Travel Journaling in Tuscany with artist/instructor Chris Nichols Randall Cortona, Italy June 3-10, 2017
US$200.00 discount on all enrollment received by February 28, 2017!!
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Cortona "Island in the Sky"
Picture yourself dropped into the city setting and surroundings that inspired the book, then film Under the Tuscan Sun!
among the sights and sounds of beautiful and romantic Tuscany: olive groves, vineyards, centuries-old buildings, winding streets, texture and vibrant sunlight.
in the warm ambiance of Cortona, overlooking Lake Trasimeno and the Val di Chiana, originally fortified by the Umbrians, claimed by the Etruscans, touched by the Renaissance, almost unchanged for centuries, one of Tuscany's jewels.
the joy of creating in a relaxed and inspiring atmosphere with the expert instruction of a nationally known artist and instructor and the camaraderie of a small group of learners.
great Italian food, delightful wines, new friends, breath-taking vistas, history and the hospitality of the people of Cortona.
This workshop at a glance...
Day 1 arrive and enjoy wine tasting and dinner. Day 2 Arezzo Antique Market. Day 3 workshop after breakfast building our foundations for our unique Travel journals. After lunch we will walk about Cortona to explore thrift store, stunning places for photos and places of interest for supplies! Day 4 after breakfast we will learning tips and techniques to implement into our journals. Day 5 we will take the train to Florence and tour the Uffizi Gallery. While on the train jot down your feelings of Italy and the gorgeous surroundings, we will include this and other paper trails. Day 6 is dedicated to studio time! In the evening we will have a hands-on Tuscan cooking class and dinner! Day 7 our last day to finish up our Travel Journals-make sure you have saved a postcard from your excursion we will be doing something fun! Be ready for a week of paint, stamping, decoupage and so much more!
Meet Chris Nichols Randall... Chris is an artist and journal keeper who loves to design jewelry and refinish furniture all while being a wife, mother, and best of all Grandma. Chris returns to Tuscany with Toscana Americana Workshops after an fun-filled and creative workshop she instructed in 2009. She travels every chance she can and wants to share that adventure with others. If our lives are a book let's share a chapter together in lovely Italy!
Saturday - Arrival in Cortona -Escorted Group Travel from Florence airport to Cortona (Mewet-up at airport at 12:00 noon)
-Arrival and Check-in in Cortona -6:30p Welcome to Cortona wine reception and meet and greet -7:30p Evening dinner in Cortona at La Loccanda nel Loggiatto
Sunday –Day trip Arezzo Antiques market
9:00a taxi to station...then 9:33 train to Arezzo
1:00p-2:00p Lite lunch in Arezzo
3:15p Return train/taxi to Camucia/Cortona
4:00p-6:00p- Session in studio
9:00-12:30 -Session 1 in Studio
12:30-2:00p Lite lunch
2:00-6:30p- Session 2 - Top-down walk about Cortona then return to studio
9:00-12:30 -Session 1 in studio
12:30-1:30p Lite lunch
1:30-5:30p- Session 2 in studio
Wednesday- Florence day trip
Bring your cameras and an eye for composition, design and texture! Let’s capture the landscape of this beautiful country and incorporate it into our work.
8:00a - Taxi to station then 8:24 train to Florence
12:30-1:30p Lite lunch
3:13p train to Camucia/Cortona and taxi to hotel (arrive Cortona about 5:00p)
9:00-12:30 -Session 1
12:30-1:30p Lite Lunch
1:30-5:30p- Session 2 in studio
5:45p-depart for hands-on Tuscan cooking class & dinner!
9:00-1:30 -Session 1
1:30-2:30p Lite lunch
Free afternoon or independent work in studio
8:00a Morning check out/ good byes
9:00a Departure of Group travel to Florence airport (approx. arrival at 11:00a)
Note: Toscana Americana reserves the right to alter this itinerary. All times are approximate. Note: Transfers are provided only for programmed meals and activities away from the hotel. Note: All guests are responsible for handling their own luggage/baggage....we suggest to pack light. Note: No refunds are given for any unused aspects of the itinerary or for any activities outside the above itinerary.
All-inclusive*enrollment options include: Instruction on location Escorted group travel Florence to Cortona June 3, 2017**** Seven nightsaccommodations in historic Cortona** Local museums and events All meals***(Italian breakfast, lunch & dinner) Daily wine tasting opportunities Day trip to Florence with Uffizi Gallery visit Tuscan Cooking class & dinner A farewell wine tasting dinner Escorted group travel Cortona to Florence June 10, 2017**** **Included with "Villa Santa Margherita" plans only, see details
***Included with "Group Meal Plans" only, see details
****Specific departure time from Florence airport on June 3, 2017 only at 12:00 noon ****Specific departure time from Cortona June 10, 2017 only at 8:30am. *All-inclusive plans are "Villa Santa Margherita" plans only. Air travel is the responsibility of each participant. Florence the suggested arrival and departure airport in Italy.
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Cortona is one of the true jewels of the Tuscan “hill towns.” Cortona, which is often called the “City of Art,” has its origin as an Etruscan city that pre-dates Roman times with sections of its walls dating back some 2500 years. As is typical of Tuscan hill-towns, Cortona is a walled city that, for purposes of defense, was built atop a prominent geographical point. The stone buildings and streets not only have the romance, style, and charm that are particular to Tuscany, but also speak of the lives and times Cortona has witnessed. An encounter with Cortona is an encounter with music & art, with history and with spirituality. Getting to know this timeless city is a real rediscovery of our past. Cortona offers testimony to its history as well as an enchanting view of the landscape enclosed by Lake Trasimeno and the Apennine mountains.