“An incredibly relaxing way to paint and experience the beauty of Italy’s countryside!"
Ashley H, I stayed at the Retreat for a week in late July for one of their plein air painting holidays. The...
Amazing experience !!
Jess V. I have just returned from a fabulous week at The Retreat !! Apart from John being the perfect host and...
Florence Watercolour course
D. Oliver,I came on Easter week. There were just two of us: me from London, and Myrna from Houston. We had...
M. Yarney, I loved my week of study with John. It was an amazing experience. I enjoyed the stay at the Convent...
Painting Holiday Italy
Painting Holiday Italy specialises in exclusive painting holidays around Italy with a truly personal touch.
Small groups and a ‘home-from-home’ atmosphere let any aspiring and experienced artist relax, indulge and create to their heart’s content.
See For Yourself
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.