September 7th – 15th September 2022

Ancora de Chianti Art Academy in Tuscany

we begin the retreat in the beautiful city of lucca

Such a beautiful city!

Italy is such a beautiful country and has so much on offer, we start the retreat by spending two nights in this ancient city, full of inspiration just waiting to be painted.

The walled city of Lucca, is so fascinating, both inside and out. Full of inspiring subjects to paint. fabulous archtecture the churches and the curved main piazza.We particularly love the amazing sunsets seen the edge on city walls.


Two tutors

Peter Davies and Janet Brady have hosted painting holidays in many beautiful locations worldwide since 2005. It’s really important to them to find authentic, picante, inspirational places to stay. These venues in Italy are two of their favourite locations.

The trip begins in the ancient city of Lucca, with its famous curved piazza and amazing architecture. It continues at Ancora de Chianti, near the town of Grieve, nestled in the Tuscan hills perfection in the Chianti wine region where we will be surrounded by grapevines and olive groves.

on to the Retreat in the tuscan hills

Hosts Laura and Phillipe

Welcome you to stay at a beautiful family homstead in the picturesque tuscan hills, near the town of Greive.

A cluster of Italian buildings, beautiful rooms, dining on the verandah, and a fabulous air conditioned studio.

There is so much to paint while staying in a beautiful homestead and we are so lucky to have Lauras home cooked food and tons of her Italian hospitality.


Art Academy in Action

A fully planned itinerary, daily demos with plenty of one to one tution and reviews. Expert tuition from your two tutors will focus your experience and make the most of learning in this lovely setting.

A great studio space

Perfect for all our painters, an air condition studio, plenty of space and great light. As well as painting plein air anywhere on the homestead, we have a great studio teaching space.


One of the best things about going on a painting holiday is meeting new friends, sharing the experience with like minded people.

Its always great to see evewryones work and celebrate together all the work that has been completed in such a short time.