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Mike Svob Italy Paint & Create Workshop


Master impressionist painter Mike Svob has designed another creative holiday program that entices the senses and stokes the creative fire. Explore Italy’s southernmost regions with paintbrush in hand — from the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to striking Sicily — experience the true essence of southern Italy on this rare travel opportunity. Each region visited reflects a unique history, architecture, and cuisine.

A country with incomparable artistic treasures amounting to more than the rest of the world put together. It’s hard not to feel a little envious sometimes, but it’s even harder not to fall madly in love with Italy! We invite you to join Mike Svob on this 14 day progressive plein air painting workshop in Southern Italy while exploring ancient ruins, seductive villages, and stunning scenery.

Painting Days with Mike Svob
During this Italy painting tour, every painting day or half painting day will begin with an outdoor painting demonstration by Mike. Each painting demonstration will consist of an on location painting technique or lesson to help all participants become not only better artists, but more proficient in plein air painting practice. Mike will share tips, insight, methods,explain materials and include discussion of the deep psychological artist bafflegab that makes being an artist so much fun. Following the demo, Mike will work with individual participants to help create their own works of art.

Evenings are split up with some being free a few with group dinners and at least one critique.


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Highlights Include:

  • Progressive plein-air painting workshop with master painter Mike Svob
  • Exploring the picturesque villages of the Amalfi Coast
  • Learning new painting techniques while surrounded by over 3000 years of history
  • Wandering through the cobbled streets of Old Syracuse
  • Finding your creative muse in seductive Taormina
  • Sipping wine from vineyards on the fertile slopes of Mount Etna
  • Dining on some of the most divine cuisine in the world

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Day 1: Arrival Naples, Italy (-/-/-)

Welcome to Bella Italia! Upon arrival at the airport in Naples, you will be transferred to Sorrento, the place where the Greeks placed the legendary abode of the Sirens, those wicked mermaids who lured seamen to their deaths with their sweet songs. The Sorrento Peninsula, a finger of land curling around the Bay of Naples, is beautiful with its soaring mountains and colourful flora.Overnight: Hotel Sorrento

Day 2: Sorrento to Amalfi Coast Painting Day (B/-/D)
This morning after breakfast at the hotel, we transfer by bus to the harbour of Sorrento from where we will take the boat to Amalfi. Deemed by UNESCO as an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, the Amalfi Coast is a beguiling combination of great beauty and gripping drama: coastal mountains plunge into the sea in a stunning vertical scene of precipitous crags, picturesque towns and lush forests.The glittering coastline with is picturesque villages provides unparalleled painting opportunities under the guidance of Mike Svob. This evening we dine together in Sorrento.
Painting Workshop: Full day painting along the Amalfi Coast
Overnight: Hotel Sorrento
Day 3: Sorrento Painting Day (B/-/-)

This morning we find a picturesque locale in Sorrento to paint from the cliffs above the Bay of Naples.This afternoon you may choose to join an optional excursion to a nearby island or to the incredible archaeological site of Pompeii (at own cost).

Painting Workshop: Full day painting Sorrento
Overnight: Hotel Sorrento

Day 4: Sorrento to Positano Painting Day (B/-/-)

After breakfast we board our bus in order to visit the gorgeous Amalfi Coast. Today we visit Positano which is arguably the coast’s most picturesque and photogenic town, with steeply-stacked houses tumbling down to the sea in a cascade of sun-bleached peach, pink and terracotta colours. No less colourful are its steep streets and steps lined with wisteria-draped hotels, smart restaurants, and fashionable boutiques.

Painting Workshop: Full day painting in Positano

Overnight: Hotel Sorrento

Day 5: Flight to Catania to Syracuse, Sicily (B/-/D)

This morning we fly from Naples airport to Catania, Sicily. Eternal meeting point between East and West, the gorgeous island of Sicily is a linchpin of Mediterranean culture and one of Europe’s most alluring destinations.

Once we arrive in Catania, we will transfer to Syracuse. More than any other city, Syracuse encapsulates Sicily’s timeless beauty. Ancient Greek ruins rise out of lush citrus orchards, cafe tables spill onto dazzling baroque piazzas, and medieval lanes lead down to the sparkling blue sea. But as handsome as it is, the city is no museum piece − life goes on here much as it has for 3000 years.

Painting Workshop: Non-painting day
Overnight: Hotel Syracuse

Day 6: Syracuse City Tour (B/-/-)

This morning enjoy a tour of some of Syracuse’s amazing highlights! Highlights include: the Archaeological Park, the historic island of Ortygia (Old Town), Temple of Apollo, Fountain of Aretusa, the main piazza, and the Duomo, a former Temple of Athena. Wandering the narrow roads of the Old Town is one of the highlights of this city, once the largest in the ancient world.

Painting Workshop: Half day painting in Syracuse
Overnight: Hotel Syracuse

Day 7: Syracuse Painting Day (B/-/-)

Spend the day painting the beautiful alleyways of Old Syracuse.

Painting Workshop: Full day painting day in Syracuse
Overnight: Hotel Syracuse

Day 8: Syracuse Painting Day (B/-/-)

Today we continue our plein-air painting projects in enchanting Syracuse.

Painting Workshop: Full day painting day in Syracuse

Overnight: Hotel Syracuse

Day 9: Etna & Winery Tour (B/-/-)

We start our guided adventure today with a scenic drive towards the fertile slopes Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Italy. The views are absolutely breathtaking so make sure you have your cameras and sketchpads handy. Next we’ll visit a winery on the fertile slopes of the mountain, where we’ll enjoy a tour through the vineyards and taste some of Sicily’s deservedly famous wine.

This afternoon we continue to the seductive seaside resort of Taormina. It was founded in the 4th century BC, it enjoyed great prosperity under the Greek ruler Gelon II and later under the Romans, but fell into quiet obscurity after being conquered by the Normans in 1087. Spectacularly perched on the side of a mountain, Taormina is now Sicily’s most popular summer destination.

Painting Workshop: Non-painting day
Overnight: Hotel in Taormina

Day 10: Taormina City Tour (B/-/-)

This morning we’ll take a walking tour of Taormina and its remarkably-situated ancient Greeco-Roman Amphitheatre, which is still used today for open-air performances with Mount Etna as the incredible backdrop. During your leisure time, feel free to luxuriate in this cliff-hanging, old-world resort town. Wander through its elegant gardens, posh cafes and shops, ride a cable car down to the beach or explore the nearby mountain-top village of Castelmola. Any way you slice it, you’ll have a ringside seat to savour il dolce far niente (the sweetness of doing nothing), Sicilian style.

Painting Workshop: Half day painting in Taormina
Overnight: Hotel in Taormina

Day 11: Taormina Painting Day (B/-/-)

With stunning vistas around every corner, there is no shortage of stunning painting locales in this enchanting city.

Painting Workshop: Full day painting day in Taormina
Overnight: Hotel in Taormina

Day 12: Taormina Painting Day (B/-/-)

Let seductive Taormina be your creative muse today.

Painting Workshop: Full day painting day in Taormina
Overnight: Hotel in Taormina

Day 13: Taormina Painting Day & Critique (B/-/D)

Enjoy your last day in one of the most picture-perfect locations to be found anywhere.This evening we dine together and reflect on our wonderful adventure.

Painting Workshop: Talk & Critique

Overnight: Hotel in Taormina

Day 14: Departure Day  (B/-/-)

After breakfast this morning, we transfer from the hotel in Taormina to the airport in Catania.

If you would like to extend your trip, chat with your adventure specialist at Finisterra Travel.

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Mike studied at the University of Western Ontario. He is a past president of the Federation of Canadian Artists and is also a senior member (SFCA) of this society. As an award-winning artist and a leading teacher and workshop instructor, Mike strongly believes that sharing knowledge among fellow artists and art students provides only positives results for all.

His paintings are held in many private and corporate collections throughout the world. His work has been featured in International Artist Magazine, Magazin Art, and in many newspapers throughout North America and is also included in several art books.

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Tour Inclusions:

  • Progressive painting workshop with Mike Svob
  • 13 nights accommodation based on double occupancy
  • All transportation as per itinerary (boat, private bus transfers, one way flight from Naples to Catania)
  • 13 breakfasts & 4 dinners
  • Guiding services as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Tips (drivers, included meals service staff, guides, etc)
  • All applicable taxes

Tour Exclusions:

  • International flights (can be arranged through us)
  • Mandatory travel medical insurance and optional cancellation insurance (can be arranged through us)
  • Tips (house keeping staff, meals on own, etc)
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Transportation and services not mentioned

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Pricing & Date” tab_id=”1449223591510-29ce0fb2-4171″][vc_column_text]Date: Sept 26th, 2016



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