Watercolors by beverly golembeski

Watercolors by beverly golembeski

Art Workshop in Tuscany & Rome

Our Spring 2008 Trip

Please note - our trip was completed in May 2008!!  Here's our plan for the entire trip - look for a Gallery of snapshots and a Gallery of art from the trip in the near future!


Central Italy (Tuscany) is so bewitching: breathtaking panoramas, ancient hill towns, old castles and fortresses, delicious food and outstanding wines. The romantic history of the area is an inspiration for all, but together with a unique and unusual quality of light, it is especially attractive to both artists and photographers.

We will visit (and paint) medieval hilltop towns and picturesque hamlets on the rocky seacoasts, with esteemed watercolor artist Beverly Golembeski as workshop leader. Each day, we will drive to a scenic location to paint and just enjoy our surroundings.

Ellen Santucci will be our driver and guide. A NJ native, Ellen has lived in the area for over twenty years, studied medieval art and history, and is extremely competent to take care of our needs.

Fourteen students can be accommodated in our tour package. Our plan is to depart Newark, NJ on May 5th arriving in Rome's Fiumicino Airport on May 6th. Package prices include hotel accommodations (double occupancy), transportation in Italy, and most breakfasts daily.   See Fees, later in this writeup.

Airfare is NOT included (travelers can arrange their own flights or use their frequent flyer miles). Lunch and dinner daily are the responsibility of each student, to ensure each participant maximum flexibility.

Our Itinerary

Our itinerary is flexible, and will depend on the number of other tourists in the area - after all, we want the best seats, to sketch and paint, so we'll leave the crowded spots to the uninitiated. These are our anticipated itinerary and venues, subject to change. Substitutions for venues of equal scenic content may be made.

La Parrina, a local B&BAfter our arrival at the Rome Airport in the morning, we will meet our guide Ellen and drive along the southern Tuscany coast to our home base during the Tuscany portion of our trip. It will be similar to our location during our 2005 trip (at left). En route, we may visit Tarquinia and the fascinating underground Etruscan tombs from the Fourth and Fifth century BCE. They are filled with brilliant frescoed colors depicting scenes of their customs and traditions.

Another interesting stop will be at Capalbio, overlooking the Tirrenean Sea. This medieval town, the size of a city block, is filled with views of towers, stone houses & picturesque narrow streets.

We will be staying in the region in a scenic villa, similar to the one shown, and will use that as our "home base" throughout our tour.

Our morning class may take advantage of the beauty of the estate surrounding La Parrina, shown at left. Lunch could include a wine tasting tour.

We'll then visit the unique Tarot Garden of Niki de Saint Phalle. She has created statues, structures {including her home and a chapel} by using ceramics, glass and mirrors, with a Tarot theme.

Lessons at Porto Ercole will provide painting choices of the little harbor and quaint town or the fortress where the cliffs are dotted with trees and villas.

Here we can enjoy a picnic lunch while enjoying the numerous cliffs & mountains that seem to fall into the rocky coast.

Following a critique of our day's work, we'll have time for ice cream or cocktails before dinner.

Golden stone buildings built in layers of Etruscan, Roman, Renaissance and Baroque architecture grasps the edges of precipices of the sheer cliffs of Pitigliano.

We can sit in the shade to sketch and paint the wonders of the medieval and renaissance fortresses and cathedrals. We might also visit the ghetto and synagogue of Little Jerusalem.

After a morning of painting and lunch, we'll critique our visual insights on this amazing town.

A volcanic plateau anchors the medieval city of Orvieto onto a plain that guaranteed its protection for two thousand years from marauding armies.

A magnificent gothic cathedral was built in the 13th century to commemorate a nearby miracle. It became a mecca for pilgrims.

Viewing “ The Last Judgment” masterpiece by Luca Signorelli, the opulent palaces and imposing towers while strolling through its winding streets will be an artists delight. There are sketching and photo possibilities too numerous to mention.

Orvieto is noted for the high quality of hand made ceramics, textiles and jewelry. We will have lunch in a local family's restaurant and wine tasting in their rustic wine cellars beneath the dining room. This will take place in former Etruscan/Roman tunnels and storerooms.

During our afternoon tour, sketching will be a must while visiting the Renaissance Garden of the “Monsters in Bomarzo” in the afternoon.

Following our Tuscany visit, we'll depart for Rome, where we will stay at a convent. Our accommodations will be clean, reasonably priced, and most importantly - Centrally located!

All our comforts will be provided for {albeit with no frills}, and we'll be right in the heart of the many venues. We'll have easily accessible transportation to nearby locations. More details will be available soon.

Day 7

This day will offer decisions for all.

You can choose to experience a few days in Rome on your own and return home on a later flight.

Think about visiting the Vatican, the Coliseum, Fontana di Trevi, Spanish Steps and just absorbing the atmosphere of glorious Roma!

Final Logistics and Price

The price for our Art Lessons with Beverly, Accommodations in a scenic B&B, Guide, Driver, and ground transportation to and from the Rome Airport and throughout the workshop will be approximately €2,500. The total price in US Dollars will be based on the current exchange rate during our trip. [As of January, 2007, the exchange rate is approximately $1.30USD to €1.00]

A deposit of US$1,000 is due by December 15, 2007.

Airfare is the responsibility of each traveler, and is not included in the price.

All Lunches and Dinners, and some Breakfasts, are the responsibility of each workshop member. These are expected to total around €360 or more for 7 days; ATM machines (which dispense €'s) are available throughout Italy. We’ll eat in the Italian tradition (very well!).

Arrangements are for 14 student artists, traveling by van in Italy, with Beverly Golembeski and Ellen Santucci. A waiting list will be established if more people are interested.

You’ll need to bring: your passport, camera & film, funds for lunches, dinners and local tours, and your painting supplies. We’ll be informal most days, so dress will be ‘classy casual’ and comfortable walking shoes are a must.

For additional information about arrangements, Contact Beverly and she'll explain all the plans.

Daily workshop instruction will include sketching, use of color, transparent and opaque watercolor technique, composition and design.

Students are encouraged to make arrangements for many photographs to use for future painting. Be prepared for excellent instruction in watercolor technique, and we’ll have some good fun, good food and great painting in Tuscany!