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. Our other art tutor is the wonderful Peter Woolley, a professional watercolour artist for 34 years. Peter is a well-travelled artist, having spent many years leading painting workshops on cruise ships. Our creative writing holiday is led by Deborah Winter, an experienced writer and tutor, whose parallel career in professional performance storytelling ensures that sessions are entertaining as well as inspiring.
"I thought i'd drop you a line to thank you for organising such a lovely art holiday. There was a good mix of places to paint, see and food venues. I cant think of anything you need to do to improve on it. And of course, your input was greatly appreciated."
"Thanks for organising such a great holiday in Italy."
"Marianne, we so appreciated all the planning and hard work that you and David and our hosts put into the week. We were a great group and I think all of us felt that we had had just the right balance of activities. Well done to you all!"
Chris and Alistair Patrick
The Old Olive Press, 'Il Vecchio Frantoio', is a collection of old agricultural buildings, reconstructed to provide a venue for small groups to get together and enjoy their common interest, such as painting, walking and creative writing amongst others. We are located in Terenzano, a small, working agricultural village overlooking the Alpi Appuane 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. The village is about a ten minute drive from the fortified Medici town of Fivizzano; a small, lively market town running many cultural and food events during the summer months. Up to eight people can be accommodated in good sized bedrooms, together with a large lounge and terrace for eating al fresco. There is also a ‘plunge pool’ within a private lower terrace.