16-31 May 2017 Sicily Painting Workshop with Ev Hales
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16-31 May 2017 Sicily Painting Workshop with Ev Hales

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Dates: 16 – 31 May 2017 (16 days)

This will be Ev’s 5th Painting Workshop with us and we have the special opportunity to visit beautiful Spring scenery in Sicily.

Ev’s teaching expertise includes techniques suited to any conditions. She will show new ways to interpret the magic you are seeing when travelling.

An award winning artist and author Ev shares her passion for painting and life as she finds it in Italy.

Ev is keen to explore and share her trip to this unique country with her students. Be part of the magic as she makes the seemingly impossible achievable in paint.

This painting workshop will be based on watercolour and is suitable for beginners and advanced painters. Ev will offer instructions and give regular feedback on your progress in this 16 day intensive workshop.

We will venture through the beautiful towns and cities of Sicily. Guided by Janette Garbuio and another local guide, you will visit beautiful buildings, extraordinary landscapes and experience the beauty hidden from other tourists.

Also for non-painters

While Ev is tutoring, Janette Garbuio, along with her will be a historical escort – Italian/English speaking guide, Dr Enzo Inferrera to chaperone the cultural enthusiasts. There is never a dull moment exploring ports, mountainous regions and the picturesque baroque towns.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival at the airport for pickup to our hotel located in Selinunte – Kartibubbo in Torretta.
Transfer will be arranged around 10.30 am and 3.00pm approximately.
Meet and greet at 6.30 pm in our hotel with dinner to follow 7.00 pm

(D) Kartibubbo in Torretta

Day 2: Selinunte

Enzo our guide will lecture about the ancient Greek colonization in Sicily and the Roman age while we are transferred to the archaeological park of Selinunte. One of the most important Greek colonies in Sicily situated on the southwest coast of the island. Nowadays one of the largest and most impressive archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. Visit by electric cars are an option.

Free time for lunch on the beach of Marinella di Selinunte. In the afternoon back to the archaeological park to paint the temples.

(B,D) Karibuddo in Torretta

Day 3: Mozia & Salt Road

Departure to the lagoon of the stagnone for a boat ride to Mozia., settled by the Phoenician in 8th century BC
Paint the location and lunch locally before leaving to drive along the famous “Salt Road” to enjoy a painting session along the incredible scenery of dazzling salt pans dotting with windmills.

(B,D) Karibuddo in Torretta

Day 4: Trapani

A beautiful town on the coast. It has a colourful fishing port with arabic and spanish elements in its baroque style buildings which will give the artist many options to paint and explore.

Lunch at a local trattoria. Afternoon time to paint the township with its narrow side streets which open into charactacteristic squares.

(B,D) Karibuddo in Torretta

Day 5: Palermo & Monreale

The capital of Sicily will be revealed by Enzio who will relate the history and take us for a sight seeing stroll to discover its best monuments, churches and interesting sections of this city. Time for quick drawings as we rest at a café or shady square.

Departure for lunch to Monreale a small town with historical importance because of its impressive cathedral built during the Norman age, famous in the world for the mosaics that coveres its interior walls.

(B,D) Karibuddo in Torretta

Day 6: Erice

We will reach this fascinating medieval town by cable car.  The sober historic town is surrounded by defensive town walls crowned by a castle, and dominates the surrounding area from its mountainous height of approximately 750 meters above sea level. Tour of the town and settle for some painting time.

Free time for lunch.

Afternoon dedicated to paint the wonderful sceneries offered by the town and its landscapes. Return by cable car to return to our bus.

(B,D) Karibuddo in Torretta

Day 7: Marsala

Travel to visit and paint the traditional fish market and the historical picturesque baroque town which till have the ancient roman gates to the old town.

Lunch at Leisure.

Afternoon time to discover another aspect of the town to paint or follow our guide Enzo to view various options. Return to our hotel to organize your luggage for departure in the morning.

(B,D) Karibuddo in Torretta

Day 8: Valley of the Temples (Agrigento)

Bring along your sketch books for a travel day as we depart to visit an exceptional historical archaeological park testimony to “Magna Graecia” presence in this area. This site is an UNESCO World heritage listed. It recount a millenary history began in 6BC.

Time for drawing or exploring before leaving to lunch along the way to Modica. Viewing and exploring Modica with time to taste the famous chocolate and tea before leaving for our hotel located at Ragusa.

(B,D) Poggio Di Sole

Day 9: Noto

According to legend Noto was founded in 448BC. It is one of the most beautifully built towns in Europe. Noto is famous for its fine C18 honey coloured buildings considered masterpieces of original Sicilian baroque style which were constructed after the tragic 1693 earthquake which totally destroyed the town. The painters will have time to capture their surroundings.

Lunch will be at a local tavern. Time in the afternoon to paint and explore.

Return to our hotel to prepare your luggage for departure in the morning

(B,D) Poggio Di Sole

Day 10: Ortigia

It is a beautiful island separated from the main land by a narrow channel but connected with two bridges. The Piazza del Duomo and Archimede created a popular place for the people to gather for entertainment and shopping. Lunch at a local trattoria and then time to paint in the afternoon before leaving for our new hotel in Catania

(B, D) Le Dune

Day 11: Savoca

A quiet day to immerse in the timelessness of the Sicily’s countryside. We are in a small traditional Sicilian village made famous because it was the location for some scenes of the “Godfather”. Artists will paint near the Bar Vitelli , the place where Michael Corleon asked Apollonia’s father to meet his daughter.

After lunch a visit to the surround area including the stunning Alcantara Gorges with its clear and cold waters.

(B, D) Le Dune

Day 12: Etna & Naxos

Departure for Etna the largest volcano in Europe and the tallest mountain in Sicily. The big mountain which the ancients thought to be the forge of the god Vulcan and Cyclops always influenced the life of the people living in the surrounding area. We will be driven thought the National Park to walk and view from the mountain the cities and sea below.

We will lunch at Naxos fishing sea town .  In the afternoon we can paint the harbor of Naxos , the first Greek settlement with views of the coastline mountains with a sapphire sea.

(B, D) Le Dune

Day 13: Acitrezza

This will be a quiet day with views called the Cyclopes Riviera.

The village has a long maritime history and a story of Odysseus and the one eyed Cyclops.  The Faraglioni rocks and Ionian sea will be our settling.

Lunch at your leisure and time to explore.

(B, D) Le Dune

Day 14: Taomina

This beautiful historical baroque hilltop town will provide spectacular panoramas, beautiful gardens and evidence of its ancient past with a Greco-Roman theatre built in the 3 Century with views of Mt Etna in the distance and the sea below.

Lunch at leisure. We will have time to paint and draw after exploring the main shopping road.

(B, D) Le Dune

Day 15: Catania

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The city has had a long and eventful history which made it one of Italy’s important and flourishing cultural, artistic and political areas. Due to its location near Mt Etna, the city has been buried 17 times.

We will have time to shop and explore with our guide Enzo who enjoys relating the history of Sicily to everyone.

Bring your sketch book for quick drawings.

Return to our hotel to organize your luggage for departure in the morning.

(B, D) Le Dune


Day 16: Catania

Departure for Catania airport or train station in the morning for you to continue on your journey.


Tour Inclusions

Limited Places

  • 16 days at 3 Star hotels
  • 15 x breakfast
  • 15 x 3 course dinners (drinks not included)
  • Own bathroom facilities
  • 16 days historical escort by Italian/English speaking guide Dr Enzo Inferrera
  • Wifi at all hotels
  • Private bus
  • Entrance fees
  • Boats and rides as specified in Itineary
  • Gratituty/tips for driver and guide
  • City Tax
  • Airport pick up and transfer

Once we have the required minimum numbers, we will be in contact so you can arrange your flights. Flights not included and is the travellers responsibility to book their own flights, although we are happy to give guidance.

Price: $6300AUD per person
First Deposit of $650 due at time of booking

*Single supplement rate available: $650 AUD