Italy: An upmarket artist’s retreat in Tuscany for the summer

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Surrounded by awe inspiring views, Villa San Rocco in Tuscany, Italy will host an Artists retreat.

Villa San Rocco Artists’ Retreats are the brainchild of  Australian business woman Sana Kojicin who is an experienced arts administrator who has spent many years running arts and cultural events at the famous Montsalvat in Melbourne, Victoria and is a hub for creative minds to converge.

Kojicin has taken this experience and created another luxurious, artistic hub for photographers and artists to meet and explore their creativity.

With Villa San Rocco tucked away in the Apennine Mountains of northern Tuscany in Italy, it’s  the perfect setting for the Artists Retreat, where photographers and artists can spend their days (or nights) absorbing the culture and history of the area, whilst learning from some of the best in the field to better develop their skills.

Steps taking you to Villa San Rocco, Tuscany

Set in a mountain village high above Bagni di Lucca, 6-12 participants staying at the Villa will also be able to take time out to relax and explore between daily classes. Given Italy is considered one of the world’s greatest gastronomic locations, retreat attendees will  immerse themselves in the Italian culture, great food, coffee and wine whilst learning to paint and take the perfect photograph.

Both the photographers and the artists retreat runs for eight days and seven nights, with two free days to explore the local village, shop at the local markets and boutique designer stores.

Beautiful views of Villa San Rocco, Tuscany

The retreat will be hosted by multi award winning Australian photographers Shireen and Robert Hammond and Australian Artist Angela Abbott.

Shireen and Robert have over 32 years of combined experience in photography and have planned a series of master classes on the reatreat to help budding photographers learn how to use light, understand composition, effective direction, retouching and more. Shireen and Robert will be sharing their tricks of the trade developed over the course of their photography career. There will be a day shoot in the picturesque ancient walled city of Lucca, which is full of splendour and energy with the lively piazzas, churches, palazzo and grand architectural style. The photographers retreat is for

Artist Angela Abbott will be leading the Artists Retreat. She has a long list of accomplishments including accolades and prizes in her field. Represented by galleries in both Melbourne and Sydney, Angela has held many solo exhibitions since 1974 and holds memberships with prestigious art groups and societies; including Twenty Melbourne Painters. Angela studied drawing under Ian Armstrong at the National Gallery of Victoria and oil painting under Shirley Bourne and will be bringing with her a wealth of knowledge for participants.

The exterior of Villa San Rocco, Tuscany
Beautiful villa rooms at Villa San Rocco, Tuscany

Villa San Rocco is the perfect retreat which provides an intimate experience for anyone attending the event. Participants will enjoy individual teaching and and have time to discover the surrounding village and countryside with vistas perfect for that Instagram capture or for capturing on canvas.

The Villa San Rocco Photography Retreat runs from 28 August to 4 September 2018 and the Artists’ Retreat runs from 18 to 29 September 2018. The retreats cost $5,700 which includes seven night’s accommodation (ex flights), all meals, transport around the village and transfers on arrival and is perfect for people who are passionate about photography or art and want to hone their skills whilst getting away from it all.

With limited spaces available click here for more details and to book.

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Rebecca dreams of sipping lattes and enjoying local wines in little boutique French cafes, off the beaten track, surrounded by villas and wineries, whilst she works on her fiction novel. She loves writing about travel and lifestyle, and dabbles frequently with new beauty treatments and products. She hopes to successfully run her own publication one day, but for now, she enjoys sharing her thoughts here on Renae's World about beauty and travel.

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