Art Walk Italy Rates & Dates
April 6-13, 2019 (7 nights)
$3350 based on double occupancy, land only
$695 single supplement
Veneto Extension
Padua, Verona, Venice
April 13-16, 2019 (3 nights)
$995 based on double occupancy, land only
$350 single supplement

Benvenuti in italia!

Art journal workshop travel pam garrison Italy Cinque Terre vacationNorthern Italy sun-kissed in the springtime. Visit pastel villages nestled into the coastline. Sit and sketch beneath sprawling wisteria in full bloom. Stroll quiet pathways and discover eclectic, unique shops. Inviting and inspiring, it’s the perfect setting for our ArtWalk Italy, a travel journal workshop with Pam Garrison. Walk, sketch, paint, and collect your way through Milan, the Italian Riviera, and Lake Como. Extend your stay to visit Padua, Venice, and Verona. Experience an authentic Italy. Capture it all in your very own travel journal.

Art journal workshop with Pam Garrison

Art journal workshop Pam Garrison ItalyCome along on this uniquely curated tour and art journal workshop with Pam Garrison. The only prerequisite is a desire to have fun and get creative.
All types of media will be introduced and encouraged: sketching, ephemera collecting and incorporating, lettering, water-coloring, and more. Pam presents it all with an eye toward simplicity and techniques that are approachable. You’ll create your own keepsake book, a one of a kind art and travel journal. It is a vivid souvenir of your time spent in Italy.
Spontaneous, enlightening and lighthearted, part of your travel journal workshop with Pam Garrison will take place “in the field”, inspired by what you find. Other sessions will be structured class time to make the most of your art workshop vacation.

The Italian Riviera

Milan Flea Market watches Pam Garisson Art Journal workshop Italy Milan Cinque Terre Portofino Lake Como vacation
We’ll start off with a trip to the famous and fabulous Artigianato e Collezionismo flea market in Milan. A collector’s delight, you’ll find one of a kind treasures, knickknacks gaudy and glorious, and special souvenirs you may add to your travel journal. Colorful and fun, the market is a great place to rub elbows with locals, practice a little Italian, and have a laugh. You can always sit and sketch a spell if you spend your shopping allowance.
Walking vacation Italy cooking class pesto rapalloFrom Milan, we will travel by rail, down the coast to Rapallo.  Lovely all on it’s own, with a small harbor, promenade, and old town, Rapallo is the perfect base to explore the Italian Riviera. The five coastal villages of Cinque Terre lie in one direction and gorgeous Portofino is in the other. Our 4-star, family run hotel is perfectly situated on the waterfront and steps from the ancient city center. First we’ll leisurely walk coastal paths from Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino. The next day we use the regional train to explore the fishing villages of Cinque Terre. Our welcome dinner at a small, chef-owned ristorante in the centro storico will feature local and seasonal fare. On another day we will sample local wines and get the inside scoop on how to make pesto – a specialty of the region.

Lake Como

Villa Balbianello Lake Como Italy art workshop walking vacation
After exploring the colorful Italian Riviera – stately Lake Como awaits. Surrounded by Alpine foothills, your travel journal workshop with Pam Garrison becomes a peaceful art retreat on the water. With Pam’s guidance and encouragement, outdoor cafes and pretty piazzas draped with wisteria become the perfect settings to watch the world go by as you fill your art journal. Based in Bellagio and Lenno, we will ferry around the lake, visiting nearby villages and famous villas, strolling the easy promenades, and taking in views from the water and lakeside paths. A half-day cooking class option gives a hands-on experience of Italy’s culinary arts.

Veneto Extension

Italy walking vacation tour Padua Venice Verona Is a week just not enough? We’ve got you covered. Join us for a 3-night guided extension to the Veneto region. We will travel by rail from Lake Como to Padua to check into our welcoming, family run hotel in the beautiful historic center. After dropping our bags, we’ll head off to Prato della Valle, Padua’s weekly open market. It’s one of the best in Italy and takes place in the country’s largest piazza. Along with basic household items you’ll find vintage fashion, quality cashmere, leather goods, haberdasheries, and more!
The oldest city in northern Italy, Padua is an ancient town with winding, arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze. It is situated perfectly with Verona to the west and Venice to the east. By rail we will visit magical Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The next day we travel the short 25 miles to Venice for a day to wander its picturesque streets and tranquil canals.

 Travel Journal Workshop with Pam Garrison: What’s Included

  • Assistance of your host / guide throughout the program
  • Pam Garrison’s Art Program
  • All hotel taxes and service fees
  • Daily full buffet breakfast


  • One night at our 4-star hotel in Milan
  • Guided travel via metro to Piazza Duomo
  • Guided travel via metro to Artigianato e Collezionismo Flea Market
  • Welcome aperitivo or gelato
  • Transfer by train from Milano Centrale to Rapallo


  • Three nights at our 4-star waterfront, family-owned hotel in Rapallo
  • Orientation walk along Rapallo’s promenade and centro storico
  • Welcome dinner
  • Stunning coastal walk from Rapallo to Portofino
  • Return from Portofino back to Rapallo by bus or coastal boat
  • Round-trip train from Rapallo to Cinque Terre to visit the towns
  • Optional self-guided hikes between its famous seaside towns
  • Local wine tasting


  • Train transportation Rapallo to Varenna on Lake Como
  • Ferry from Varenna to Bellagio
  • Three nights in our favorite central waterfront hotel
  • Orientation walk in Bellagio
  • An all day mid-lake ferry pass
  • Visit to Lenno, with a guided seaside walk
  • Optional cooking class
  • Optional visit to Villa Carlotta and/or Villa del Balbianello


Art Walk Italy Sample Itinerary (program will modify to include art program)

Travel journal workshop with Pam Garrision Italy Flea MarketDay 1:

Start your vacation by checking into our Milan Hotel convenient to the Milano Centrale train station. Then, at 4 pm, join our meet and greet with program overview. Afterward, we’ll travel by metro to see Milan’s Duomo. There we will find a gelato or aperitivo to enjoy while soaking in our first sites of Italy.

Day 2:

By metro, travel to Artigianato e Collezionismo Flea Market to treasure hunt with Pam. Later that afternoon, travel by train to Rapallo. There, we will check into our hotel located perfectly between the promenade and centro storico, followed by an orientation walk and local wine tasting.

Day 3:

Start the day with a quick bus ride to nearby Santa Margherita Ligure. From there enjoy a stunning coastal walk to the beautiful resort town of Portofino. Afterwards, afternoon is yours to explore. Stroll through the town, visit Brown Castle, enjoy additional scenic hikes, or indulge in a light lunch at the luxurious Belmond Splendido. When you are ready, take the ferry back to Rapallo. Later that evening meet for dinner at an intimate chef-owned restaurant in the Centro.

Day 4:

Travel by train along the coast to Cinque Terre. Your included train pass allows you to take the train between towns at your leisure. Partake in guided exploration of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, and Riomaggiore, or adventure onto the available footpaths between the towns which offer stunning views from the mountainous vineyards set high above the seaside villages.

Day 5:

From Rapallo we travel by train to Lake Como’s Varenna, and then take a short ferry ride to the pretty town of Bellagio. After checking into our shorefront hotel you’ll meet for art class at the hotel (weather permitting, on the rooftop terrace to take in the view). We will end the day with an orientation walk around Bellagio.

Day 6:

The included mid-lake ferry pass allows guests to move freely between a selection of charming lake-side destinations including Varenna, Menaggio, and Lenno. After ferrying across the lake, our walk takes us along the scenic west shore of Lake Como and ends at the picturesque Villa del Balbianello, set of favorite films such as James Bond’s Casino Royale and Star Wars Episode II. In addition to visiting the towns, guests have opportunities to visit the stately Villa Carlotta with its extensive gardens, or walk ancient Roman paths used to connect the towns.

Day 7:

Today guests may spend the day exploring Bellagio, shopping, and perhaps exploring more of Lake Como. Guests may take part in a half-day cooking class option. In the evening we meet for our farewell dinner.

Day 8:


Veneto Extension What’s Included

  • Assistance of your host / guide throughout the program
  • All hotel taxes and service fees
  • Daily full buffet breakfast
  • 3 Nights at 4-star hotel in the heart of Padua’s centro storico
  • Ferry Bellagio to Varenna
    Train Varenna to Padua
  • Orientation walk in Padua
  • Welcome aperitivo or gelato Padua
  • Train Padua to Verona RT
  • Orientation walk in Verona
  • Lunch Verona
    Train Padua to Venice RT
  • 3-hour guided walking tour of Venice 
  • Farewell Dinner

Veneto Extension Sample Itinerary (program subject to change)

Day 8 (from Art Walk Italy itinerary):

Travel by a short ferry and then train from Bellagio to Padua. Transfer by van to our hotel. After check in, convene for a Padua orientation walk and welcome gelato or aperitivo.   

Day 9:

Travel by train to Verona. Enjoy an orientation walk along the Adige river through the Piazza delle Erbe and Teatro Romano, and past the famous Arena di Opera and the balcony of Shakespeare’s Juliet. We will enjoy lunch together and then the day is yours to explore this ancient city. When you are ready take the train back to Padua.

Day 10:

Travel by train to Venice. Wander through the wonderful maze that is Venice toward Piazza San Marco. We will be introduced to this magical city with a guided walking tour with a local guide. The remainder of the day is yours to explore all of Venice. We will convene later that afternoon to travel back to Padua where we will enjoy our farewell dinner.

Day 11: