Our Sicily holidays are based near the little working town of Ballestrate , on the Gulf of Castelammare, in the North West region of Sicily, twenty minutes drive from Palermo airport. The area, which features the island’s most breath-taking beaches and countryside, is famed for its fascinating history, extraordinary beauty and exquisite cuisine.

Painting in this environment is a magical experience. The clarity of light, colours of the sea, and historic architecture are paintings waiting to be celebrated. Ballestrate is perfectly located for our painting venues:

Painting breaks in Sicily, Italy
Painting course holidays in Sicily, Italy

The beach at Scopello with the grandeur of the Tonnara is one of the most important historic estates in Sicily. The ancient fishermans’ lodgings enclosed by perimeter walls are located around a small bay beneath the town of Scopello. We are adding the Tonnara of Scopello to ‘The Seven Wonders of the World’.

The Trapani coast, one of the most impressive in Italy, juts out on the west side of Sicily between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Canal of Sicily. This enchanted land, which still retains its authentic traditions , is composed of marvellous coasts that alternate with steep cliffs, endless beaches and the famous salt marshes that look across to the mysterious Egadi Islands.

Painting vacations in Sicily, Italy
Painting holidays in Sicily, Italy

Castellammare, once the main centre of Mafia activity, is a small harbour where fishermen mend their nets on board their blue and white boats, and sell their morning catch at the quayside on rickety tables.

The historic hilltop town of Erice is perched on the top of Mount Eryx about 750 metres above sea level. It has retained much of its medieval character including part of the original city wall, a Norman Castle, and stone paved streets.

Painting courses in Sicily, Italy

Painting courses in Sicily

On your free day you may wish to take a boat trip along the Zingaro Nature Reserve, or visit the Greek temple at Segesta, or even venture to Palermo.

Christopher Bell will be tutoring this course.

Please see Art Toscana in Tuscany for tutor profiles.

Art-Toscana ‘on vacation’ in Sicily was great – a friendly, well designed, comfortable family hotel with views of sea and olive trees, superb fish, easy happy companions, colourful, fascinating and varied painting locations, and, above all, first-class guidance and welcome from Chris and Krysia.


A fantastic holiday.Lovely people. Sicily is beautiful.