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Painting holiday in Cinque Terre, Italy

Italy • LIGURIA • Cinque Terre Painting Holiday

Classic ManarolaThe colours of Cinque TerreSpotsPainting the green terracesTaking a stroll along the footpaths that criss cross the terracesWonderful painting locationsThe hat seller!StarfishA picnic lunch from a glorious viewpointAzure blue of ManarolaBrightly coloured umbrellasResting boatsManarola, a colourful location for our painting holiday in Cinque Terre, ItalySketch in amongst the locals
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Between sea and sky
The remote Cinque Terre has inspired artists and poets for centuries, and is little changed today, with mountains that dive to the sea, interspersed with tiny fishing villages. There are still few roads so we’ll let the train take the strain on this painting holiday in Cinque Terre as we explore the five settlements of this UNESCO World Heritage Site

A typical itinerary on this painting holiday in Cinque Terre

Arrival day

Our hotel, at Monterosso al Mare, is a short hop from Pisa airport. There's time to enjoy the view, swim or do some sketching


Monterosso is famous for its beach, but its eye-catching feature is the Monterosso Giant, a 14m high sculpture of King Neptune jutting out from the cliff face.


This little picture-postcard fishing port is just perfect painted from on high. We look down on its small harbour with tiny beach, tightly hugged by church and town. The castle imposes its presence from above.

Vernazza is a colourful place to paint on this painting holiday in Cinque Terre, Italy


On top of a promontory, Corniglia is the most rural of the Cinque Terre villages, surrounded by vineyards and terraces, broadening both our artistic horizons and our palette.

Free day

Take a break on this painting holiday and take the chance to relax or visit Riomaggiore, Portofino or Genoa by train.


Here in the oldest of the Cinque Terre towns, the cheerily painted, steeply terraced houses have long provided inspiration to artists. No doubt the result of the local Sciacchetra wine.


We return to this magical village as there is such an abundance of great painting settings and opportunities.

Departure day

We leave early for Pisa airport.

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

Where we stay on this painting holiday in the Cinque Terre, Italy

Hotel Villa Adriana
Villa Adriana is a lovely hotel in the heart of the village of Monterosso Al Mare. There are delightful shaded gardens with tall palms, excellent local food, attentive staff and an inviting pool. There are several single rooms available with no single supplement. The perfect base for a painting holiday in the Cinque Terre.
The garden of Hotel Villa Adriana, a comfortable base for our painting holidays in the Cinque Terre, Italy The swimming pool at Hotel Villa Adriana, a place to relax on these painting holidays in the Cinque Terre, Italy
Typical bedroom at Hotel Villa Adriana, a place to rest on these painting holidays in the Cinque Terre, Italy Typical bedroom at Hotel Villa Adriana, a place to rest on these painting holidays in the Cinque Terre, Italy
Airport transfer time
Approximately 2 hrs
Please note: all transfers in Italy are by train so please bear this in mind when packing!
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 Pisa airport
All transport in Italy including trains
Cheese, olive oil and wine tasting
Chairs and boards provided
Hotels - where we stay
Getting there
All locations are within 400 metres of transport (trains). Village streets are steep.

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