Sicily is an island of contrasts -from fertile volcanic land, ancient and arid ruins to baroque style architecture – it offers beautiful compositions for painters. Its stunning location in the middle of the Mediterranean means it is blessed with good weather, ideal for painting outside. Our experienced painting tutors will guide you to the best painting spots. We have carefully designed our painting holidays in Italy as a complete artistic journey from start to finish. For our painting holidays in Sicily, we are based at an authentic yet modern villa located on a private estate in the south-east of the island.
It was great being able to relax and enjoy painting in beautiful surroundings in a lovely climate with a very helpful and encouraging tutor.
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At a Glance
- Stay in a gorgeous 19th century farmhouse on a private estate.
- Paint coastal scenes and the crumbling grandeur of baroque towns.
- Taste local ice cream in a classic gelateria.
- Taste authentic Sicilian cuisine in our favourite local restaurants.
Your Holiday Price Includes
- No single supplement
- £100 towards your flight costs
- 5 days of painting tuition with our experienced tutors.
- Private, en-suite accommodation in our Sicilian villa.
- Visits to local towns, e.g. Modica & Ragusa.
- All meals and wine, including 2 meals at a local restaurant.
Where you’re going to stay
Villa Aragonese in Sicily provides you with the perfect holiday base. The infinity pool offers guests a place to relax and unwind. The interior is bathed in Sicilian sunlight and is decorated in fresh light tones. Contemporary artwork is dotted around the property. All rooms are ensuite and there is a choice of double and twin rooms. The terrace offers a fantastic place to dine al fresco. You are sure to find this villa and the surrounded landscape inspiring. See more about your painting venue in our photo gallery.
Painting in Sicily Itinerary
Day 1 (Sunday)
Private transfer from the airport to the villa.
Our Flavours transfer will meet you at Catania Airport and take you to the villa where you can enjoy welcome drinks and dinner.
Day 2 (Monday)
After breakfast enjoy your first painting lesson
After breakfast is your first painting session. You will have an introduction to watercolours, looking at the basic techniques, paper quality and brushes etc. Lunch will follow. In the afternoon, you will continue to paint. Dinner will be at the villa.
Day 3 (Tuesday)
Sketching at a nearby picturesque fishing village.
Following breakfast, we will head to a nearby fishing village where you will have the chance to sketch. A packed lunch will be provided to allow you to maximise your time and enabling you to become absorbed in your work. Dinner will be prepared for you at the villa.
Day 4 (Wednesday)
A day trip to Siracusa for some sightseeing.
Today we visit the coastal town of Siracusa, for some sightseeing at the famous Greek amphitheatre and have lunch at a local restaurant. Next, we travel to Noto to taste the local ice cream at a traditional gelateria. Dinner will be prepared by the chef at the villa.
Day 5 (Thursday)
Spend a day at the villa painting and relaxing.
After breakfast, you will have another painting lesson with a demonstration of landscape painting, looking at different ways to apply watercolour and mixing media like pastel and coloured pencil. The afternoon is yours to continue painting or relax by the pool. Dinner will be at the villa.
Day 6 (Friday)
A morning of painting followed by a day trip to Modica and Ragusa
After breakfast, there will be a painting lesson on the elements of composition and colour. In the afternoon, you will visit the stunning town of Modica for a chocolate tasting as well as the chance to sketch Modica’s wonderful baroque buildings. Next, we head to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Ragusa for dinner at a local trattoria.
Day 7 (Saturday)
Enjoy a relaxed morning by the pool or paint at your leisure
Spend the morning developing your artwork. You are free to paint, relax by the pool or go for a walk in the afternoon. A farewell dinner will be prepared at the villa with a group exhibition of everybody’s paintings.
Day 8 (Sunday)
Our private transfer will take you back to Catania Airport
After breakfast our transfer will take you back to Catania Airport.
Get inspired in Sicily
Situated close enough to the sea and surrounded by almond groves, you will be able to totally immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Sicilian countryside and find plenty of inspiration for your artwork. Just imagine starting your day waking up to clear blue sky and glorious sea views. After painting every day, relax on the terrace or by the swimming pool. Would you like to find out more? We are here to help with any questions you may have – simply contact us >
Discover authentic Sicily
Sicily has some wonderful attractions of great historic importance and artistic value. Our villa is close to the Greek Theatre in Siracusa, the Temple of Agrigento and the baroque towns of Noto and Ragusa. With spacious en-suite bedrooms and beautiful, bright communal spaces filled with contemporary artwork, you will be able to relax and find your inner creativity. Can you see yourself drawing the landscape of Sicily? Then make a holiday enquiry here >
What should you bring?
Prior to departure, your painting teacher will supply you with a list of painting materials you will need for the course. All of our painting tutors are passionate about sharing their extensive knowledge and experience with you. Using their expertise, they will help guests to recreate visual memories on paper. So whether you are painting the quintessential rolling green hills of Tuscany or drawing fishing villages in Sicily, each of our destinations will undoubtedly inspire any artist. You can find out more about your painting tutors here »