Art Vacation in the hills of Parma – taste the food, wine and vistas

Paint in the secret salt smugglers alcoves and 11th century villages

We are offering 3 or 5 day painting, pastel and drawing classes in the wonderful Apennine ranges Autumn and Spring 2011 2012. For more information contact Nick Garrett  @

Nick studied under Antony Eyton and Eaun Uglow at Camberwell School of art and is an accomplished artist having exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Portrait Society, South London Art Gallery, PICA (Perth) and Fremantle Art Centre in Western Australia.  Nick will take you through the essentials of preparing the canvas or panel, refining Renaissance and contemporary ground colours, setting out the pallet and mixing characteristics according to the light and the famous luminosity of Italy.

Your days will include:
Drawing at the Parmigiano Reggiano maker’s house
Walk in the hills – Painting in utopia

Drawing the rocky mines, masons villages and trails

The green hillside Pilgrims path

The hillside 11th cent hamlet

Gourmet Lunch – Food and wine tasting (Prosciutto di Parma, Culatello, Tortelli and Malvasia wines)
Painting the Castle and valley

It is a fabulous experience that can be tailored from 3 days to 5  or 7.  There is so much to see and paint!

For more info contact us @

Photo expeditions, drawing and painting with artist Nick Garrett

Ristorante Cafe al Cantere, Lerici

Oratorio di San Rocco, Lerici
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We dropped into Lerici yesterday Jan 14th and had a great bite to eat at al Cantere. It’s right on the piazza in the heart of the centre and is run by a family with a swarm or kids who made our girls feel right at home.  The food was great and price good.  We had pasta penne con scampi (seafood aka fresh sliced prawns) which was very al dente just how I like it.

The sauce was rick EVO oil, tomato and dash of chilli.

Pizza thin base crusty and tasty!!

Wine was rich local white frizzante… yum!

Thanx for a great lunch and we will return!!!