Have you ever imagined bringing your own group to Italy, or perhaps you would like travel to Italy with friends while expanding your horizons, developing your knowledge, and learning new skills? If so, we invite you to survey our range of offerings in our Lifelong Learning program.
Our programs reflect our philosophy that learning is a life-long adventure and that the best way to learn about Italy is to experience its people and places through activities that stimulate your senses, engage your mind, and let you express yourself. Our goal is to make this possible. For those interested in a creative arts experience––from drawing and painting, to creating travel journals and scrapbooks, to participating in yoga and wellness, doing landscape photography, or learning the culinary arts, our programs will provide you with a perspective on Italy that few travelers experience.
As a continuing education provider, we are able to draw upon the expertise of our Studio School in the International Center for the Arts in Monte Castello. Thus, rather than being shown around by a tour operator, your experience will be guided by professionals in the arts and humanities. Our faculty and staff are specialists in Italian Art and Architecture and are drawn from some of the foremost institutions in the world. Together with our Italian partners, we draw upon our collective experience to design excursions to suit your group’s educational needs; each itinerary creating its own unique blend of workshop activities in our home base village of Monte Castello and day trips to surrounding cultural sites. Coupled with our own experience living in Italy, this expertise allows us to add sites to your itinerary that tourists never see: ancient ruins hidden away in a forest, a monastery lost in the mountains, or a forgotten masterpiece hidden away in a country chapel. From olive farmers to artists, our day trip leaders and teachers are experts in their fields and share the common purpose of enriching your knowledge of this remarkable region of Italy. If you let us know your objectives; we can guide your discoveries.
Throughout your trip, you and your group will have a truly unique experience of Italy, seeing all the sites that are important to you, but returning each day to a peaceful, traditional village that allows you to savor your experience. Lifelong Learning is an experience organized for individuals or small groups who would like to work in, or see a part of Italy that is off-the-beaten path while engaging in creative activities – and explore together. These experiences occur throughout the spring, summer and fall.
Participants are housed in a variety of accommodations including double occupancy apartments in the village or single rooms with shared bath in a former convent with spectacular views. Single occupancy apartments also are available for an extra fee. For groups or individuals wanting to have a self-contained focus, a luxury country villa is available just outside of town as well. Depending on your group’s focus and timeframe, classrooms and or private or semi-private studio spaces will be available. Access to classroom and meeting spaces are available each session. We offer group leaders’ accommodations and/or studio space as needed at no cost for one person.
Ongoing 24/7 bilingual site support
3 meals per day
Housing on-site or nearby apartments
Art workshops and other educational courses
Special site admission
Access to special events in region
1 hour hot air balloon tour of wine region
Travel Insurance with Emergency Evacuation coverage (required)
Meals on Excursions unless identified
Art supplies for classes
Snacks and beverages at stopovers in transit
How to get started
Build your trip from one of our sample itineraries, created from our years of programming experience, or work with us to develop your own retreat from the ground up. The first step is to contact us with the type of retreat you’d like to take and we’ll work from there!
The possibilities are endless
Since our inception and years of experience in building tours and workshops in Monte Castello and throughout Italy, we have put together some of the most unique and inspiring programs offered in the region. So whether it’s a tourist destination, artistic wonder or hidden local treasure that you’re after during your stay—we can accommodate your requests and have plenty of suggestions to offer.
Take a look at some of our popular destinations listed here or courses we have offered in the past, in addition to the sample itinerary below.
- Truffle Hunting
- Air balloon trip
- Guided museum tours
- Behind the scenes excursions
- Clay workshops
- Culinary courses
- Wine tasting
- Sommelier course
- Italian line dancing
- Ballroom dancing
- Landscape painting