Typical painting holiday's itinerary

The following is a typical painting course itinerary but it will all depend on the weather and other unpredictable factors. According to the weather, we'll pick the best locations for each day's painting excursion.

Itinerary

Saturday

  • Pick-up at Pisa airport between 10am and 1pm.
  • Light lunch/afternoon snack.
  • Settling in at mill; exploring the gardens and river.
  • Facilities for making tea and coffee at the mill.
  • Aperitifs at the mill.
  • Dinner at the Elvetico in the Piazza Medicea, in the walled Medieval town of Fivizzano, including wine.
The watermill in Tuscany, Italy
A painting of the watermill at Posara, Italy

Sunday

  • Breakfast at the mill.
  • Painting around the Mill, with individual tuition.
  • Light buffet lunch at the mill.
  • Painting around the Mill, with individual tuition.
  • Facilities for making tea and coffee at the mill
  • Aperitifs and dinner at the mill, including wine.

Monday

  • Breakfast at the Mill.
  • Transport to Verrucola: impressive castle with village nestling around it.
  • Painting at Verrucola, with individual tuition.
  • Lunch at restaurant in Verrucola.
  • Painting at Verucola, with individual tuition.
  • Pick up Verrucola late afternoon, with option of drop-off in Fivizzano.
  • Facilities for making tea and coffee at the mill.
  • Aperitifs and dinner at the mill.

Tuesday

  • Breakfast at the Mill.
  • Transport to Fivizzano (market day in Piazza Medicea, views over valley and Posara from Piazza Belvedere).
  • Painting in and around Fivizzano, with individual tuition.
  • Panino, ice cream and coffee at the Ricci gelateria in Fivizzano.
  • Painting in and around Fivizzano, with individual tuition.
  • Pick up late afternoon or stroll back to Posara.
  • Facilities for making tea and coffee at the mill.
  • Aperitifs and dinner at the mill.
A painting of the watermill in Tuscany's rose garden
Painting in the shade of the rose garden away from the Tuscan sun

Wednesday - (No formal tuition this day)

  • Breakfast at the Mill.
  • Excursion by train: either through the breathtaking scenery of the Apuan Alps to the historic city of Lucca or to the spectacular seaside villages of the Cinque Terre*. (*The Cinque Terre is becoming hideously over-crowded, with queues, delays, jam-packed trains and we don’t recommend it, especially in June, July and august, but is you are desperate to go, we’ll fix it for you. Lucca is much more congenial and sophisticated – and there is fabulous shopping!)  At breakfast time we'll provide materials for your own picnic lunch or, if you prefer, you can buy a snack or a more formal lunch when you are out - it's up to you).
  • Sightseeing in Lucca or the Cinque Terre. Individual sketching.
  • Packed lunch or buy yourself lunch or a snack
  • Early afternoon train back.
  • Facilities for making tea and coffee at the mill.
  • Aperitifs at mill. Dinner at the mill.

Thursday

  • Breakfast at the Mill.
  • Transport to 'Il Convent dei Carmine', a privately owned monastery with ancient cloisters and frescoes, gardens and views.
  • Picnic lunch at the monastery.
  • Painting at the monastery, with individual tuition.
  • Pick up late afternoon.
  • Facilities for making tea and coffee at the mill.
  • Dinner at the mill.

Friday

A painting of the Poasra river flowing past the mill in Italy
  • Breakfast at the Mill.
  • Transport to Monte dei Bianchi.
  • Painting in the village of Monte dei Bianchi and/or in and around the grounds of the Vecchio Tino restaurant with individual tuition: ancient houses and church, spectacular mountain views, valleys, hill-top villages, olive groves, etc.
  • Special lunch at the gourmet Vecchio Tino restaurant (local specialities), including wines.
  • Painting in Monte dei Bianchi with individual tuition.
  • Pick up late afternoon.
  • Facilities for making tea and coffee at the mill.
  • Aperitifs and farewell dinner at the mill.

Saturday

  • Breakfast at the Mill.
  • Transport to Pisa airport between 8.30am and 9.30am.
  • Those with late flights may leave their bags at the airport and take a (very short) taxi ride to Pisa for sightseeing.

What you need to bring

Your tutor will be in touch well before the course with a suggested list of materials, but we are generally very relaxed and there's no obligation to bring anything specific. To save you being overloaded on your flight we can provide:

  • portable chairs
  • drawing boards
  • water bottles
  • white spirit
  • rags
  • easels

As for clothing the days are usually warm to hot, but it can rain, sometimes for a day or two at a time. So we recommend a lightweight waterproof coat and perhaps an umbrella to protect your work. The evenings might be a little cooler, so warm pullovers or tops are a good idea. Sensible shoes for walking are also recommended.