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Painting Holiday Italy

Painting Holiday Italy specialises in exclusive painting holidays around Italy with a truly personal touch.

Our move to Italy many years ago, was inspired by our passion for Italian art, its food, history and culture. It was love at first sight. Starting first with art courses at our country house and art studio ‘The Retreat’, in the heart of the Le Marche region, where guests would find all regions of Italy combined into one – the rolling hill-sides, ancient towns and coastal scenes and beaches of the south all in one panoramic view. We soon expanded to become “Painting Holiday Italy”, offering courses throughout Italy so we could offer our many new returning guests more locations to explore through the eye of an artist.

Join us in sharing our love for all things Italian around the most stunning locations and let yourself be guided by your experienced tutor throughout your creative holiday for an experience of a life-time.

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Travel To Transform: Walking Around Cinque Terre In Italy With A Paintbrush


Travel & Leisure Asia

A painting retreat in Cinque Terre – a UNESCO-listed gem on the Italian Riviera – is the best way to savour the taste of La Dolce Vita at your own pace. Here’s why. 

01. Exploring Cinque Terre
02. Plan your art holiday
reviews from you


Thank you for your stories, art history, talent, expertise and fun. We truly enjoyed ourselves can’t thank you enough for your support and kindness with my son Derrick.

 F. Lawn

Venice Course

I loved my week of study with John. It was an amazing experience. I enjoyed the stay at the Convent and the restaurant where we had our meals. He added in a Evening walking tour and a visit to the Uffizi Museum. He is a greyat teacher and a very nice person who worked very hard to help me improve my skills. I look forward to studying with him again.

M. Yarney

Watercolour Florence

I came on Easter week. I had the best time! The Oblate convent was a great, simple central location. The watercolour course was inspiring. I had painted before, but John Skelcher was an excellent teacher of perspective and colour theory. He was also a great guide to Florence – showing where the best Gelateria is! He also knew that there was a special Easter ceremony at the cathedral, and made sure we didn’t miss it. I would love to come next year to one of his oil painting courses.

D. Oliver

Florence Watercolour course

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