The Retreat

The Retreat is a small art school in the heart of Italy’s beautiful Le Marche Region specialising in exclusive painting holidays with a truly personal touch. Small groups and a ‘home-from-home’ atmosphere let any aspiring and experienced artist relax, indulge and create to their heart’s content.

We are an enthusiastic team with a passion for art and all things Italian. John, is an English painter who loves classical renaissance art enjoys teaching professional painting workshops here in the summer.  Jana, The Retreat owner has a talent for cooking deliciously fresh summer meals! And she will be looking after your hospitality. You may not only leave here rejuvenated and inspired with lots of new art work but also plenty of recipes to try out at home.

The location for the The Retreat was inspired by an Italian artist friend’s recommendation to visit „Italy’s best kept secret – Le Marche“. It was love at first sight. Here, you find all regions of Italy combined into one – the rolling hill-sides of Tuscany, the mountains of the north and coastal scenes and beaches of the south all in one panoramic view. It truly is ‘tutto Italia in una regione – all of Italy in one region’ as the Italian’s call it. What better place to pitch your easel.

It was clear that there where going to be a few years of hard work ahead, restoring old farmhouse and turning it into a charming art retreat. Waking up to stunning views every day though made this a labour of love.

The Retreat is now again a typical marchesian farmhouse with a soul. There are three charming guest rooms, two self- contained apartments, as well as an art studio. Around the house, there is plenty of outdoor space with pergolas and gazebos where to sit and paint, or simply relax and enjoy al fresco meals on warm summer evenings.

Set in beautiful surroundings 700 meters above the sea you will be able to enjoy wide open panoramic views across the region. With ancient hill-top towns dotted across the landscape, fields, olive groves and vine-yards changing colours throughout the seasons, there is endless inspiration for any painter right at your fingertips.