A Painting Course with Phoebe Dickinson at Villa Cetinale

Date 27th march – 2nd April 2023

Please contact Phoebe to enquire.

The price includes: your bedroom, plus all food and drink.
Massages are available at an additional cost.
The villa is fully staffed with chefs, waiters, cleaners and gardeners.

Mornings begin with a leisurely breakfast, followed by 2-3 hours painting. After a typical Tuscan lunch, the painting resumes, taking advantage of the beautiful afternoon/evening light, which bathes the surrounding countryside, viscerally evoking the feel of the renaissance art for which the area is famous. Dinner is preceded by cocktails and canapés.

Phoebe will sometimes paint alongside you as she feels this is the best way to learn. She will not teach on one of the days as it will be a day of leisure, with the possibility of visiting Florence, Siena or some of the fascinating nearby hamlets and churches. She will however, be on hand to answer any questions. At no point is anything compulsory!

Although this is primarily a landscape course, Phoebe is happy to do some still life teaching and interior 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 and and e-mail address is booking@villacetinale.com

To see more information and photos of Cetinale please visit the website: villacetinale.com.

The nearest airports to Cetinale are Florence (80 minutes away) and Pisa (110 minutes away).

15% off for non-painters.
No children.
30% supplement if the room is occupied by one person only (and is not a single bedroom)

There are many wonderful activities for non painters including:

Yoga lessons
Shiatsu or Chinese medicine treatment
Tennis (free)
Walking and hiking (free)
Cooking lessons and pizza making
Guided history tour of Cetinale and the gardens
Guided tours of Florence and Siena

Nearby activities:

Thermal baths, horse riding, golf, guided hiking tours, wild swimming in the river Merse, and photography workshop.

For more information, prices or to book an activity please contact villacetinale@gmail.com
+39 0577311147

Terms & Conditions

Available Rooms & Prices

Includes food and drink but not travel

Purple Bedroom: 1 x ground floor double bedroom with ensuite bathroom €3,500 per person.

Red, Blue and Yellow Bedrooms: 3 x double bedrooms on the piano nobile with ensuite bathrooms €4,000 per person.

Silver and Gold Bedrooms: 2 x large bedrooms on the mezzanine level. They each have a bathroom. €3,250 per person. (These rooms cannot be booked separately as you walk through the Gold bedroom to get to the Silver bedroom).

Amber and White Bedrooms: 2 x large double bedrooms on top floor with ensuite bathrooms €3,500 per person.

Brown and Ivory Bedrooms: 1 x double bedroom (ivory bedroom) with adjoining twin bedded room (brown bedroom). These bedrooms share a bathroom. It is €3,250 per person. These bedrooms cannot be booked separately.

Grey Bedroom: 1 x twin-bedded room with bathroom €3,250 per person

Scarlet and Green Bedrooms: 1 x single bedroom (Scarlett room) sharing a bathroom with the 1 x twin bedded room (Green room). €2800 per person. (These bedrooms need to be booked together).

30% if the room is occupied by one person only (and its not a single bedroom).

15% if the person is not painting during the week

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)
  • One jar or container with secure lid.
  • Brushes
    • Hog bristle and or synthetics both big and small so we can try different things.
    • I recommend buying your brushes from Rosemary and Co
    • I’ve had a look and the brush sets that I like the look of are: Set 150 oils and acrylic; Billy Seccombe set; Or you could mix and match and find whatever appeals to you.
  • Pallet knife
  • 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
    • Cadmium red
    • Burnt sienna
    • Alizarin crimson
    • Ultramarine blue
    • Cereleum blue
    • Cobalt blue
    • Winsor & Newton Sap Green
    • Viridian green and maybe some other greens of your choice
    • Black
  • 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 contact me if you have any questions on the materials list.

Timings of Events

Arrive 27th – check in from 4pm
28th and 29th painting days
30th- day of leisure/rest and sightseeing.
31 and 1st painting days
2nd- check out by 10 am

Booking Conditions


Check-in from 4pm, Check-out before 10am
Payment Policy
50% deposit to confirm the booking
Balance is due 60 days before arrival
Full payment is due if the booking is made within 60 days of your arrival.

Cancellation Policy

In the event of cancelling your booking, the following penalties will apply:
50% of the total rental price if the cancellation is made at any time after the confirmation
75% of the total rental price if the cancellation is made between 60 and 33 days before the start of the rental period
100% of the total rental price if the cancellation is made with 32 days or less before the start of the rental period