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TUSCANY & FLORENCE
PAINT EUROPE TRIP
with
SUSAN ABBOTT 

 

TUSCANY & FLORENCE 
"EXPLORING WITH YOUR SKETCHBOOK" TOUR
with ARTIST SUSAN ABBOTT

7 Days / 6 Nights

September 11 - 17, 2022

From $5,475

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Florence's Duomo - Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiore

Arno River & Ponte Vecchio

Chianti Countryside

Have you always wanted to paint in Tuscany? This is the perfect time!

 

Whether you're an experienced artist or haven't drawn or painted since you were a kid, here's your chance to join renowned Vermont artist and instructor Susan Abbott for a memorable week of en plein air sketching and painting... capturing magnificent old-world Renaissance architecture and stunning Tuscan and Chianti landscapes. You will take home drawings and paintings filled with treasured memories of your European adventure.

 

You'll enjoy amazing Italy in the autumn... the beautiful Tuscany & Chianti countryside... picturesque ancient villages of Lucca, and Siena... and majestic Florence, the Renaissance art capital. 

 

Each day we'll feed our creative souls. There will be daily sketching and painting plein air painting sessions, demonstrations, and individual instruction by Susan which will improve your skills and expand your art experience.

In addition to painting sessions... Susan will lead tours to Florence's two world-famous art museums, the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery where Michelangelo's David statue is displayed.

 

We’ll be based in Florence for six-nights staying in a choice of two boutique hotels. We'll paint in Florence's historic city centre and along the picturesque Arno River with the beautiful Ponte Vecchio medieval stone bridge. We’ll take painting daytrips to the Tuscan & Chianti countryside and we'll visit two UNESCO World Heritage site cities -- Siena and Lucca. In Siena, we'll see the famous shell-shaped Piazzo del Campo where horse races are held twice a year and we'll visit Siena's Duomo, a Romanesque-Gothic cathedral with Michelangelo statues and Bernini sculptures. In Lucca, we'll paint in the city's ancient centre with its Renaissance buildings and cobblestone streets.

 

We'll take an Italian cooking class learning about Tuscan cuisine and having a group meal with a local chef... and we'll have a Tuscan wine tasting session with a local expert.

There will be free time for personal painting... sightseeing in Florence to tour Florence's Duomo - Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiore and taking a stroll through the grand Boboli Gardens... shopping in Florence's fabulous boutiques...  sampling Italian gelato... and relaxing at sidewalk cafes.

Optional before breakfast group pleasure walks through Florence's city centre, parks and gardens are organized for travelers who want some morning exercise before starting their vacation day.

Non-artists friends and spouses are welcome to join.

Experience Level - Beginner to Advanced.

This workshop is open to all levels, including beginners with no drawing or painting experience. To get the most out of the workshop, participants with no art experience can prepare for the trip by taking Susan’s March 2022 four-day online workshop “Traveling with Your Sketchbook” (see susanabbott.com/sabbottworkshops) in addition to her free 2-1/2 hour Zoom class. Beginners would also find a pre-trip “introduction to watercolor” class useful.

 

Supplies.

Susan will provide a detailed supply list before the trip. The class will be working in sketchbooks using pen and watercolor or colored pencil. When painting in the field we’ll be using watercolor or gouache and watercolor pads or sketchbooks. Portable stools are recommended for those not bringing an easel.

 

Before the Trip.

Susan will offer a free 2-1/2 hour Zoom workshop to introduce the class to the drawing and watercolor techniques we’ll be using in our sketchbooks and while painting in the field.

 

Itinerary Outline.

 

Sunday, Day 1

Welcome reception with Tuscan hors d'oeuvres & wines hosted by Susan and Paint Europe.

 

Monday, Day 2

We’ll start our morning with a walking and sketching tour to get oriented to central Florence, including a “sketchbook treasure hunt” in the San Lorenzo Market, with lunch and more drawing at the market. In the afternoon we’ll begin our exploration of the magnificent art and architecture of Florence with visits to Santa Maria Novella and nearby churches and piazzas -- with a stop in a cafe for refreshments and discussion.

 

Tuesday, Day 3

A daytrip to the Chianti countryside for landscape painting in a vineyard on the grounds of a lovely country restaurant. Susan will offer a brief demo of watercolor techniques. We’ll enjoy a lunch and be back in Florence in time for an evening stroll and dinner.

 

Wednesday, Day 4

A morning visit to the world-famous Uffizi Gallery and nearby art history treasures. After lunch we’ll continue our tour of the highpoints of Renaissance art with sketchbook explorations of churches such as Santa Croce as well as the vibrant neighborhoods of Piazza della Signorio and the Arno. For dinner we’ll experience a professional Tuscan cooking class and sample delicious Florentine specialties.

 

Thursday, Day 5

A daytrip to Siena, with a morning sketchbook exploration of this beautiful city’s famous art and fascinating history. Then we'll drive into the nearby countryside for lunch and a painting session in a charming Tuscan village. 

Friday, Day 6

We'll spend the day in Florence, painting in the morning along the Arno River, capturing the beauty of Ponte Vecchio. In the afternoon there will be time for personal painting, sightseeing or last minute shopping. In the evening we'll have a gala farewell dinner with traditional Tuscan cuisine and wines.

Saturday, Day 7

After breakfast Susan will lead a review session. Then we'll say our goodbyes before departing for home or onward destinations.

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Paintings by Susan Abbott

The Tuscany "Traveling With Your Sketchbook" Trip Is Designed To Provide:

  • A fabulous vacation experience in Italy visiting Florence... the Tuscan & Chianti countryside... and two beautiful historic UNESCO World Heritage site small cities  Lucca and Siena

  • Daily art demonstrations, instruction and painting with Susan Abbott.

  • Visits to Florence's world-famous museums, the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery, led by Susan Abbott.

  • Friendly and fun small group environment limited to 15 artists. Enjoy the camaraderie and begin friendships with like-minded travelers.

  • A Tuscan cooking class, followed by dinner... and Italian wine tasting session led by a regional expert.

  • Free time for personal painting... sightseeing to visit Florence's famous landmarks, the magnificent Duomo Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiore and to Boboli Gardens... shopping at Florence's fabulous boutiques and local markets... and relaxing at outdoor cafes

  • Optional before breakfast morning pleasure walks led by Paint Europe president, Tom Harter.

  • Recommended restaurants provided should you want to explore on your own, yet everyone is invited to join Susan for local-cuisine group meals at personally-select restaurants.

  • Concierge service & support – fully escorted tour for a fun and worry-free vacation!​

 

What's Included:

  • Daily sketching and painting with Susan Abbott.

  • Renaissance art history talks by Susan Abbott in world-famous museums and churches of Florence.

  • Six-nights in a choice of boutique hotels.

    • Charming Boutique Hotel (3-Star): a quaint and romantic old-world style hotel with antique furnishings and a rooftop garden overlooking the Arno River.

    • Premiere Signature Hotel (4-Star): an historic Florence hotel located along the Arno River that has been recently renovated to maintain all the charm of an historical hotel and has had the honor of hosting such figures as Pablo Picasso, Vasco Pratolini, Romain Rolland and many others.

  • Daily hotel buffet breakfasts.

  • Welcome Reception – with local Tuscan hors d'oeuvres & wines hosted by Susan Abbott and Paint Europe.

  • Daytrip to Lucca – UNESCO World Heritage site, renowned for its well-preserved Renaissance walls encircling its ancient city centre and cobblestone streets. Lucca is considered to be one of Italy's most beautiful cities.

  • Daytrip to Siena – UNESCO World Heritage site. Siena is known for its brick medieval buildings, shell-shaped Piazzo del Campo where horse races are held twice a year; the Siena Duomo, a Romanesque-Gothic art-packed cathedral with mosaic floors, Michelangelo statues and Bernini sculptures; and Torre del Mangia, the 14th-century tower.

  • Tuscan Cooking Class  followed by dinner with delicious Florentine specialties.

  • Italian Wine Tasting Session – with a regional expert.

  • Farewell Dinner – featuring Tuscan cuisine and wines hosted by Paint Europe.

  • Cocktail Hour Soirees – enjoy before dinner aperitifs and local wines hosted by Paint Europe

  • Morning Pleasure Walks – optional escorted walks before breakfast through Florence's city centre, parks and gardens... and along the Arno River.

  • Cathedral, museum, palace & garden entrance fees for all group tour activities and daytrips.

  • Ground transportation for all group activities, including private vans for daytrips to Lucca and Siena.

 

Arrival & Departure City:

Florence, Italy

 

Trip Hosts:

Susan Abbott, Artist & Instructor - More About Susan

Tom Harter, Paint Europe President - More About Tom

 

Trip Cost:

Charming Boutique Hotel (3-Star) Option:

  • $5,475 - 7 days / 6 nights per person in double occupancy shared hotel room. For solo travelers, we will try to find you a roommate.

  • $1,225 - Added cost for private room accommodation option - Limited Availability.

        

Premiere Signature Hotel (4-Star) Option - Limited Availability:

Single Room:

  • $6,250 - 7 days / 6 nights in private room.

Classic Double Room - Single Occupancy:

  • $7,075 - 7 days / 6 nights -- single occupancy

Deluxe Double Room with Arno River View - Single Occupancy

  • $7,495 - 7 days / 6 nights in private room.

Space Is Limited -- Reserve Early!

Limited to 15 painters.

Please Note: WalkEurope strives to operate according to our published itinerary. However, in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond our control or opportunities that would enhance the trip, adjustments may be necessary. Hotels and itinerary are subject to changes. Tour is subject to meeting eight person minimum participation.