Open Air Painting Workshop in Italy

''Join me and walk
in the footsteps of
Claude Monet''

on a journey through The Italian Riviera

About My Workshop

About My Workshop

Hi, my name is Ruggero Ruggieri and my passion for painting art has inspired me to organize a 7 day “Plein air” workshop within this magical location, retracing the footsteps of Monet.


Visit the unique painting sites of the Ligurian Riviera all belonging to I Borghi più belli d'Italia: Alassio, Laigueglia, Colla Micheri, Cervo, Albenga, Villanova d’Albenga, Zuccarello, Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena, Verezzi, Finalborgo, Varigotti, Noli and Dolceacqua.

Our Painting Sites

A gallery of the places we will visit

Tour and paint the medieval towns and villages in the surrounding areas

Visit bustling resorts and historic sites. Lose yourself in breathtaking seaside and blooming hillside scenery. Share your experiences with other artists over ''aperitifs'', and finish the day with fantastic food and wine, in a typical Ligurian restaurant.

Together we will capture the light of seascapes and hillside landscapes in brilliant colour at this beautiful getaway location. Experience excursions of interest; taste memorable meals in the peace and serenity of the Italian Riviera. We will paint, relax, eat, drink, all at your own pace.


This will be a typical schedule of our days together

From Monday to Saturday this will be our schedule.
On Sunday you will have free time from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Alternative excursions can be chosen daily depending on you.


Breakfast at your hotel.

Meet and travel

Meet and travel to our painting site, about half an hour a day. Dolceacqua is the only place where it will take a longer time to drive to (about an hour).

Painting time

Painting time ... in unique painting sites ... at your own pace. During those 5 hours I will provide basic beverages, sandwiches or local ''focaccia''.

Tour and visit

We will take you around our beautiful seaside resorts and magnificent villages on the hills, this will vary daily. Your guide will tell you the story and particular curiosities and anecdotes for each of the places you will visit.

Free time

Back to Alassio for your shopping, walks, sport, ''aperitifs'' or ... just a nap.

Dinner all together

Dinner in a different restaurant every evening. We will have meals together and I expect you "to try" our well known Italian food and wine. Of course I could find for you "hamburgers, hot dogs and chips" but, I beg you at least to try something, on my opinion, unforgettable! On the following link is my guide to our food and wine: My suggestions to enjoy your food in Italy.

Return to your hotel

We will take you back to your hotel.

Alassio can be explored any day with its 3 miles of “white natural sand” beach. The shopping experience in the ''Budello'' of boutique and shoe shops; lovely restaurants, bars and ice cream shops. A beautiful Tennis Club in Liberty style and, only a 10 minute drive from Alassio, the Garlenda Golf Club.

Here we are in a privileged position for excursions.
I can plan for you, or non painters, a week of visiting every day a different unforgettable resort.
Note: excursions are available only from June to September and are NOT included in the price.

Tuesday: by bus and boat

Genoa, Rapallo, Portofino

Wednesday: by bus

Monaco - Monte Carlo

Thursday: by bus and boat

Cinque Terre - Vernazza, Manarola, Riomaggiore


Nice- Cannes (by bus) or Corse (by bus and ship)

Claude Monet and the Italian Riviera

"Everything is wonderful, and every day the countryside is more beautiful, and I am bewitched by the country.
Here everything is beautiful and the weather is superb", wrote Claude Monet in 1884.


Claude Monet

In 1884 he made 38 artworks in the Italian Riviera


Our suggested hotels

Hotel in Alassio

Hotel Toscana

A 5 minute walk to the sea

Hotel in Alassio

Europa & Concordia

Facing the sea

Hotel in Alassio

Hotel Dei Fiori

A 3 minute walk to the sea

Hotel in Alassio

Hotel Eden

Facing the sea

Hotel in Alassio

Hotel Savoia

Facing the sea

Hotel in Alassio

Hotel Aida

A 3 minute walk to the sea

Hotel in Alassio

Hotel Lydia

A 5 minute walk to the sea

Hotel in Alassio

Le Terrazze

Facing the sea


  • All levels of experience are welcome. If you are a beginner, I'm fluent in English and I can assist you in the fundamentals of painting. Non painters are also welcome.

  • Your ''French Box Easel'', your favourite colors and medium, your favourite brushes or palette knives. We will provide a new painting canvas every day, solvent and paper towels.

  • You are welcome to visit any time of the year. The coldest months (not recommended for painting in open air) are from December to March. In July and August the weather is excellent but consider the temperatures are between 85° and 100° Fahrenheit (between 30° and 38° Celsius). In April, May, June, September and October the weather is, mostly, very good and the temperatures are between 72° and 85° Fahrenheit (between 22° and 30° Celsius). Those are, definitely the best months to spend in this area!

  • Alassio is located between Nice and Genoa Airports, 56 miles far (90 kilometers) from both sides.
    You could rent a car from your arrival Airport to Alassio, but you would not need it for the rest of your week because all the rest of the transport are included.
    An alternative could be a shuttle bus, directly from your arrival airport to Alassio, but it could take between 2:30 and 5 hours time!!!
    Our suggestion is to take bus shuttle from Nice Airport to Nice Ville (railway station) or from Genoa Airport to Genova Principe (railway station), then take any fast train to Alassio.

  • While you book your Hotel accomodation, don't forget Alassio is one of the most popular tourist resort in the North of Italy. You might need to book months in advance if you intend to come here in some period of the year (between the second half of July and the first half of August).
    Alassio has long tradition of hotels hospitality and people is very kind to tourists.
    You can choose, from five to a two star hotels, from''our suggested Hotels'', or from the complete hotel list in the:links underneath ...

  • You can check availability and make a booking by either emailing us at: or send a fax at: 0039 0182 641365.
    A 10% deposit is required at the time of booking and full payment is required two weeks before the holiday. You will be sent a booking form with details of how to pay by bank transfer.


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Book Your Holiday

We prefer you decide your Hotel category on your own, choosing the period of the year you visit. Hotel price will change in order of the season. If you do not want any stress in choosing alone, let us know the Hotel category you prefer, the day of your arrival (minimum 7 days) and how many persons will come. We will book it for you!
Your 7 days holiday in the Italian Riviera will cost you: 999 U.S.A. dollars per person.

Standard Week
What’s included

  • Every morning, transport to unique painting site, a different one every day.
  • A new painting canvas every day.
  • Help or assistance during your painting time.
  • Basic beverage and sandwiches during painting time.
  • Every afternoon, excursions to breathtaking seaside and blooming hillside scenery, a different one every day.
  • Every evening, dinner in a typical restaurant, "house wine" (vino della casa) included, a different place every evening.
  • Transport back to your Hotel after dinner.

Standard Week
What’s not included?

  • Your flight.
  • Round trip transport from and to the airports.
  • Seven night’s lodging.
  • Seven breakfasts.
  • Your favourite kind of color mediums and brushes (everyone is used to his different ones). Inside a French Box Easel, to take with you, you can carry all you need.
  • Special wine or spirits during dinner time.
  • Any extra excursion.

Small groups or individual
Customize your itinerary

Unlike other Web Sites where painting Workshop are offered, here is no need to decide an arrival calendar at a specific date. This is possible because your tutor and guide was born and lives in this part of the Riviera all year long. You could arrive any day and spend your week with us! If a group will have already started some days before your arrival, you will join the rest of the group because, anyway, every day we will visit a different painting site. For this reason groups will always be small and your tutor will give you a lot of individual attention. A week, all at your own pace, will be essential to achieve your goals. At some period of the year it may happen you will be the only person in the group. In this case we could decide together to customize your itinerary.

Contact Us

For more informations, details and booking


Reg. Madonna delle Grazie, 32 - Alassio - Italy

FAX Number

+39 0182 641 365

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