October 8, 2022

A trip to the perfect city of Thommaso Buzzi

Buzzi was a successful Milanese architect and interior designer, and was enchanted by the partially ruined site. He purchased it in 1957 and, subsequently, dedicated the rest of his life to the construction of his complex there. He restored what remained of the convent and built a large complex of buildings and theatres behind the convent mainly using stone from the convent ruins.
October 8, 2022

The artists who chose Todi

All of these local artists have established their own small Galleries and studios in high streets around Todi and are very generously accessible with their time to visit their studios and talk about their art. That is also a feature of the townsfolk of Todi generally. They welcome tourists openly and warmly, particularly those who are interested in Italian culture in all its forms. 
October 6, 2022

The Painted House of Brian O’Doherty

In 1977, Brian and Barbara started painting the interior of the the house, and in so doing, creating an extraordinary work of art, now called Casa Dipinta (the “Painted House”). Brian and his wife have left the house and now, presumably, retired to their home in USA, and the Commune (Town Council) maintain the house which has become a museum attraction for art loving visitors.
September 9, 2022

Accommodation options in Todi – Spring and Autumn

Accommodation in Todi is plentiful. But Todi is a hill town like so many others in Italy it rises to a flat top and has ancient walled fortifications surrounding it. The area at the top falls away quite steeply so getting some accommodation at or near the top around the main piazza is something of a priority.
July 9, 2022

The Grand Tour part 2 Florence (Firenze)

This was not the first time we had been to Firenze and hopefully not the last. But this time we were at first a little disappointed but then surprised.
July 9, 2022

The Grand Tour of Italy – part 1 Napoli

We stayed in a comfortable B&B apartment in Via Posillipo 382 on the northern end of the Bay of Naples with a fabulous view of the bay and Mt Vesuvius in the distance. It was four metro stops from the central station (Mergalina) and a short taxi ride to the apartment. But what a view from the 6th floor! We had a local supermarket within a short walk and private access to the beach across the road.
July 6, 2022

The Qantas Dreamliner experience

We never thought we would be writing about a Qantas flight like this. Christine and I were on the inaugural Qantas Deamliner 787 flight to Perth from Rome on the 23/24 June after our trip to Todi for the commencement of art classes in Italy for Art Class Italy. The trip was a revelation.
June 29, 2022

People of Todi

Todi is a picturesque hilltop town in the heart of the province of Umbria – often referred to as the green heart of Italy. It is a land locked province surrounded by beautiful scenery and mountains in the distance. But its people are the real beauty. They are quite literally beautiful people.
June 28, 2022

Art Classes commence – May/June 2022

Hosts Stephen and Christine, travelled to Todi in May to launch the classes with two teachers. These classes were designed to “test run” the logistics of the classes and gauge the environment services being offered. Many of our participants were beginners and Robert’s approach with them was just right…
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