Italy is a country which is simply bursting with beautiful textiles and Italian embroideries are particularly spectacular. I am delighted to announce that I will be leading a tour exploring the history of Italian embroidery in Central Italy from the middle ages up to the present day.


In addition to visiting museum and private collections we will also visit artisans and do four short embroidery workshops with gifted tutors to gain a deeper understanding of this special art. This is a precious opportunity to learn about many of the Italian embroidery styles you know and love within their cultural contex; surrounded by the art, architecture, language, food and people who inspire every stitch.


Check out the itinerary below and if you have any questions please get in touch.


This tour has a strictly limited number of places.

Cost per person: AU $5780 twin share Single supplement AU$600
A place may be reserved by paying a non-refundable (but transferrable) deposit of AU$500


    May 2021


    Wednesday 5 Meeting in Florence we will take the afternoon to get to know each other and will see the embroideries and lace in the collection of Palazzo Davanzati to visit some fabric and embroidery supply shops (there are some excellent ones in Florence). We will enjoy a typical Tuscan dinner.


    Thursday 6  Leaving Florence early in the morning we will head south to visit the m,useum of the Tela Umbra in Cittá di Castello, here there is both a museum of traditional Umbrian woven textiles and a working weaving studio where traditional fabrics are still woven by hand. In the late afternoon we will travel to the rose-coloured city of Assisi (yes, it is largely built with pale pink stone!) where we will check into our accommodation and have time to visit the two main Basilica’s in the upper city of Assisi where it is still possible to see a very fine smock which is said to have been embroidered by St Claire, before dinner on the main Piazza.


    Friday 7 We will travel to nearby Foligno where we will view a selection of embroideries in the collection of Arnaldo Caprai – his collection is considered one of the finest collections of antique Italian textiles in the world. We will also have the opportunity to see how the collection serves as inspiration for the contemporary textiles which Sig. Caprai’s company produces. As one would expect of a true Italian gentleman, Sig. Caprai also has a vineyard where we will have our lunch before going to Valtopina to visit the embroidery museum. We will then return to Assisi where you will have some time to rest before meeting for dinner.


    Saturday 8 On Saturday we will have the first of our workshop, this will be on Assisi embroidery with the local association in their studio.

    Sunday 9  Sunday is a free day to explore Assisi or the surrounding countryside…or simply sit in the sunshine and embroider!


    Monday 10  On Monday morning we will travel towards Panicale stopping in Perugia along the way to visit the weaving workshop Giuditta Brozzetti…possibly the most beautiful weaving workshop in Italy! Once in Panicale we will check into our accommodation and have lunch. After lunch we will visit the museum Anita Belleschi Grifoni which is dedicated to tulle embroidery which they also call Ars Panicalensis. In the evening we will meet with your tutors and other members of the local association and see some of their extraordinary work. We will then have a relaxing dinner enjoying this beautiful hill town.


    Tuesday 11 The following days will be spent learning the techniques of Ars Panicalensis with expert tutors from the local association, you will also have a chance to purchase embroidery supplies which are difficult to find outside Italy.


    Wednesday 12 We will conclude our workshop of Ars Panicalensis and enjoy our last evening in this very pretty town.


    Thursday 13 On Thursday we will return to Tuscany, travelling to Castiglion Fiorentino in the Province of Arezzo. There we will meet the delightful Rosalba Pepi, who is not only an excellent embroiderer but also has an exceptional eye for design. We will visit the local archaeological museum and see some of the artifacts which Rosalba takes her inspiration from. We will settle in and enjoy exploring the town before dinner.


    Friday 14 - Saturday 15 The next two days will be spent studying and embroidering with Rosalba. There will be a choice of Florentine Quilting or Caterina de Medici embroidery or a combination of the two.    


    Sunday 16 Is a free day in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, we would be very happy to suggest places worth visiting nearby including ceramic studios for which the area is famous.


    Monday 17 Leaving Castiglion Fiorentino early in the morning we will have lunch in Siena before continuing on to Casalguidi to visit the embroidery collection and meet the local embroidery association. We will then go on to Pistoia where we will be staying and check into our hotel before dinner.


    Tuesday 18 - Wednesday 19 Tuesday and Wednesday will be spent learning the art of Casalguidi embroidery from the local embroidery association, there will be an opportunity to meet the women who carry on this tradition and learn about some of the techniques for button and tassel making so often used in this lovely work. In the evening we will enjoy yet another typical Tuscan meal showcasing fine local produce.


    Thursday 20  On Thursday morning we will visit the Pistoia Embroidery museum and you will have your last chance to stock up on local embroidery supplies before checking out and returning to Florence, stopping in Prato to visit the Textile Museum and have a private viewing of some of their most exceptional embroideries, on the way.

    In Florence people can take trains to other cities, stay on in the city or fly home and I am happy to assist with arrangements if necessary.


    Cost Per Person: AU$5780 twin share

    Single Supplement: AU$600


    Tour Price Includes:

    • Transport and accommodation from the tour meeting point to the drop off point
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
    • Museum entry and visits included in the itinerary
    • Embroidery tuition and kits


    It Does Not Include:

    • Airfares
    • Extra activities which participants choose to do on their free days
    • See Terms & Conditions HERE
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