Italy Inspired Art Lovers Workshop

ITALY INSPIRED Art Lovers Workshop

Come join us for an immersive experience into a delightful variety of mini-workshops and lessons led by local Italians who are passionate about sharing both their techniques and their culture. Each day brings a creative hands-on project, from print-making and marbled paper to maijolica ceramics and table-scaping for aperitivo. Plus you’ll learn fresh flower arranging (Tuscany style), as well as the art of hand-made pasta. So inspiring and fun!

Along with new skills and loads of inspiration, you’ll take home several completed, Italy-inspired projects!



WHAT YOU’LL Learn…

  • How to paint a Renaissance design onto a maijolica tile
  • Techniques for designing, painting and firing maijolica ceramics
  • Easy techniques for carving your own lino-cut design
  • Tips for choosing just the right subject for print-making
  • The centuries-old practice of marbled paper
  • How to choose colors and design your own marbled paper
  • How to dye fabric with saffron (straight from medieval times)
  • Principles of natural design and simplicity for making stunning (and easy!) floral arrangements
  • Ways to use edible flowers
  • Table-scaping for Italy-style aperitivo
  • Colorful and inviting Spritz recipes
  • Tips, techniques and insider-secrets from local Italians and talented artists!


TRIP ITINERARY


Day 1 – Sunday: Arrival 

  • Highlights: Group pick-up Rome Fiumicino Airport, welcome with Strada Toscana, Workshop Overview
  • Dinner

Upon your arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport, our private drivers will transport you to the Italian countryside, and your boutique hotel accommodations in the unspoiled village of Città della Pieve. After check in, you’ll enjoy a walking tour of the historic center of the village before gathering together for a workshop overview. This evening you’ll enjoy aperitivo, followed by dinner prepared by the talented Chef Vito.


Day 2 – Monday: Orvieto

  • Highlights: Excursion to Orvieto, marbled paper lesson with Lamberto
  • Breakfast, dinner

This morning, after breakfast, our drivers will transport you to the hilltop town of Orvieto. After a look at its magnificent duomo (one of the most beautiful in all of Italy), we’ll make our way to the studio of our friend, Lamberto – an expert in antique papers, including marbled paper designs. Here you’ll have the opportunity to design your own sheet of marbled paper with Lamberto’s expert guidance. Afterwards you can enjoy lunch on your own, along with time for shopping and exploring Orvieto’s charming avenues. Plus you can’t miss visiting the many gorgeous maijolica ceramic shops.

In late afternoon, after some time to rest and recharge back at your boutique hotel, we head to our friend, Gianluca’s, trattoria for a delicious, Mediterranean inspired dinner.  


Day 3 – Tuesday: Fighine

  • Highlights: Excursion to Fighine, maijolica ceramics lesson with Grazia
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner

This morning, after breakfast, we’re off to the medieval hamlet of Fighine where you’ll enjoy a private walking tour with our friends, Grazia and Cesare. After a peek inside the charming church and the old wash house, you’ll join Grazia in her ceramics studio where you’ll learn the centuries-old technique of transferring designs to ceramics, that are then painted and fired. Grazia will take you through the entire process, step by step, as you create your own maijolica tile with colorful Renaissance design. After the lesson, it’s off for a light lunch with your delightful hosts. Your ceramic will remain here for a bit, to be fired in Grazia’s onsite kiln, where it will transform into a glossy majolica ceramic that’s yours to keep.

This afternoon we’ll gather together for a walking tour that includes glimpses at stunning Renaissance masterpieces. Afterwards it’s off to our friends’ wood-fired pizzeria for pizza night!


Day 4 – Wednesday: Città della Pieve

  • Highlights: Saffron tasting with Alessandro, fabric dyeing with saffron, creative cooking lesson with Cristian
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner

This morning, after another delicious breakfast, we walk to Alessandro’s saffron shop for a fascinating lesson on the uses of saffron, followed by a delicious tasting. Afterwards, it’s off to our nearby art studio for a fabric dyeing lesson using locally grown saffron. Lunch today is at our friends’ inviting cafe. 

After a post-lunch break, we’ll walk to our Cristian’s bistrot for a hands-on pasta making lesson that is simply unforgettable. You’ll not only learn how to make a fabulous, local pasta, but Cristian will also share his tips for pairing pasta with just the right sauce. After a tour of his private wine cantina, you’ll settle in for dinner that features your hand-made pasta.   


Day 5: Città della Pieve

  • Highlights: Lino-cut printing class with Gaetano, table-scaping lesson for aperitivo with Paola
  • Breakfast, aperitivo 

This morning, after breakfast, we head to the nearby art studio to meet up with local print artist, Gaetano, for an amazing lino-cut class. He’ll share with you the fascinating history of stamping and printing in Italy, then you’ll learn to carve your own lino-cut design, with Gaetano’s expert guidance. The results are nothing less than stunning – and fun! Plus you’ll print your finished design on hand-made paper – suitable for framing when you get home. 

Lunch today is on your own, followed by a free afternoon for shopping and exploring. Of course we’ll point out our favorite local shops. This evening we’re off to a private home for an oh-so-fun aperitivo lesson with Paola. She’ll share her best tips for creating your own recipe for a signature Spritz, plus easy ways to make an Italy-style aperitivo table. Dinner this evening is on your own. 


Day 5 – Friday: Puscina Flower Farm

  • Highlights: Excursion to organic flower farm, floral arranging lesson with Teresa
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner

This morning, after breakfast, our drivers will transport us to Tuscany’s picturesque wine country, and beautiful Puscina Flower Farm. Here you’ll meet Teresa, Beatrice and the rest of the onsite team, and take a private tour of the organic flower gardens. Teresa will share tips for growing your own flowers at home, plus the best way to cut stems. Afterwards you’ll enjoy a mini-lesson on Puscina-style floral arranging (so easy and lovely!), followed by a delicious lunch served up right here on the farm. 

In the afternoon, after some time to relax and refresh, it’s time to gather for a celebratory aperitivo, followed by a farewell dinner cooked alle brace (over coals) at a local trattoria.


Day 7 – Saturday: Departure 

Early morning departure to Rome Fiumicino Airport



ACCOMMODATIONS Boutique Hotel Vannucci

Hotel Vannucci began as a project of Vittoria Spinola, daughter of King Vittorio Emanuele II, who fled Pisa (and an arranged marriage with her elderly husband) to start a new life with her lover in Città della Pieve. Here, she and her soon-to-be new husband, Paolo, built two villas that became luxurious holiday accommodations for wealthy Romans vacationing in the countryside. In 1903 one of the villas became Hotel Vannucci, and today it maintains the elegance and refinement of its inception, with luxurious sleeping rooms, marble bathrooms and inviting gardens. A stay here is truly special, nestled just outside the medieval walls of the historic, and unspoiled, village of Città della Pieve.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  •  5 nights stay at Boutique Hotel Vannucci
  • Group transportation to/from Rome Fiumicino Airport on arrival and departure days
  • Private van service to/from all towns and sites included in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts with a multitude of delicious choices, plus teas, juices and Italian coffee
  • Most lunches
  • 5 dinners featuring regional specialties and accompanied by regional wines
  • Maijolica ceramics class
  • Marbled paper workshop
  • Saffron dyeing lesson
  • Lino-cut and printing making class
  • Floral arranging workshop
  • Aperitivo lesson
  • Pasta-making class
  • Daily accompaniment by team Strada Toscana
  • Workshop booklet for note-taking on projects
  • Several completed projects to take home with you!

Not included: Airfare, ground or water transportation outside of that listed in the trip itinerary, alcoholic drinks, wines or meals ordered “on your own”, gratuities for drivers and staff

The Unexpected is Part of the Journey: Sometimes unexpected things come up. If there is unscheduled closing or schedule change, we carefully pivot to include something that is equally as wonderful and interesting, so that the quality of your experience is never at risk. ☺️


DATES & DETAILS

  • Dates:
    • October 19-25, 2025
  • Trip Price: 
    • $3,295 – $3,795 USD, per person (choose room type upon booking)
  • Room Descriptions:
    • Single: Single occupancy, single bed, private ensuite bathroom
    • Classic: Single occupancy, double bed, private ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower
    • Superior: Single occupancy, double bed, private ensuite bathroom with tub/shower combination
    • Deluxe: Double occupancy, double bed or two singles, private ensuite bathroom with separate tub and shower (specifically for couples or friends traveling together)
  • A $700 deposit is required to secure your space on this workshop
  • Arrival/departure airport is Rome Fiumicino
  • See our Terms and Cancellation Policy

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