Studio Italia

“An experience of a lifetime, with a brilliant teacher, a talented chef, sublime locations, thoughtfully designed program, which left us with only one question: when can we do this again”!  (A. Fader, New York, USA – Studio Italia 2018)

Art Retreats in Italy |All Levels | All Media

July 9-18, 2023 (FULL) We have a waiting list. To be added, please send an email.
October 1-10, 2023 (FULL) We have a waiting list. To be added, please send an email.

Art retreat in Italy (Tuscany)

Our top art retreats in Italy are open to artists of all levels, from beginners to advanced and all mediums (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). They combine plein air landscape painting, art history, and gourmet cuisine, for the perfect painting holidays in Tuscany. “A jewel in the crown of art workshops” wrote one of our former participants.


Our unique art retreats in Italy are great for artists of all levels, from very beginners to advanced. They are the perfect mix of plein air painting, stimulating art history lectures, touring, and gourmet meals in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Participants can use the medium of their choice, including oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc. During our painting workshops in Italy, days are full and fun. Mornings are devoted to instruction at our lodge. Afternoons, to plein air painting sessions in the Val d’Orcia or nearby towns such as Cortona, Montepulciano, Pienza, and Lucignano. And evenings, to discussions around gourmet meals accompanied with great regional wines. We also spend one day in Florence visiting the Uffizi Museum and other important sites. To sum up, nine full days of art and gastronomy for the best painting holidays in Tuscany.

Since we limit the size of our groups to eight participants, we can offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment.  Prof. Yves M. Larocque is our painting instructor and art historian in Italy.  You will certainly enjoy his passionate teaching style.  Our painting holidays in Tuscany are so successful that we have artists who have joined us more than three times already. Furthermore, 60% of our participants register for a second workshop in Provence.  Studio Italia is also perfect for accompanying partners who enjoy the landscape, the visits to historical towns, the lectures, the food, and wine.

During our art holidays in Tuscany, we stay in a comfortable and spacious 18th-century house located near Cortona and Lucignagno. It is surrounded by vineyards and fields of olive trees.  The house has several bedrooms with private bathrooms, a large kitchen, a dining room, a salon, and a swimming pool.  Meals offered at our lodge are delicious and balanced. They reflect Italian cuisine and its staples including olives, fresh herbs, tomatoes and great cheeses such as Gorgonzola and Pecorino Romano.

Price includes:


  •  40 + hours of art instruction
  • 9-night double accommodation ( a few single rooms available for a supplement of CAD$ 650 around US$ 500 )
  • all breakfasts
  • 8 lunches
  • 8 gourmet dinners including excellent wines and after dinner drinks
  • transportation from and to the Arezzo train station (meeting point of our art workshop in Italy)
  • transportation to all painting/visiting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.)
  • train ticket to Florence and guided visit to the Uffizi Museum
  • easels for everyone, turpentine and cobalt dryer for the oil painters
  • all taxes and gratuities

Price: CAD$ 3775 (around US$ 2900)

From our Art Workshop in Italy

Depuis 1997, Walk the Arts (icscis inc.) offre des cours de peinture, des stages d’art et des excursions axées sur l’histoire de l’art en Italie, en France, en Colombie, en Espagne et aux États-Unis.


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Studio Italia
Starting on
October 1, 2022
Ending on
October 10, 2022
A unique nine-night art retreat in Italy offered since 1997. Studio Italia is open to artists of all levels from beginners to advanced and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). We offer a unique mix of plein air painting, art history, art theory, touring, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany!
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