Ten day painting tour of Northern Italy with an
optional 5-day Umbria extension

April 2-11, 2013 with Rose Edin, watercolorist, and
Stan Edin, photographer, of Staple, MN

April 11-16, 2013 extension, without instruction, hosted by Connie Grayson in Pietralunga


With an emphasis on color, instruction is given on site each day. Evenings before dinner Rose will usually have demonstrations and there will be a time for critiques of the work of the day.  With the inspiration of the day, our critiques, and the sharing of our work, students will be truly inspired to create.

Rose Edin, NWS, TWSA, is a veteran plein air painter who has conducted art trips internationally for over 30 years. Her recent awards include first place in the animal division of Artist Magazine's 2011 International Competition and a major award at the American Watercolor Society annual show in New York City.




April 1 - Take an overnight flight from the US to Milan.

April 2 - Arrive in the morning, meet the tour guide, and board the deluxe bus to take us to Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera. Lodging that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea is at the 4 star, Royal Sporting Hotel in Porto Venere (www.royalsporting.it/en). A three course dinner is included at the hotel tonight.

April 3 - Painting and photography in this adorable village which many people liken to the famed Portofino. Breakfast and dinner are included at the hotel.

April 4 - Short boat trip to Monterosso and Vernazza - the northernmost villages in the Cinque Terre. Painting along the picturesque harbor in Vernazza. Breakfast and dinner are included at the hotel.

April 5 -
Painting and photography in beautiful Porto Venere. Paint a street scene or the castle in Village. Breakfast and dinner are included at the hotel.

April 6 - Short boat trip to Manarola and Riomaggiore. Photograph or paint along the harbor or the picturesque winding streets. Breakfast is included at the hotel. Enjoy a three course dinner at a local restaurant in Porto Venere.

April 7 - Leave after breakfast at the hotel by bus to nearby Lereci to spend a short time sketching, photographing or painting the castle and colorful building clustered around it situated on the seashore. Board bus to visit Leonardo De Vinci's birthplace and studio. Continue on through the beautiful Tuscan Hills to the famed town of Cortona. Cortona is the oldest hill town in Tuscany, dating back to 553 A.D. The altitude of the city is 600 meters and from this site one can view the whole valley all the way to Lake Trasimeno. There are numerous boutiques, cafes and bars where one can relax and shop. Two museums show the work and tombs of the Etruscans who populated the area. The famed novel and movie: Under the Tuscan Sun was written about this city. The town is an artist paradise. Check into the 4 star Hotel Villa Marsili (www.villamarsili.net).

April 8 - Our tour guide will give us a brief walking tour of this city that overlooks the beautiful Tuscan valley. Painting and photography will inspire all of us. Breakfast is included at the hotel.

April 9 - Bus ride through beautiful valleys, vineyards and hill towns to the town of Montalcino. Beside sightseeing, photography and painting the castle ramparts and church spires we will have the privilege of seeing and tasting wine from a local winery. The town is reputed to produce the finest wine in Italy. Breakfast is included at the hotel.

April 10 - Free day in beautiful Cortona. Breakfast is included at the hotel. Farewell party and great dinner will be at the Locando nel Loggiato restaurant tonight.

April 11 - After breakfast at the hotel there is a departure for the Florence airport for those taking just the standard tour or continue the tour for the Umbrian Art Retreat extension. For those taking the optional extension, you will be picked up in Cortona and transferred to the medieval hill town of Deruta. Lunch will be served at Taverna del Giusto and time will be given to visit the local shops where artisans are at work making the ceramics for which the town is known for. Continue onto Pietralunga where you will stay for the next 4 nights at Locanda del Borgo (www.locandadelborgo.com). This 15th century country house has been lovingly restored into a charming, family owned and operated hotel. Enjoy a light dinner and local wines.

April 12 - Following breakfast at the hotel we will drive to the historic and beautiful town of Assisi – birthplace to St. Francis and St. Claire. There we will explore the historic streets, visit famous churches including the cathedral with the famous frescoes by Giotto, and have lunch. There will be time as well for drawing or painting if desired. Return to Pietralunga where we will have traditional pizzas cooked in a wood fire oven at Il Triangolo.

April 13 - Following breakfast at the hotel we will drive across a mountain to the city of Gubbio. The center of this beautiful hill town appears as though untouched by time. The city is known for its artisan workrooms and shops. We will spend the morning wandering through the medieval streets with opportunity to paint or sketch as you desire. Lunch will be at Il Picchio Verde where you can have the best lasagna in Italy – which is no idle boast in a country famous for its lasagna. The afternoon will be a splendid opportunity to continue exploring the city and finish the art work you began during the morning. Late afternoon we will meet up at an outdoor café for a glass of wine before returning to Pietralunga. Dinner this evening will be at Fiorucci.

April 14 - Following breakfast at the hotel we will paint in the piazza of Pietralunga. You will also have the opportunity to explore, photograph, and paint the streets of this historic section of this village. Mass is at the thousand year old church at 11:00 for those interested. We will have the obligatory morning coffee late morning at an outdoor bar. Lunch will be at Caifiordi, you hosts' 200 year old Italian farmhouse located 4 miles from Pietralunga. There is a studio there for finishing art work, paths for hiking, and beautiful country vistas for painting or sketching. The day will end with a banquet at Locanda del Borgo. Chef Paolo, whose passion is preparing traditional dishes, will create a menu of local specialties. This is a great way to end your time in Pietralunga.

April 15 - Following breakfast at the hotel we will say goodbye to the folks at Locanda del Borgo and to Pietralunga. We will drive to Zia Cathy's, stopping for lunch in the medieval hill town of Montone along the way. The afternoon can be spent at Zia Cathy's drawing or painting or just relaxing with a glass of wine. We will spend the night at Zia Cathy's (www.ziacathys.it) where our Australian/Italian hostess will serve us a meal traditional of the region of Lazio (the home region of Rome).

April 16 - Following an early breakfast we will drive approximately 45 minutes to the Rome/Fiumicino airport. There you will be delivered to your terminal for your flight home. We will, in the Italian fashion, say "arrivederci" rather than goodbye for we will assume to meet you again in our part of Italy.

Price Per Person: $2,995.00

Based on double occupancy
$360.00 single supplement

Umbria Extension: $2,450.00
$300.00 single supplement

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or 715-588-3143

Dan Bergey
dbergey@pilgrimtours.com or 1-800-322-0788

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Included In Tour Price:
9 or 14 nights lodging in standard rooms (upgrade to a sea view room in Portovenere for $180), breakfast daily, 6 dinners (all meals for extension), full time tour escort, all guides, entrances, touring and transportation as appears on itinerary.

Not Included In Tour Price:

Airfare (estimated at $1100 from New York City), 9 lunches, 3 dinners, all beverages with standard tour, tips to drivers, guides, and hotel staff ($45.00 added to final invoice), instruction on the extension, optional travel insurance (6% of tour cost), optional credit card payments (additional 3% of the total bill).

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