Printmaking Holiday In Italy FAQs

The following questions frequently come up about my Art Holidays In Italy – Printmaking In Tuscany trip. Click the ‘+’ beside any of the questions you are interested in to find out more about my printmaking holiday in Italy.

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Where is Quattro Archi?

QUATTRO ARCHI is in the old town part of Barga in northern Tuscany, Italy. It is situated close to the top of the town near the catherdral. It is about an hours drive from Pisa or an hour and 20 minutes from Florence. Use the Google map on the Printmaking Holiday In Tuscany page to zoom in and out to see exactly where it is.

Do I need to be able to draw?

Absolutely not, no experience is necessary when doing printmaking. It is possible to work from photographs and or other found imagery that inspires you. In some cases tracing a photo or found imagery is possible. Printmaking is easy and fun and the results are always surprising and you will want to do more and more.

Do I need to be able to draw cats and dogs ... like me?

Absolutely not, that’s just what I do (as well as many other wonderful creatures). Although by all means if that is what you would like to do please feel free. The holiday is designed for you to create what you want. Quattro Archi is situated in the beautiful Tuscan town of Barga. There is lots of inspiration everywhere to give you ideas for creating prints … and even the occasional cat sitting in a doorway.

Where will the printmaking take place?

The printmaking workshops will take place in a purpose made printmaking studio on the floor beneath one part of the house. Access to the studio is via a steep set of metals steps off the main corridor of the house. There is an alternative route to access the studio via the entrance to the gallery space. The gallery entrance is a short walk around the property and down the hill. 

What is the accommodation like?

The bedrooms at Quattro Archi are airy, cool and comfortable, and most of the bathrooms are spacious with brand new showers. Decoration is a gentle mix of Italian and English with some of the furniture beautifully decorated by Jane. The overall feeling is simple and welcoming. Towels are provided in all the rooms.

Will it be hot when I go to Barga?

At the time of the holiday in September, yes it could be warm but as Barga is situated high up in the mountains the temperature will be cooler than at sea level. Mid September the temperatures can be around 20°C to up to 25°C. This will be a comfortable temperature to enjoy Barga while printmaking.

How much cash will I need to bring?

Please bring sufficient cash with you to pay for your pizza during the week. Most local cafes, restaurants and shops will take credit and debit cards.

Where is the nearest supermarket?

The nearest supermarket is situated in the new town of Barga. It takes approximately 10 mintues to walk there and is all down hill. However, remember you will have to walk back up hill to get back to the Quattro Archi. There is a shopping trolley that can be used to transport supplies back to your accomodation.

Is there WiFi?

Yes there is WiFi at Quattro Archi. The password for the Wifi will be given out on arrival. Please feel free to bring ipad’s or laptops.

Can I go for walks?

Yes, it is possible to go on walks from the property. I would strongly advise you to take a walk each day to explore the town, it is beautiful. Please be advised that the old town of Barga is situated upon a steep hill. Many of the pathways are narrow and steep. The town is small and easy to navigate once you get your bearings.

Are meals included in the holiday?

Breakfast is included on the holiday. Lunch and most evening meals will be additional although your evening meal on the first and last evening are included. There are lots of lovely places to eat in Barga. Information about these will be given out on arrival.

Is there vegetarian food available?

Yes, many of the restaurants cater for vegetarian and vegan diets. Food can be prepared in either of the two kitchens at the Quattro Archi if you prefer not to eat out. The supermarket is stocked with lots of variety and caters for all dietary requirements.

Can I relax on my own?

There will be group workshops and other activities planned throughout the week but you can choose to opt in and out as you choose. At Quattro Archi you will find a myriad of nooks and crannies to relax around the property on your own or with new friends with plenty of choice between sun and shade. The terrace at Quattro Archi is definately one of the most beautiful places to sit and relax. The views of the rooftops and mountains beyond make for the perfect place to relax and enjoy your holiday.

Will I be able to buy alcoholic drinks?

I will provide red and white wine on your arrival in Barga. Additional alcohol can be purchased at the supermarket in the new town of Barga.

Will there be tea and coffee?

There will be tea and coffee available during your stay at Quattro Archi.

Is there a hairdryer?

Hairdryers are available to use on request, just ask on arrival. Jane and Michael prefer you not to bring your own as the Italian electricity supply in this old part of the town is more suited to low power appliances like their own.

Do I need to bring towels?

There is no need to pack a towel. Towels are provided in your rooms for the duration of your stay.

If you have any further questions about my printmaking holiday in Italy please do not hesitate to contact me.

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