There has never been a better time to go to Italy!  Airfare is low, your trip includes your Villa room,  meals, and classes, plus you get to tour with other creatives!

Shared room price $2249.00 at Villa Pieve (See photo above.)

Private room price $2695.00 at Villa Pieve (See photo above.)

Spouses are welcome for 45% off the Private room price, assuming they will not be taking classes.



Come to Italy this fall and awaken your senses at Faux Retreat Italy. This is no ordinary trip, but an adventure of creativity and soul quenching activities you’ll never forget. Your days will be leisurely, with some days in classes with some amazing instructors, and taking in some of Italy’s most gorgeous vistas and vineyards. You will experience exquisite wines and learn to cook rustic and authentic cuisine and take time to soak up the charm of majestic buildings and the beauty of the Italian landscape. You will also spend a day in Florence taking in all the sights and history it has to offer.  Spark your creativity, try something new, and make a memory that will last a lifetime.

We will be staying at an elegant ancient house located in front of the medioeval Castel of Pieve del Vescovo, and just 5 min away from one of the most beautiful old towns in Italy: Corciano.  We are only 1 1/2 hours from Florence and 2 hours from Rome.

Part of the Villa is the Pieve International School.

Villa Pieve's facilities include various work spaces and classrooms ideally suited to this notion of the Bottega. These range from updated technological classrooms to centuries old vaulted rooms that recall the original Bottegas. The criteria defining this notion of a 21st Century Bottega is the recreation of that apprenticeship environment which includes personal contact with the Master/Professor and the direct participation of the student in the creative process that defines the field of study.

Meals at Villa - Bibi and her assistants do all of the cooking of the wonderful meals!  Breakfast is serve yourself, lunch is one course with wine and water and dinners are typically 2-3 courses with wine and water. 

Check out the beautiful Villa where we will stay.




Departure day from U.S.A.



Arrival in Italy - There will be transportation available from Florence at a designated time between 2pm - 3pm.  Make your reservations accordingly.  If you arrive later than this, we will give directions on getting a taxi, bus or other ride to apartment/hotel.

We will stay over in Florence on arrival and tour this glorious city the next two days.

We will have both group activities in Florence and you will be able to break off in groups so you get to see whatever is on your wish list.  Florence is also a shopping haven!  



  • Spend day in Florence.
  • Visit Zecchi Colori Belle Art
  • Tours
  • Dinner



  • Florence
  • Visit Battiloro, which for 15 generations have produced real gold and silver leaf.  
  • Tour museums
  • Shopping
  • We will depart for Corciano late afternoon. 
  • Dinner at Villa Pieve'                                                                                                                 


  • Villa Breakfast
  • Darrell Morrison will be conducting demonstrations on technique and tools using his Cadoro Italian Plaster and CO.ME stainless steel trowels for fine plasters.  You will be his first class teaching with this incredible new line of plasters.  They are different!!  Excellent opportunity if you are thinking about becoming a distributor.
  • Dinner


  • Villa Breakfast
  • Viero Paints from Italy will be having a class with us.
  • 4pm visit of the Carini winery, oil and wine tasting.


  • Villa Breakfast
  • Class with Prof. Luciano Tittarelli    
  • Gala dinner in evening                                                                                                                     


  • Villa Breakfast
  • Visit Grazia factory, oldest ceramic factory in Europe.
  • Cooking classes at Villa                                   


Early Departure for airport

The itinerary during our stay in Italy may change depending on tours and instructor's schedules.  Classes which may be scheduled are Italian plaster, Encaustic, Sculpture and Fresco.  

Included: Faux Retreat arranged classes, Lodging at Villa, all meals eaten at Villa, transportation to Villa Pieve.  Retreat style lodging in Florence.  

Not Included: Airfare, gratuities, museum admissions, solo tours.

Spouses/  Not Included: Airfare, gratuities, museum admissions, solo tours, classes.  

You are welcome to book other classes at the Villa art school.  Let us know, and we can provide a list of available classes for you.

After registration you will be given access to a private group, where you will find lots of information and helpful tips including, passport, trip insurance, travel, and more.


Special thank you to Carrie Chimenti who proposed the idea of an Italy retreat to me several years ago. Carrie is a Decorative Artist from Wisconsin, who used to work at the Villa where we will be staying.
— Kathy Boyd