I loved returning to Città di Castello, enjoyed the familiar places and faces, the visits to new towns and seeing great artwork for the first, or another, time. Art Incontro has spoilt me (in the nicest possible way) for the many group trips on offer, where the pace is frenetic and experiences of places is superficial and brief. It’s ideal to stay in one place for a time and have a focus, a project to do. One of the highlights (of many) was visiting that library of ancient books. I only realise now what a privilege it really is to experience Italy the Art Incontro way.

Fran, Umbria 2017,

BENEFITS OF LUCIA’S ART INCONTRO BOOTCAMP:(a) I lost weight; (b) My bone mass and muscle mass increased; (c) My actual age decreased; (d) I accepted the challenge of making two new artists’ books; (e) I managed to get everything into my bag; (f) Most of all, it was fun and I’d do it again.

Eileen Dillon Smith, Veneto 2016,

I really appreciated Lucia’s commitment to providing us with the most enjoyable artistic, cultural and ethical adventure possible. The ecological awareness built into every-day practices was very impressive. I loved the way Lucia used her artistic, organisational and people management skills to assist us all to develop our own creativity. And I just adored the printmaking: learning a new skill in such wonderful surroundings was a treasure.

Mary Day, Sicilia 2015,

Red faced and exhausted but I loved it! Highlights for me included anything to do with Piero della Francesca. The day with the arboreal archaeologist and the happy al fresco lunch under the trees was another standout. Perugia’s Medieval Garden was lovely – I could have sat there all day with my sketch book. Staying at the Antica Canonica with the charming Elisa was another huge plus. I loved the independence of the itinerary but at the same time knowing that Lucia was there. I love the way she creates the unexpected. So much for the eye and being part of a community, albeit for a short time!

Margaret Anderson, Umbria 2015,