During this unique art experience you will be able to paint your own masterpiece guided by an Italian Maestro in the placid atmosphere of the lake with spectacular views. Art meets wine during an exceptional tasting event in an unusual café: the artist and a wine expert will guide you through the discovery of the artist’s artworks and of some of the best Italian wines going from the café top floor representing Paradise, through the middle level of Purgatory, down to the underground cave with a hellish atmosphere. No matter if you never held a paintbrush in your hand before or if you are a skilled painter, creating your own artwork is about relaxing your soul and releasing your emotions
The train leaves from Milan at 08.20am and arrives at the enchanting village of Varenna after one hour. A 15 minute walk (1km/0,62 miles) takes you to Villa Monastero, a stylish mansion completely furnished and surrounded by a botanic garden with several rare plants generating a true explosion of colours and scents all year round.
Get back to the village of Varenna following the lakeshore and reach the harbour to board the boat leaving at 11.23 and taking you to Bellagio in only 15 minutes. Explore the old village or the Villa Melzi Gardens, crossed by many winding paths with Egyptian sculptures and Roman statues that add to the romantic atmosphere of the garden. You will admire many exotic trees and be fascinated by the Japanese pond with water lilies, surrounded by Japanese maple trees and cedar trees.
At 02.00pm a person holding a board with the name Stile Italiano Tours will meet you at the Garden entrance of Loppia which is the one opposite to the entrance from Bellagio and together you will reach the nearby hamlet of S. Giovanni to meet the Maestro and be introduced to the ancient techniques, such as the preparation of the egg tempera. In the “bottega” you will create your own colour and then move to the small marina with a spectacular view spanning from Punta del Balbianello to the Bellagio Promontory to create a unique memory in a quiet atmosphere of pure enchantment; the only unexpected occurrence could be an intrigued local taking a stroll and peeping at your work.
At around 4.00pm you will return to the centre of Bellagio for an art and wine tasting experience in a café located on three levels each one with a different afterlife setting: Paradise, Purgatory and Hell. The wine expert will guide you through the wine tasting and the Maestro will introduce you to his artworks displayed on each level. You will have access to a special corner celebrating Giotto’s 750 year birth anniversary with a dedicated painting by the Maestro with bizarre hints that will be unveiled to you.
At the end of this wine and art experience, take the boat to Varenna leaving at 5.45pm and the train back to Milan which leaves at 6.37pm and arrives at 7.40pm
Samll group experience of min 2 max 6 people
Your painting will be suitably packed and handed to you for transportation in you baggage
In case of bad weather the painting session will take place in the Bottega d’Arte (Art Gallery)
Entrance tickets and boat tickets can be purchased only on site at the ticket offices:
Return boat tickets Varenna – Bellagio € 9.60 per person
Admission to Villa Monastero and Botanic Garden € 8 per person (€ 5.00 for over 65)
Admission to Villa Melzi d’Eril Gardens € 6.50
Boat schedule and entrance fees are subject to changes. In case of changes, updated information will be provided in advance
Train tickes will be sent to you via email 2 days before the tour date. You do not have to print the tickets but you need to be able to open the pdf file on a mobile device (tablet, smartphone) and show it to the ticket inspector
The distance between the harbour of Varenna and the train station is 7 minute walk (450mt/1475ft)