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, and 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.

Nearest Airports:    

Florence (FLR) Peretola 

Rome (FCO) Fiumicino 

Options for arriving at the Workshop

For those arriving in Florence: We will schedule a group transfer on Sunday, May 5 from Florence, departing from in front of the main train station, Santa Maria Novella, at 1pm.

For those arriving from Rome, you will take a pleasant train ride from Rome to the Chiusi-Chianciano train station, and we will schedule a group transfer from there to the farmhouse to meet train arriving early-afternoon from Rome – 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.

Closest Train Station:  

 Chiusi - Chianciano Terme

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, 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.

Buon Viaggio!

Painting Materials  

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Packing Suggestions 

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.

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/jaccuzzi), yoga clothes, bug spray, sunscreen, plug adapter for your devices, and simple old clothes to paint in – including some warm things. 

Travel Insurance

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 are two options with easy, online sign-up. We recommend you purchase trip insurance as soon as you enroll in the course. Read more about trip insurance.