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Art. Food. Relax. ITs Italy

by: Jennifer Richardson on

During my 3 month stint in Florence earlier this year I had the pleasure to meet some extraordinary local artists and artisans. Apart from gaining some great new friends, I was thoroughly inspired to pursue an art journey of a difference in Tuscany.

Stay tuned because we have some exciting programmes coming up in 2018 and 2019 with inspiring teachers from around the world.  We’ll be offering painting and drawing courses and exploring the seldom discussed, but exciting contemporary art scene and hidden treasures of this area. We’ll be welcomed into studios of outstanding local artists, we'll explore sculpture parks, museums and beautiful sites for both architectural and landscape drawing. 

There will be time to relax in the countryside, explore prized vineyards in the Chianti and Brunello regions, eat and cook delicious produce, pick olives and walk some quiet ancient cypress lined roads and drink up the beauty of this region and beyond. It is Italy!

A few more images from Florence and glimpses inside some local artists' studios. 

If you would love to bring out your artistic flair in one of the most picturesque and historical regions in Europe, let us know. 

Dates, Venues, Programme and Prices are coming soon.

Contact us with any questions and interests about these trips now >>

Quality and Price

by: Jennifer Richardson on

"Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort."
John Ruskin

and this one...

"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it."
Henry David Thoreau

These quotes are both so true when it comes to what we do at The Create Escape, there is a big investment in time and energy to create a great event but what really makes them just so wonderful is in equal parts what we put in and what you put in. It is the joy felt from all that collective effort.

This pic is taken at the home of our wonderful 'Singing in Siena' event for the last 7 years.

We are taking bookings now for 2017.

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— at Montestigliano.

Rehearsal of 'Lilly in the Valley' with Tony Backhouse

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A final rehearsal of 'Lilly in the Valley' at Montestigliano before they gave it out to the waiting audience of 200+ gypsies and local Tuscan's. They shared the stage with Ginevra di Marco and her band. A truly wonderful night.

 Don't they all look gorgeous?

Tony joins us again for a wonderful week in Italy, check out the deets

Singing in Siena with Paolo Tesi

by: Jennifer Richardson on

Our week with Paolo Tiziano Tesi is shaping up to be a fun time for all music, walking and food lovers. This year will be a small group of people who love to sing and it will be equally good for people who just love listening to music and walking along the medieval roads in Tuscany. It is always suitable for people who love food and cooking classes will be available for anyone wanting to do that.

This is a little clip from Paolo rehearsing with our large group last year and you can read up about the week here on this link button below.

The Donati family history

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Our partner for our Italy events, Luisa Donati shares some of her family history in this unedited clip I took of her in Montestigliano last August.

I hope you enjoy hearing the history dating back from the 1200's in Florence then on to Marche and back to Tuscany as much as I do.

We will explore more of this story and visit the Castello della Pieve where Dante was held in exile during our Travel Writing in a Palace workshop in August this year.

Luisa and the Donati family host Singabout in their beautiful family residencies at Palazzo Donati in Marche and Montestigliano in Sovicelle, Tuscany.