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PAINTING  IN  ITALY

Established in 2004

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PAINTING HOLIDAYS IN THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PARTS OF ITALY

I thought this was one of the most successful painting holidays I've experienced".

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Hotel La Ghirlanda - Saragano - Umbria


"Immersing ourselves in gorgeousness, that’s what, for this is a holiday as well as a learning curve and, besides, these landscapes – hills rolling to the horizon, the corduroy of vineyards and olive groves like rows of silvery cabbages – really are uplifting". - Nigel Richardson, The Telegraph

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  • The Times' choice as one of the top 50 holidays for 2016
  • The Telegraph includes Painting in Italy in their round up of best Activity Holidays in 2016
  • Read the double page spread about Painting in Italy appearing in The Telegraph - click here
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ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PAINTING HOLIDAYS I HAVE HAD

I thought this was one of the most successful painting holidays I've experienced. The location was excellent, with many places around the hotel and surrounding area to settle down to painting. The private area where we met each morning was very conducive to a serious approach to the day's art. Fiona was brilliant as usual, encouraging and thoughtful, very aware of our individual needs. The hotel was excellent, friendly, helpful staff, great lunches, if somewhat long winded (but that is the culture I suppose) wonderful views, lovely gardens”. – Trixie Walker – Sicily 2017


EXCELLENT SUMS IT UP

"Excellent sums it up. This was one of my best ever holidays. The painting tuition was fantastic - Fiona, generous as ever with her help and encouragement. I really felt I had achieved something by the end of the week. The hotel was spectacular and all of the staff, from the moment I arrived, were outstanding. Thank you for organising every detail. Ten days of this would be absolutely splendid...!" - Sicily 2017

VERY GOOD VALUE

"Although the holiday appeared quite expensive when I first booked, everything was included and it was very good value. An excellent holiday for a single person".

 

ABSOLUTELY SUPERB

"Absolutely superb. Our tutor,Fiona Graham-Mackay, was brilliant: intelligent, warm, and empathetic. She has the gift of enabling students to give the very best of themselves, and to push their boundaries. The hotel chosen (La Ghirlanda) was outstanding: delicious food, impeccable service. Painting in Italy does seem to attract lovely people, and the dynamic between participants was excellent. A holiday to remember". Susan - Saragano September 2016

I LEARNT SO MUCH

"As you can see by the five stars I've rated the holiday I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. The situation of the hotel is perfect with such wonderful views to paint that it was hardly necessary to venture out. If you did the village was only just up the road and the walks through the countryside were beautiful. Because our tutor Fiona was so helpful and enthusiastic I learnt so much about all aspects of art". Jill Van Looy - September 2016

INSPIRATIONAL INSTRUCTOR

'Just wanted to say a big thank you for the wonderful holiday I have just had. 

Sarah Miatt, I have to say was a really inspirational instructor and I can't believe how much I accomplished in just one week. She also looked after all of us exceptionally well'.  Chris - Saragano June 2016

A TRULY WONDERFUL HOLIDAY

I've had a truly, wonderful holiday -  a dream come true and  made so many delightful new friends whom I hope to bump into again in the not too distant future.

I do compliment you on the choice of hotel and their delightful staff - enjoyed the food too!  Yes, I've had a lovely, lovely, holiday - as I have already said 'a dream come true' and that doesn't happen very often does it?  'Thank you so very, very much'.  Annie - Cortona June 2016

 

EXCELLENT HOLIDAY

'This was an excellent holiday, coming at a difficult time for me. Chris Forsey was great fun and good company as well as being a super painter and tutor. Organisation was first class and trips memorable.. I would I've to return to Montefalco especially if Chris was the tutor again'.   Montefalco June 2016

 

 

MOST ENJOYABLE HOLIDAY

‘It was a very relaxing week with good food and great company. Sarah has inspired me to get painting again after so many years (my husband is delighted!) and I enjoyed the balance of tuition and rest. It was great to be taken out on afternoon trips and dinner in different locations. Overall, it was a most enjoyable week’. - Saragano June 2016

 

CHRIS FORSEY A SUPER TUTOR

‘This was an excellent holiday, coming at a difficult time for me. Chris Forsey was great fun and good company as well as being a super painter and tutor. Organisation was first class and trips memorable.. I would I've to return to Montefalco especially if Chris was the tutor again’. – Montefalco June 2016 

 

I CANNOT RECOMMEND THE EXPERIENCE HIGHLY ENOUGH

I thought the whole of the holiday excellent and I know it sounds boring but really did rate every experience with 5 stars. I feel I learnt so much from the studio, the excursions were great, although I didn't go to the Uffizi as I was so exhausted that day. However I thought the Pitti Palace was worthy of a 5 star rating. I t hought the hotel was friendly, clean and welcoming and so central for everything. The whole balance of the holiday was well thought out and I cannot recommend the experience highly enough.

 

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Painting in gardens of Hotel Belvedere, Sicily

Photo taken by Diana Kaplan

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Having lunch La Ghirlanda, Saragano, Umbria

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Portrait Paining Workshop in Florence

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Painting in Italy Reunion - Oxford 2016

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