Early registration discount before May 29. Enter discount code: imgoingtoitaly
Past Faux Retreat attendees contact Kathy for special discount code.
Memorial Weekend Special! Spouses/Friends 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 Italian instructors, taking in some of Italy’s most gorgeous vistas and vineyards. You’ll 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.
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.
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 currently being scheduled are Italian plaster, Encaustic, Art Resin and Fresco.
Included: Classes, Lodging at Villa Pieve, all meals eaten at Villa Pieve. Transportation during retreat.
Not Included: Airfare, gratuities, museum admissions, solo tours.
Spouse/partner Registration, Not Included: Airfare, gratuities, museum admissions, solo tours, classes, private room in Florence. (You may upgrade to a private room.)
After registration you will be sent information and helpful tips including, passport, trip insurance, travel, and more.
Special thank you to Carrie Chimenti who proposed the idea of an Italy retreat to me several years ago. Carrie is a Decorative Artist from Wisconsin, who used to work at the Villa where we will be staying. Carrie is very familiar with Italy, in particular Florence and Rome.
_ Kathy Boyd