2020 Lucca, Italy Workshops

Join Carmelo Blandino for an exclusive retreat into the Italian countryside for a week of blossoms floral painting. Improve your painting skills during five days of classroom lectures, studio, and outdoor instruction.

Your $4500 includes five days of instruction from Carmelo Blandino, six nights accommodation, as well as all meals, with wine.  Meals are prepared by a personal chef using all of the finest local ingredients. This will also include two to three excursions in the region to other villas in the area for lunch and vino.  It is certainly an experience of a lifetime, and one which will let your artistic spirit soar. 

Two workshops will be available for 2020 (registration will be coming soon)

October 19th - 25th, 2020

October 26th - November 1st, 2020


Cast Berti is a 17th Century Tuscan estate located in the Renaissance city of Lucca. The host and owner of the estate, who is a true English gentleman, will also be your gracious tour guide for the week. The well-appointed estate is spacious, and tranquil. The grand art studio is absolutely stunning. The beautiful landscaped grounds and olive gardens of Casa Berti are bordered by the countryside with many picturesque plein air painting locations nearby. 

Click here to learn more about Casa Berti.

Note: Those traveling to Lucca, may fly into any one of three airports. All airports are accessible to train stations which will take you to the Lucca railway station. Upon arrival to the Lucca railway station, students will be picked up by a private driver and escorted to the Casa Berti estate.

Pisa - Galileo Galilei International Airport (15-minute train ride to Lucca)
Florence - Amerigo Vespucci Airport (1 ½ hour train ride to Lucca)
Rome - Leonardo da Vinci Airport (3 ½ hour train ride to Lucca)

     *All additional information will be emailed upon enrollment and as workshop date approaches.