June 30, 2023

Accommodation Discount offers

Your Hosts at Art Class Italy can arrange a discount on the accommodation rates at the following properties once your class booking is confirmed.
January 18, 2023

Loyalty Program – Art Class Italy student benefits

Offer - 10% discount on student fees for each confirmed referral. Each time you refer another person to ACI, you will be eligible for a 10% discount on your tuition fee upon payment of the full fee by the person you referred. This means that with enough referrals, potentially you could attend a class for free!
January 12, 2023

New Offer – Learn Italian while cooking Italian

Cooking and learning different Italian recipes and techniques are better taught by Italians as is Italian language - words and phrases that relate to an authentically Italian activity. Art Class Italy has teamed up with The Language Center in Todi to provide an exciting cooking based language short course. Established in 1988 the Language Center is a school that teaches hundreds of students each year and has a number of programs on offer.
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…
December 9, 2021

Beverly Pepper Sculpture Park

The Beverly Pepper Sculpture Park was opened in September 2019. Born in Brooklyn NY in 1920, Beverly Pepper moved to Todi were she spent many years until her death in 2017. Ms. Pepper, who had lived and worked principally in Italy since the 1950s, “today is one of the most serious and disciplined American artists of her generation,” the art critic Robert Hughes wrote in Time magazine in 1975.
November 6, 2020

Santa Maria della Consolazione

Santa Maria della Consolazione is below the town, near the edge of the 13th-century walls. It’s a large 16th-century church with four apses and a beautiful central cupola and is one of central Italy’s best Renaissance churches.
March 28, 2020

Underground Todi

Over 5 km of tunnels as well as more than 30 pre-Roman, Roman and Medieval cisterns and 500 wells from different eras make up the city’s extremely rich underground heritage.
February 17, 2020

Todi’s green heart

Todi is a city of art with a wealth of extraordinarily valuable architecture, immersed in the gently rolling Umbrian hills, with a mosaic of settings, colours and fragrances.
February 17, 2020

Theatro Communal di Todi

Designed in 1872 by architect Carlo Gatteschi, the Municipal Theatre of Todi seats 499 and has four levels of galleries.
February 17, 2020

Truffle Hunting and Lunch

Umbria produces the highest number of black truffles in Italy and their quality is famous throughout the world. Fortunately, truffle hunting in Umbria remains a beautiful and simple way of life – the mountains, the hunter, the dogs, the forest, a small pick and a leather bag more often than not full of truffles.
February 7, 2020

An overview of Todi

Located in the centre of Umbria, Todi makes the perfect base for exploring the region—often called the “green heart of Italy. There are several famous small towns nereby. Some within easy distance for a taxi ride – see Orvieto, Assissi, Spoletto and Foligno.
February 6, 2020

Tempio di San Fortunato

Tempio di San Fortunato, on Piazza Umberto, was built in 1292 on the site of an older church. The exterior has a Gothic doorway and is decorated with sculptures and inside are 13th-14th-century frescoes and magnificent inlaid wooden choir stalls. The crypt holds the tomb of Jacopone da Todi, a medieval poet and mystic whose statue is outside the entrance.
February 6, 2020

Palazzo del Capitano

Palazzo del Capitano, next to Palazzo del Popolo, is a grand building with elaborate windows built over a portico. It houses the Etruscan-Roman Museum and the Pinacoteca, art museum.
February 6, 2020

Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo, or people’s square, is the large central square built above Roman cisterns (open for visits). This was the site of the Roman forum.
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