Massimiliano Iocco

Plein Air watercolor painting retreat.
October 25 – November 1, 2020


October 25 – November 1, 2020 – Massimiliano Iocco
Plein Air painting retreat.

We invite you to enjoy a plein air watercolour painting retreat in beautiful West-Sicily. Led by Italian watercolorist Massimiliano Iocco who will be your tutor during your stay at the stunning Salinara Art Farm, in the Trapani region. Daily painting excursions to surrounding towns and villages. Come along to learn to paint en plein air or just to enjoy the company of fellow artists.

“I approached watercolor following the works of Ettore Roesler Franz, (Roman watercolorist of the 19th century) , and Jhon Singer Sargent.

My style often changes, I’m still exploring the medium, watercolor offers endless possibilities, is a continuous research, I prefer to paint in plein air (my city, Rome, offers remarkable views to paint, urban and rural scenes) because you are obliged to be more instinctive and immediate, and when riding the technique, this one leads to amazing results.”

You will explore surroundings, the itinerary includes visits local markets, salt pans, vineyards, breathtaking Erice Mountain and its medieval village
Every day you will have a picturesque destination to sketch and paint, explore and meet the locals.
All participants will benefit from Massimiliano daily one-on-one guidance.

In the evenings you will enjoy dinner specially prepared for you by our chef with selected local wines at the Villa or dinner at typical restaurants chosen by us.

MASSIMILIANO IOCCO lives and works in Rome.

The course is conducted in English, with translation into Italian, French, Spanish and Japanese on demand.

You will stay in our 18th century typical Sicilian villa, surrounded by vineyards and the blu mediterranean sea. The area is known for its olive groves, salt pans and local producers of DOC Marsala wine and many other amazing red and white wines.

Sicilian breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be freshly prepared and served at the villa by our selected chef. Enjoy the exotic flavors of traditional cuisine accompanied by exquisite local wines. Snacks will also be provided throughout the day when needed. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary restrictions.

Travel, Landscape, Seascape, Architecture, Food and People.
Everything is carefully planned yet relaxed, giving you the freedom to open up and be creative, all while enjoying Sicily in the company of like-minded people.

Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro.

Travel by car and minibus
Arrival & Departure Airports: Palermo, Sicily (PMO) – Transfer time to villa 1h 20min
Our adventure begins at 18:00PM on the first day and ends at 11:00AM on the last day.
Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality.


– Tuition for 6 days
– Accommodation in double room
– Accommodation in single room with supplement
– All Sicilian Breakfasts, lunches and dinners
– Wine tasting
– All local transportation
– Pick-up at Palermo airport on the first day between 10am and 3pm. We organise precise pick-up times to fit in with our guests’ flight arrivals times.
– Transfer to Palermo airport on the last day after breakfast. Leaving around 9.30 am, precise timing does depend on all our guests’ flight times.

– Any personal expenses
– Painting materials
– Insurance
– Airfare
– Transfers to and from other airports than Palermo
– Transfers to the villa from Palermo airport later than 3pm are extra cost.
If you arrive later than 3 pm, we can arrange personal transfer accordingly.

Those who make “earlybird booking” can enjoy 150 euro discount per person (valid until Oct 30 2019)

If you share with a non-participating partner, he or she will enjoy a discount of 350 euro for the painting holiday.

If you share with other participant or non-participating partner, each of you will save 200 euro.

The deposit to keep your spot is 300 euro, it can be paid by bank transfer or PayPal.
Apply NOW, spots are limited and early enrollment is suggested.
Minimum number of participants 10
Maximum number of participants 15

Please call or email YUMI for a detailed programme with prices, information & registration:
Phone: (+39) 339 77 57 062