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Not Included in these Tours:

  • ​​Airfare

  • Travel insurance

  • Travel documents & fees: i.e. passport and visas (if required)

  • Any meals not mentioned in above outline

  • Any telephone, cell, data & internet usage

  • Items of a personal nature​

  • Travel-related expenses outside of the tour itinerary

  • Any food or beverage ordered by traveler that is not included or presented during meals including: wine and other alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks & gelato

  • Any taxes on personal items purchased

  • Optional tips to guides, staff or drivers. These are not required and are given at your discretion.

About this Workshop: 

Our ‘Watercolor Workshop in Tuscany’ tour this fall is an exceptional combination of activities, food & wine events, excursions and painting workshops.

Tuscany is quintessential Italy and an artist’s dreamscape – The ideal landscape to capture through drawing and painting. Amazing scenery is everywhere: Rolling hills dotted with cypress trees, patchwork quilts of fields and vineyards, iridescent green olive groves, all interspersed with winding roads and postcard-perfect medieval hilltop towns.

Additionally, fall in Italy is a glorious time, almost magical, especially in Tuscany; the air is crisp and cool, there are fewer crowds, and the food takes on richer flavors. Throughout the countryside, the autumn colors are brilliant and at their peak: the leaves of trees and vines provide a dazzling display of warm colors from plums and purples, to rich reds, deep gold, and shades of brown. Mother Nature’s palette, the astonishing landscape, the exquisite changing lights and shadows, the many subtle details seen in the alleys, nooks, and crannies of small villages, and the architecture are all sources of inspiration.

And let’s not forget, Tuscany is a region of incredible flavors and autumn brings with it the harvest season, so your adventure will be as much a culinary tour (complete with a Tuscan cooking class) as it is a watercolor painting tour. We’ll be visiting wineries, farms and artisanal food purveyors learning all about the authentic Tuscan culinary traditions.

We’ll explore the region of Tuscany with various daily excursions, taking us through hilltop towns, quaint villages, and the picturesque countryside, where you will experience some of the most important aspects of the Italian lifestyle: La Dolce Vita – the Sweet Life. We’ll visit the magnificent renaissance city of Florence, the UNESCO World Heritage town of Pienza, charming Cortona, and medieval places like Arezzo and Montepulciano, as well as some wonderful hidden Tuscan gems. During these outings, painters can either sketch or paint at each location, join in on the group activity or have the option to remain at the studio and work.

This tour is designed for painters and non-painters alike, as well as solo travelers, as it offers a selection of handpicked activities, unique excursions, and special culinary events that offers the most genuine Italian experience for our guests. During the 4 half-days of workshop instruction, non-painters will have the opportunity to either relax at our accommodation or to join an activity. 

This watercolor workshop is ideal for beginners and as well as experts, as instructor Dodie Davis presents a relaxed itinerary that allows for a great deal of experimentation and play at all levels. In addition to the half-day workshops, plein-air painting opportunities and studio time will be available for those who wish to take advantage of it. Your instructor Dodie Davis will also offer valuable tips during our plein-air day trips. We guarantee you will be inspired by the amazing scenery and landscape – whether you are painting for the first time or are more experienced.

Our accommodations are in an agriturismo villa (authentic Tuscan farmhouse) situated in the center of Tuscany, very near the town of Cortona, made famous by Frances Mayes in her book, “Under the Tuscan Sun” and movie by the same name. There is a large studio for painting as well as wonderful grounds and gardens for the opportunity to paint outdoors. There is also a large pool for those who wish to relax with a leisurely swim after a day of painting or exploring.

Come join us if you have an interest in drawing, painting, photography, or just want a truly authentic escape to Tuscany. Let yourself be seduced by the amazing scenery, the colors, the exquisite light, and the charm of autumn in Tuscany. 

This is more than just a watercolor painting workshop; this will be a unique and authentic cultural adventure in the beautiful Italian countryside.

Tuscany Workshop: 

  • 10 Days/9 Nights
  • ​9 nights lodging in an agriturismo in the countryside of Tuscany
  • All Transfers from/to Florence airport (FLR)
  • 4 Half-day Workshops with plenty of opportunity to sketch or paint onsite or plein-air
  • Watercolor instruction and demos by artist Dodie E. Davis
  • All excursions and entrance fees​
  • All breakfasts, buffet style
  • 6 lunches included
  • All dinners included
  • Regional wines with most meals
  • All ground transportation w/ driver
  • Private full-time tour escort & interpreter
  • Private bus/van for our daily excursions​
  • Pre-trip information packet
  • Local VAT taxes and government fees, gas, highway tolls, city access licenses and permits, and parking fees​.​​​
  • ​Small group size: Maximum of only 14 travelers 
  • Tour is open to painters and non-painters alike

September 25 - October 4, 2017

​With Optional Venice Add-on

Register Now:

​To register for this tour, a deposit of $1000 along with a signed & completed registration form is required to secure your reservation(s). 



Dates: September 25 - October 4, 2017

Where: Tuscany

Group Size: 14 Guests Maximum

Tour Cost: $4,100 per person/double occupancy

Single Supplement: $450

​All tours are quoted in U.S. Dollars​​

Venice Add-on:

September 23 - 25, 2017

3 days/2 nights


  • Transfer from Venice airport (VCE) to Venice
  • 2 nights accommodations in a beautiful hotel in Venice
  • Walking tour of the highlights of Venice
  • ​Cicchetti tour (Typical Venetian "pub crawl")
  • Excursion to Murano & Burano
  • ​Transfer to Tuscany
  • All of the above mentioned in the Tuscany tour

Tuscany with Venice Add-on:

​$5,550.00 per person/double occupancy

Single supplement: $550.00

(All prices quoted in USD)

Vitalia Tours and Celebrations, LLC, Tours Operators & Promoters, Gilroy, CA