Spend a week making art in the Sabine Hills just north of Rome, exploring the local landscape and history while staying in a lovingly restored farmhouse and enjoying home-grown food and local wines.
The base for the art retreat is a traditional farmhouse nestling between medieval hilltop villages off the tourist trail. La Casa Rosa was carefully restored by the previous owner and lovingly nurtured by our family for almost 20 years. It retains its rustic charm.
The area’s colourful pagan and Christian history is reflected in the local architecture and frescoes found in towns, churches and mountainside hermit grottoes. Dominican and Franciscan ‘ways’ cross this picturesque region and pass by the famous Farfa Abbey, only 20 mins drive away.
The week offers opportunities to sketch during morning visits to sites with historic frescoes and spectacular landscape views. The afternoon is reserved for self-directed art-making and reflection. Discussions on our artistic or personal response to the sites visited are encouraged.
We visit sites in the mountains and in the local medieval villages. Although there will be some sessions in villages, sketching locations will mostly be in the countryside.
Some of the sites are unlocked especially for our group. We are given the local history by a guide and there is ample time to make observational drawings of the frescoes, architecture or surrounding landscape.
The afternoons offer time to reflect, develop art work or sit by the pool.
There is time to develop sketches and make preparatory works. A studio in the grounds seats 4 people comfortably.
There are other spaces around the property in which to work alone or with company. Within walking distance of our farmhouse there are a variety of appealing views.
Time for drawing, walking and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere out of doors is available for those who prefer this option.
La Casa Rosa
The art week is available to book individually, or as a group. The house sleeps a maximum of 6 guests.
The house is set in large grounds with a summer and winter kitchen, and studio. There are numerous places to draw and sit inside and outside the grounds. The pool is available for the guests’ use at any time.
Meals are prepared using traditional methods from ingredients picked from the garden or sourced locally.
One evening guests are welcome to prepare their pizzas from scratch and bake them in the large pizza oven.
Art weeks run from Sunday to the following Saturday during the first week of July and last week of August.
The cost of a week begins at 1300 euros per person. This is based on a shared apartment and providing own transport. It includes;
.6 nights accommodation
.6 breakfasts and picnic lunches
.5 evening meals.
One evening a meal out in a local restaurant is not included in the cost.
. If transport is required this can be booked independently. Prices may vary seasonally and a fixed price will be given to you before you commit. The price of 1300e is based on one car that seats 4 guests. Mini van rental is over priced and in the past the cost of a second car rental and insurance has been shared between the group. This gives members of the group some independence if they choose to rent their own car.
ii) Transportation to and from Fiumicino or Ciampino airport if the group is arriving and leaving together can be arranged.
i) Transportation is available to and from the local station (which is directly connected to Fiumicino airport) according to previously agreed flight times. A minimum of three hours notice prior to collection or drop off is required on arrival and departure.
There is an early-bird discount of 100 euros for those booking 6 months in advance. Larger party saving: Groups of more than 2 people will be offered a discount of 30 euros per day per person.
A deposit of 25% is payable on confirmation of a booking please.
A B&B can be booked on request for guests who would prefer to sleep off site. It is five minutes drive away and is available with a discount. Cooking and yoga classes or beauty treatments are also available on request.
Please make contact using the form below with any questions or bookings.
Art in the Sabine Hills