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8 days
Available in English
All levels
Max. 8 people

What's included

  1. 7 nights of accommodation
  2. All meals
  3. Daily painting classes and sessions with artist Jill Nichols
  4. Art supplies (easels, canvas, solvent)


Not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional art supplies (a list will be provided upon booking)
Tutored painting vacation

Under the guidance of expert art tutor Jill Nichols, you will receive essential basic introduction, comprehensive demos on various topics, discussions, and individual tutoring.

You will enhance your painting experience and immerse in the painting process from scratch with customized sessions that aim to highlight sketching, value studies, direct observation, various painting techniques and light effect linked to colors and forms.

Throughout your painting vacation with artist Jill Nichols, you will learn about:

  • Dynamic composition
  • Visual perception
  • Form / shapes
  • Creating space through overlap / perspective
  • Ambiguity and chaos, subtleties
  • Simplifying the complex
  • Value, contrasts, light, and color
  • Getting at the root - emotion, translation, and connection

05:45 a.m. – Independent sunrise painting (optional)

08:30 a.m. – Breakfast

10:00 a.m. – Painting session

01:00 p.m. – Lunch

02:00 p.m. – Leisure time

05:00 p.m. – Painting session

08:00 p.m. – Dinner

Standard room
Double / twin bed(s)
Private / Shared bathroom
Common areas

Fenced by olive groves and the picturesque views of the Tuscan countryside, villa “Borgo Il Ducato” is tastefully decorated and equipped with single and double rooms with ensuite or shared bathrooms.

Rooms with ensuite bathrooms are available upon request on a first come first served basis. No extra costs occur.

Over your painting vacation at “Borgo Il Ducato” you will be served delicious and authentic meals based on Italian recipes and prepared with fresh ingredients only.

Breakfast optionsCaffè latte or coffee with bread or rolls, butter and jam, Fette Biscottate (i.e. rusks), and savory sliced meats
Lunch and dinner optionsBruschetta al Pomodoro, Rustichella, Polpettine Duetto (i.e. meatballs with polenta with two sauces), Carpaccio, Antipasto Della Casa, Caprese Salad, mixed greens salad, Lemon Pesto Pasto, Capellini Al Pomodoro, Tuscan Style Chicken
Regular / Vegetarian meals
Please get in touch in advance to discuss your specific dietary requirements.

The painting vacation takes place at "Borgo Il Ducato", a picturesque and veritable Italian villa surrounded by olive groves, located in the commune of Farnese, Latium, Italy.

How to get there:

Please book your flights to arrive at Rome–Fiumicino International Airport "Leonardo da Vinci" (FCO). The airport is approximately one hour and 40 minutes away from villa "Borgo Il Ducato". Public transportation is not available, so please consider taking a taxi or renting a car.

Airport transfers can be arranged upon request. Please get in touch in advance to make all needed arrangements.
Jill Nichols

Artist Jill Nichols is a Journalism and Fine Art graduate and her paintings are part of important collections all over the world, including Vatican Observatory Museum and Yale Medical Center. Jill’s paintings express concepts of time, space and mathematics under the form of quick observational or elaborate compositions. Jill will lead the painting sessions and workshops, and will boost your expression confidence.

Is this painting vacation available to all levels?

This experience is suitable for all levels, from complete beginners to advanced painters.

When is the painting retreat available?

The 2020 dates for the painting vacation in Italy will be announced soon. Please get in touch to join the waiting list.

How far in advance should I book?

With only one date a year, the program is in high demand. Please make sure to book well in advance.

Is WiFi available?

Yes, WiFi is available.

I am vegetarian. Can I book this painting vacation?

Yes. Please get in touch to discuss your dietary requirements.

Where should I land? Are airport transfers included?

Please book your flight to arrive at Rome–Fiumicino International Airport "Leonardo da Vinci" (FCO). The airport is approximately one hour and 40-minute car drive from villa "Borgo Il Ducato". Public transportation is not available, so please consider taking a taxi or renting a car. Airport transfers can be arranged upon request. Please get in touch to make all needed arrangements. 

What should I pack? 

Please make sure you pack light and bring comfortable clothes, a sweater, shoes or sandals. You might also want to come prepared with a sun hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and an apron. Guests are responsible for bringing their own art supplies. Please bring (as much as travel plans allow) your own specialist materials, including oil, watercolor or pastel paint, sketchbook, brushes, towels, gloves and palette. A complete list with the needed materials will be provided upon booking.

Is any equipment provided? 

You will be provided with: easel, canvas, non-toxic lavender spike oil essence and brush cleaner. A variety of white and grey oil paints will be at your disposal to experiment with temperatures and value shifts.

What’s the weather like in Farnese, Italy? 

July is a hot month with average temperatures of 30°C / 86°F during the day and 17°C / 63°F during the night.

How many people are to be expected in a group painting session?

There is a maximum number of 8 participants.

Do I need a visa?

Guests traveling from EU and/or Schengen member states may enter Italy for tourist purposes without a visa. Please contact us for further guidance.

Are there any age restrictions?

Absolutely not. However, please keep in mind that you must be 18 years of age to travel independently.

What language is used during the painting classes and other activities?

The entire experience is available in English.