Member Trip to Bellagio, Italy – Painting with Janet Nunn

The trip to Italy features painting instruction with one of our favorite teachers, Janet Nunn, one night in Milan and seven nights on Lake Como in the beautiful town of Bellagio. Over the course of the week we will explore the town and gardens of Bellagio, travel by ferry to a small fishing village and to the gardens of Villa Monastero, built in the 13th century by Cistercian monks. A full breakfast buffet is included each morning and we will enjoy  Italian wine dinners the first and last night while in Bellagio. Ciao!!

Friday, April 27, 2018 through Saturday, May 5, 2018

Double Occupancy $1995 per person (without painting instruction deduct $200)

Single Occupancy $2645 per person (without painting instruction deduct $200)

 Price Includes:

·        One night hotel stay in Milan, including tourist tax

·        Transportation from hotel in Milan to Bellagio

·        Services of Raffaele Nobile owner of Tuscany in the Frame  as our Tour Guide while in Bellagio https://tuscanyintheframe.com/

·        Four days of painting instruction with Janet Nunnhttp://www.janetnunnwatercolors.com/ 

·        Seven nights at the lakefront Hotel Metropole Bellagio, including tourist tax http://www.albergometropole.it/

·        Eight breakfasts and two wine dinners

·        Lake Como ferry tickets

·        Transportation to the airport/train station in Milan

Space on the trip to Italy is very limited and will sell out fast!  A $1,000 deposit (per person) for double occupancy and $1,300 (per person) for single occupancy will be due at the time of the reservation with the remaining balance due by January 31, 2018.  The deposit is non-refundable after December 31, 2017.

Air transportation is not included. We are working with Table Mountain Travel to provide you with access to group airfares and trip extensions to additional travel destinations in Italy.

INSURANCE

We strongly advise that you take out adequate travel insurance. Please note that Foothills Art Center cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage to your luggage or personal property, nor for any other loss, damage, inconvenience, delay, illness, fatal or other injury, suffered by you as a result of making a reservation, or during your trip. This is a good website to compare travel insurance policies https://www.squaremouth.com/travel-insurance-quotes. 

ITINERARY

Friday, April 27, 2018

Arrive Milan, Italy

Accommodations at a Boutique Hotel in Central Milan – check in time 2:00pm

Saturday, April 28

8:00AM to 9:30AM Breakfast at Hotel

10:00am Depart hotel and travel to Bellagio

12:00pm Arrive Bellagio – check into Hotel & explore the lakefront and town

Lunch on your own

7:00pm Dinner with wine at a local Bellagio Restaurant

Sunday, April 29

Breakfast at the Hotel

Lunch and dinner on your own

·         We will have an easy start to the week with painting along the lakeside of Bellagio and from the Gardens of Villa Melzi, including view of the town from the promenade.

Monday, April 30 through Thursday, May 4 (varies depending on weather, etc)

Breakfast at the Hotel

Lunch and dinner on your own

Daily Activities include traveling to various painting locations just outside of Bellagio and around the lake for instruction and site seeing. The following will vary depending on weather, etc.

·         Travel by ferry to Varenna Harbour & Villa Monastero : 2 Separate locations in Varenna.  We’ll take a short ferry trip to Varenna, painting around the harbour in the morning. In the afternoon we will visit the gardens of Villa Monastero, built in the 13th century by Cistercian monks. Breathtaking views of the gardens with an endless variety of plants stretching along the lakeshores will truly inspire you.

·         We will also walk or drive (less than a mile walk along the lake) to visit Pescallo: A small fishing village with a quiet, picturesque harbour. This is an opportunity to capture beautiful reflections of fishing boats with an imposing mountainous background.

·         We will throw in a free day for you to discover the fascinating back streets, cafes and shops of Bellagio or take the ferry to explore other towns across the lake. We are also looking into arranging a cooking class at one of the top restaurants in Bellagio (there will be an additional charge for the class).

·         One of our painting excursions will include a short trip just up the hill from Bellagio where we will have use of the space of a small private Nursery Garden with views of the 3 arms of the lake & the hillside where Bellagio is nestled along the lakeshore.

Friday, May 4

Breakfast at the Hotel

Lunch on your own

·         There is the option to travel to Como town when the open-air market is on. This would be a half-day trip, and then return to Bellagio after lunch to wrap up painting from the week and have a final appraisal of your work.

Group dinner with wine for our final night in Bellagio!

 

Saturday, May 5

Breakfast at hotel

7:00am – depart hotel to travel to Milan Airport/Train Station – please do not book flights before 11:00am to ensure enough time to check in etc.

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