Painting Holiday in Italy

Painting Holiday in Italy

Lemon Yellow – Amalfi & Sicily

With James Willis

Amalfi 12 – 19 October 2020

Sicily 20 – 27 October 2020

Tour Costs

Amalfi from £2,287 per person (single supplement £220pp)

Sicily from £2,287 per person (single supplement £220pp)

This is an exciting, new two-week combination painting the Amalfi coast with its breathtakingly beautiful views and the incredible cultural treasures of Sicily.   

We fly into Naples to begin the first week of our holiday painting in Amalfi, staying in Minori, a town at the heart of the Amalfi Coast.  Stretching along the serpentine edge of the Sorrentine Peninsula, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s most memorable destinations.  Here steep, craggy cliffs plunge into the sparkling Mediterranean and pastel-coloured villages spill down the mountainsides that are terraced with fragrant lemon groves.  Our sketchbooks fill with spectacular vistas, elegant villas and arbours laden with bright bougainvillaea, hillside churches in mix of architectural styles, and street scenes among the ancient alleyways and archways…

Our second week is spent painting in Sicily at a delightful Agriturismo (farm stay), surrounded by centuries-old olive trees.  Sicily is an island of contrasts – from fertile volcanic land, ancient and arid ruins to baroque-style architecture, it offers fresh inspiration for painters around every corner.  We explore the western side of the island, painting secluded inlets and coves, fishing villages, Greek temples, and shimmering slat pans dotted with windmills. 

Italy’s southern tip also has some amazing culinary delights to savour – what could be better at the end of a blissful day’s painting!  Amalfi’s cuisine is full of fresh flavours, tomatoes, lemons and the sea on your plate – shrimps, redfish, bream, sea urchins, octopus, blue, mussels…  Further south, Sicilian food is a melting pot of flavours from Africa, Arabia and Spain with a vibrant street food scene too.

In between our painting stops, there is time to wander the cool stone streets of these historic towns, stopping at the little boutiques to admire the highly skilled local handicrafts – exquisite ceramics, chic linens, unusual jewellery and handmade paper…  perhaps with a side order of ‘caffé and cannoli’ or a mid-afternoon gelato!

Painting Highlights

  • Paint the vertiginous views of the Bay of Salerno from the enchanting hilltop setting of Ravello.
  • Capture Positano’s panorama of colours – the green mountains flanking the town, the steeply tiered pink, yellow and white houses and the azure blue of the sea. 
  • Take a trip to the picturesque island of Capri and sketch its iconic Faraglioni (limestone stacks)
  • Explore the vast complex of ruins beside the Mediterranean, at Selinute, with Greek temples and buildings dating back to 5th century B.C.
  • Paint Trapani’s wonderful natural landscape with its chessboard of ancient salt pans, prominent windmills, gleaming piles of harvested salt and wooden fishing boats.
  • Discover the coastal town of Mazzara del Vallo with its labyrinth old Arab quarter or Casbah and other architectural gifts including fine examples of Sicilian Baroque.

Your tutor James Willis

James Willis has a BA Hons in Fine Art and Music as well as an MA in the History of Art. His works are in private and public collections including with the Soane Museum (where he was the Resident Artist for some years), and the Bentham Collection.  He lectures on painting techniques and concepts, Georgian Architectural Drawing and its historical context, the development of British Art in the 18th century and art in Renaissance Venice.

James leads Art Safari workshops and tours to Rome, Venice, Tuscany, Puglia and Istanbul and sketching workshops in London and Suffolk.

Tour costs

Amalfi 12 to 19 Oct from £2287 per person (single room supplement £220pp)

Sicily 20 to 27 Oct from £2287 per person (single room supplement £220pp)

Our prices include: All accommodation, all meals (with the exception of 2 lunches), art tuition & hosting, excursions & internal transport as stated on the itinerary, group airport transfers.

Our prices exclude: Flights, alcoholic drinks & gratuities, optional activities, art materials, personal expenses, visa (if required).  See below for ferry information to connect the two tours.

We are happy to arrange your flights for you but offer you the option of sourcing them yourself. 

Amalfi & Sicily FAQs

Artistic Aims:  Landscapes and architectural studies from life.

Mediums:  Watercolour, fast drying oils, acrylics, pencl

Accommodation:  these hotels or similar –

Hotel Santa Lucia ( in Minori &

Case di Latomie ( in Sicily

Suitable for photographers: Yes, the tour format is ideal for photographers 

What will my non-painting partner do? We can organise optional activities for non-painters, self-guided or guided walks, olive oil tasting, limoncello tasting etc..

Joining Airport for group transfers

The joining point for Amalfi is Naples Airport.

The joining point for Sicily it is Palermo Punta Raisi Airport. 

Flights from London Gatwick to Naples are available with British Airways and London Stanstead with EasyJet.

Flights from London Gatwick to Palermo are available with EasyJet and from London Stanstead with Ryan Air.

We expect the October 2020 flight schedule to be released in December 2019.

Please ask us for transfer timings before booking flights. 

For those continuing to the Sicily Art Safari, we take the overnight ferry from Naples to Palermo on 19 October, departing at around 8pm and arriving around 7am (approx. £170 for an overnight cabin with dinner included).  We then drive 1hr to our location on the south coast of Sicily.

Walking:  A reasonable level of fitness is required for this tour as we are walking to painting locations – there are many steps in towns and villages in Amalfi!

Average temperatures in Amalfi:  October high 22°C / low 16°C

Average temperatures in Sicily: October high 24°C / low 18°C

Group Size:  Between 6 and 12 guests

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