There has never been a better time to go to Italy! Airfare is low, your trip includes your Villa room, meals, and classes, plus you get to tour with other creatives!
Early registration discount before May 29 for $100 off. Enter discount code: imgoingtoitaly
Past Faux Retreat attendees contact Kathy for special discount code.
Shared room price $2149.00
Private room price $2595.00
Spouses are welcome for 35% off the Private room price, assuming they will not be taking classes.
Memorial Weekend only! Spouses/partners 1/2 off!
OCTOBER 30 - NOVEMBER 6, 2017
Come to Italy this fall and awaken your senses at Faux Retreat Italy. This is no ordinary trip, but an adventure of creativity and soul quenching activities you’ll never forget. Your days will be leisurely, with some days in classes with some amazing instructors, and taking in some of Italy’s most gorgeous vistas and vineyards. You will experience exquisite wines and learn to cook rustic and authentic cuisine and take time to soak up the charm of majestic buildings and the beauty of the Italian landscape. You will also spend a day in Florence taking in all the sights and history it has to offer. Spark your creativity, try something new, and make a memory that will last a lifetime.
We will be staying at an elegant ancient house located in front of the medioeval Castel of Pieve del Vescovo, and just 5 min away from one of the most beautiful old towns in Italy: Corciano. We are only 1 1/2 hours from Florence and 2 hours from Rome.
Part of the Villa is the Pieve International School.
Villa Pieve's facilities include various work spaces and classrooms ideally suited to this notion of the Bottega. These range from updated technological classrooms to centuries old vaulted rooms that recall the original Bottegas. The criteria defining this notion of a 21st Century Bottega is the recreation of that apprenticeship environment which includes personal contact with the Master/Professor and the direct participation of the student in the creative process that defines the field of study.
Meals at Villa - Bibi and her assistants do all of the cooking of the wonderful meals! Breakfast is serve yourself, lunch is one course with wine and water and dinners are typically 2-3 courses with wine and water.
Check out the beautiful Villa where we will stay.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 29
Departure day from U.S.A.
MONDAY OCTOBER 30
Arrival in Italy - There will be transportation available from Florence at a designated time.
We will stay over in Florence on arrival and tour this glorious city the next two days.
We will have both group activities in Florence and you will be able to break off in groups so you get to see whatever is on your wish list.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 31
- Spend day in Florence.
- Zecchi Colori Belle Art
- Visit Battiloro, which for 15 generations have produced real gold and silver leaf.
- Late afternoon shopping and dinner in Florence.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 1
- Tour museums
- We will depart for Corciano late afternoon.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 2
- Villa Breakfast
- Darrell Morrison will be conducting demonstrations on technique and tools using Cadoro Italian Plaster and CO.ME stainless steel trowels for fine plasters. This is his public debut with this incredible line of plasters.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 4
- Villa Breakfast
- Class with Prof. Luciano Tittarelli
- Gala dinner in evening
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5
- Villa Breakfast
- Visit Grazia factory, oldest ceramic factory in Europe.
- Cooking classes at Villa
MONDAY NOVEMBER 6
Early Departure for airport
The itinerary during our stay in Italy may change depending on tours and instructor's schedules. Classes which may be scheduled are Italian plaster, Encaustic, Sculpture and Fresco.
Included: Faux Retreat arranged classes, Lodging at Villa, all meals eaten at Villa, transportation during retreat.
Not Included: Airfare, gratuities, museum admissions, solo tours.
Spouses/partner Not Included: Airfare, gratuities, museum admissions, solo tours, classes. Private room in Florence. (You may upgrade prior to trip.)
You are welcome to book other classes at the Villa art school. Let us know, and we can provide a list of available classes for you.
After registration you will be given access to a private Facebook group, where you will find lots of information and helpful tips including, passport, trip insurance, travel, and more.