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PAINTING  IN  ITALY

Established in 2004

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PROGRAMME - CORTONA TUSCANY 

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"A quintessentially Tuscan town that hides a fascinating surprise" by Nigel Richardson, Travel Writer for The Telegraph - 10th September 2016


"The Italian town of Cortona, 70 miles south east of Florence, is a standard issue slice of Tuscan loveliness, with hilltop location, picturesquely crumbling palazzi and alfresco antipasti, not to mention the Britons in Boden scanning estate agents’ windows. What’s unexpected is that tucked in its backstreets is a museum so extensive and impressive that Cortona feels like a variation on that advertising slogan for the V&A in the Eighties: an ace museum with quite a nice town attached".

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DATES 

Cooking Tuition available for non-painting partners

 

10TH JUNE 2018 - CHRIS FORSEY


9TH SEPTEMBER 2018 - SARAH MIATT

 

Average Weather in Cortona in June and September

 

HOTEL  RELAIS BORGO SAN PIETRO

 

PRICE   £1740.00 no single person supplement, includes airport transfers from Rome or Perugia, painting tuition, 7 dinners with wine, 5 lunches with wine, excursions to Cortona and Arezzo with professional guide. Flights not included.


3 Cooking lessons included for non-painting partners.

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 We have created a studio in Borgo San Pietro which creates a great base for guests to work in, store equipment and use to make tea or coffee whenever they want.    Painting lessons will take place around the hotel each morning.  On one morning guests will be taken to Cortona to paint in the town.  There will be two excursions during the week.  There will be a visit to the monastary "Le Celle" founded by Saint Frances followed by a visit to the Etruscan town of Cortona.  The other excursion will be to Arezzo which is a larger Tuscan town.   Guests will visit the Church of St. Francis to see the Pierro Della Francesco frescoes "Legend of the True Cross" followed by dinner in the town .  Both excursions will be accompanied by an excellent tour guide, Louise.  


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A GREAT EXPERIENCE

"Great accommodation with hotel staff friendly and happy to help. Very good food . Good environment for painting and relaxing. Enjoyed excursions to othe towns however not so keen on in depth history of paintings etc. Would have appreciated a bit of time to explore the shops. The artist was helpful and must be commended for managing various different types of media. Altogether a great experience". -  Cortona - June 2017

WE LOVED IT

"Both Tom and I much enjoyed our time with Painting in Italy. Our fellow holiday makers were an excellent mix of friendly and interesting people and very easy to get on with.all the holiday was all we had hoped for and more. Louisa is very special and a wonderful guide.  Thank you for a great time. We will be talking about it for a very long time. We loved it. And I hope we can enjoy one of your holidays in the future". Simon - Cortona - September 2017

THE HOLIDAY WAS A GREAT SUCCESS

"I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday.  The one-to-one help and tuition from the hotel chef was both fun and informative. The guides on the excursions to Cortona and nearby monastery, to Siena and to the Avignonese Winery were all very knowledgeable, informative and clear in their explanations. The excursions themselves were well-chosen, and the winery visit was particularly spectacular! The hotel facilities and grounds, including swimming pool, were excellent and without exception the staff were friendly, helpful and attentive. The provision of taxis and minibuses was excellent. All in all, the holiday was a great success and I hope to be able to take part in a further Painting in Italy holiday and will in particular look out for activities - cooking in particular - for a non-painting partner". - John, Cortona September 2016

ALREADY BOOKED FOR NEXT YEAR

"I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and ambience of the hotel that was set in beautiful countryside. Our tutor Liz went out of her way to ensure that we were all happy with our painting and gave us so much information about the Italian way of life and the surrounding area. I enjoyed it so much that have already booked my holiday with you for next year". Jill van Looy - Cortona September 2015

 

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This painting vacation in Tuscany is very suited for people travelling alone or friends/partners wanting to come on the holiday together but do different activities as cooking tuition is available 3 mornings a week to non-painting partners.  Cortona has been made famous by the book "Under the Tuscan Sun" written by Francis Mayes and the film starring Diane Lane.  Cortona is known as the "jewel of Tuscany".  This Etruscan town was in existance before Rome and is filled with remnants of its Etruscan past. It has managed to maintain its historical buildings and narrow cobbled streets but due to its sophisticated visitors it has high end shops as well as local artisan shops with pottery, art and paper products which the area is famous for.  Cortona has a world famous Etruscan museum and many beautiful churches containing works by famous Renaissance painters such as Luca Signorelli.  Guests will be collected from Rome or Perugia airport.  The hotel is situated just 4 kms from Cortona and so its a short taxi ride to the town whenever guests wish to visit.  At night guests will eat al fresco in the hotel's conservatory with Cortona twinkling on the hill above.   Florence is a 1 hour 20 minute train journey from Cortona and so easily reachable in a day.  The excursions will be to Cortona and Arezzo.

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