Fine Arts, Art History and Italian language courses in Florence

Art classes in front of the sea

The seashore and the cliffs of Castiglioncello

A day at the seaside drawing and painting

During the summer students are given the opportunity to take part to some special art sessions in front of the sea on the beautiful coast of Tuscany.

Both Art novices and more expert artists can take advantage of this lesson, during which different techniques (such as pencils, charcoals, water colour, oil) can be used according to each student’s specifical needs and requests.

These sessions are open to all students who wish to enjoy an outdoor lesson far from the madding crowd in the magic of the seascape. Students enrolled in one of our Art courses are entitled to a special price.


Castiglioncello is a renowned seaside resort, just one hour and half by train from Florence. Its shores are a perfect mixture of cliffs and coves. Its pine woods look over the limpid blue sea.

The village became popular in the sixties when several movie stars (among them Alberto Sordi and Marcello Mastroianni) chose Castiglioncello as their holiday destination. It was here that the film director Dino Risi shot the film “The easy life” (Il Sorpasso) starring Vittorio Gassman and Jean-Louis Trintignant.

Some decades earlier, at the turn of the 20th century, the “Macchiaioli”, a group of Italian artists, did much of their painting in Castiglioncello in order to capture outdoors natural light, shade, and colour. Giovanni Fattori, Silvestro Lega and Telemaco Signorini were the most famous representatives of the macchiaioli circle who painted the beautiful coast line near the village in their works.

The program

– Departure from Florence Santa Maria Novella railway station at 9.20am.

– Arrival in Castiglioncello at 11am. The Art teacher will meet the students at the station. Lunch (not included, there are many restaurants and cafés in Castiglioncello) and/or bath in the sea.

Duration of the lesson: 4 hours.
Schedule: 12:30pm – 4:30pm

After the lesson students can stay for another bath or an aperitivo on the beach. Trains back to Florence run approximately every hour.

Tuition fees


MC1, 1 day, 4 hours €125
Enrolment fee €45

Classes will be made up of a maximum of 3-4 students.

Course price includes

Transportation to Castiglioncello and back to Florence (by direct train, approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes).

The following Art material is included in the price: pencils, paper, watercolors, pastels, acrylics.

A portable easel, 3 brushes, a wooden board, and a stool will be provided to each participant.


Please contact us for available dates.


Please see the program

Please Note

We advise students should wear trekking or comfortable shoes, a wide-brimmed hat. They should also bring along a suntan cream, a small backpack (no bags) and a swimming suit.

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  • I had a great time at the seaside, beautiful place and a great teacher. My whole stay was very good. thank you ? Regards
    Daniel NielsenUK