At Tenuta di Poggiolame


Below are a few testimonials from some of our lovely guests :

One of many fabulous testimonials from this summer 2019

"Just to repeat that we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday it was relaxing and the company was excellent. I learned a lot and Stephen actually had a rest - very unusual. Your hospitality was outstanding and we cannot speak highly enough of the food. Claudia was an excellent tutor and coaxed me into producing a piece of work that I did not believe I was capable of!" H & S August 2019 England

Thank you for your hospitality! We enjoyed a wonderful time at the villa in beautiful Umbria and taking part in the art and writing workshop and retreat and meeting the other guests. The wonderful Arte Umbria experience was a highlight of our trip and remains with us, hopefully for a long time.
Jen and John. Australia June 2019

Hi Sara
Thank you so much for looking after us. The food was wonderful even though it must be a pain to cater for everyone’s different tastes. I put on three pounds...eek.
Liz was marvellous, what a lovely lady. Even though she must have despaired of me at times she kept trying with great patience and kindness.
Once again
Big thank you and I would certainly recommend your holidays to anyone, artists and beginners alike.
Take care
Best wishes
M. UK July 2019

Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday. It has been a dream of mine to spend some time in the Italian countryside. I could not have chosen a better place with the best hosts, delicious food and wonderful views. I will miss the sounds of the boar on his night prowl and your effervescent doggy family. Liz's classes were as always stimulating and challenging and her demos and constant attention never fail to impress me. I hope I can repeat this wonderful experience.
Hilary. UK. July 2019

Dear David and Sara.
I have been very productive with my painting since my return to the states - mostly from my sketches and photos from Italy. It was such an inspiring trip.Thanks again for providing such a great experience.
Henrietta USA Summer 2018

Dear Sara
Thank you, thank you, thank you! What a wonderful week, great company, great food, great painting. Looking forward to seeing you again this year.
Genevieve July 2018

Dear David and Sara,
Many, many thanks for what was a fabulous week at your beautiful Umbrian home. This was my first holiday on my own and my first painting holiday, but I hope it won’t be my last – and anything you were running would be my first choice!
The accommodation was superb, the views spectacular, and David truly excelled himself with the catering. I loved having a swim in the pool just before dinner every day and watching the honey buzzard, black bees and swallow tailed butterflies. The excursions were unexpectedly fascinating and stimulating. Liz’s tuition was superb (as I knew it would be having read her blogs) and I have returned home inspired, better informed and with some new tricks up my sleeve!
Toni July 2018

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your hard work to ensure that our holiday was a success. You both really knocked yourselves out taking care of us. I couldn’t have asked for more. Hope your journey home was smooth. I’ll be in touch when I’ve had a go at finishing my pictures.

Nancy B. Himalayas 2018

Thank you Sara and David
Also thanks for a wonderful Holiday, I look at the pictures and think what a great experience it was. Being able to see the animals in the wild was a treat, as was seeing the Himalayas. It all went so fast. I have travelled a lot, and this trip is up among the top Holidays I have had.
Best Wishes Karen Himalayas 2018

It was my first painting holiday and I am so glad I chose you - I really loved the holiday and you both go that extra mile to make sure it works for everyone. Have lots of lovely memories - the location was really special and Grahame fab . I've bought one of his paintings. I now miss the tranquility of the lake in Udaipur.
Jealous of your next trip to the Himalayas and hope it all goes well.
Fiona H. 2017

It was a wonderful week, wonderful place, wonderful teaching, wonderful food, wonderful weather, wonderful camaraderie, wonderful!
Walter, 21 June 2017.
Now that our trip is over, I'm not sure that I thanked you for the fantastic experience in Umbria. It was perfect in all respects. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Sally Buchanan.
Thank you both for a most enjoyable holiday as paying guests in your home. What an idyllic situation to spend a week with a brilliant tutor and lovely guests who became friends by the end of the week. I have to say I feel I had the most loveliest room. Waking each morning at dawn to open my doors onto the terrace overlooking the most beautiful panoramic view listening to the birds overshadowed by the Cuckoo!! The week went by far too quickly and now it is back to reality. My sincere thanks again to you both and a SPECIAL cuddle with Sweetie Pie please. I have a lovely photo of her Estelle took with me as I sat in my bed! Enjoy your few days break before the next course commences,
Very best wishes, Jane.
I ventured abroad for my first art course to Arte Umbria three years ago. I've been back every year and this time I'm coming twice. Looking forward to the weeks already.
Tim W.
Dear Sara and David Thank you so much for an absolutely 'stand out' experience with you this past week at Arte Umbria. It was totally magical and I feel renewed and invigorated by it all. Your attention as hosts was superb and your home very special. My heartfelt thanks for putting on this wonderful course. I hope to see you again soon (I'm already thinking about the next trip!),
Fondest regards, Sadie
I so enjoyed my week with you in every way. The food was YUMMY, the company good fun, and of course the tuition was excellent ( I have even been painting at home - never been known before!) A very big thank you to you both - I shall definitely look back on the week with a huge smile on my face!
Mwah! You are such fab hosts. I have wanted to come back ever since the car left the drive! Am not normally sentimental about people and places but your set up goes way beyond perfect
Celia xxx
Hi All, Dogs included in this one off course. Excellent photos! We all look very happy and relaxed in the group, a good reflection on how everyone was feeling I think. Thank you for a truly wonderful experience, I feel inspired and must continue to improve on my art and just keep at it so I can put all the tips given to us into my work. Well I can always try can’t I! Do hope we can meet again, thank you for all your hard work Sara and David. I am sure all the other courses are successful. Give a big kiss from me to all your lovely dogs - missing Italy - House - painting - umm I think I am on the next flight out. I wish !
Love Sue xxx
Marvelous, magical location, and superb generosity of spirit from Sara and David. Great tuition which presented a great new challenge every day. This well and truly took me out of my art comfort zone. Excellent painting locations, and two first class outings. All of these points made Arte Umbria stand out from other art holidays I have been on, and made it a memorable occasion. I was really blown away by the care and attention I received’.
The morning we left I went on an early morning walk - the light was magical - and I was joined by Dolly and Fleur within an instant … it was a joy - we ran down the drive! … and it is that feeling of inclusiveness and being part of a family which makes what you have there so very special. I loved my week - it was so caring and personal….peaceful and inspiring - It is the little touches ( dare i mention the hot water bottle - the milk for the apartment fridge and kettle…and offer of loan of socks!…and so much more) which lift it to the extraordinary. i could go on - I'm sure you have heard it all before… the awe inspiring landscape… the stunning setting…fabulous food - WONDERFUL puddings!! You are special people with an extraordinary vision. Don't change... Thank you is not really enough. Jenny

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Our Tutors at Arte Umbria

All of the tutors are enthusiastic and inspirational practising artists or published authors, who cater for all abilities, from beginners through to experienced artists or writers.

The variety of artists teach oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel, pen & ink, pencil and charcoal sketching. The authors impart their knowledge and aim to motivate, encourage and give you their 'take' on the publishing world.


Our Courses at Arte Umbria

Our courses are run in a very relaxed and informal atmosphere; you choose the medium you would like to work in and set your own pace.

You can paint round the clock or spend afternoons by the pool with every opportunity to eat, drink and socialise.

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Tenuta di Poggiolame
Vocabolo Poggiolame 16
Montegabbione (TR )


Cellphone: +0039 340 371 6510

Italy: +39 0763 837347