Tuesday, April 15, 2014


If you are interested in an all inclusive ART HOLIDAY with like minded people ?-
If you want to visit Italy and do some sketching & painting with  expert tuition and helpful advice in a relaxed friendly atmosphere  ?
Do you want to bask in the Tuscan sunshine, visit Florence  and view spectacular architecture ?
Would you enjoy dining on delicious freshly cooked dishes at a friendly Italian family run hotel each evening ?
If your answer is  YES to any or all of these ..... then  check out my  

What is included -
1.Half Board at La Pia Hotel  Montecatini   -  breakfast buffet and 4 course dinner. Rooms ensuite. 
 2. Transfers to/from Pisa airport, courier on arrival.
3. Half day guided tour of Montecatini historical Spa.
4.Two full day excursiosn to paint/explore in  medieval villages .
5. Train trip with guided tour in Florence.
 6. Professional tuition, with demonstrations.
€875 per person  (No single supplement )

Painting  in August  2011 outside La Pia Hotel Montecatini
"Olive tree" watercolour  .
Tuscan Vista -Watercolour

View from Montecatini Alta
Detailed Itinerary 
- Aug. 20th -27th

Day 1. Wednesday 20th August  Arrival at Hotel .
 Ryanair Flight  at 17.15  from Dublin  to Pisa  arrives at 21.00. If you are travelling on this flight you will be met by a courier and taken to your hotel by taxi. Settle in to the hotel and  meet informally with  fellow guests and your tutor.
Day 2. Thursday 21st August
 Breakfast at hotel Morning -To introduce you to  Montecatini  -  We will have a guided half day tour   entrance ticket to Tettuccio spa. and welcome drink. in the historical café, situated inside the Tettuccio building.

You have the option to do some painting  in the afternoon. 
I wil give an introduction to painting / sketching outdoors and a  watercolour  demonstration  in the Piazza 
Delicious freshly cooked dinner menu at the hotel.

Day 3.  Friday 22nd  August Painting  

After Breakfast at hotel. Travelling by mini bus  Buggiano and Massa,  two beautiful medieval villages  near Montecatini , with guidance by Trudi , you will spend the morning in Buggiano  painting, sketching or just relaxing or walking - its your choice -then  reach Massa by taxi where you can have at lunch  at a local cafe.
More time to paint or sketch . Fold up artist chairs provided. The taxi will pick  you up in the  late afternoon.  Return to Montecatini for a siesta and freshen up before dinner at the hotel.

Day 4
Saturday 23rd August
 Florence Day
Breakfast at hotel.   Morning - Departure for beautiful Florence by train from Montecatini , we 'll have a guided tour in the morning . Lunch break.-Afternoon free to do your own thing – visit famous landmarks 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. Sunday 24th August    Painting in Montecarlo  
Breakfast at hotel . Departure by taxi for Montecarlo in the morning. Montecarlo is a charming medieval village situated about 15 Km from Montecatini.
At 16:00 you have the opportunity to visit  the beautiful fortress where you can also  paint or just explore .Return by Mini bus / taxi.  Dinner at the hotel. 
Red Cable Car to Montecatini Alta
Day 6. Monday  25th August  
  Breakfast at hotel  Free day or optional painting  in Montecatini Alta –the historic  upper old town . A visit via cable car  with spectacular 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. 

.Day 7 ( Last  full Day ) Tues 26th Aug
 Free day    Breakfast at hotel Morning - Optional  Painting at hotel fountain and Montecatini area. 
Afternoon free – time for yourself        (your choice;- continue painting  or go shopping - or  relax or take the opportunity to avail of curative and pampering treatments in the spa.) Dinner at the hotel
Day 8. Wednesday 27th  August  
Breakfast at hotel.  Free morning to pack and prepare for departure.  
Departure for Pisa airport by bus via Pisa and the  famous Leaning Tower  in afternoon .
 Arrive at  Pisa airport to check in for Ryanair  flight at 21.25. to Dublin arriving 23.15

** NOW 4  places available . Booking open until JULY 30th  on first come basis.€875 per person  (No single supplement )
* Deposit of €300 secures a place. Balance payable by end of first week in August    
Book on line via email- Pay Pal -with Credit card or if you prefer- pay by cheque in the post.

-contact  trudiart@eircom.net  to book  or inquire further
 or text Trudi 087 6658500 for information.

Hard copy of above with booking form  available on request

(N.B. Flights NOT included - but a taxi transfer is included and will be provided for the  Ryanair flight from  Dublin to Pisa on 20th and return on 27th August Ryanair flights from Dublin return to Pisa on the appropriate dates  are currently €135  return inc. taxes and charges ( as checked July )

  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 www.grottagiustispa.com
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With David in  Florence 2011

Painting the view hillside village

Trudi and Leaning Tower in Pisa

Preparing to sketch in Buggiani

First day lunch at the Spa 2011  !

With lovely Maria La Pia our hostess and all round angel ! 2010

Last day gathering for departure at the hotel  2011



Painting in Montecatini Alta 2010



  1. Still four places available -at this point June 22nd -

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  3. Great schedule. Thank you for sharing! it looks like you enjoyed every single moment in Tuscan of holiday. I will certainly go there. cheers!
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