Fabulous art holidays in Italy close to airports

art holidays in italy near airports

Art holidays Italy is the second in our series on special interest activity holidays close to airports. In case you haven’t seen it our first post looked at Fabulous art holidays in France close to Airports.

Distance art holidays Italy

Set you location / arrival airport location and … voilà

Italy is number 5 on the list of most visited countries for 2014 with just shy of 50m visitors….that’s a lot! The four art holidays we’ve chosen are all extremely easy to get to with flights from a variety of UK and European departure points. We’ve chosen arrival airports at Pisa, Genoa, Turin & Rome in Italy as well as Nice in France due to its proximity to the Italian border. From the UK flights can be taken to one or more of these arrival airports from the following departure points: London Stansted, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Bristol, Prestwick, Dublin and Shannon.

To measure the distance from each airport to the painting holidays in question, we’ve used the distance facility on the web site itself which enables you to set your location (it’s located at the top left of the screen), and then each holiday will display its distance from you


Paint Italy – Art holidays in Italy amongst the foothills of the Alps

Distance from: Pisa Airport: 150 miles, Genoa Airport: 60 miles,  Turin Airport: 22 miles, Nice airport: 108 miles, Rome airport: 310 miles

Dates: Courses are run in May and June

Paint Italy is run by artist tutor Joy Moore who has lived in Italy since 2006. Before that she lived in West London and was a practising artist exhibiting around the UK and internationally. In more recent years she has been adopted by her Italian community as their ‘local artist’ undertaking commissions for the local mayor no less. Courses take place from Joys family farmhouse located in the area (think Commune in France) Cocconato. Cocconata itself is a large village of c. 1,600 people with one of the best preserved historic centres of the whole area of Asti. In the central Piazza Cavour you’ll find a choice of cafés and restaurants.

The courses…

Paint Italy offer two courses:

  • Paint for all Abilities – 6 days long
  • An Italian Sketchbook – 4 days long
art holidays in Italy with Paint Italy

Paint Italy art and painting holidays

Both courses focus on getting out and about to paint in a medium of your choice. Subject matter includes landscape, hills mountains and vineyards, buildings (from ghibelline castles to crumbling farmhouses) and people. Course numbers are kept to a maximum of just 6.

Everything is included in the price aside from painting materials and flights. Sometimes it’s not convenient to take them with you on the plane hence there is a small range available for purchase on site should you prefer. Even the transfer from either Turin or Milan airport is included in the price.

Prices for the 6 day ‘Paint for All Abilities’ is £750 whilst the 4 day ‘An Italian Sketchbook’ (and Can’t Draw Won’t Draw – but we don’t any details on that right now) the price is £550.

Read more about Paint Italy.


The Watermill at Posara – Painting, writing and knitting holiday courses in rural Tuscany

Distance from: Pisa Airport: 40 miles, Genoa Airport: 64 miles,  Turin Airport: 138 miles, Nice airport: 150 miles, Rome airport: 198 miles

Dates: Courses are run most weeks from mid-April to Mid October. There is a 3 week break in August. Stays are for 7 nights, Saturday to Saturday.

Location is everything so people say. The Watermill at Posara has that in spades. As you’d expect with the name ‘Watermill’ in the name, it is located on the banks of a river. It’s just outside a medieval town hence guaranteeing peace, yet with  some life just down the road should you wish. Fivizzano has a population of around 9,000. It’s a pleasant size and offers a variety of things to see and restaurants / cafés to sample should you wish.

The courses…

Art holidays in Italy with the Watermill at Posara

The Watermill at Posara

The Watermill at Posara offers a plethora of courses run by a variety of highly experienced artists. There are courses focussing on acrylics, watercolours, pastels, collage, oils, mixed media…. The Watermill at Posara also run a few other courses types such as ‘Romance Writing’ and ‘Knitting’. Whilst on your art course in Italy with the Watermill at Posaro, you will stay in their elegant Turscan house located beside the watermill. There are 11 bedrooms in total – 6 double and 5 single. Some are en-suite whilst those that aren’t share one of three modern bathrooms.

Prices per person sharing a double room are from £1,135 for a fully inclusive art break (flights not included). This includes not only an airport pick-up and return service, but even the costs associated with eating at some of the local restaurants. Single rooms are available from £1,435. A discount of £200 is offered for a non-painting partner.

Read more about art holidays in Italy with the Watermaill at Posara.

Accademia d’Arte – Sculpture and painting workshops in Italy

Distance from: Pisa Airport: 143 miles, Genoa Airport: 78 miles,  Turin Airport: 97 miles, Nice airport: 19 miles, Rome airport: 282 miles

Dates: Courses are run all year round to suit the client.

Nicole Durant founded and runs Accademia d’Arte which whilst based in Italy is right on the French border. Italian by birth she also speaks fluent French and English (I’ve spoken with her in both the latter hence can vouch for that) and has taught art in the USA, Switzerland and just over the border in Menton School of Fine Arts in France. She is an accomplished international Sculptor and has also taught art for more than 30 years. Mortola is on the Italian and coastline about 2km from France as the crow flies. It’s stunning location means that all of the apartments which are used for accommodation have sea views of the Mediterranean Sea. And if your not painting / sculpting and are bored of the view (not likely..), then there is free internet access from the apartments. Many of the great masters (Monnet, Picasso, Renoir & Chagall) chose this area to base themselves due to the light.

Sculpture and art holidays in Italy near Nice, France

Nicole runs fabulous Sculpture and Art holidays

The courses…

Nicole offers the following art courses to suit:

  • Sculpture – these are tailor made and may used clay, wood or stone
  • Mixed Media – drawing, painting, sculpting, stained classes
  • Additional Studies – you can add elements as required. Woodcarving art workshops, anatomy studying in 3-dimensions, clay figures and live models & life drawing classes for example. Workshops are designed for both beginners and advanced sculptors.

And if you really want to progress with your art, then Accademia d’Arte also offers a residency programme

A one week courses costs €875 per artist. Should your partner wish to go along, but not participate in the art holiday, then their cost would be €270. There is a single person supplement of between €224 – €300 should you be travelling alone and require a room to yourself.

Read more about Accademia d’Arte – Sculpture and painting workshops in Italy

Tuscany in the Frame – art holidays in Tuscany and Sicily

Distance from: Pisa Airport: 80 miles, Genoa Airport: 172 miles,  Turin Airport: 249 miles, Nice airport: 236 miles, Rome airport: 94 miles

Dates: Courses are run regularly from late May to early October. There are currently 9 art holidays in Italy scheduled during over that period.

Art holidays in Italy with Tuscany in the Frame

Villa Nobile, Tuscany, Italy

Raffaele Nobile owns and runs Tuscany in the Frame which is located near the hill-top town of Cortona. He is a native Italian and English speaker having been brought up in both countries. Villa Nobile itself is composed of 5 apartments which are used for courses run from that location. Each apartment can accommodate beteen 2 to 6 people. Cortonna has the feel of a medieval town to this day. It’s full of narrow roads and lanes which go up and down the hillside. It was originally an Umbrian city, then Etruscian, then Roman, then Ghibellinian in the 13th Century. More changes ensued before Cortona (& Tuscany) finally became part of the Kingdom of Italy following the Italian Wars of Independence in the 19th Century. It’s safe to say this is an area stepped in history!

The courses…

Typically courses focus on watercolour, mixed-media or oil painting with group sizes of up to 12 people. During courses time is put aside for demonstrations and discussions and there is a focus on the essentials of composition, perspective and subtleties of light, tone and colour.

Courses run for 7, 10 or 14 days with the costs being €1,595, €2,275 and €2,995 respectively. Everything is included apart from flights.

Read more about Tuscany in the Frame.


Written by Richard Knight. Richard runs

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March 23, 2015

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