Italy • Umbria • Monte Castello di Vibio
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Castles in the air
A typical itinerary
We arrive at Monte Castello di Vibio in time for an exploration of this beautiful walled town.
Nests, nooks and crannies
We spend the morning painting close to our hotel amidst gentle farmland looking up at this elevated eagle’s nest of a village. After lunch we sketch amidst the ancient alleyways within the village.
Castles and monasteries
Dropping down below our village we go to Fratta Todina a fortified town protected by a castle. The Franciscan monastery in the town centre is our location for the afternoon.
A picture of perfection
We cross the Tiber to spend the day at Giano dell'Umbria, an unspoilt fortified hamlet ringed with olive groves and deep pastoral countryside – a peaceful spot for painting in Umbria.
Spoilt for choice; try Assisi or Perugia.
A turn around Todi
Fast becoming a centre for arts in Umbria, we spend the day in the centre of Todi in the Piazza del Popolo, one of the most thoroughly medieval outdoor spaces in Italy.
A fabulous final day around the pretty village of Cecanibbi with striking views of the Two Towers of Poggia Brico and Monte Castello. Watch the villagers tend their gardens and children play. We paint surrounded by olives groves - a great day all round.
We leave after an early breakfast to arrive at Rome Fiumicino by 08.00.
Note: This is a selection of the many options available on this painting holiday in Umbria, Italy. Weather conditions, group interests and the tutor will influence the final itinerary.
Where we stay
Hotel Relais il Castello
Our hotel is right in the centre of medieval Monte Castello di Vibio, with panoramic views over the Tiber river. It is run by a dynamic young couple tireless in their concern for guests and always creating a very friendly atmosphere. The restaurant is well known locally for its cooking, based on dishes of the region – homemade pasta, cheeses, salamis and truffles when in season.
Airport transfer time
Approximately 2 hours
Dates and prices
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 Fiumicino airport
Visit the town of Todi
Chairs and boards provided
Where we stay
All locations are within 400 metres of transport (trains). Village streets are steep.