Ischia di Castro

Create and Tour with Judy!

Artistic Artifacts owner Judy Gula works with Italian Cultural Tours to bring groups to Ischia di Castro (pictured here), which is located approximately 55 miles (90 kilometers) northwest of Rome in the northernmost area of Lazio. Rich in history, Ischia di Castro is strategically located to many fascinating cities, historic archaeological sites such as the ancient Etruscan city of Castro, and bodies of water.

Enjoy this vacation filled with art classes, tours, wonderful cuisine and more! Email Italian Cultural Tours to learn more about traveling with us in 2022!

Capturing a Sense of Place

Originally planned for 2020 and postponed due to the pandemic, our next Italian Creative Retreat will take place in September 2022. Judy will be joined by Liz Kettle of Textile Evolution for this exciting creative opportunity — learn new creative skills, hone old ones and more, while sampling a wide selection of products and techniques.

Private tour and demonstration on paper making in Fabriano, Italy

You will begin each morning with a Stitch Meditation, a beautiful contemplative practice created by Liz (watch this video introduction by Liz Kettle). Additional morning and afternoon studio time will focus on topics such as faux drawing watercolor and stitch (example pictured above); weaving the colors of Ischia Di Castro; fabric collage, image transfers and more!

Interspersed with studio sessions are the fascinating and enriching tours of the beautiful, medieval Italian towns and countryside, all while sampling the best authentic, locally grown and prepared Italian foods and wines.

Participants on the 2019 trip enjoyed the following (2019 cost was $2,200 — airfare not included):

  • two meals a day
  • accommodations in apartments in the city
  • morning mixed media classes led by Judy Gula — all supplies provided!
  • afternoon guided tours and sightseeing, including a special excursion to the town of Fabriano (pictured here), where beautiful paper is produced!

Email Lewis Gautieri, Travel Consultant for complete information and personalized attention, including customized tours, spouse activities, extended stay options and more. Plan to book a few extra days before or after the retreat dates to explore additional attractions such as Rome, Florence and more!

Visit the Artistic Artifacts blog to see detailed photos of Judy’s mixed media journal created during the 2019 trip as well as from a favorite afternoon excursion to The Tarot Garden in Tuscany by Niki de Saint Phalle.

Below, the historic medieval town of Bolsena sits on the north shore of a lake with the same name. A major tourist getaway during the summer, the town and lake offer boating, beaches, a museum, castle, churches, camping, shopping and a host of beautiful hotels and restaurants.

Bolsena at dusk

Civita di Bagnoregio, Viterbo, Lazio, Italy, photo by Dale Musselman

Above, Civita di Bagnoregio, Viterbo, Lazio, Italy, photo by Dale Musselman, licensed by Creative Commons