How To Find Plein Air Painting Trips To Italy

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When one dreams of plein air painting in Italy, it’s important to look at the travel options to consider.

Here are some ideas to kick around –

  1. There’s the Arts Sojourn, a travel group of artists who plan regular painting trips to Italy. Their trips are specifically for the artist to experience Italy.  Their website is
  2. There’s Open Air Italy which specializes in small plein air painting workshops with a relaxed, stress-free, but stimulating environment for artistic endeavors. Their website is
  3. There’s Art courses in who offer painting holidays in Tuscany and Umbria for people of all abilities.

And they offer this video –

Doesn’t it make you want to go to Italy right this minute?

Or there is the Verrocchio Arts Center , in the beautiful hill top village of Casole d’Elsa, Tuscany, Italy, which offers art courses, painting holidays, sculpture courses, school trips at certain times, studios and accommodation. Their website is

Or we plan our own trip.

I suppose the bigger question would be where do I want to paint?

One might suggest (since I belong to this 8 WOMEN Dream group) that I get my hands on the book, 100 Places In Italy Every Woman Should Go by Susan Van Allen. It is said that this book inspires women to discover places that will appeal to their spirits, senses, and quests for adventure.

Sounds like an 8 Women Dream adventure.

What are your thoughts on planning a trip to Italy?

Meanwhile, I’ll be over in this corner studying.



Wendy’s dream is still to become a influential international artist, but she left 8 Women Dream in March of 2010 to complete grad school. You can enjoy her work at

  • Hi Wendy! Your paintings are so amazing and inspirational! I wish you would write more about how we can find your work and buy from you. Do you have any cards or prints in any stores that people can go find? I don’t find anything about it on your website or 8 Women Dream. I live in Southern California and don’t make it north of SF very often. I’d love to own some small prints of your pieces. Are they located anywhere? If not, are you planning this anytime soon? In the meantime, I’ll keep coming here to enjoy your stories and paintings. I admire you for attending grad school. You must be an inspiration to many people. Love, Helen

  • Savannah

    I went searching for travel tips to Italy and clicked my way to this lovely site with all you girls. I can’t paint a fence, but I do appreciate how painting in Italy would be a life-changing experience. Oh and the food, the glorious food. Good luck with your dreams. Savannah

  • Susan Truitt

    Hey, thank you for listing my tiny company! It was my dream to organize and host art workshops in being Open Air Italy. I was so pleased to see that you had listed me in this blog. Thanks again!

  • Exciting Wendy!!! Can’t wait to see what you choose to do! I LOVE Italy and know that it will be a magical adventure for you… Still think we should all create a group 8womendream trip to Italy someday too. :)

    Good luck!

  • Kim, the traveler

    Lots of options in Italy. I’m definitely getting the traveling bug and want to go somewhere soon!

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    Things are quiet here from you so I am thinking you are crazy busy with school these days. I always miss seeing your latest amazing painting or drawing.

    I hope school, commuting and all that you do is going well for you.

    Italy sounds wonderful.

  • Remy G

    Wendy I’m IN. Now lets get someone to sponsor us and we’re all good! lol I will have to get this book – I’ve only been to Rome and Tuscany but loved both very much for different reasons. Your dream gains momentum every time you do a little research here and there… it gets you closer and closer to what you want – Lemme know what you find out next! Rem