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Price:  £1780.00, no single person supplement, includes airport transfers from Pisa Airport,  hotel accommodation in Classic Double room, tuition, 5 dinners with wine, 2 lunches with wine, entrance to Hotel Spa, Puccini Concert and excursion to Villa Reale di Marlia - home to Elisa Bonaparte (Napoleon's sister) and Princess of Lucca.

Options:  Upgrade to a Superior Double room £40.00 per night

Guests not participating in any activities will receive a £250.00 discount.

The holiday includes entrance to the Hotel Spa each day.  Any treatments required must be booked in advance of the holiday with Sheila.

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Free bike hire from the hotel

Airport Transfers

  Pick up from Pisa Airport at 13.00 on Sunday 29th September 2019

Drop Off at Pisa Airport at 9.00 on Sunday 6th October 2019

We can assist with transfers by train from Pisa to Lucca if these times don't suit you.

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This will be a very fun painting holiday in Tuscany with Diana Ali.  Anyone who has seen her on the BBC "Celebrity Painting Challenge and "Big Painting Challenge" will know she is a very kind, sympathetic, encouraging, fun tutor.  She will be bringing all her experience and skills as a tutor to help our amateur painters.  This art vacation will be based in the Tuscany walled town of Lucca.   We have taken a studio in Hotel Celide which is where the painting holiday will commence each morning.  In the afternoon guests will be free to explore the glorious town of Lucca and on one day guests will visit Villa Reale di Marlia, home to Elisa Bonaparte (Napoleon's sister).  September is a beautiful time of year in Italy.  Temperatures in the day time should be in the mid 20s with lots of sunshine.  This is a perfect temperature for drawing, sketching and painting around the town of Lucca.

We have a Still Life Workshop in Florence on the following week - why not join us for two weeks.  Florence is very easily reachable from Lucca.




13.00   Pick up from Pisa Airport

19.00   Meet for a glass of Prosecco and an introduction to the week in the bar of the hotel.

19.30   Dinner in the hotel



07.30 – 9.00  Buffet Breakfast

09.15   Meet in studio - draw/paint in Lucca

13.00   Tuition finishes

Lunch not included.  There are lots of places to eat in the town.

16.00   Meet in studio to continue work

19.30   Meet in the hotel reception to go into town for dinner.



07.30 – 9.00 Buffet Breakfast

09.15   Meet in  studio - draw/paint in Lucca

13.00   Tuition finishes

Lunch in the hotel

15.00   Depart for excursion to Villa Reale di Marlia

Please take drawing/painting equipment with you as the gardens are stunning.

17.30 Return to the hotel

Dinner not included tonight.



07.30 - 09.00 Buffet Breakfast

9.15     Meet in studio  - draw/paint in Lucca

13.00   Tuition finishes

Lunch not included

16.00    Meet in Studio to continue work

19.30   Dinner in the hotel.


07.30 - 9.00 Buffet Breakfast

09.15    Meet in studio  - draw/paint in Lucca

13.00    Tuition finishes

Lunch in the hotel

16.00   Meet in studio to continue work

18.15    Meet in the reception of the hotel to go to a Puccini Concert in Chiesa San Giovani.  There will be arias and duets from the works by Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi

Dinner not included tonight.



07.30 – 9.00  Buffet  Breakfast

09.15  Meet in the studio

13.00 Tuition finishes

17.30  Meet in the studio for a glass of prosecco and review the work.

Please take work back to the room.

19.30    Meet in hotel reception to go into town to have dinner together.



07.30 – 9.00 Buffet Breakfast

Market Day in Lucca.

This is a free day for guests to perhaps visit Florence,  Pisa or the seaside resort of Viareggio by train.  The train station is an eight minute walk from the hotel.

19.30  Meet in the restaurant of the hotel for dinner.



07.30  Buffet Breakfast

08.00  Transfer to Pisa Airport