25 August – 8 September 2018 Emilia-Romagna/Tuscan Hills Painting Workshop with Cathy Ee

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STATUS: Limited Places

Dates: 25th August – 8th September 2018 (14 nights/15 days)

Your host – Cathy Ee


Take an inspirational journey through the beautiful Tuscan/Emilia Romagna Hills regions. An experience you won’t soon forget. Our tours cater for artists to paint buildings, people and scenery off the typical tourist trail.

Many cultural experiences and activities for non-painters too.


Museums, markets, galleries and tasting local cuisine are just some of the activities that you will find on this tour. We will give you insight to the unknown areas, not generally found by the general public. If you are in no hurry, this tour also allows you time to relax and simply soak in the atmosphere (ideally with a glass of vino in hand!).


An excellent way to explore the countryside with like-minded people. You have the choice of being in a guided group or you have the ability to explore the area in your own time. We have varying activities suitable for novice or experienced walkers.

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  • Painting workshop and critiquing as per itinerary
  • Historical explanation of the Region and the Arts
  • Welcome drinks and nibbles
  • Twin share accommodation with en-suite facilities*
  • All breakfasts & homemade dinners (including basic drinks)
  • Private bus
  • Specialty food tastings
  • Bi-lingual speaking tour guides (Italian/English)
  • Options of a variety of activities
  • Personal tours by local experts & guided walks
  • Being part of the Italian community
  • Maps, historical booklet & lifetime of memories
  • Farewell drinks while displaying your art to the locals

Flights not included and travellers are responsible for booking their own flights. Once we have the required minimum numbers, we will contact you so you can then arrange your flights. Time permitting, we may visit other interesting places not mentioned in the itinerary.

Price: $4,800 AUD per person

1st Deposit of $500 due at time of booking

*Single supplement rate available for an extra $500AUD

Painting times are an approximation only. To download itinerary click here.

Time to explore the centre of Bologna before our private bus will pick us up at our designated hotel at 11:30am or Marconi Airport (Bologna) at 12.00pm and travel to RIOLUNATO , situated in the Frignano Region of the Appenines. We arrive at the family owned Hotel in time to relax and soak in the atmosphere before having a traditional Italian home cooked dinner.

(D) Accommodation: Riolunato

CUTIGLIANO – is classified as having the most beautiful Borga (cluster of buildings) in Tuscany. It is hidden deep in the Apennine Mountains. It is surrounded by dark forests and winding roads. There the quaint buildings hold secret meetings by the warlords of the region from the medieval era.

(B&D) Accommodation: Riolunato

FIUMALBO – Today is your opportunity to paint this medieval town on the border of Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna and is surrounded by two rivers. Small narrow streets reveal a town steeped in history.
Learn about the history of the whites and the reds religious sect as each protect their church and their beliefs. The landscape consists of beautiful old churches, stone bridges and a Seminary Abbey encircled by mountains.

There will be an opportunity for non painters to explore another township PIEVEPELAGO before returning for lunch and a drive up and walk down from Eagle’s nest.

(B&D) Accommodation: Riolunato

GARFAGNANA –Our bus will take us through the scenic mountains, into the Tuscan region, along the medieval road, just like the pilgrims of yesteryear.. We will visit Castel Garfagnana, a beautiful town surrounded within a castle wall, dating back to the Roman Era.

After many painting/sightseeing opportunities, we then venture after lunch to a gorgeous village with red stone buildings called SASSO ROSSO. There are only pathways made of stone from one house to another and we can spend an afternoon painting or exploring. On our return we will visit San Pellegrino – the C600 pilgrim hostel.

(B&D) Accommodation: Riolunato

SESTOLA – This snow resort town set high in the forested Mt Cimone mountain will inspire the artists as they view the majestic castle of Sestola ( 900AD) which is perched on the edge of a ravine.

It is in the best location to paint under lovely shady trees in a garden square with a fountain surrounded with beautiful stone buildings.

Opportunity to explore the old road as it ascends to the castle and afterwards settle yourself down at the local restaurants or café for a refreshing drink of wine.

(B&D) Accommodation: Riolunato

LUCCA – Our private bus takes us down through the beautiful mountains to Lucca, a magnificent city in Tuscany. Enclosed by city defense walls, this city has narrow lanes, which meander along various medieval buildings, including an 180BC Roman amphitheatre. Learn about a prince’s love for his wife and the history behind the town’s defense.

There is an opportunity to draw some sketches as you rest at a local café. On our return a stop to walk over the Maddelenna Bridge built in the Matilda of Tuscany era before we return to the Hotel.

(B&D) Accommodation: Riolunato

RIOLUNATO – This quiet town is just perfect for painting the old rustic fresco buildings, ancient doors and cobble pathways inside this unique township. Following the road down from the town there is the beautiful Bridge of the Moon.

For non painters an opportunity to walk to CASTELLO to find a hidden ancient C10 tower and church filled with ancient artefacts, which were gifted by pilgrims from the crusaders.

(B&D)Accommodation: Palagano

PAVULLO / MONTECUCCOLO – The painters will have time for their artwork even while the largest market in the region is on.

After lunch our bus will bring us to the original castle of the Montecuccuoli, the lords of the Frignano area.
There will be time for the artist to paint within the old square with roses and colourful gardens amount the stone houses and church outside the walls of this might fortress. There is always time to walk within the countryside and enter the castle museum after 3 pm before leaving.

(B&D) Accommodation: Palagano

PALAGANO – Time to paint the town which is located in the Valley of the Dragon surrounded with iconic buildings. Join the friendly paesani on their market day and afterwards settle to paint the beautiful scenery surrounding this township.

The paesani also welcomes anyone who wants to experience an Italian speaking church service in their 15th century church. Time for a country walk and discovering a palazzo or follow a forest pathway to a borgo of ancient stone houses.

(B&D) Accommodation: Palagano

GOMBOLA – Our private bus will take us for a short visit in the morning to the Pameggiano Cheese Factory to appreciate their workmanship and sample their award winning cheese.

With our bus, we will go back into time, a trip to paint a C15 watermill, which is still working grinding the local grains. Then for lunch up into the hilltops of Gombola to paint within this old quiet deserted center with views of the magnificent mountains valleys.

For the ones who wish to walk to the Borga of Gombola (cluster of stone houses), there are windy pathways which lead through the countryside, with forests, where wild mushrooms grow, streams run and wild flowers bloom. Immerse yourself into another lifestyle.

(B&D) Accommodation: Palagano

MODENA – Our bus will travel to Modena, which is one of the more significant cities in Emilia-Romagna.
This is our opportunity to visit the Library to see the most beautiful book in the world. Then a stroll to the ancient centre from here we can spend time to explore.

There is a large city market centre and variety of exclusive stores. In front of the World Heritage Romanist Cathedral and in the large cobble public square you can sit and take a coffee break under the ancient arches.

You will be free to spend the day exploring the architecture, the Este Duke’s Palace, churches filled with Baroque architecture and art and beautiful shops before leaving.

(B&D) Accommodation: Palagano

MONTEFIORINO/VITRIOLLA – Our bus will wind up to the hill top town and its 12th century castle. The castle was constructed by the Count of Montecuccollo and called the Rock. The township is clustered along the Ridge with sweeping views of the Dolo Valley and the valley of the Dragon.

The castle has a Museum dedicated to the Italian Resistance, who were instrumental in the victory over the Fascists in World War II.

There will be an opportunity for painting a market scene and after lunch a trip to VITRIOLLA to paint near Ca Tonelli, a borga of ancient tower houses.

For the ones who wish to walk there is a lovely stroll from Montefiorino to Vitriolla, which is filled with holy Mestra, tower buildings and other ancient constructions.

(B&D) Accommodation: Palagano

CASTELLERANO – Passing the ancient entrance of the Rocketta of Castellerano you will discover a peaceful environment to paint and explore within a beautiful cobbled town.

Outside the city walls there is a market, which will give you the opportunity to mix with the local people.
There are wonderful scenic views from the watch tower of the town and surrounding hills.

After Lunch an opportunity of painting at St Valentino’s Castle from the fields below. For non-painters there is an organized optional tour to the Ferrari Factory.

(B&D) Accommodation: Palagano

PALAGANO – This is the last chance to paint / walk and mingle with the paesani (local townsfolk) who will gather in the town center to play card games, drink with friends and relax.

Being a mountainous region there are breathtaking landscapes and walking trails to explore / paint. Explore the many roads leading out of Palagano to discover hidden locations. There is also time to finish your works and prepare for the next mornings early departure.

(B&D) Accommodation: Palagano

Departure early morning to arrive approximately by 8.30 Bologna Train Station by 9.30 Bologna Airport.

*Please note: to ensure you have the tour of a lifetime, the itinerary may be changed at anytime. The workshops times are ultimately at the discretion of the Teacher.

(B = Continental Breakfast, D = Dinner)

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