Stitched Sketchbook with artist, Dionne Swift 5 Days

 21st May - 25th May 2018

4th October- 9th October 2018

€1250.00 all inclusive

(small group of 7 )


'For me the processes of drawing and sewing are intertwined, but underpinned by observations and understandings of a place. Join me to develop your knowledge of this beautiful Italian location whilst deepening your appreciation of drawing techniques and indulging in a love of stitch. We will start by creating our own books and by overcoming the fear of working on a clean page! Each day I shall offer you a new focus and direction with intriguing exercises to push your creativity and explore your potential. All the ideas can all be easily adapted to working purely on paper if you don’t have a textile inclination...the choice is yours.
This is a week of creativity, Italian culture, food, wine and wonderment - I hope you can join me.'  Dionne Swift


What this exclusive holiday workshop includes...

  • 5 days (4 nights) in our renovated 18th Century Boutique Hotel all inclusive of food and transfers.

  • Accommodation , generous breakfasts including home baked traditional pastries and fresh Italian coffee.

  • Lunches and Dinners at our own restaurant and hotel as well as hand picked restaurants ‘where the locals eat’

  • Expert tuition by Dionne Swift all materials for the workshop included. 

  • As part of a small group (maximum 7 people)  during this exclusive week, positive connections and friendships will be made, also no need to speak Italian to get the most from this experience!

  • Tour of the beautiful Palazzo Tronconi vineyard, winery followed by a wine tasting with owner and oenologist Marco Marrocco

  • Pizza Lesson with internationally renowned Pizza Master, he will be happy to share the secrets of preparing the best Italian pizza.

  •  Trip to Casamari Abbey 

  • Trip to the beautiful historic seaside town of Sperlonga 

  • For a small surcharge of €20 each way for a single collection and drop off at Ciampino airport. Or we are so close to Rome and Naples why not extend your stay?


More about Dionne on her website

As this is a small group, early booking is advised, please fill form below telling us the date you would like to book or for any questions contact us.

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Full Programme

DAY 1 Monday 21st May

  • Arrive at Palazzo Tronconi unpack

  • Meet Dionne who will introduce you to the stitch and drawing activities for the week - it is always nice to make a practical start and so we’ll create a sketchbook to work in.

  • A Tour of our own Vineyard, Winery and Tasting Rooms with a light lunch of locally produced organic food. Marco, oenologist and owner will take you through the wine making process. You will start in the vineyard, followed by the winery and finally the most enjoyable part – the Tasting.


  • Time to relax, and freshen up before an evening meal at a traditional Italian Pizzeria with wood burning stoves.

DAY 2 Tuesday 22nd May

  • Explore the local vistas with graphite and threads. Discover new ways of looking, observing and translating your ideas : let me give you techniques to take the fear out of creating sketchbooks

  • Lunch at one our favourite traditional restaurants


  • Back to Palazzo Tronconi to freshen up and relax with a glass of wine or two before I take you out to dinner to a traditional Italian restaurant or dinner may be served at Palazzo Tronconi’s Restaurant

Wednesday 23rd May

  • A Trip to Casamari Abbey, step back in time to the mesmerizing sounds of gregorian chants in this gothic abbey. The Abbey was built to avoid distraction and ostentation but in it's simplicity the Abbey is a beautiful sight. Delicate columns, vaulted ceilings and a pretty cloistered courtyard. A truly memorable experience. Learn to capture the atmosphere and structure of this beautiful Abbey setting, with drawing techniques you’ll refer to again and again.

  • Lunch at a local village


  • Relax and down time. Enjoy a Pizza Lesson with a renowned, Pizza Master, he will be happy to share the secrets of preparing the best Italian pizza in the kitchen of Palazzo Tronconi. Be prepared for much laughing and fun in this lesson!

Thursday 24th May

  • Pack your beach bag! We will take you to the Ancient fishing village of Sperlonga, with stunning views over the azure blue, Tyrrhenian sea. Enjoy the gentle sea breeze whilst having lunch. Today’s creative focus will consider the amazing colours of the coast. Voted as one of Italy’s most beautiful villages, the old town is full of charm of whitewashed houses. A great place for walking you will come across the ruins a Roman Villa and the grotto of Tiberius. At the archeological museum of Sperlonga, capture the spirit of the Roman rule with imposing marble sculpture.

  • Enjoy the sea breeze whilst dining at one of our favourite restaurants beachside restaurant.


  • Relax and enjoy a last night dinner at Palazzo Tronconi.

Friday 25th May DEPART 12.00pm 

Farewell breakfast at Palazzo Tronconi
Depart for Rome. We hope you have a lovely stay with us! 

As this is a small group, early booking is advised, please fill form below telling us the date you would like to book or for any questions contact us.