register for this workshop by e-mailing to   A deposit will be asked for at registration and it may be paid by credit card or bank wiring.

How early do I have to book?

Our programmes fill up quickly, and it is advisable to book as early as possible. Do enquire about late availability, as there may be a space available nearer the start date.