I live in a farmhouse in Palladio’s corner of Veneto, close to Venice, Verona, Padova and Vicenza, beneath Petrarch’s beloved Euganei Hills, where the great poet chose to live at the end of an illustrious life. The area is rich in history and graced with countless villas designed by Palladio and his followers, the countryside is tranquil and inspiring with an abundance of walks, local food and wine, easy access to the above cities. In short, a perfect place to step out of the fray to write.
Each spring, summer and autumn I host writers in the renovated dairy attached to the main house, a wide, cool room decorated with West African art, beneath an airy portico. We have a large, cool garden surrounded by sunflower fields, corn and vineyards, an inviting kitchen where meals are prepared. Retreats go from Sunday evening through to Friday morning, so you have a four full days of writing or editing or research time, depending upon where you are with your project. I will meet you at Verona, Treviso or Venice airport. Local food is prepared at home, wine comes from the surrounding vineyards.
A day trip is optional: I usually bring guests on a day trip to Venice, including a visit to the well-known Libreria Acqua Alta and an insider’s view of the lagoon city (food and public transport are not included for this excursion).
And if one wishes, it is also possible to go for an afternoon or evening trip to nearby Vicenza for gelato or drinks, or a meal (food is not included).
WRITING RETREAT DATES, PRICE AND DETAILS
STAY FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON TO THE FOLLOWING FRIDAY MORNING
INCLUDES: TRANSPORT FROM VERONA, TREVISO OR VENICE AIRPORT
LARGE QUIET ROOM
HOME WIFI, WASHING FACILITIES
THREE HEALTHY HOMECOOKED MEALS PER DAY PLUS LOCAL WINE (except on arrival day – dinner only, and checkout day – breakfast only. Off-site meals and drinks not included)
OPTIONAL: ONE DAY EXCURSION TO VENICE; AFTERNOON OR EVENING OUTING TO VICENZA FOR SHOPPING or GELATO or DRINKS or MEAL
UNFORTUNATELY THE HOUSE IS NOT WHEELCHAIR-EQUIPPED
Non-refundable downpayment of 25% via Paypal
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Highly recommended! I adored being there and got a lot of writing done. Can’t wait to be back. Agnes Marton
Very much recommend Catherine McNamara’s writing retreat in Northern Italy. I’ve stayed at her house and it is lovely, as is the surrounding area. Rowena Macdonald