Bordering Tuscany we find ourselves in Umbria, one of the was most beautiful places in Italy, renowned for its lush rolling hills, terracotta villages and rows of emerald vineyards.
Not only has it got landscapes to rival any in Italy, the food, art and culture of this hidden gem are some of the best in the world. All these delights are a feast for the senses and we haven’t even mentioned painting yet.
In a fusion of inspiration and passion, we celebrate this beautiful region in the only way we know how and capture it on canvas – a lasting memory for long after you return home.
We depart from London Heathrow in the morning and upon arrival, we drive to our hotel in Castello di Vibio where we have dinner and spend our first evening.
Our morning is spent sketching below the hotel, which is located in stunning surroundings, and after lunch we move on to the old part of the village where we indulge in more artistic endeavours as a group. Dinner will be in a local restaurant.
The hilltop town of Todi, with its steep streets and charming stone houses, is ours to explore today. After we’ve discovered its treasures, we dine at our hotel.
Today we look forward to a little indulgence. We visit Titignano, where we stop for a sumptuous wine and food tasting at the Titignano wine cellar. After we have finished here, we go for dinner in Monte Castello di Vibio and return to the hotel.
We spend today in Giano dell’Umbria, a town drenched in history and boasting an attractive town hall. There will be numerous opportunities to paint here and many views to take inspiration from. Later, we enjoy another dinner together.
The beautiful village of Fratta Todina is where we head to this morning. There will be time to both explore and paint this small, but beautiful area before we reconvene as a group for dinner and a final night at our wonderful hotel.
In the morning, we travel back to the airport in Rome and from here, we make our way back home and say our goodbyes.
Susanna Bailey first travelled as an artist when she won the Nancy Balfour Scholarship during her postgraduate years at the Slade School. Her love of drawing and painting has taken her all over the world as a tutor and as a working artist. A colourist, specialising in watercolor, she is popular, charismatic and fun. She enjoys sharing her love for art history and believes that careful teaching of sketching, colour, composition and the best use of materials, gives confidence and wonderful results. She delivers a structured week through demonstration and one-to-one tuition.
Our accommodation for this tour is located right in the heart of Umbria. Monte Castello Vibro is a very small medieval village. Views from our base will simply highlight what this part of Italy is all about – with rolling hills and glorious olive groves for as far as the eye can see.