Itinerary Details

Please note that the itinerary is flexible by design so we can work around weather and any other conditions if necessary. All aspects outlined will be covered though the order of days may be altered.

Day 1


Pick up from Lucca train station late morning. You will then have plenty of time to settle in and explore the villa and surrounds. Afterwards we will have welcome drinks and dinner.

Day 2

After breakfast the first workshop begins around the gorgeous landscape around the villa. We will then break for lunch. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy as you like – take a walk, have a coffee or wine at the pizzeria, get to know the other artists and locals, do some more drawing, have a snooze… Dinner is served by our host, Jonny who often entertains guests with fascinating stories.

Day 3

The second workshop begins straight after breakfast and is in Benabbio village; about a 10 minute walk. Walk back to the villa for lunch. The afternoon is free. This is followed by dinner.

Day 4

After breakfast we head out to Lucca for the day as part of the third workshop. Lucca is filled with fantastic architecture and architectural detail. Learn to look and compose your works with fresh eyes, meander around the picturesque streets with your new knowledge and hone your skills. Peter will be on hand to guide and support you. Choice of cafes and restaurants for lunch are ample. Dinner is back at the villa.

Day 5

Free day. After breakfast you can go off independently to capture favourite spots or discover new opportunities, go into town or just relax at the villa. Today lunch is not included however tonight’s dinner is at a local restaurant. This restaurant has wonderful meals. Chef prepares what he has been able to source fresh on the day so the regional menu changes daily.

Day 6

Maybe you’d like to participate in some yoga or just stretching in the beautiful yoga room before breakfast. This is followed by the fourth workshop. Lunch is back at the villa and the afternoon free. One of Franca’s fabulous dinners will be served at the villa.

Day 7

After breakfast we head to Florence for a gallery visit where Peter will talk about selected works and the techniques used. Late afternoon we head back to Benabbio for dinner.

Day 8

Free day. Head out or stay in after breakfast. Enjoy the day to yourself. Dinner is at the pizzeria, a family run restaurant and a firm favorite.

Day 9

The 5th workshop follows breakfast. Today the workshop will focus on interior detail. Lunch then a free afternoon. Dinner at the villa where Jonny might treat us to his home made bread to accompany the main course.

Day 10

Breakfast. 6th workshop. A delicious lunch and a lazy afternoon or maybe an energetic walk along one of the many mountain paths revealing stunning vistas? Pre dinner drinks on the altana is a great way to take in the sunset before dinner.

Day 11

Breakfast then workshop 7. Then after lunch you have a free afternoon to just enjoy the remaining time at the villa and surrounds. We’ll enjoy an exhibition of your favorite works over farewell drinks and then dinner.

Day 12

Departure day. After breakfast we will leave the villa mid-morning for drop off at Lucca train station.

Join Us!