Painters Retreat with Jim Richards – September 10-20, 2017

Our hearty congratulations to Jim Richards for his third-place finish in the 17th Annual American Impressionist Society’s National Juried Exhibition for his piece “Garden of Delight.”


This trip is full. If you’d like to be waitlisted, please email Gretchen.

Our first ever Elesta Travel and Poggio Verde Painters Retreat taking place in September 2017, will be led by the award-winning American teacher and painter Jim Richards.

Considered one of the top oil painters and instructors in the US, Jim’s remarkable forte in the Impressionist genre won him the coveted “Best of Show” award for 2015 from the American Impressionist Society.

We feel doubly fortunate to be able to host Jim and his students for our 2017 inaugural Poggio Verde Painter Retreat, since Jim’s mentoring and workshop schedule at his Tucker, Georgia painter’s sanctuary, is already full through 2016.   We feel certain that Poggio Verde will not disappoint, given its inspiring natural surroundings, its nearby historic monuments, charming byways and majestic views.  To confirm your place on this sought-after workshop, please sign up here.

This exclusive workshop of up to 12 participants will include 6 painting days and 3 touring days, plus 1 free paint day to practice what has been learned;  it includes the following:

  • Painting instruction with Jim for 6 days, either on the Poggio Verde Villa grounds or in the surrounding area (see photographs below and throughout this website).
  • Three all-expenses-paid touring days, via a comfortable Mercedes minibus, when participants will put down their brushes and be escorted to surrounding beauty spots, such as the nearby Northern Italian Lakes, Milan’s artistic and fashion highlights and the hill town of Bergamo with its Roman and Renaissance monuments and Franciacorta wine-tasting.
  • Double or single occupancy hospitality in beautifully-appointed bedrooms in the Poggio Verde Villa or the charming Farmhouse on the property, each room with its own bathroom.
  • All our delicious Italian meals and wine whether at home or out, all tips and all transportation, including any tickets or fees for tourist visits.

To make your reservation and receive your confirmation of attendance, please fill out our form or write for more information to:  Reservations will be accepted in strictly chronological order.

We look forward to welcoming you at Poggio Verde!

Travelers joining us in Poggio Verde are required to have international health coverage.  Many US health insurance policies include international coverage but some do not.  Health insurance coverage while traveling abroad can easily be purchased along with trip cancellation insurance, which we very heartily recommend.

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Following are some of the exquisite possibilities for painting, either on the Poggio Verde grounds or less than an hour away; sections include:

Poggio Verde:  Painting possibilities right on the grounds of the Villa.

Montevecchia: A charming hill town just 14 minutes away from the Poggio Verde.

Piani d’Erna: In the Italian Alps just above Lecco, 35 minutes from the Villa.

Parco Regionale di Montevecchia: Town of Barzanò and an amazing regional park a few minutes from the Villa.

Lake Como:  A staggering lake and a fascinating town just over an hour from the Villa.

Bellagio: The pearl of Lake Como and its adorable old town, 50 minutes from the Villa.

Bergamo Alta: One of the most beautiful medieval hill towns in Italy, an hour away from Poggio Verde.

Lake Lecco: A marvelous lake with astonishing surroundings, 45 minutes from the Villa.

A few of the views at or near Poggio Verde that might provide a bit of inspiration (or check our Pinterest Boards):



PIANI D’ERNA (above Lake Lecco)







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