Italian Brushstrokes Tour


Instructor: Mostafa Keyhani

October 17-24, 2017
*Painters of all skill level and nonpainters alike are welcome to come!
Limited participants


Dates and Prices

8 Days Dates: October 17-24, 2017
Price: $4,200
Meet: 12:00-3:00pm - Bologna, BLQ airport or Central Train Station
Depart: After 2:00 pm - Bologna, BLQ airport or Central Train Station
Private transfer to and from Bologna, BLQ airport or train statio (*see time stipulations)
7 night accommodation at Hotel Taddeo e Federico, breakfast included (single supplement applies)
5 Lunches and 4 Dinners with full beverage service, including wine
Welcome aperitivo
Private Tasting at Beltrami, Cartoceto
Private Tasting at Terracruda Winery
Guided Private Tour of Urbino
Entrance to the Ducal Palace
Entrance to Raphael's childhood home
Exclusive week-long class with Mostafa Keyhani
Week-long private guide and international sommelier
Painting materials for class including solvent, brushes, palettes and medium
Private transportation between towns
Airfare After dinner drinks or special wines at tastings that are not part of what is provided to the group
Canvases or panels, and lightweight table-top easel
Items of a personal nature
Travel insurance (Strongly recommended!)
Anything not specified as included

Mostafa Keyhani

Award winning artist, Mostafa, is a painter who lives and works in Toronto.
His work is essential in the field of modern impressionism.
Light plays an important role in his work, as well as movement of colors.
Mostafa's work is about capturing the essence of certain light through effortless brush strokes and movements.
He is known for his use of thick sculptural paint and strong, spontaneous brush work.
He continues to work with subject matters that best capture the essence of abstract or modern impressionism.

Visit Mostafa Keyhani's Website



Day 1

-Arrival (*Bologna, BLQ is the recommended airport).

-Piero will meet you at the airport and escort you to Hotel Taddeo e Federico in the heart of the beautiful village, Sant’Angelo in Vado, and within walking distance of shops, markets, restaurants and village life unspoiled by time.

Nancy Medina Painting Tour -Italy

- Take time to settle in, unpack and explore the village a bit before we all meet up.

- Mostafa, and our wonderful host and native Marchegiano, Piero Pagliardini, will welcome us over drinks and give us an overview of his class and the days to come. Then pizza night!  Enjoy the best pizza in town in an open air dinner.  A stroll, a nightcap, and a good night’s sleep.

Day 2

-Wake up to the smell of pastries baking under your hotel window. Enjoy a local breakfast at the hotel of cappuccino and fresh pastries, followed by our first plein-air painting class with Mostafa. We will provide your brushes, palettes, medium, solvent, and some paints. Over the course of the week, Mostafa will focus on value, perspective, composition, color mixing, how to keep colors fresh, drawing and perspective, color theory and more!


-Light lunch provided (aka in Italy – two courses only).

-Afterward we will drive through the Le Marche countryside for an afternoon trip to Cartoceto - a village famous for the best and only DOP olive oil imported from Le Marche. We'll visit the inimitable Vittorio Beltami - "The Einstein of Cheese," says Lydia Bastianich, and not just because he looks like Albert Einstein but because Signora is a genius cheese maker.  His pecorino di fossa - a sheep’s milk cheese wrapped in grape leaves, and buried under stone for 90 days - is indescribably intense, earthy and like nothing you have ever tasted. From the cheese cellar, we'll walk over to his shop where Senora Beltrami will prepare us an in depth sampling of the Beltrami cheeses, cured meats, and breads, with wine pairings along with house made sweets.


(*Please note a separate dinner is not mentioned this day because our late afternoon tasting usually leaves our painters stuffed until morning!)

Day 3

-Enjoy a local breakfast of cappuccino and pastries (or le paste) at your hotel.

- Piero will pick you up and take you to Urbino, the city on the hill, where we kick off our second day of class (9:00-1:00)!

-Lunch at our favorite restaurant, Le Tre Piante.

-We'll meet Paolo - who is an art historian with a deep and passionate knowledge of all things Ducale. We'll see the frescos, frieze work, important paintings and architecture of the high Renaissance at the spectacular Palazzo Ducale. In a loose yet structured manner, we'll wander the main squares and winding medieval pathways and pay a visit to Raphaelo's childhood home. You will be immersed in local color, texture, and flavors, all the while sketching ideas that will inspire your art.

-Then head back home for a free evening to explore village life on your own.

Palazzo Ducale

Day 4

-Breakfast at the hotel.

-Class from 9:00-1:00 with a beautiful view.

-Lunch at  Castello della Pieve.

-Late afternoon we'll head east towards the Adriatic to the exquisite hilltop village of Fratterosa for an afternoon visit to Terracruda Winery.  We'll start off with a refreshing glass of Spumante Rosato. After a tour of the area and wine making process, we'll move to the vineyards for a farewell dinner and in depth tasting of some of the finest examples of Marchiggiano wines. From biodynamic reds such as Pergola Rosso and Sangiovese dei Colli Pesaresi, to the (white) Bianchello del Metauro, named after the river that winds through Le Marche. We'll also drink Terracruda's award winning Campodarchi  Bianchello DOC Superiore - (a gold medal winner in Lyon, France). All this while watching the sunset, and sharing your creations from the week. Don’t forget our final toast to instructor Mostafa with a glass of La Visciola, the sweet cherry dessert wine made only in Le Marche. Cin-cin! Cheers!


Day 5

-Breakfast and early morning TRUFFLE HUNT with Uncle Gigi. He is a seasoned truffle hunter along with his dog will lead us on a brisk autumn walk through the forest in search of truffles. Mud boots provided!

-Time to wash up and change followed by a leisurely truffle inspired lunch.

-Lunch at an authentic Osteria in the village square.

-Afternoon class with Mostafa (2:00-6:00).

-Dinner is a rustic cantina amidst the white truffle festival!

Truffle Hunt

Day 6

-Fresh baked pastries and coffee at the hotel.

-Morning class with Mostafa (9:00-1:00).

-Free afternoon, with lunch on your own, to enjoy the National White Truffle Festival! Once a year the town airs out its old wine cellars and turns these secret rooms into repurposed wine bars. Float from one wine cellar, or cantina, to the next, enjoying the variety of local and national wines paired with savory truffle-based delicacies. Each cantina has its own theme – from traditional (eat and drink at long, wooden picnic tables), to indulgent (buy the cantina mug, and enjoy free refills the rest of the weekend), to extreme (these cantina have been known to pack in DJ’s, dance floors, and motorcycles into the limited 100 sq.ft. space). Revel in the town’s festivities, ranging from street artists, to market booths, to live music. Buy roasted chestnuts on the corner or crostini with liver pate and truffle shavings from the local butcher. There is something for everyone at the National Festival of White Precious Truffle of Marche and a reason why it has put Sant’Angelo in Vado on the map! The afternoon will leave you free to explore, but Piero will be there at all times to recommend restaurants, wine cellars, activities and anything else you need.

-Meet back up for a truffle dinner at Mostra Tartufo!


Day 7

-Wake up to the sounds of street vendors setting up their booths. Enjoy a local breakfast at the hotel (have you tried the chocolate pastries yet?), followed by a leisurely stroll through the traveling open-air market. Explore the shops, booths and flower boutiques, while nibbling on samples of olives, cheese and porchetta. Also, take advantage of this last chance to buy souvenirs!

-Lunch at a local hideaway.

-Last class with Mostafa to finish all your final touches (2:00-6:00).

-That evening, just in time for sunset, we will follow a windy road to visit the last village along the Metauro River for a farewell dinner – in a truly off-the-beaten-path location.


Day 8

Departures (*Please arrange departures for after 12:00 noon.)

Pick-ups at BLQ Bologna airport and Bologna Centrale Train Station will be offered between 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Departures at BLQ Bologna airport and Bologna Centrale Train Station will be offered from 12:00 noon onward. In order to arrive for your flight with ample time, we recommend scheduling departing flights after 2:00 p.m.

Pick-up and Departures from other locations, or at times outside these parameters can be arranged at an additional fee.

*Painters of all skill level and nonpainters alike are welcome to come!


Mostafa’s Work