The workshop will be held in the Val d'Orcia countryside at a superb farmhouse estate located 4 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 details will be sent to you after sign-up.
Florence (FLR) Peretola
Rome (FCO) Fiumicino
Pisa (PSA) Galileo Galilei
Options for arriving at the Workshop
We will schedule a group transfer on Saturday, Sept. 1 from Florence, (meet at Santa Maria Novella train station at 1pm). For those arriving by train from Rome, pick up will be at the Chiusi-Chianciano train station at 2:00pm.
We can arrange transfers for you outside of the pre-scheduled time-frame at an additional cost per person depending on number of travelers.
If you prefer to fly into Rome, it is simple to take the train from the Rome airport to Chiusi-Chianciano station. We can arrange a driver to pick you up from there.
OR if you would like to have your own transportation while in Tuscany, (highly recommended for non-painting guests) you can reserve a rental a car, picking up in either Chiusi train station, Rome, Florence, or Pisa. 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 Saturday, September 1st. Check-in time is from 2pm onwards. We will gather as a group at around 5pm for introductions, a walking tour of the property, followed by aperitivo and dinner. Let the festivities begin!
The workshop ends on Saturday, September 8, after a farewell breakfast. Group transportation to back to Florence will be at about 10 am, depending on the departure needs of the group. We can arrange transfers for you to the train station in Chiusi, for return to Rome, as well.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions about planning your travel.
You are welcome to bring your own painting kit for the week, or you can rent a complete set-up from Julian. Please click for Materials List and Details. To reserve a painting kit from Julian, please click here
The weather in Tuscany in early September is usually warm and sunny, but be prepared for possible rain showers and do bring layers for cool early mornings/evenings. Climate is hard to predict anymore! The dress code is very relaxed and casual in rural Tuscany, we will be staying in a rustic-chic farmhouse and dining out in town one night at a wonderful restaurant – also casual.
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, swimsuit (pool!), yoga clothes, bug spray, sunscreen, plug adapter for your devices, and simple old clothes to paint in.
We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance to protect your trip investment in case of any unforeseen circumstances before, or during, your trip. World Nomads or Travel Guard are two options with easy, online sign-up, or ask your travel agent. For best results, purchase trip insurance as soon as you sign up.