Casa Berti Workshop - Lucca, Italy - October 17th to October 27th 2021 - $4800

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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 $4800 includes five days of instruction from Carmelo Blandino,  9 nights accommodation, as well as 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. 

WHAT’S INCLUDED • Amazing art experience with Carmelo Blandino • Five day workshop (Monday-Friday) including lectures, demonstrations and on-going individual coaching • Canvases, paints, studio materials and mailing tubes (materials expense $300-$400) • Accommodations for 10 nights, 9 days • All meals including breakfast, lunch and dinners, snacks, wine (during aperitivi and dinner) 10/18-10/22) • Lunch and dinners prepared by local chef, Fabrizio Magnani (10/18-10/22) • Breakfast and dinner only from 10/23-10/26 • Snacks available anytime in a well stocked refrigerator • Wine tasting tour and lunch at Valgiano’s winery • Round trip transportation from Lucca station • Great fun and wonderful hospitality from Ben, our host.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED • Airfare • Trip insurance • Lunch from 10/23–10/26 • Transportation (train, minibus, private driver or cab) and fees for sightseeing trips • Restaurant dinners • Paint Brushes • Items of personal nature (i.e. toiletries etc) • Carmelo will be available for painting instruction and/or coaching from 10/18-10/22 only. (From 10/23-10/26 he will be sightseeing as well and will occasionally be dropping by the studio to see your progression)

Dates: Arrival  Sunday  October 17th. Departure October 27th.  Studio Workshop October 18th thru 22nd

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No refunds for cancellations.

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. 

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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. 

    In the event of workshop becoming full, please contact Sue Enos at to be put on a waiting list. You will be notified immediately when a new workshop is offered, or if space becomes available.