It’s a pretty relaxed pace at our retreats.
After breakfast we head off for a morning’s drawing, painting or photography under the guidance of a highly experienced and accomplished teacher. There is sooo much subject matter to choose from! The landscape is glorious. The architecture is beautiful and really interesting from all angles and perspectives; whether it’s roof lines, door ways or streetscapes. Indoors at the villa there is plenty of still life to capture.
Lunch is served back at the villa.
Afternoons are free so you can continue to capture the scenes and vistas or sit back and catch up on some reading, go for a walk along any of the stunning mountain tracks, have a snooze or head out with fellow artists for an excellent coffee (or vino) just five minutes’ walk down the road.
We have dinner together at the villa which has been beautifully prepared by a local cook using local and regional produce. Sometimes you can see Marco, a village local, heading out to forage for porcini mushrooms in the forest. Marco supplies the restaurants and that night you will find porcini dishes on the menu. One night we have dinner at the family run pizzeria which has an extensive menu, generous serves and great pizzas. We’ll also have dinner at another village restaurant. This one has no menu. Alessandro offers whatever is freshly available on the day and the meals are fabulous.
On hand to guide and support you throughout the retreat are a supremely skilled artist, a very experienced, multi-lingual (born) organiser, a gracious and generous host and, not least, a fabulous local cook preparing beautiful Italian meals at the villa.