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Sunday morning brunch
under the shady pergola
Street art in Florence Hiking on top of the world
in the Garfagnana
Lucca's iconic Guinigi Tower Measuring for custom-made shoes The famous towers
of San Gimignano
Palazzo Pfanner,
a favorite painting venue in Lucca
Villa Reale
by Emi Kanan

Here are just a few of the things our guests have to say about us . . .

I knew the workshop in Tuscany would be great, but I had no idea how spectacular your program would be. You made sure each of us enjoyed a delightful painting experience, and every day contained something new and special — the perfect way to see Italy.
Cinda Haas, Lusby, MD
All the Best of Tuscany, A Painting Workshop with Nancy Thompson, May, 2014

This painting workshop was a wonderful opportunity to experience Italy far beyond what the average tourist would see.
Charlene Couch, Baltimore, MD
All the Best of Tuscany, Sketching and Painting with Nancy Thompson,
May, 2016

It has been such a pleasure to get to know this Italy you so obviously love. The thoughtful planning that gave us touches of local culture and cuisine as well as providing a lovely environment to rest our heads and, of course, the exquisite menus. It all made my long-awaited return to Italy exactly how I hoped to experience it. I could not have asked for more.
Mary Dalto, Silver Spring, MD
All the Best of Tuscany, Sketching and Painting with Nancy Thompson,
May, 2016

Carol and I thank you for introducing us to Lucca and the Tuscan countryside. The peace and solitude of Selva was a welcome reprieve from a hectic life. Karolina’s meals were magnifico and yummy. Your tours and Riccardo’s driving showed us off-the-beaten-path sights we would never find on our own. We have hundreds of pictures to sort and each one will carry a special memory.
Pete and Carol Marion, Orlando, FL
Essences of Tuscany tour, November, 2012

Thank you so very much for all of your wonderful hospitality at Selva, and your staff are so talented and gracious. I will remember this trip forever – the experience of a lifetime!
Lamya Deeb, Longmont, CO
The Poetic Landscape of Tuscany, with Elizabeth Mowry, September, 2012

We were so touched by the warm safety net of people you have assembled over the years that we were privileged to meet. It was inspiring to experience the trip you created for us . . . like hearing a great symphony or watching a master athlete . . . it feels like you are at the top of your game, and it is a lovely game. Thanks for an unforgettable week!
Maret Pajutee and Rod Bonaker, Sisters, OR
Essences of Tuscany Custom Tour, October, 2016

What a fabulous experience with wonderful people! Thank you, Paula, for a special, memorable time. We eat on our souvenir plates often and yearn for the delicious food we ate at the villa. Best to everyone you brought into our lives. Grazie!
Joel Kaplan, Washington, D.C.
Tuscan Inspiration: A Painting Workshop with Sandra Kaplan, October, 2016

Your style, warmth and expertise could not have been more perfect. It was a pleasure to have you guiding the way, allowing all of us to thoroughly enjoy Tuscany. The people and artisans to whom you introduced us were outstanding. Karmen and I were able to share a "mother-daughter" adventure of a lifetime. Thank you so much for all the work you and your friendly staff did on our behalf.
Jane Paulson, Portland, OR
All the Best of Tuscany, Sketching and Painting with Nancy Thompson, September, 2016

I cannot imagine a more beautiful time and a lovelier group of people! I shall hold this memory deeply in my heart. Thank you, Paula, for arranging everything so elegantly, and I have already shared Karolina's recipes. Thank you for all you did for us.
Judy Gallin, Scottsdale, AZ
Tuscan Inspiration: A Painting Workshp with Sandra Kaplan, October, 2016

Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful experience! The ambience of the villa, the sights, sounds and tastes of Tuscany were way beyond my dreams. Just being at the villa inspired me to paint – I didn’t want to stop! Magically, the time seemed to go slowly, such an enjoyment.
Linda Schulz, New York
Art Adventures in Tuscany, 2012

Our time with you in Lucca will stay with us forever. You're a wonderful host and thoughtful person. Thank you for taking good care of us!
Ginger and Bob Shaw, Portland, OR
Essences of Tuscany Custom Tour, October, 2016

Thanks for an amazing trip. For me it was the perfect blend of interesting activities and quiet time to paint or rest. The setting was so beautiful and was an inspiration for sketching and painting. Karolina produces amazing meals and is so attentive to needs. Nancy was very generous with her time and talent. I feel I improved and came away with new skills that will help me grow as a painter. Your organization and schedule made the most of our time there without leaving us exhausted. I really can't think of any way to improve the experience. I hope I will be able to do a future trip with you. Mille grazie for an amazing experience!
Barbara Conover, Grahamsvlle, NY
All the Best of Tuscany, Sketching and Painting with Nancy Thompson, May, 2016

Words fail me when trying to thank you for making my workshop so successful. I’m so thrilled with all you and your staff have done to make our group experience another special one. Can’t wait for the next time.
Sandra Kaplan, Artist and Instructor, Denver, CO
A Tuscan Inspiration, A Painting Workshop with Sandra Kaplan, September. 2011

Brava for providing an experience like no other – along with Brenda’s workshop, you provided adventures in travelling around Tuscany and culinary delights such that this poor Cajun girl has never had!
Barbara Dugas, Lake Charles, LA
Tuscany en Plein Air with Brenda Swenson, September, 2011

What a wonderful experience it was to be in Tuscany, accomplish those walks, ogle the scenery and, above all, stay in such an enchanted place. All the help and guidance you gave us, the tours, the concert, the splendid food and drink, all the little extras – we really appreciate it!
Stuart Green, Warrenton, VA
Walking Tuscany, May, 2010

It was a wonder-filled trip, and I’m deeply appreciative of your care and feeding in support of our walking adventures. I loved all your activities, such a varied and entertaining program. It was such a joy to be in your beautiful farmhouse, so steeped in history and so full of beautiful furniture and pottery. Tuscany really came to life in those surroundings.
Susan Barkan, Mountain View, CA
Walking Tuscany, May, 2010

It's hard to hold on to stress at Selva.
Jan Harvey, Blue Jay, CA
The Inspiration of Tuscany, A Painting Workshop with Judy Schroeder, 2009

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