Join us for a magical Art Retreat, inspired by the Villas and Gardens of Lake Como, Italy

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Lake Como Retreat

Peaceful, tranquil, elegant Lake Como, an idyllic spot for an Art Retreat in the shadow of Villas and Gardens.

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Based in Bellagio at our lakefront hotel, we'll explore so many perfect backdrops for Janet's painting, sketching, and calligraphy classes:  the stunning Villa Carlotta, the flower fields and winding paths of Villa Melzi's gardens, from our rooftop terrace overlooking the lake and mountains, and even a "Paint your Pasta" full day Italian cooking class.

In between our schedule of our classes, we'll pass our time with wine tastings, seaside promenade strolls, and you'll love Bellagio's great shopping (especially the leather), fantastic pizza, and gelato!

Meet Janet

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Travel sketchbook journaling is one of my passions. Everything is an inspiration and I’m always eager to capture whatever is before me, with my sketchbook and paintbox in tow. I’m an avid journal keeper, urban sketcher and calligrapher.


Journaling is my passion and I’ve written a book on the subject, Artful Journals.

To learn more about Janet and her work, go to:

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Getting Around:

The Ferry System


You'll love our principal mode of transportation for our mid-lake excursions, the ferries.  With beautiful views wherever you look, they'll  crisscross us between Bellagio, Menaggio, Varenna and Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo

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Paint your Pasta

Cooking Class!

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A fun and delicious day, from morning coffee & snacks, to afternoon lunch with wine, learning to make Italian pasta while sketching in Janet's class.

Menaggio Visit

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Villa Carlotta

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This stunning lakefront villa is a treat to visit.  It's now a museum, filled with sculptures and paintings from famous Italian artists, and the gardens are a perfect backdrop for a painting class.


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Villa Melzi Gardens

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A botanical paradise, we'll stroll though Villa Melzi's lovely gardens, stopping for one of Janet's inspired painting class.

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What's Included

  •  Six nights at our lakefront hotel in Bellagio on Lake Como, Italy - all rooms with at least partial lake view

  • A full programs of Janet's Art Classes in several inspiring locations in town and around the lake

  • Daily hot and cold buffet breakfast

  • Full day Italian cooking class including lunch and wine

  • Traditional wine tasting and aperitif afternoon

  • Farewell waterfront dinner

  • Mid lake ferries to all our destinations

  • Admission to Villa Carlotta Museum and Gardens

  • Admission to the Villa Melzi Botanical Garden

  • Visit to the charming lakefront town of Menaggio

  • The assistance of your English-speaking guide/host

  • All taxes and service fees 

Non-Participation Option

For those who'd like to accompany a guest on the Art Retreat but not participate in the classes, we offer a reduced price Non-Participant option.  It's a full program of the hotel and all activities listed above with the exception of the art and cooking classes.   Price is $1900 based on double.

2023 dates to be announced

CHOOSE YOUR ROOM!  All rooms have at least a side view of the lake.  If you would like to upgrade to a front-facing,  full lake view room with balcony, the following rates apply:

$3295 pp based on double occupancy

$3850 for a private single

​Extra nights at our hotel are available for those wanting to arrive a day or two early, or stay a bit longer. 


Prices are in US Dollars and our tours are land only, meaning they begin and end at our Bellagio hotel.  All programs are subject to change and space is limited.  Please see our Reservation Form for complete Terms & Conditions.


What is not included:  Flights, airport transfers, assistance of luggage, optional excursions, meals or drinks not specifically mentioned, tips, travel insurance, and any other items not mentioned as included.

And while you're over there...

When our Lake Como Retreat ends, why not come with us down to France for Janet's Retreat on the French Riviera.  It's a six-night program, April 18-24, and we're offering a free  "Connection Package" including transportation and hotel.

Free Connection Package

For those doing both Janet's Italy and France Art Retreats, take advantage of our free travel and hotel offer.  When the Lake Como program finishes the morning of April 17th,  we'll bring everyone down to Nice, France, and you'll have a free night at our hotel prior to Janet's next retreat beginning the afternoon of the 18th.  Contact us for details.