The workshop will be held in the Val d'Orcia countryside near Pienza, at a superb, agriturismo manor farm, a haven of serenity and beauty. It’s reserved exclusively for us for the course. Located four kilometers from the town of Pienza in the province of Siena. We are less than 2 hrs south of Florence, and about 3 hrs north of Rome. Address and all contact details will be sent to you after sign-up.
Florence (FLR) Peretola
Rome (FCO) Fiumicino
Options for arriving at the Workshop
For those arriving in Florence: The group transfer is on Sunday, May 5 at 1 pm, departing from in front of the main train station: Firenze Santa Maria Novella. Please rsvp by email if you are planning to be on it!
For those arriving from Rome, you will take the train, a pleasant trip, from Rome to the Chiusi-Chianciano train station, and we will schedule a group transfer from there to the farmhouse to meet the train arriving from Rome, which is usually at about 2 - 3 pm.
We can arrange transfers for you outside of the pre-scheduled time at an additional cost per person depending on number of travelers.
If you prefer to fly into Rome rather than Florence, it is simple to take the train from the Rome airport to Chiusi-Chianciano station.
OR if you would like to have your own transportation while in Tuscany, you can reserve a rental a car, picking up in either Chiusi train station, or from Rome, or Florence. It is easy to drive in the slow-paced countryside of Tuscany.
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Dates to Know for Travel:
The workshop begins on Sunday, May 5. Check-in time is from 2pm onwards. We will gather as a group at around 4:30 pm for introductions, a walking tour of the property, followed by aperitivo and dinner. Let the creative festivities begin!
The workshop ends on Sunday, May 12, after a farewell breakfast. Group transportation back to Florence will be scheduled about 10 am, or depending on the departure needs of the majority of group. If you are flying out of Florence that day, book flights departing in the afternoon.
We can also arrange transfers for you to the train station in Chiusi, for return to Rome.
The weather in Tuscany in early May is usually springlike and mild, but be prepared for possible rain showers and do bring layers for cool early mornings/evenings. Climate is hard to predict anymore so be prepared for a range of temperatures. The dress code is very relaxed and casual in rural Tuscany. Mornings and evenings can be very cool.
In addition to the usual packing items, things you may wish to have: Sun hat, rain jacket, comfortable shoes for walking and standing in nature while painting all day, swimsuit (pool/jaccuzzi), yoga clothes, bug spray, sunscreen, plug adapter for your devices, and simple old clothes to paint in – including some warm layers.
We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance to protect your trip investment and your health and wellbeing in case of any unforeseen circumstances before, or during, your trip. World Nomads or Travel Guard or Generali are good options with easy, online sign-up. You should purchase your trip insurance as soon as you enroll in the course. Read more about trip insurance.