A Painting Course with Phoebe Dickinson at Villa Cetinale

2019 dates to be confirmed soon

Please contact Phoebe to be put on the waiting list

The price includes your room, food and wine.
There will also be optional yoga with the brilliant Sophie Oakley. Massages can also be organised.

The nearest airports to Cetinale are Florence and Pisa. Florence (75mins) is nearer than Pisa (110 mins), but the Pisa flights are more frequent and reliable, as Florence often cancels flights due to wind.

A typical day could start with some warm up yoga, followed by a delicious breakfast in the sun. We will then paint for 2-3 hours and stop for lunch and a siesta. Painting will resume again for a few hours when it gets cooler and the light gets more beautiful. Phoebe will demonstrate by painting alongside you as she feels this is one of the best ways to learn. On the Tuesday, she will not be teaching (although she will be on hand for any questions) and there will be a day of leisure, with the possibility of visiting Florence, Siena or one of the many beautiful nearby hamlets. At no point is anything compulsory!

Although this is primarily a landscape course Phoebe is very happy to do some still life teaching as well.

Please contact Isabella (villacetinale@gmail.com), the manager, to book a room or if you have any questions regarding the course. She can also help you with your travel arrangements to and from Villa Cetinale. Her telephone number is: +39 0577311147

15% off for non-painters.


Available Rooms & Prices

Includes food and drink but not travel

1 x ground floor double bedroom with en suite bathroom €2,000 pp

3 x double bedrooms on the piano nobile with en suite bathrooms €2,500 pp

2 x large mezzanine bedrooms interconnecting. They each have a bathroom €1,850 pp

1 x single library bedroom with a large bathroom €1,700 pp

2 x large double bedrooms on top floor with en suite bathrooms €2,000 pp

1 x double bedroom with adjoining twin bedded room and shared bathroom €1,700 for each.

1 x twin-bedded room with bathroom €1,700 pp

Materials List


  • Plein-air easel or pochade box with tripod
  • Rolled canvas/ canvas boards/ wooden panels or gessoed panels. Recommended sizes 10” X 12”, 12” X 12”, 11” x 14” (or size of choice-but I wouldn’t go too big)
  • Canvas corner chips or coins so I can show you how to transport your paintings safely when they are finished but still wet (masking tape is very important). If you are bringing canvas also bring tape and a larger size panel to tape it to
  • Turpentine (I would recommend bringing Zest it which you can buy from Jacksons online art store because it is safe to fly with)
  • Linseed oil or medium of choice (optional) I actually often paint using tupernoid when I am flying abroad because its safe to fly with and acts as a medium and a brush cleaner. Or sometimes I just bring Zest it and don’t bother with a medium
  • 2 jars or containers with secure lid (1 for brush cleaning 1 for medium)….if you decide to bring both
  • Brushes
    • Hog bristle and or synthetics both big and small so we can try different things
    • Flats size 2, 4, 6, 10, 12 (or sizes of choice)
  • Pallet knifes (at least two) large and small sizes
  • Pallet if your pochade box doesn’t have one it
  • Oil paints – I usually use Old Holland, Michael Harding and Windsor and Newton for the more costly colours. You don’t have to use/bring them all, but obviously if you have them or want to buy them, it’s fun to have many more colours. These are the colours I would bring:
    • Titanium white (large tube)
    • Cadmium lemon
    • Yellow ochre
    • Cadmium yellow deep or orange (optional)
    • Cadmium red
    • Burnt sienna
    • Alizarin crimson
    • Ultramarine blue
    • Cereleum blue (optional but I love)
    • Cobalt blue (optional but I love)
    • Olive green or sap green
    • Black (optional)
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • If you like painting under an umbrella in the sun please bring a painting umbrella if you have one if not there is plenty of shade

Please let contact me know if you have any questions on the materials list.