What the press has said…

Always wanted to do some plein air painting in Italy? Well, if you like to paint outdoors surrounded by some of Italy’s most beautiful scenery, Arts Sojourn is offering a $100 discount off their regularly low prices (absurdly low, in my opinion). Get as much instruction as you want, all out in the open air.” — James Martin, About.com, Europe Travel  ›  November 7, 2007

If images of the Italian Riviera don’t inspire you, the gallery of work by previous sojourners and the director might.” — The Wall Street Journal  ›  March 2, 2004

What our sojourners say…

We have been to Italy many times before but this was our first trip with Matt and Barbara.  The trip was superb and exceeded any expectations we had.  To sum it up, they were like the best teachers you ever had.  Enthusiastic, knowledgeable and guiding with a gentle hand.  We are already planning our next trip with them. – J&J B. Emmaus, PA.

If you enjoy finding the little known treasures of northern Italy, and meeting strangers and parting as friends, then an Arts Sojourn may be for you. It was for us. Our tour guides personally knew the area in which we traveled intimately – where the best restaurants are, where the safe ATMs are, where the best Gelato shop is. We were accommodated in exquisite local hotels with marvelous food and accommodations. We were treated to great side trips with local guides and at the same time there was ample free time to do our own thing, which in our case was hiking, museums, opera and shopping. Will I do another Art Sojourn? You betcha! – B.W., Pagosa Springs, CO.

As a photographer I have enjoyed four different Sojourns with Matthew and Barb. The schedule is great for me, giving me time anywhere I want to photograph the sights or maybe just a bowl of lemons. Then in the evening I share pictures just as others share their drawings and paintings. For a person who just wants a little semi-structured time for photography (or writing for that matter) but wants convivial company and little trips and adventures with new friends, an Art Sojourn in Italy is terrific.” — S. Cooke, Old Lyme, CT

I have been a frequent participant of the Arts Sojourns and was delighted to finally find a trip in which I could do exactly as I pleased while still being part of a lively group of interesting people. Matthew and Barbara do extensive research finding wonderful hotels and taking care of all the travel details so that the sojourner can just relax, enjoy beautiful Italy, and have fun.” — L. J., Baton Rouge, LA

As a non-artist I found this trip a wonderful solution to the ‘I hate groups’ and the ‘I hate to travel alone’ problems. I could wander off to do my own thing by day and then meet with a very congenial and small group of likewise independent souls.” — N. M., Beaufort, SC

I’m almost afraid to tell you how nice traveling with Matthew and Barbara is, I don’t share well… but they do… and that’s the fun… you can join the group as a stranger and leave as family… this is truly comfortable travel… and Matthew knows the insides to all the areas he visits… so if you love to travel and paint this is a great way to go…” — B. W., Sarasota, FL

I recently attended the Arts Sojourn program because I was interested in learning about plein air painting with renowned watercolorist Mathew Daub. While it is a great opportunity for painters I recommend this program to anyone who wishes to broaden their horizons and replenish their spirit. The selection of hotels and locations are well thought out and away from the high season tourist traffic. If you are looking for a tightly scripted tourist traipsing schedule, this is not for you. Members of our group came from all over North America and pursued many interests including painting, photography, writing, hiking, visiting museums and of course enjoying the food and wines of Italy. I have traveled extensively throughout Europe and I highly recommend this program for those looking for a unique, relaxing cultural experience with like minded travelers.” — W. S., Allentown, PA

My wife and I were very pleased with the 2011 Arts Sojourn. The hotel in Lucca was conveniently located and started us off with an excellent breakfast each morning. The hotel also provided bicycles that made for rapid transit to the painting sites and for good exercise. A side trip to Bagni di Lucca was a special treat. The scenery was spectacular! Our stay in Sestri Levante was exceptional. The hotel was beautiful with possibly the best restaurant in Sestri, located near the Cinque Terre. All said, a wonderful Sojourn both for painting and an appreciation for good living.” — R.F., Glendale, MO