Travel Sketchbook Workshop in Italy

Koosje Koene teaches sketchbook journaling on the Italian Riviera and Lake Como
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Koosje Koene sketchbook travel journal teaching artist

Wonderful Walks, Copious Creativity, and Lots of Laughter

Dates: September 17-24, 2023
Duration: 7 nights
Start: Milan, Italy
End: Lake Como, Italy
Sites: Milan, Rapallo, Portofino, Cinque Terre, Bellagio, Varenna, and Lenno
Cost: from $3645 USD based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: $725
Max Group Size: 14

Travel Sketchbook Workshop with Koosje Koene

Join us for a perfect blend of inspiring travel and fun, onsite art classes. Be a part of the journey on Koosje Koene’s travel sketchbook workshop in Italy. Work entirely in the field. Koosje will encourage you to draw what you see and have fun doing it. Each art class will be inspired by and include content from the beautiful locations we visit. Regardless of experience Koosje encourages students to see with beginner’s eyes.
You will visit pastel villages nestled into the coastline of Cinque Terre by rail. Then sit and sketch overlooking peaceful Lake Como and the Italian Alps beyond. Throughout, you can savor traditional Italian cooking with the finest regional ingredients. Experience an authentic Italy. Meet new friends. Capture it all in your very own travel sketchbook. Take an Art Walk. This truly will be an art-filled travel adventure.
Learn more about Koosje Koene and view her travel sketchbook work on her Artist Page.

What You’ll Love 

Travel Sketchbook Workshop in Italy

1. Planning with Care

We take care of the details. You enjoy your vacation.

2. Small group classes

With a maximum class size of 14, expect quality time during art classes. Additionally, we travel places large tour groups can’t.

3. Movable studio

Develop skills and techniques to use whenever you travel. Specifically, learn to pack light and create as you go.

4. Capture Your Experience

Your sketchbook will evolve into a personal travel journal filled with memories to last a lifetime.

Schedule

Travel Sketchbook Workshop in Italy

Program subject to change

Milan, Italy busy sidewalk scene at dusk

Day 1

Arrive at our hotel in Milan near Centrale Station. Prior to setting out, a welcome meeting gives an overview of the week. Then, we take the metro to visit the famous Piazza Duomo.

 

Rapallo Italy art travel journal workshop walking tour vacation

Day 2

To begin with we travel to Rapallo by train. Then, an orientation walk ends with a panoramic funivia ride. Later, enjoy an art class and our welcome meal looking over Portofino.

 

Cinque Terre watercolor sketchbook journal Italy

Day 3

You will sketch the colorful buildings of Cinque Terre while sitting steps from the Mediterranean sea. Together we spend the day exploring the coastal villages by foot and by rail.

Walk to Portofino Italy colorful buildings art travel journal workshop walking tour vacation

Day 4

Walk the spectacular coastline between colorful Santa Margherita Ligure and famous Portofino. When you are ready, return to Rapallo by a scenic ferry ride. Later, we’ll gather for a food and wine tasting of local specialties.

Villa Balbianello on Lake Como, Italy

Day 5

Transfer to Lake Como near the border of Switzerland. Start with an orientation walk while you get your bearings. Afterwards stretch your legs with a walk to Villa Monastero. Then sketch while sitting beside the pristine lakeshore.

 

Bellagio Italy art travel journal workshop walking vacation tour

Day 6

Some may start the day early with a cooking class. In the afternoon a short ferry ride carries us all to Bellagio. First a stroll around the village. Then Koosje Koene will lead you through a lesson. After, wander Bellagio at your leisure.

Guest with teacher cooking class in Orvieto Italy

Day 7

Start the day with a beautiful walk along Lake Como’s ancient Roman road. In a small village by the lake we’ll gather for a final class. Later enjoy our farewell meal at an intimate lakeside trattoria. 

Italy walking vacation lake como smiling group picture

Day 8

Finally it is time to say goodbye. There are no group activities planned on this day. You may depart at any time. The hotel will hold your bags if your depature is after checkout.

Travel Sketchbook Workshop in Italy

Journal memories to last a lifetime.

What’s Included

Travel Sketchbook Workshop in Italy

  • Assistance of your host / guide throughout the program
  • Koosje Koene’s  Daily Art Program
  • 1 night at 4-star hotel near Milano Centrale
  • 3 nights at our 4-star hotel in Rapallo’s waterfront
  • 3 nights at select boutique hotel on Lake Como
  • All hotel taxes and service fees
  • Daily full buffet breakfast
  • All transport per the itinerary (start Milan Hotel and end at Lake Como Hotel)
  • Metro trip to Piazza Duomo and gelato 
  • Transfer from Milan to Rapallo
  • Rapallo orientation walk
  • Round trip funivia to the hills above Rapallo
  • Welcome lunch or dinner (depending upon arrival time to Rapallo) 
  • Guided walk along coast to Portofino
  • Ferry return to Rapallo from Portofino
  • Cinque Terre train and park admission to visit the villages
  • Optional self-guided hikes between Cinque Terre’s famous seaside towns
  • Transfer from Rapallo to Lake Como
  • Orientation walk to get to know your neighborhood
  • Informal wine and cheese tasting
  • Mid-lake ferry passes on Lake Como to visit neighboring villages per itinerary
  • Guided walk to Villa Balbianello or the Lake Como Greenway
  • Optional cooking class
  • Programs are subject to change. 
Italy walking vacation cinque terre tour art journal workshop in Italy

Important Notes

Travel Sketchbook Workshop in Italy

Solo travelers and single supplements

For our guests who are traveling solo... We offer a single supplement for an additional fee if you wish to guarantee a private room.

If you do not request a private room, you may share a twin room with another trip participant of the same sex (Roomshare). When you sign up, if no Roomshare is available, a 50% single supplement will be due at final payment. However, if a roommate is found before your trip departs, you will be matched and the single supplement will be refunded.

Please note that a single supplement guarantees a private room. Whenever possible singles will be placed in the same room type as our double or twin rooms.

Twin / Double Rooms

Please be aware twin beds in Europe may have very little or no space between beds. Also, instead of a king or queen mattress, double beds are often adjoining twin mattresses secured together and made with double bedding.

Fitness

We provide a general description of our walks. It is your responsibility to know your own physical and medical condition with respect to the advisability of participating in a chosen trip. We suggest you prepare by doing some longer walks and (working up to) doing 1 hour of walking comfortably. Ideally, include walks with elevation change and stairs. (There are always stairs.)

As with any exercise program, we recommend you consult with your physician prior to your arrival regarding the suitability of a walking tour.

Many find walking sticks helpful on steep or uneven terrain. Before using them on a vacation, we strongly advise you be comfortable using walking sticks on familiar paths.

 

For additional information on these topics and more, please see our FAQ page.

Where in the World?

 

 

Italy has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine while remaining utterly true to its traditions. Our travel sketchbook workshop will tour Italy’s northern regions. To begin with our small group meets in Milan, the center of global fashion and design. Then we explore the sunny Italian Riviera in Liguria. Finally, our vacation ends in the serene foothills of the Alps and stunning Lake Como.

 

 

Airport Information

 

 

Three international airports serve Milan: Malpensa, Linate, and Bergamo. Malpensa Airport (MXP) is the largest. It usually has the best connections for North American cities. Also, MXP is well connected to Milano Centrale Station by both train and airport busses.

Linate Airport (LIN) is the closest airport to the city. It is located just 7km away from Milano Centrale. From LIN an airport bus can bring you directly to the station.

Bergamo Airport (BGY) is a great choice for anyone traveling on low cost, regional airlines. Specifically, Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz Air offer regular flights to and from Bergamo. Bergamo is also served by shuttles and public transport to Milan’s center. 

 

 

For departure, Malpensa is located closer to Lake Como than Linate. From Como, Malpensa enjoys more frequent and better connections than Bergamo.

 

 

Generally speaking, you will find it most convenient and cost effective to fly in and out of Malpensa Airport.

 

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