We have only just begun sharing our Italian gems with the world, so we are proud of the feedback we have received so far. Below are testimonials from artists and sightseers who have come on our trips.


“A belated but sincere thanks and congratulations to you both for the wonderful trip you provided for us all to Venice and La Spezia. I speak for myself and certainly a lot of the crew to say what a wonderful time we had on the the trip. On every day! Your help and Care for us all was remarkable, the choice of accommodation superb. And most of all your concern for us at all times….you were not only providing the tour, you became our friends. Every day I spend some time thinking about the trip and am still enjoying it. Although I did not paint, I really enjoyed meeting Ev and was most impressed with the enthusiasm of all concerned.” Bill, non-painter (Ev Hales Painting Workshop, 2016)


“We thoroughly enjoyed our time on your wonderful tour threw the mists of Tuscany and Emilia Romagna. The weather became part of the adventure, not a distraction. The detail you put into every aspect of the journey, not to mention the seemingly endless procession of aunts, uncles and cousins who added to the feeling that we were special. I felt I learned a lot about all aspects of my painting and sketching. Regina is a great teacher and an inspiration. Yvonne found Silvio to be great company who made every walk that much more interesting. Some of the places they walked to would have made great painting subjects judging by Yvonne’s photos”. – Matt, painter (Regina Hona Painting Workshop, 2016)


“I wanted to say a personal thanks to you and Silvio for making my trip that I’d dreamed about for so long, so wonderful. Janette your history knowledge of the areas we travelled was beyond my imagination, it added so much more to my trip and your care and concern as to our welfare, comfort, safety and mostly enjoyment of this trip from what I hear from others who have done similar trips, is beyond compare. I am so grateful that this is the tour I was able to go on”. – Lynn, painter (Regina Hona Painting Workshop, 2016)


‘Thank you for a special trip . I thoroughly enjoyed my time in YOUR Italy – we all did. It was a rare opportunity to have a “local” guiding us for the whole time. You put a lot of work in to it and it certainly paid off for us. I have a lot of really good memories. Ev is a wonderful teacher, she inspired us all.’ – Judith, painter (Ev Hales Watercolour Painting Workshop, 2014)


‘I really enjoyed my time with you & the group and I would have no hesitation in recommending Paesano Tours to my friends… It was such a pleasure to visit the hill towns in the Frignano region & learn all about the remarkable history… the culture and above all the food & wine! I hope I can put to paper some of the great tips Ev gave me & I really enjoyed my first time at “plein air” painting/sketching… it really was a stress free holiday & it is a credit to you for organising such a memorable 2 weeks… with special thanks to Ev & Silvio who were always available for advice & who made sure I didn’t wander off in the big cities!’ Bob, painter (Ev Hales Watercolour Painting Workshop, 2014)


‘We had a wonderful time in Italy with you and thought the trip outdid all our expectations. The hotels were excellent, the group dynamics worked brilliantly and, as always, your planning and attention to detail were superb.’ Bernard & Maureen – 2nd time on the tour – (June 2014)


‘The location, which is obviously not dominated by tourists is a BIG PLUS for this tour.  The places chosen to visit were wonderful such as the buildings of great age, the locations and the cheese factory.  The Italian food provided was excellent. This  tour is dominated by the personality, organisation and knowledge of the Italian culture of the leader Janette.  She does this so well,  This is what makes the tour the success it is’.  Ian – non painter (2012 Tour)


‘It has been a pleasure and a privilege to particpate in this voyage to another culture.  Each day I thought , I’d seen something unbeatable and the next day there was always something more.  It was wonderful to be in a non tourist area.  It is a photographer’s dream’. Barbara – photographer (2012)


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Contact Information

For more information or to be a participant on one of our tours, contact Janette or Marina on:

Ph: (03) 9758 5985 or 0418 309 753

Email: info@paesanotours.com