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Painting holiday in Abruzzo, Italy

Italy • Abruzzo • CIVITELLA ALFEDENA Painting Holiday

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Communing with nature 
High in the Apennines and home to brown bear, lynx, chamois and wolf lies the Abruzzo National Park, the oldest in Italy. Here, we sketch in the high meadows, alongside fast flowing rivers, beside mountain lakes in some of the many medieval stone villages. A truly special mountain painting holiday

A typical itinerary on this painting holiday in Abruzzo

Arrival day

We arrive in Civitella in time for a short walk around the village to familiarise ourselves with the area before dinner.

Down by the waterside

Just a few paces from the hotel, we paint the view of the lake, with its stunning mountain backdrop.

The doors of Barrea

We paint in the small, peaceful square, beside the church. Our subjects are lovely old doorways, an ancient water fountain and the quaint little streets off the square with their honey-coloured stone houses.

Oasis Del Lago

We paint beside the lake, under the overhanging willows whose branches dip low into the water. Surrounded by mountains and a sprinkling of tiny villages, we watch colourful boats bobbing on the lake.

Free day

Take a break on this painting holiday and Relax in the village or visit Scanno, immortalised by photographer Henri Cartier Bresson and, according to Edward Lear, home to Italy's most beautiful women. We'll let you decide!

A typical scene on this magical painting holiday in Abruzzo, Italy

Valle Fiorita, Pizzone

We spend the day high in the heart of the National Park of Abruzzo. At the edge of an ancient and beautiful wood and heath land, cropped by the wandering wild ponies, we paint surrounded by nature in all her glory!

Charming Citivella

A last morning in our home village before returning to the hotel gardens for some “finishing off” in time for an exhibition of our paintings.

Departure day

We depart for Rome airport after an early breakfast.


Note: This is a selection of the many options available on this painting holiday in Abruzzo, Italy. Weather conditions, group interests and the tutor will influence the final itinerary.

Where we stay on this painting holiday in Abruzzo, Italy


Hotel Albergo La Torre

Our hotel is located in the historical centre of Civitella Alfedena. Converted from an 18th century noble palace, the hotel derives its name from the 15th century ancient tower in front of the hotel building. There is a small attractive garden and all the rooms have great mountain views, en-suite bathrooms, phones, televisions and hairdryers. The hotel restaurant is known for its local mountain cooking, in particular genuine homemade pasta, as well as the extraordinary high quality of meat daily provided by the caring local farmers together with a wide choice of cheeses, in particular the famous pecorino, sheep milk cheese. A perfect location for these painting holidays in Abruzzo.
Hotel Albergo La Torre, a comfortable base for our painting holidays in Abruzzo, Italy
Dates and prices
We don’t have any planned dates for this location for 2016, but if you would like to be kept updated, why not register your interest now! Alternatively, have you considered one of our other fabulous locations?
If you would like to travel as a private group, dates can be arranged at any time to suit you. Please contact us.
What's included
5 full days of painting tuition
7 nights in en suite accommodation
7 breakfasts and 5 lunches
6 dinners with wine
Full-time tour manager
Personal welcome at Rome airport
All air-conditioned transport
Chairs and boards provided
Good food sourced from local farms
Rich wildlife including bear and wolf
Wild flowers, including 42 orchid species
Hotels - where we stay
Getting there
Underfoot
Mostly gently sloping locations within 300 metres of transport. Some steep towns.

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