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Painting holiday in Ischia, Italy

ITALY • CAMPANIA • ISCHIA Painting Holiday

Paint wonderful scenes and Castello Aragonese.Beautiful coastal views on the island of Ischia.Across to St. AngeloAcross to St. AngeloThe Mortella gardensThe Mortella gardensThe fishermanThe colours of IschiaSeaside cactusThe small winery we visitTreats at the wineryTiled house in ForioThe woodcarverThere's always lovely fresh ingredients
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Wineries and waterfronts
There's a dreamy quality to islands and Ischia more than fulfils that dream. The coastal scenes on this painting holiday are charming but we’ve added a couple of special, off the beaten track, locations. You’ll be captivated by the waterfront colours and the famed island and Aragonese castle. Enjoy the sea, Spring sunshine, healing herbs and thermal springs. Your painting tutor, Susanna Bailey, has fallen in love with the gentle beauty of this island, and you will too.

A typical itinerary on this painting holiday in Ischia

Arrival day

Arriving in Naples you will be met and transferred to the port, where a fifty minute ferry crossing takes you to Ischia. Take your time to settle into your hotel in Forio town, unpack and meander along the high street ~ get a feel for this pretty place.

Forio town

Just outside our hotel is the pretty little town of Forio with its busy streets, café scenes and harbour. A lovely first day.

Vineyards and ancient herbs

Our Tour Manager, Marianna, will take us to a local vineyard for a day of painting in glorious surroundings. We will admire and paint the views and discover the ancient herbs that grow there. Susanna will teach you about perspective with the help of the vines. We may even try a little wine!

Torre di Michaelangelo & Castello Aragonese

We will spend a wonderful day on the east coast of the island at the Torre di Michaelangelo ~ the great painter was purported to have stayed here. It is a beautiful, turreted house with 14th century foundations, and a significant work of the Renaissance. There is a lovely café here, with spectacular views of Castello Aragonese. Susanna will inspire a day of painting, sketching, art and architectural history.

Free day

Relax in and around the hotel in Forio, take a boat trip to nearby Capri, the island of Procida or venture back to Naples. Ischia is famous for the thermal waters and guests can choose to spend the day at the Poseidon Spa – Susanna can recommend this peaceful place, with intimate gardens, olive groves, hot springs and geezers.

Sant’ Angelo – beaches and boats

On the southern tip of the island is the pretty beach destination of Sant’Angelo. Bars, boutiques and sandy beaches attract visitors, and we will have fun depicting the higgledy-piggledy houses dotted on the slopes, facing the sea. It’s an ideal place to capture the small isthmus that connects the mainland to a rocky outcrop.

Wine and gardens

A morning in a tiny winery full of history and lovely intimate little scenes. Here we’ll enjoy a lunch followed by a trip to the Mortella Gardens created by Susanna and Sir William Walton. Susanna will host a workshop and demonstrate here, focusing on plant studies. There is musical heritage on this pretty island.

Departure day

We depart early for Naples airport.

22/08/17 - Information about the earthquake on Ischia:

There is currently no official FCO advice against travel to Ischia in the wake of last night’s earthquake, and our upcoming plans to visit the island are, as yet, unaffected. However, please keep checking back for more information, and give us a call on 01453 823328 if you have any concerns.

Note: There will be an optional classical music concert on one evening of the holiday in the Mortella Gardens.

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

Where we stay on this painting holiday in Ischia, Italy

Hotel Villa Mafalda

Hotel Villa Mafalda is a family run, two star hotel situated in the heart of Forio. The hotel is only a few steps away from cafes, shops and a pretty beach - a great place to see the gorgeous sunset in Ischia. You will receive a very warm welcome from the friendly family and enjoy simple and delicious local cuisine. There is a lovely shaded patio area where you can relax in the shade. All rooms have air conditioning, a television, hair dryer, safe and telephone. The perfect base for a walking holiday in Ischia.

Hotel Mafalda, a lovely place for home cooked dinners on our walking holidays in Ischia, Italy

Hotel Nettuno

The 4* Hotel Nettuno is located in the small town of Forio, only a one minute walk from our other hotel, Villa Mafalda. Your breakfast will be taken at Hotel Nettuno and our groups will come together in the evenings for supper at Hotel Villa Mafalda, which serves excellent, authentic cuisine. The main building of Hotel Nettuno dates back to 1751 and was one of the first buildings erected in Forio ~ all the old features have been retained. It has superb views over the sea and the famous church of Soccorso. The hotel has a dining room, a lift, a roof terrace with sun loungers and a small Jacuzzi pool and a small restaurant. There is also an indoor pool with hydro-massage, whirlpool and waterfall. There is air conditioning in all the room in the Summer months.

Hotel Nettuno, Ischia

Airport transfer time
Approximately 2 hours (actual time on minibus and ferry)
What's included
5 full days of painting tuition
7 nights in en-suite accommodation
7 breakfasts and 5 lunches
6 dinners with wine
Personal welcome at Naples airport
Visits to Ischia Ponte and Sant Angelo
Visit winery and wine tasting
All transfers including ferry
Local tour manager
Chairs and boards provided
Hotels - where we stay
Getting there
Mostly gently sloping locations within 300 metres of transport.

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