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Chianti Arts

Tuscany is truly the heart of Italy, studded with panoramic landscapes, ancient walled villages, olive groves and vineyards stretching rhythmically to the horizon and capped, of course, by the glorious cities of Florence and Siena. Aesthetics of your lodging and wonderful food, special “insider” excursions and a very personal orientation are a bottom line!

May and October are prime months for a Tuscan trip – gorgeous weather with all of the key sights serene and uncrowded. You’ll alternate workshop days with excursions to Florence and Siena, as well as to the charming hilltop villages so distinct to this “Chianti region”...from San Gimignano with its ancient towers, to Greves with its bustling trade in wine. In Florence and Siena a terrific art historian accompanies the group.

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Getting there:

We suggest that you book flights through Rome, rather than Milan since travel to Florence by plane or train is easier with this routing. Meet on-site at Il Paretaio near the town of Barberino Val D’Elsa mid-way between Florence and Siena. Travel from the airport to hotels is not included in your fee — however, Horizons will help coordinate arrangements..

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Program Information
Program Details
Glass: Flameworked Beads & More (Spring)
Mosaics: Ancient Art Form/Contemporary Applications (Spring & Fall)
Tuscan Landscapes: Painting & Drawing (Spring)
Books, Paper, Journals, Collages & More (Fall)
Photography: Italian Visions (Fall
Special Deals

Special offer when booking at eduVacations:

  • 5% off ($86.75) of trip price when you enroll up to 6 weeks prior to the start date;
  • 2% off (Save $34.70) when you enroll less than 6 weeks prior to the start date..
Program Information

What People are Saying

“Thanks for a profound magical experience.”

“Words really are inadequate to describe the experience--it was truly special and I have very deep feelings that will stay with me forever.”

Cultural & Recreational Activities

Tours of Florence & Siena with 2 of the cities’ most noted guides; special visit to San Mineato church with its spectacular view of Florence and where lovely Gregorian chants are sung each day at dusk; private tour of the Bargello Museum; private tour of Santa Croce, Italy’s equivalent of Westminster Abbey; lodging at a “fattoria” that produces its own wine and olive oil, not to mention tantalizing dinners.

Accommodation Choices

In two charming country inns located in the heart of Tuscany. Rooms are double occupancy (single may be available upon request), private baths; wonderful views and walking trails.

Program Details
Glass: Flameworked Beads & More (May)

Make small sculptures, beads, baubles, jewelry, even marbles of all shapes, colors and textures. For all skill levels.

Mosaics: Ancient Art Form/Contemporary Applications (May & Oct)

Create durable, luminescent mosaics (wall pieces, tiles, and frames) from both traditional and contemporary materials --ceramic and stone plus elements gleaned from the landscape…even pebbles or seeds. Color, texture, design and imagery...all take on new spirit and energy in the context of this lovely medium. No special background required..

Tuscan Landscapes: Painting & Drawing (May)

A chance to work individually with your instructor, making it easy to set your own creative goals, style and pace and…using whatever medium you most enjoy--charcoal, pastels, watercolor, gouache, acrylics or oils. We’ll cover lots of approaches to working with these color media with plenty of opportunity to experiment. Throughout we’ll refer to masterpieces of painting to give you artistic awareness with a historical perspective. For all skill levels.

Books, Paper, Journals, Collages and More: A Mixed-Media Italian Experience (Oct.)

A special opportunity to expand your range of creative experience under the guidance of an innovative Umbrian artist. We will be using this rich tradition as a springboard for a unique mixed-media workshop. Paola encourages folks to explore a wealth of materials, ranging from paints and papers to photos and newspapers. Workshop open to anyone.

Photography: Italian Visions (Oct.)

A workshop that is designed to expand your mind’s eye in the lovely light of Italy. You will photograph the grandeur of the countryside, the beauty of the architecture, small street scenes. Our focus is both on color slides and prints, with work also in black & white. Film developed in a nearby town, allowing lots of time for one-on-one and perfect to take your skills to another level.


5% of total package price.


Tuition, Lodging, Meals (except 5 lunches) & Excursions $1835 plus lab fee ($20-$40); rooms, double occupancy, private baths. Single rooms are occasionally available; when this can be arranged, the additional fee is $350 — $450 per program week.


1 week:
09—16 October 2004
23—30 April 2005

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