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Painting holiday in Umbria, Italy

Italy • Umbria • Monte Castello di Vibio

A farewell to Christine Russell - sadly it's her last trip.Monte Castello - the base for our painting holidays in Umbria, Italy holidaysView from Monte Castello, our painting holiday base in Umbria ItalyTodi town - a lovely painting holiday location in UmbriaRural scene on this painting holiday in Umbria, ItalyView from Todi, UmbriaView from Monte Castello hotel, our painting holiday base in Umbria Italy
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Castles in the air
The region around Monte Castello di Vibio is characterised by castles, and fortified hilltop medieval towns – all classic locations for a painting holiday in Umbria, Italy. Our experienced tutor, Christine Russell, returns to this Umbrian idyll for the last time to guide you to the best painting spots around Todi. Wander the narrow, winding streets that reveal tiny churches sheltering their precious frescoes and soak up views of rolling hills, vineyards and almond orchards. Paint in the olive groves and spend a free day exploring Assisi or Perugia ~ a painters delight.

A typical itinerary

Arrival day

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.

Free day

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.

Charming Cecanibbi

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.

Departure day

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.

Swimming Pool, Hotel Relais il Castello, Umbria Twin Bedroom, Hotel Relais il Castello, Umbria
Dining Room, Hotel Relais il Castello, Umbria Bathroom, Hotel Relais il Castello, Umbria
Bedroom view, Hotel Relais il Castello, Umbria
Airport transfer time
Approximately 2 hours
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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 Fiumicino airport
Visit the town of Todi
Chairs and boards provided
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Getting there
All locations are within 400 metres of transport (trains). Village streets are steep.

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