Painting Holidays in Emilia Romagna

Emilia Romagna, a region of unrivaled charm, with immense artistic beauty unparalleled hospitality, and some of the most amazing landscapes you can imagine. The perfect region for a budding artist to feel inspired. We visit the capital of ceramics, Faenza, and the beautiful town of Bresighilla with plenty of opportunity to sketch.

And on our trip to Ravenna the city itself, you can visit churches containing world-famous mosaic art, lit up by cleverly positioned stained-glass windows.

Our base is in the peaceful hills of Brisighella, within the Regional Park of Romagna called Parco Carnè, on the border between Romagna and Toscana, where your painting holiday will include sessions on various aspects of colour, materials, and style. Our tutors are used to teaching every level of artist from beginner to accomplished, so no need to worry about how good you are. They’re talented, encouraging and patient. You’ll also have plenty of time to relax and enjoy delicious Italian food and wine in stunning surroundings.

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16 May - 23 May£1799Available Ask a question »
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Your Holiday Price Includes:

  • Experienced painting teacher on site throughout your stay.
  • 5 days painting tuition with various drawing excursions.
  • Private, en-suite accommodation in Tredozio.
  • All means with wines, including 2 meals at local restaurants.
  • Day trips to local towns Faenza & Ravenna.
  • Transport throughout stay in private minibus.
  • Group transfers from Bologna Guglielmo Marconi airport.*

* Provided you are able to meet them. Please ask for transfer times.

Painting in Emilia Romagna- Itinerary

Day 1 (Saturday) - Group transfer to the villa from Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport.

Welcome to Emilia Romagna! Our Flavours transfer will meet you at the airport and take you to our villa where you can settle in and meet your teacher and chef. Dinner this evening is at the villa, prepared by your chef.

Day 2 (Sunday) - Your first painting session: an introduction to watercolour techniques.

After breakfast, you will have your first sketching and painting session with your teacher. This will include discussing the course outline, aims, and expectations and how to get started. The session will be followed by lunch prepared by your chef. The afternoon is yours to continue sketching and painting, or to relax by the pool. Dinner is prepared for you at the villa.

Day 3 (Monday) - A visit to the capital of Ceramics

After breakfast, you will head to the town of Faenza, the Capital of ceramics known throughout the world and located along the famous Via Emilia, Faenza is one of the most beautiful art towns in Italy. You will enjoy sketching and exploring this fascinating town and then have lunch in a local trattoria. Dinner tonight is at the villa prepared by your chef.

Day 4 (Tuesday) - A day of painting and sketching at the villa.

After breakfast, you will develop your watercolour and drawing skills in another painting session with your teacher. The afternoon is yours to continue painting or relaxing around the villa and pool. Lunch and dinner are at the villa.

Day 5 (Wednesday) - Visit Ravenna, with the chance to see famous mosaic art, then a trattoria dinner.

A chance today to try a larger and more ambitious work using the sketches and ideas accumulated so far. Following lunch, the afternoon will be spent in the medieval town of Ravenna, known for the colourful mosaics adorning many of its central buildings. You’ll have a chance to explore, sketch and do some shopping before dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6 (Thursday) - Visit to medieval village for sketching

This morning, you will visit Brisighella, a delightful medieval village, considered one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. With its clock tower and castle, it’s the perfect spot for sketching. You’ll return to the villa for lunch and can spend the afternoon painting or relaxing. Dinner will be cooked for you at the villa tonight.

Day 7 (Friday) - Spend today relaxing by the pool or painting, plus a chance to display your work.

A leisurely morning to spend developing your work at the villa. For the rest of your last day, you are free to paint or relax by the pool. Dinner is at the villa with a group show of your paintings.

Day 8 (Saturday) - Breakfast then transfer back to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport.

After breakfast, you’ll have some time to pack before our driver takes you on our group transfer back to Bologna Airport for your flight home. Arrivederci!

No Single Supplement

A room to yourself. We never charge a single room supplement.

Solo Traveller Friendly

Over 70% of our guests travel solo taking advantage of our no single supplement policy.

* Please note the itinerary is subject to change depending on the weather.

Travel Information

We understand that you would prefer to fly directly from your local airport. Please see our transfer times below to help with your travel plans:

May Dates Only:

  • On the first day of your holiday, your transfer driver will meet you in the arrivals hall of Bologna Guglielmo Marconi at 1:15 pm.
  • On the final day of your holiday, you will be collected and taken back in time for flights departing from Bologna Guglielmo Marconi between 1 pm and 2 pm.

June Onwards:

  • On the first day of your holiday, your transfer driver will meet you in the arrivals hall of Bologna Guglielmo Marconi at 12 noon.
  • On the final day of your holiday, you will be collected and dropped off at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi by 10 am.

Please note: transfers times are subject to change so please get in touch before booking your flight to ensure the timings work with the complimentary group transfer between Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport and your villa.

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If you might be interested in activities other than Painting, you can find out more about the Cooking and Learn Italian activity holidays that we offer in Bologna.

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