Ever dreamed of writing in Tuscany, Italy, in a centuries-old villa on a hillside overlooking rolling hills and vineyards? Imagine 10 days in the countryside near Lucca, writing in the mornings and learning how to paint watercolors in the afternoons, interspersed with daytime excursions. Join us next spring—April 23-May 3, 2019—on this scintillating adventure.
We'll stay at Casa Fiori, a 400-year-old villa outside the charming town of Lucca for ten days. We will weave leisurely days of writing and painting through easeful excursions to surrounding towns.
We'll be based at Casa Fiori, a 400-year-old villa outside the charming town of Lucca in Tuscany. We’ll find inspiration in the gardens, olive groves, vineyards, rustic barns, old mills, and more. We will weave leisurely days of writing and painting through easeful excursions to surrounding towns.
A few highlights include: a visit to the town of Lucca for the best cappuccino in Italy, cultural tour, and a Puccini concert in a Romanesque church built over Roman ruins; a day trip to Porto Venere near Cinque Terre, one of the small villages clinging to steep cliffs above the Mediterranean; a visit to an artist’s refurbished old barn where we’ll create our own souvenir plates that the owner will fire in her kiln; making homemade limoncello; excursion to the medieval town of San Gimignano; a cooking class with the estate’s chef; and plenty of time for beginning watercolor instruction and independent painting, facilitated and free writing, hiking or strolling around the gardens, olive groves, and vineyards, lounging in hammocks, and absorbing the quiet and spectacular views.
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