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PAINTING  IN  ITALY

Established in 2004

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REVIEWS ON THE SARAGANO HOLIDAY

THE LOCATION SUPERB

“I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The balance of tuition to excursion was fine but another time I would choose to perhaps stay behind and paint, a personal choice. Marco as a guide was outstanding in his knowledge and enthusiasm! Taxi drivers charming, friendly. I do not think that you could have done anything to improve the experience, the location was superb and the staff outstanding in their helpfulness. Many thanks”. Patricia – Saragano – September 2017

 

TOP NOTCH

"Thank you Sheila. . Really enjoyed my stay in Umbria last week.  Food and wine and accommodation top notch. My painting colleagues were all lovely and friendly and we all gelled.  John Booth an excellent tutor by being both supportive, positive and good company. So very glad I came. Thank you".  Tricia - Saragano - September 2017

TERRIFIC HOLIDAY

"Terrific holiday. The Ghirlanda was a wonderful venue. Service and food were excellent and it was the perfect venue for painting. So much to paint in the hotel and Saragano. Jennifer is an exceptional teacher. I learnt so much. Tempted to go again but I feel I should try other venues. I've already booked for Florence portrait painting in April and would like to book another holiday with Painting in Italy in Autumn, finances permitting"! - Saragano - September 2017

A VERY ENJOYABLE TIME

"Although this was a last minute booking everything worked like clockwork. I had very enjoyable time and met some great people. This has encouraged me to arrange another similar holiday with you again in Italy. Well done!" Regards Frank - Saragano June 2017

DEFINITELY BOOKING AGAIN

“I really enjoyed Saragano.  The situation is stunning, and entirely conducive to painting! Jennifer was her usual brilliant self, always on hand to teach, advise and give eminently constructive criticism. The staff were extremely helpful, and the food was really delicious.  I will definitely be booking again”! – Patricia 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

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

WONDERFUL HOLIDAY

"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 27th 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


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I WOULD NOT HESITATE IN RECOMMENDING THIS HOLIDAY

"We were treated like guests of the family at La Ghirlanda - the Conte and Contessa were the most hospitable of hosts and their team fantastic. When finished, the Cantina set amongst the vines will be another wonderful place to eat and enjoy the beautiful views. The excursions to Todi, Montefalco and Bavagna were interesting if not a little rushed, but a nice break and we loved our lunches with the cooking members of the party in the cookery school. Jenny is the most enthusiastic of watercolour tutors and inspired us all to move out of our comfort zones and try new ways of exploring the medium. I would not hesitate in recommending this holiday to painters or cooks".  Saragano 5th June 2016


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SIMPLY LOVED IT

"I simply loved it ... Probably would go to another venue next time. Lovely views, lovely people, suburb organisation and generally marvellous. Thanks so much" - Saragano September 2015 - Ann Hutley

A HOLIDAY OF GREAT REMEMBRANCE

"I really enjoyed my painting holiday with you, the day we ate the food the cooking guests made, was fun, Very good tutor in Liz Cochran. Very good food indeed, Comfortable bedrooms, good service from the waiters, the receptionists and kitchen staff. Altogether a holiday of great remembrance. Thank you for organizing such a lovely week" - Clare - Saragano September 2015 

I SHALL DEFINITELY BE BOOKING ANOTHER HOLIDAY NEXT YEAR

"This being the first holiday without my late husband I couldn't have chosen a better place. Everything was organised to perfection, nothing was missed even the weather was perfect. The group of people were great, it was like meeting old friends. My husband and I travelled all over the world but never went to Italy so this holiday was an extremely good introduction. I shall most definitely be booking another painting holiday next year". - Maureen Turner - Saragano September 2015 

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WHEN CAN WE COME AGAIN

"Wonderful. Good company, excellent tuition (both cooking and painting) and a lovely hotel. When can we come again?!!" - Saragano June 2015

OUTSTANDING

"Overall excellent. There did seem to be a general feeling that perhaps a 3 course meal at lunch wasn't necessary - perhaps a buffet containing different salads might have been better. Otherwise, outstanding". - Saragano June 2015

A MEMORABLE VACATION

"The setting and hotel were beautiful and serene. The hotel staff was helpful and caring. The food was way too good...I had to eat it all! Fiona was a wonderful teacher and coach and made me (and all of us) feel like worthy artists. Although I enjoyed our excursions and long multi course lunches and dinners , it left little time to concentrate on painting. It felt as if we needed another week to fit in everything comfortably. I very much enjoyed the company of the other participants and thought it was an extraordinary group. A memorable vacation". - Saragano June 2015

SUPERBLY ORGANISED

"It was a superbly organised and highly enjoyable week in which I learned a lot. The location was wonderful, the excursions enjoyable, and Fiona, was a brilliant tutor and a great person. I would say, reflecting the comments of some other guests, that maybe there could be more flexibility in the meals. Not everyone wants to sit down to four or five courses at lunch or dinner - either because they want more painting time, or they don't want to eat that much, or they find the socialising a bit of a strain. But overall thank you and congratulations on having conceived such a wonderful week".- Saragano June 2015

A MEMORABLE VACATION

"The setting and hotel were beautiful and serene. The hotel staff was helpful and caring. The food was way too good...I had to eat it all! Fiona was a wonderful teacher and coach and made me (and all of us) feel like worthy artists. Although I enjoyed our excursions and long multi course lunches and dinners , it left little time to concentrate on painting. It felt as if we needed another week to fit in everything comfortably. I very much enjoyed the company of the other participants and thought it was an extraordinary group. A memorable vacation" - Saragano June 2015

 

"Excellent and in a beautiful location". - Saragano June 2014

"Fiona is an outstanding teacher.  She has encouraged and taught me a huge amount and although I was the novice of the group she was so encouraging.  I will keep going.  It was a privilege to be taught by her.  The group was the perfect size.  The hotel was splendid - delightful.  Staff could not be more helpful and the rooms beautifully clean and the food was amazing.  Thank you very much.  I would be delighted to hear about your trips for next year.

"Once again I have returned from Italy with wonderful memories of a very special week.  The holiday at La Ghirlanda was one of the very best I have had, with an excellent tutor and brilliant company.  The food at the hotel was the best yet too, so healthy and delicious I couldn’t leave a thing!  And the staff worked so hard to tend to our every need and to make us all feel welcome!  Thank you so much for enabling me to re-book; it was just the holiday I needed. Thanks again, Sheila".  Carol Leverett - Saragano - September 2013

"It was one of the best holidays I have ever had, combining sympathetic tuition, lovely scenery and good company". Tony Terras - Saragano - September 2013

"Thank you for another lovely holiday.  Villa Pambuffetti is a lovely slice of Italy and Alessandra and Mauro are great.  The food was excellent (my only complaint, I now have to go on a diet).  Great group of people – we all got on so well.  Lots of laughs.  Food, wine, friendship,  sunshine, activities - a wonderful holiday".  Thank you. Maggie Miller - Saragano June 2013.

 

Dear Sheila,  Thanks for a wonderful week in Saragano.  The hotel is a gem and the cooking course was A1. The hotel food was excellent, not one dish that we disliked and even the breakfast choice was much more extensive than at other Italian hotels I have stayed in – not the usual limited cheese/ham/fruit.  Good crowd of people and good mix of ages and experience.  The bar in the village and the Friday evening music is something to be highlighted in your Program.  Fiona is also a gem, she must be if she persuaded me to draw for the first time in 50 years since taking ‘O’ level Art when I was 17.  Such a lovely person who instils enthusiasm.  I would be interested in going to La Ghirlanda again.

Regards, Richard - Saragano June 2013

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