“There was a generosity of spirit about this holiday that was apparent from the moment I made my first tentative enquiry and set the tone of the whole 7 days. We were a small group that bonded very well and I loved the evening meals we shared together in wonderful restaurants that we would probably not have discovered on our own. Louise was one of the best guides I have ever met - she wears her considerable knowledge lightly, carefully judging how much we, her audience, needed to hear on a particular topic. I thoroughly enjoyed my week with Painting in Italy and would go on another in a heart beat”. – Cortona September 2019


“I absolutely loved this holiday. I have been on many of your painting holidays and each venue has offered something different. I really enjoyed being in the centre of Cortona with the lovely shops, beautiful churches, museums etc. I have returned home inspired with many painting ideas learned from Chris who was an excellent tutor.  The group was lovely company and the restaurants we visited each evening were wonderful. The wine tasting in Montepulciano and the Medieval Festival were an extra bonus. Thank you to Sheila for her great organisation ensuring that the programme ran smoothly. I’m now on a diet.  See you next year”. - Cortona June 2019


"I really enjoyed this holiday. I was lucky to be amongst a lovely group of people and the tuition was great. The hotel was in a good position with amazing views, and it was nice to dine out at a range of different restaurants, each with a different character and offering a good selection of lovely food and wine. Sheila must have given a huge amount of thought to the detail of this holiday, even booking a table on the balcony of one restaurant so that we could watch the festival taking place below. Details like this made the holiday more special and memorable. The only slight issue with the hotel was that it did not offer drinks during the day. It would have been nice if tea and coffee could have been available when we were working in the studio. However, the lovely position of the hotel made up for this, and we didn't have to walk far to find a café". - Cortona June 2019


"The whole week was brilliant especially as we were there for the Medieval festival, superb! Chris was a great tutor to learn from and an amusing and attentive host, we had some lovely evening meals as the group were all very sociable and good company. The hotel was ideally placed with fabulous views from the rooms. It would have been nice to have access to tea and coffee. The staff were helpful and pleasant but no room service. The visit to Lake Trasimeno was lovely but definitely more time needed on the island before lunch to explore or do some sketching, as it became obvious that we only just had time to eat and get back to catch the ferry. A lovely holiday with Chris.".  - Cortona June 2019


"Chris was a helpful and knowledgeable instructor and good company. He inspired us to try new things and was very encouraging. Louise was an excellent guide with great knowledge. A lovely idea would be to paint/sketch in her olive grove. The day we went to the lake would have been better if we had more time on the island to paint. We only had time for lunch. I would have been happy to have a quick sandwich and spend time sketching. There were some lovely subjects and we hardly had time to take photos. All the medieval events were super. Overall a lovely holiday. A great crowd who all got on well". - Cortona June 2019


"This was the first Painting Hoiiday that I have been on and will certainly not be the last. I have been painting for many years, and have always wanted to try these holidays. They are designed to cater for all levels of experience in painting, Following the week in Cortona, I returned home picking up so many great ideas from the excellent tutor Chris Forsey. Sheila De Vries, Director of H&G Italy pays such attention to detail, right from the initial holiday booking and through the weeks holiday, ensuring the smooth running of excursions, and evenings out in town in the town. I would fully recommend anyone with the slightest interest in painting and loving the beauty & ambience that Italy offers, to make this their next holiday. Alan Yates Cortona 10/06/2018



"Both Tom and I much enjoyed our time with Painting in Italy. Our fellow holiday makers were an excellent mix of friendly and interesting people and very easy to get on with.all the holiday was all we had hoped for and more. Louisa is very special and a wonderful guide.  Thank you for a great time. We will be talking about it for a very long time. We loved it. And I hope we can enjoy one of your holidays in the future". Simon - Cortona - September 2017


"Great accommodation with hotel staff friendly and happy to help. Very good food . Good environment for painting and relaxing. Enjoyed excursions to othe towns however not so keen on in depth history of paintings etc. Would have appreciated a bit of time to explore the shops. The artist was helpful and must be commended for managing various different types of media. Altogether a great experience". -  Cortona - June 2017


"I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. The one-to-one help and tuition from the hotel chef was both fun and informative. The guides on the excursions to Cortona and nearby monastery, to Siena and to the Avignonese Winery were all very knowledgeable, informative and clear in their explanations. The excursions themselves were well-chosen, and the winery visit was particularly spectacular! The hotel facilities and grounds, including swimming pool, were excellent and without exception the staff were friendly, helpful and attentive. The provision of taxis and minibuses was excellent. All in all, the holiday was a great success and I hope to be able to take part in a further Painting in Italy holiday and will in particular look out for activities - cooking in particular - for a non-painting partner". - John, Cortona September 2016