Monday, February 13, 2012

Painting Holiday 2012 - Tuscany Italy

PAINTING HOLIDAY 2012 - TUSCANY- ITALY - €875 (No single supplement )
  Tuesday May 29th—Tuesday June 5th - Includes June bank holiday weekend

If you are interested in an all inclusive ART HOLIDAY with like minded people ?-
Want to visit Italy and do some sketching and painting with the benefit of expert tuition and helpful advice in a relaxed friendly atmosphere  ?
Enjoy dining on delicious freshly cooked dishes at a friendly Itialien family run hotel each evening ?
 Want to bask in the Tuscan sunshine and view spectacular scenery and architecture ?

If the answer is yes to the above , this Italian experience will suit you. A unique holiday in Montecatini , including painting trips and a visit to Florence - Tuesday 29th May  to June 5th  2012.

"View of Montecatinim Tuscany" by Trudi Doyle
1. Seven nights Half Board ( delicious fresh Italien cooking/wine/ensuite rooms. No single supplement ) in La Pia Hotel Montecatini Tuscany.
 2. Transfers to/from Pisa airport, courier on arrival.
3 .Full day bus excursion to paint in 2 medieval villages .
4. Train trip with guided tour in Florence.
 5 Professional tuition, indoors & out with demonstrations in the painting medium of your choice Watercolours Acrylics Pastels Drawing.
* 10 places available .
* Booking open until April 25th on first come basis.
* Deposit of €300 secures a place - .Balance payable by 15th May
 brochure available on request
(N.B. Flights NOT included - Ryanair fly Dublin/Pisa)
View from Montecatini Alta
Datailed Itinerary 
- Art Break Tuscany 2012 with Trudi Doyle  29thMay - 5th June 2012 
  As a guest you will enjoy Seven nights in the excellent family run Hotel La Pia in Montecatini inc. Breakfasts , evening meals -4 course with wine. Transfers to and  from Pisa airport, excursions to Florence and two Medieval villages to paint- all tuition and transport included .
Day 1.Tuesday 29th May. Arrival at Hotel . The Flight from Dublin to Pisa arrives at 12.55 where you will be met by a courier and taken to your hotel by taxi. When we settle in to the hotel, we will have a little time to meet informally with  fellow guests and your tutor (me !) and plan the week ahead taking into account the aspirations of each student – If everyone agrees  I will offer some initial instruction on composition and methods of painting outdoors and gathering visual information and advice on materials. A question and answer session will follow before a delicious freshly cooked dinner  at the hotel.
Day 2 Wednesday 30th May. Breakfast at hotel
Morning - Montecatini Terme - Guided half day tour in Montecatini & entrance ticket to Tettuccio spa. and welcome drink. in the historical café, situated inside the Tettuccio building.

  Montecatini is a spa town known for its natural curative springs. Many conditions from arthritis to respiratory problems benefit from the famous natural thermal grotto. Curative and pampering treatments in the spas can be booked and availed of during the holiday. Anyone interested in going for a swim in the lovely pool at grottagiusti spa will be facilitated by a free bus shuttle service to the pool which is about 4 miles away. For more see
You have the option of 2 hours Painting tuition in Montecatini in the afternoon. Delicious freshly cooked dinner menu at the hotel.

Day 3. Thursday 31st May -Painting  
Breakfast at hotel. Travelling by mini bus to beautiful medieval villages Cozille and Colle, outdoor painting and tuition in sketching and painting with break for lunch in Massa. Fold up artist chairs provided. Late afternoon return to Montecatini for a siesta and freshen up before dinner at the hotel.

Day 4. 
 Friday 1st June
 Florence Day
Breakfast at hotel.   Morning - Departure for Florence by train from Montecatini , then by taxi to Piazziale Michaelangelo  Experience a stunningly beautiful view of the city of Florence before visiting San Minato a church with 13th century mosaics and an 11th century crypt, -we 'll have a guided tour of the Basilica of Santa Croce -this is a must see - the most magnificent medieval church in Florence, featuring frescoes by Giotto, a chapel by Brunelleschi and one of the finest of all early Renaissance tombs. Lunch break.-Afternoon free to do your own thing – visit famous landarks or trust your artist's instincts and wander around.... the best way to experience Florence  -a place I love to get lost in ! Meet up and return to Montecatini by train for delicious dinner menu at the hotel.
Day 5. Saturday 2nd June Painting
Breakfast at hotel.  Morning - Painting outdoors in Montecatini Alta – A visit via cable car to historic upper town with spectaculat vistas and medieval streetscapes – a painters paradise. Lunch in Montecatini Alta. Afternoon - Free afternoon ( your choice – continue painting / go shopping , browse or just relax and people-watch in the cafes ). Dinner at the hotel.
Red Cable Car to Montecatini Alta

Day 6. Sunday 3rd June 
  Breakfast at hotel
Free day or optional excursion to sea side town Viareggio by train . 
Dinner at the hotel

Painting at La Pia Hotel in  2011

Day 7 ( Last Day ) Monday 4rd June  Painting 
  Breakfast at hotel 
MorningPainting at hotel fountain and Montecatini area.
Afternoon free – time for yourself (your choice; continue painting – go shopping or just relax or take the opportunity to avail of curative and pampering treatments in the spa.) Dinner at the hotel.
Day 8. Tuesday 5th June
Departure for Pisa airport by bus in early morning 5 am to Pisa airport for flight at 7.05. to Dublin arriving 8.50 
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Ryanair flights from Dublin return to Pisa on the appropriate dates  are currently €126  return inc. taxes and charges ( as checked in February )

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