The property features a large studio as the perfect location for our workshops and creative holidays in Tuscany.
A cozy and quiet retreat with stunning view, local genuine food&wine, full on-site assistance for painting, photography, yoga & mindfulness retreats as well as creative writing seminars.
A covered porch is a good option for sheltered classes and tasty aperitives with prosecco and homemade fingerfood.
We are proud to partner with Laura and Filippo, owners of this spectacular eco-friendly farm house Ancora del Chianti - A Casa Tua in Toscana, located at only 20 km from Florence and 40 km from Siena, Tuscan cities of art.
Rediscover the traditions of the Tuscan countryside in a young and welcoming bed and breakfast, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, immersed in nature, among the vineyards, cypress trees and olive groves.
The farmhouse is only 5 km outside the town of Greve in Chianti situated on a hilltop. Free WIFI and communal kitchen free of charge for our guests.
From here you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the Greve valley (Lamole, Panzano in Chianti, Montefioralle, Castello di Verrazzano, Castello di Vicchiomaggio) and across the extended Florentine Chianti landscape. The property is also surrounded by a large garden with beautiful plants and flowers.
We offer double and twin rooms accommodation, all situated on the ground floor, in the barn or in the main house with en suite bathrooms. Each room is different in terms of size and furnishings and reflects the owners' passion for art, creativity and the Tuscan countryside.
Guests can benefit from the simple delight of a silent morning stroll before enjoying a varied and abundant breakfast in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere.
Laura and Filippo proudly and actively promote sustainable tourism.
Laura looks after the guests' arrival and follows their stay with every detail. She personally decorated the interior of the property and in particular loves to paint the flowers from the garden in watercolour. Her latest discovery is creative sewing.
Filippo's passion is for the land and the open air. He looks after the vineyards and the olive groves, producing both wine and organic olive oil.
We offer a peaceful holiday in a simple and well-kept environment, in harmony with nature, where the frenetic pace of life can slow down, allowing guests to re-adjust to their own rhythm and to simply rejuvenate.
At sunset, the garden offers a moment to relax before dinner. The stars will light the way to your room ...
... where a comfortable bed and an undisturbed sleep complete a day of discovery and emotion, accompanied by the gentle sound of crickets ...
You will be guided by a passionate and experienced teacher, speaking fluent English in an inspiring and warm environment. The teacher combines her passion for arts and watercolour with a competent teaching approach and a strong connection to nature. She will give you tips and advises helping you to improve and develop your personal style and expression.
You can learn how to draw your subject and compose the painting, about color theory and perspective. You will excercise different watercolour techniques, including layering, positive and negative painting, improve your control of water and colour. You will obtain all the necessary knowledge to continue the adventure of painting watercolours on your own once you will be back home!
You will be in constant contact with beauty and nature during your painting session or sunrise meditation.
The wonderful Tuscan light has inspired an infinity of artists.
Whether you are an absolute beginner looking for a new challenge, or more experienced willing to improve your existing artistic skills.....This is for you!
Landscape Painting Workshop
The marvellous views and scenic settings will inspire us with endless subjects. Painting 'en plein air' and enjoying the outdoor location embracing olive grooves, wines and the hills of Chianti will certainly be an unforgettable experience. Sketching and drawing, composition and perspective, light and shadow - observing and capturing the Tuscan colours and light during different moments of the day, as well as studies of characteristic elements will be part of the program. You will learn how to build up a watercolour painting with layers and achieve deepness and distance to your work ending up with a very personal souvenir of Tuscany!
Nature and Floral Painting Workshop
You will be inspired by the beatiful garden and surroundings with flowers, herbs, trees and branches with their foliage and fruits, pots with succulents and much more. Painting surrounded by the fragrance of the seasonal flowering such as roses, honeysuckle and iris, as well as herbs like mint, lavender, rosemary, is a pleasure for your senses but also a great way to practice and learn more about watercolour techniques and botany as the teacher is also a keen gardener.
Still Life Painting Workshop
Learn or improve your painting and drawing skills, blending colours, practicing the different techniques of layering, wet-on-wet painting and wet-on-dry painting. Inspiring still lifes with everyday objects, fruit or natural elements will help us to study light and shadow, colour, prospective and composition, positive and negative painting as well as painting the background.
Inspiring Creative Painting Workshop
Often you learn the most when you are just playing with water and color! If you feel blocked when painting, even don't think you can draw or just want to feel more confident with this media, learn the basics of mixing the colors and experimental watercolour techniques, this is for you! You will excercise and learn more of techniques like wet on wet painting and wet on dry painting, positive and negative painting, how to create structures and experiment mixing different alternative materials. The skills you achieve will turn out very useful as part of your future paintings...and life!