Art Safari’s creative adventures out of Africa to Italy




An Italian Easter

in Tuscany & Venice

With James Willis

17 to 29 April 2019


An inspiring combination of seven nights painting the rolling countryside and Medieval hilltop towns of Tuscany, followed by five nights in magical Venice with artist tutor, art historian James Willis.

We fly into Florence to begin our holiday, staying near Cortona. There is inspiration at every few paces in Italy! In April the Tuscan hillsides are gloriously green, peppered with wildflowers and swathes of
yellow and mustard broom. James knows and loves these areas and will share his favourite painting locations with you. We are hosted in a family-style villa, surrounded by pretty gardens and countryside views.  Our genial host is always on-hand with his excellent local knowledge and sense of fun.

Being in Venice with James as your tutor is enlightening, you have the benefit of James’s tuition and working alongside him, as well as his amazing knowledge and passion for art history. Paint gondolas as they drift through the shimmering reflections of lavish Baroque buildings, Marble Palaces, and ornate bridges. Capture the rhythm of Venetian life in the piazza’s and market places and paint some lesser known corners of this floating city.

We are staying on the Grand Canal, a short distance from the Rialto Bridge in a 14th-century palazzo, which was formerly home to Giacomo Favretto, a distinguished Venetian artist. This historic 4-star hotel oozes Venetian style, and there’s a lounge and cosy courtyard area for us to gather and look through sketchbooks.

You will come back with a vibrant sketchbook, superb memories and some wonderful material to work with.

Tour cost in small single rooms: (a standard room at the Villa in Tuscany, and single bed in our hotel in Venice)  from £3576 per person sharing – only 4 spaces available 

Tour cost in large single room: (a large room at our Villa in Tuscany, and double bed at our hotel in Venice) from £3938 per person sharing – only 3 spaces available

If you would like to share a double/twin room at the Villa & Hotel please call use for cost/availability

Our prices include: – Accommodation, all meals in Tuscany, breakfast & dinner in Venice, art tuition, hosting and internal transport as detailed on the tour itinerary, group airport transfers

Our prices exclude: –  Flights, lunches in Venice, visas (if required), art materials, drinks gratuities and personal expenses.

Why not extend your stay in Italy?  Talk to us about the possibilities.

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Please feel free to discuss your own private tour with dates and an itinerary to suit you.