The Art Toscana holidays in Northern Tuscany offer art holiday courses in painting, drawing and sculpture.

Set amid 23 acres of the Garfagnana Nature Reserve, a mile and a half from the mediaeval town of Barga, 20 miles from Lucca and 56 miles from Florence, our spacious Tuscan farmhouse has a restored barn, extensive studio facilities and a swimming pool. It is an ideal retreat for exploring creativity.

With fantastic views of the snow-capped Apuan Alps, the house and grounds are situated in one of Italy’s richest botanic regions.

Our house ‘Val di Pozza’ (Valley of the Well) is comfortably furnished and, whilst offering total seclusion, is only a short distance from Barga. We have designed exciting painting course holidays for both beginners and the more experienced. Attention will be given to individual needs within maximum groups of ten.

Although the painting courses are packed with lots to do, you may prefer to spend more time relaxing around the pool, watching the eagles soar, or in the evenings, star-gazing or walking in Val di Pozza to a quiet spot where you can reflect on the day’s events.

If you are a non-painting partner who would like to spend your time walking, fishing, wine tasting, Italian cooking, horse riding, bike riding or furthering your photographic skills, we will arrange this. Click on non-painters. We offer you a painting holiday where you can pursue your creativity with other interesting people, have fun and be well looked after in friendly and stimulating surroundings.

Our painting holidays in Italy run from Tuesday to Tuesday to make the most of reduced fares for midweek flights and to avoid crowded airports.

Many of our guests stay for two weeks for which there is a 10% reduction for the second week.


“I can’t think of a thing you haven’t thought of, a terrific week, excellent teaching, varied challenges, marvellous food (even up to forty lengths in the pool), lovely atmosphere and delightful company.”

Anne and Bruce Paterson