Painting Holidays in Puglia

Nicknamed the heel of Italy, Puglia, in Italy’s warm south, offers a charming laid-back atmosphere. The sun-baked land is dotted with fortified castles and whitewashed trulli, Puglia’s distinctive conical-shaped dwellings, and carpeted with a silvery sea of ancient olive groves. It also has an incredibly rich natural larder. The area produces most of the country’s extra virgin olive oil, excellent full-bodied wines and is famous for intensely flavoured olives, almonds and figs. Other specialities include orecchiette pasta, seafood risotto, fava beans and burrata, the supremely creamy cheese similar to mozzarella. You won’t go hungry between your painting holiday sessions here in Puglia.

Sights to savour with your artistic eye include the turquoise sea and long sandy beaches, as well as 13th-century Swabian castle, the city of Lecce’s Baroque churches, the hillside views from Specchia and Otranto cathedral’s amazing mosaic floor, the work of a 12th-century monk. There’s plenty of inspiration for sketching and painting, with help and advice from our resident tutor.

No Single Supplement

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

Book with Confidence

Flexibility and peace of mind for our guests with their holiday booking.

Dates for 2022

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All-Inclusive Price

Villa accommodation, all meals, drinks, activities, tuition, day trips and transfers.

Solo Traveller Friendly

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

Your Holiday Price of £1599 Includes:

  • 5 days painting tuition on and-off site with our experienced painting tutor.
  • Private, en-suite accommodation with pool.
  • All meals and wine, including 2 meals at local restaurants.
  • Visits to local towns as per itinerary Lecce, Otranto and Specchia
  • Transport throughout stay in private minibus.
  • Group airport transfers*

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

Painting in Puglia - Itinerary

Day 1 (Saturday)

Group transfer to the villa.

Benvenuti! Welcome to Puglia! You will arrive at the villa where you can settle in, meet your teacher, chef and host and enjoy lunch together. You have the afternoon to relax and explore your surroundings followed by welcome drinks. Dinner this evening is at the villa, prepared by your chef.

Serving Prosecco

Day 2 (Sunday)

Your first painting session: watercolour techniques, and visit a beautiful local town.

This morning you have your first sketching and painting session with your teacher. This will include discussing the course outline, aims and expectations and getting started. In order to draw, the artist must “see” and your teacher will get you “seeing” and drawing with some practical exercises in beautiful surroundings! The session will be followed by lunch prepared by your chef. In the afternoon, you will visit Otranto, situated by the sea, with the chance to visit the famous Cathedral with its beautiful medieval floor mosaic. You will then enjoy dinner in a local fish restaurant in Muro.

Guests at Santa Maria di Leuca

Day 3 (Monday)

A visit to Specchia to take in the views.

After breakfast, you will head to Specchia, built on a hilltop position, characterized by noble palaces, historic churches and narrow streets. You will return to the villa for a delicious lunch and then will the afternoon with your tutor to work on your technique. Dinner will be at villa prepared by your chef.


Day 4 (Tuesday)

Today's painting session is about elements of composition and colour.

Today’s lesson will take place after breakfast and you will develop your watercolour and drawing skills in another painting session with your teacher. The afternoon is yours to continue painting and explore the villa. Dinner tonight is at the villa.

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Day 5 (Wednesday)

A day trip to explore Lecce, Puglia’s most splendid city, plus a stunning local cathedral.

You’ll be leaving after breakfast today for a day of sight-seeing, firstly to Lecce to enjoy a walking tour around the “Florence of the South”. This undiscovered gem hides a wealth of beautiful architecture – it’s even known as the Pearl of the Baroque. You’ll have time for some sightseeing (don’t miss the Roman Amphitheatre or the Basilica di Santa Croce), and some shopping before lunch at a local trattoria.. Return to the villa for dinner.

Holidays in Puglia

Day 6 (Thursday)

Visit the local area for more inspiration!

This morning, another painting lesson with your teacher before lunch at the villa. You will then have a late afternoon visit to a local town where you will have a wander and enjoy an apertivo whilst taking in the atmosphere with the locals. You will then return to the villa for dinner.

Gallipoli Puglia

Day 7 (Friday)

Spend today relaxing by the pool or painting.

Today is your final day of drawing and painting, with time to finish off your works and relax at the villa. Later this evening, we’ll have an exhibition of your artwork to the group, followed by a special farewell dinner prepared by your chef.

Guests Relaxing Chatting by the Pool

Day 8 (Saturday)

Breakfast before our transfer back to Brindisi Airport.

After breakfast, your transfer will collect you and return you to the airport. Arrivederci!

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

Travel Information

With over 20 years experience in organising flights for our guests, our team is continuously researching and monitoring the market for the best flight options that are on offer.

We understand that you would prefer flying direct from your local airport. We have curated a list of direct flights currently available from major UK airports to Brindisi Salento Airport:

  • London Gatwick (EasyJet)
  • London Stansted (Ryanair)
Brindisi Salento Airport Map

We offer complimentary group transfers between Brindisi Salento Airport and your villa. These transfers are organised to meet as many flights from the UK as possible. You’ll be able to begin your holiday straight away with your group!

If you are travelling from a region of the UK not listed above, or travelling internationally, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss the best flights for your holiday!

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If you might be interested in activities other than Painting, you can find out more about the Pilates, Cooking, Photography activity holidays that we offer in Puglia.

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