Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Early booking available for 2017 to insure your place on this exclusive holiday  with artist Trudi Doyle 

Read through the following nformation which will give a flavour of previous holidays 

If you are interested in an all inclusive holiday with like minded people in friendly La Pia hotel Montecatini  Tuscany  ?- 
If you want to visit Italy and do some sketching and painting with  expert tuition and helpful advice in a relaxed friendly atmosphere  ?  Visit quiet medieval villages and  experience the beauty and mystique of  the Tuscan countryside  at a leisurly pace ?  
 Want to bask in the Tuscan sunshine, visit Florence  and view spectacular art and architecture ?
Do you enjoy dining on delicious freshly cooked dishes at a friendly Italian family run hotel  ?

If your answer is  YES . then   read on and check out further details of  my  
HOLIDAY  in  TUSCANY- ITALY - 18th -25th AUGUST 2016  
View from MonteCarlo Tuscany (watercolour)  MonteCarlo Tuscany art
Olive groves  Tuscany  ( watercolour)

Montecatini Alta 9 Watercolour

What is included -
1.Seven nights at La Pia Hotel Montecatini - Seven  breakfast buffets and Seven delicious four course dinners with wine included  . Rooms ensuite. 
 2. Transfers to/from Pisa airport, 
3. Half day guided tour of Montecatini historical Spa. 
4.Two full day  mini bus excursions to paint/explore in  medieval villages including the charming  and historic fortress town of Montecarlo
5. Train trip to Florence with guided tour in Ufizzi Gallery  and free time to explore this historic and beautiful city.
 6. Professional tuition and guidance to suit your requirements  from Artist Trudi Doyle  with demonstrations..

PACKAGE €950 ($1,050  / £750 )  per person
 (No single supplement )Deposit of €400 secures a place. Balance payable by July 15th    
REDUCTION €40 ( $45 / £30)  for non painting partners/ friends / family -  
You don't need to be a painter to enjoy this lovely relaxing holiday inTuscany -all are welcome 
Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1. Thursday 18th August    
Arrival at Hotel .
 Ryanair Flight  at 12.30  from Dublin  to Pisa FR 9908  arrives at 16.15.
 If you are travelling on this flight you will be met by a courier and taken to your hotel by taxi. Settle in to the hotel and  meet informally with  fellow guests and your tutor before our first freshly cooked dinner menu at the hotel.

 Day 2.  Friday 19th August -  Montecatini  -

 Breakfast at hotel    Morning -To introduce you to  Montecatini  -  We will have a guided half day tour   entrance ticket to Tettuccio spa. and welcome drink. in the historical cafĂ©, situated inside the Tettuccio building.
You have the option to do some painting with me ( Trudi )  in the afternoon ( or alone )
I wil give an introduction to painting / sketching outdoors and a  Watercolour  demonstration  by the Hotel  fountain.
Delicious freshly cooked dinner menu at the hotel.
Day 3   Saturday 20th  August -  Painting in Cozzile and Colle 
 Cozzile and Colle are two beautiful medieval villages near Montecatini . Departure by taxi for Cozzile. We will spend the morning there painting, sketching or just relaxing or walking - its your choice -then travel to Colle by taxi where we have  lunch time  snack at a local cafe or restaurant. More time to paint or sketch . Fold up artist chairs provided.  The taxi will pick  us up in the  late afternoon.  Return to Montecatini for a siesta and freshen up before dinner at the hotel.

Painting day out

Day 4. Sunday 21stAugust  Montecarlo  
Breakfast at hotel . Departure by taxi for Montecarlo  in the morning - a charming medieval village situated about 15 Km from Montecatini. Plenty of small shops and cafes, walks and interesting streets, Inspirational  views , nooks and crannies  and streetscapes .Included -At 4:00 we have  an opportunity to visit  and explore the picturesque fortress where you can also paint. .Return by Mini bus / taxi.  Dinner at the hotel.

Day 5  Monday 22th August Painting day/free day

Breakfast at hotel  Free day or optional painting  in Montecatini Alta –the historic  upper old town . A visit via cable car  with spectacular vistas and medieval streetscapes  should not be missed -  a painters paradise. 

Have  lunch in one of the charming cafes in the square -
 your choice – continue painting / go shopping  for quirky souvenirs ,
 browse or just relax and people-watch in the cafes 

Dinner at Hotel 

OR avail of the oppertunity to spend the day at the SPA 

The  cost to Spa Grotta Giusti   www.grottagiustispa.com  is 

 €24,00 daily entrance to the thermal pool  

or € 40,00 entrance to the natural steam bath 

(The Hotel offers 10% discount on the entrance to the pool and on all body massage or facial treatment 20% discount on the entrance to the steam bath )

Or  avail of the special  PACKAGE  pool+steam bath €48,00 per person
On request a transfer by shuttle bus to Grotta Giusti  about 5 km away from Montecatini is availble  FREE OF CHARGE The transfer is available from Monday to Saturday . ( Request at the hotel ) 

"Birth of Venus " by Boticelli *

 Day 6  Tuesday  23rd   August       FLORENCE 

Breakfast at hotel.   Morning Departure for beautiful Florence by train from Montecatini . The guide will be waiting for us at the train station and  will  take us to  world famous Uffizi Gallery  to providea short guided visit in the morning  to view  works by artists I have selected from the extensive collections such as  Sandro Botticelli (who gave art history two of  its most sublime masterpiece"the Birth of Venus" and "Primavera" )   Michelangelo, Giotto, Cimabue and  Leonardo da Vinci   . 
Lunch break.-Afternoon free to do your own thing – visit famous landmarks or trust your artist's instincts and wander around.... the best way to experience Florence  -a place I love to get lost in - its full to the brim of beautiful shops ,cafes and  historic buildings , 
Meet up and return to Montecatini by train for the  delicious dinner menu at the hotel - choose your own time to return by train - (train tickets included )

Day 7  Wednesday  24th  Free day
   Breakfast at hotel 
Morning - Optional  Painting  in the piazza by the  Hotel fountain and Montecatini.
Afternoon free – time for yourself    -your choice - continue painting  or go shopping - or  relax  - take the opportunity to  swim or avail of curative and pampering treatments in the spa( See offers above ) 
 Dinner at the hotel 
Painting Lesson by the Fountain

Day 8   Thursday 27th. August  
Early Breakfast at hotel.   
Departure for Pisa airport by bus . Arrive at  Pisa airport in time to check in for Ryanair  flight  at 10.15. to Dublin arriving 12.05. 

* Booking open until July 15th  €950 per person  -No single supplement * Full payment  required by July 15th 
 To secure a place. * Deposit of €400 secures a place. Balance payable by July 15th    
Book on line via email- Pay Pal -with Credit card or if you prefer- pay by cheque in the post. 
-contact  trudiart@eircom.net  to book  or inquire further
 or text Trudi 087 6658500 for information.

Hard copy of above with booking form  available on request

(N.B. Flights NOT included - but a taxi transfer is included and will be provided for the  Ryanair flight from  Dublin to Pisa on 18th and return on 25th August

Book on line via email-  it is possible to pay with Credit card via  Pay Pal  or if you prefer- pay by cheque in the post. 
-contact  trudiart@eircom.net  to book  or inquire further
 or text Trudi 087 6658500 for information.
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Hard copy of above  available on request

Photos from previous trips