Creative and Painting Holidays at The Old Olive Press in Tuscany, Italy

Ciao from Tuscany!

The Old Olive Press, 'Il Vecchio Frantoio', is a collection of old agricultural buildings lovingly reconstructed to provide a venue for small groups to get together and enjoy their common interests, such as painting, photography, walking and creative writing. The house has four double/twin bedrooms, all with private bathrooms, and can comfortably accommodate up to eight guests. There is a fully equipped modern kitchen and a large living room, where in the winter months you can enjoy relaxing by a large open fireplace.

The stone courtyard is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast or lunch, al fresco aperitivi or a bbq. We also have a small pool located on the private lower terrace, with amazing views across the valley, where you can relax in the shade or sunbathe under the warm Italian sun. Beyond the pool terrace is a track that leads down into the olive groves, delightful to explore with its many old mule tracks. From Terenzano you can partake in several walks into the surrounding landscape and beyond. This northern Tuscan landscape, seamed with ancient mule tracks linking medieval hilltop villages, with their Romanesque churches and decaying castles, abounding in an abundance of flora and fauna, makes this a magical place to explore. If you enjoy wild swimming there are opportunities in the local rivers and waterfalls.

In and around The Old Olive Press

Lower terrace & pool on a warm sunny day
Courtyard viewed from under the pergular
Country track leading from the house down into the olive groves
Double doors opening out onto the pool terrace, with view down the valley
Comfortable and spacious living room with large sofas and open fire place
Modern fully equiped kitchen with large country style table
King size double or twin bedded bedroom with ensuite shower room
Standard double bedroom with ensuite shower room
Stone Courtyard with large table which easily seats eight people, perfect for BBQing
View of the rear of the house, taken from the track below

We are located in Terenzano, a small farming village overlooking the Alpi Apuane mountains of Carrara in the most northern part of Tuscany. The Romans called this area Lunigiana because of the luminosity on the marble reflected by the moon. Nestled between Tuscany's Marble Alps and Liguria, Lunigiana is often referred to as "the land of castles" and the area remains mostly untouched by our modern age and here you will experience the peace and tranquility of the Italian countryside.

The village is about a ten minutes drive from the fortified Medici town of Fivizzano; a small, lively market town running many cultural and food events throughout the year. Fivizzano has many restaurants, bars and alimentari where you can purchase local produce.

Nearby places of interest ↓

The small town of Fivizzano in Lunigiana. The main piazza, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, dominated by its fountain Image courtesy of Nigel Lawcett
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, Fivizzano.
Panorama of Vernazza, with beach and parish church of Santa Margherita on the left and the tower of the Dorias on the right
Colouful houses surround the small marina of Vernazza. One of the centuries-old villages that make up the Cinque Terre.
View of Corniglia, located ninety meters above the sea on the top of a promontory and surrounded by vinyards
Corniglia differs from the other Cinque Terre towns as it's the only village that doesn't directly overlook the sea.
Piazza dell'anfiteatro in Lucca.  You can visably see the shape of the ancient Roman amphitheater it was built on
Piazza dell'anfiteatro is a square in the city of Lucca, built on the remains of an old Roman amphitheater.
Early summer evening in Sarzana. The street is full of antique market stalls, ready for the attic in the streets festival
Sarzana is a beautiful and lively city with a strong antiquarian tradition. Every August the city hosts a “Soffitta nella strada” or "attic in the streets" an antique and flea market throughout the city.
Lerici bay and marina, and its 12th century castle which was used to control the entrance to La Spezia
Lerici is one of the most beautiful seasside villages in Liguria, overlooking the Golf of Poets.
Relaxing on a hot summers day in a bar by Lerici beach, drinking an Aperol Spritz
Enjoyng a cold Aperol Spritz by Lerici beach.

Just over an hour's drive away is the Italian Riviera and the Unesco World Heritage Site of the Cinque Terre or 'five lands', which is a string of five fishing villages overlooking the sea. An ancient system of footpaths is still the best way to visit these beautiful towns, but they can also be approached by ferryboat. Lerici is a beautiful, historic town with perfect swimming and in the summer months offers markets and many aperitivi bars and restaurants.

Creative & Painting Holidays for 2022

Join us for a wonderful Creative Holiday in Italy. Learn from one of our experienced tutors whilst relaxing in beautiful surroundings, visiting fascinating medieval towns and eating and drinking the best of what Italy has to offer. All our holidays are a perfect balance between learning new skills, socialising and relaxing. This year we are excited to welcome back Marianne Ryan, a popular and dedicated art tutor with over 30 art courses under her belt. We are also thrilled to have back the wonderful Louise Waugh, a professional artist who has tutored with us and on her own holidays in Europe and Morocco. We also have a new course this year, The Art of Photography, led by Nigel Fawcett. Nigel is a retired professional, living in Tuscany, who left behind the world of commercial photography to pursue his passion for the great outdoors. You can read more about Nigel here (external link).

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