Now that I have your attention, let me tell you about my trip to Tuscany for Artists and Friends on Cct 10-17 and Oct. 18-25, 2015. Your home for the first week in Tuscany will be a 4 Star hotel in the historic hill town of Cortona. Every morning we will enjoy a multi course breakfast in the garden of the hotel complete with fabulous local food and your coffee or tea served in an individual china teapot. After breakfast I will teach a short lesson on watercolor and drawing for travel painting in a small journal and then we will go out exploring. We will take some trips in our own chaufeured mini van and explore the off the beaten track small towns and highlights of Tuscany, lunch, sip wine or sparkling water and savor the sights and tastes. Our trip will take place during olive harvest time so we will learn about the olive harvest, different brands of olive oil and do some tasting too. For those who enjoy wine, we will visit the unique wine caves in the region where you can taste wines of any price range using a special credit card that you put into the wine dispenser and you choose the amount of wine you desire. We will also visit the towns of Montelcino and Montepulciano both of which produce their world renown brand of wine. We will visit and lunch at an Agritourism farm restaurant, where we will dine of local products produced on the farm and dine out of doors with a view of the Tuscan valley, on a 7 + course meal and much more. The cost for this week is $3,200 which includes escorted travel from Florence to Cortona, lodging in a shared room (single rooms are available for an additional fee), all day trips, daily art instruction, cocktail and snack hour and all breakfasts.
A $500 deposit will hold your spot and the deadline to sign up is March 8th.
Oct. 18-25, 2015 Umbria
Our second week's workshop will be based in Umbria, the region that neighbors Tuscany and is filled with picture perfect walled villages, vineyards, hillsides of olive trees, castles, wineries, pine forests and food that is delicious, healthy and unsurpassed. This region is off the normal tourist route, so it will be a unique experience to discover the tiny hilltop towns that date back to the Roman and Etruscan settlements. This week we will have daily painting instruction, lots of time to stroll and explore the wonderful towns of San Gemini, Todi, Spoleto, Trevi and more.
The price will include a nice discount if you sign up for the first week in Tuscany as well. The cost for the week is TBA but will include lodging, breakfasts, tours and art instruction.