Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about what we offer
Q: What is included in your prices?
A: Our prices include all ground transportation on our private bus, all accommodations, almost all meals, 24/7 access to the studio, art instruction (if offered in the workshop) – basically everything except your flight to Italy.
Q: What is NOT included in the price?
A: The price does not include airfare. You may prefer to buy your own lunch from a cafe or trattoria on one or two of the longer full-day trips. Personal laundry is not included. And of course, if you leave the group to do your own thing, your expenses are your own.
Q: Do you offer any discounts?
A: As a non-profit, all of our money goes directly into our staff, instructors, and overall maintaining the programs. We provide one of the most full-service experiences in the market because it’s our sincere belief that it will best support your artistic exploration. As such, our prices are already very low, considering. However, we do offer small discounts to Returnees (because we’d love to see them again!) and to anyone who brings along a spouse or friend – your “Plus-One”. For 2023 the rate is 7% off.
Q: Can I bring my spouse, partner, or friend?
A: Yes! And as mentioned elsewhere, you’ll be eligible for a Plus-One discount.
Q: My spouse won’t be participating – is there a discount?
A: We do not offer any specific discount for companions who chose not to participate in the workshop, but one of you will be eligible for the Plus-One discount.
Q: My spouse won’t be participating – is there something else for them to do?
A: While we’re happy to welcome “non-painters” (or non-photographers, or non-writers), our mission is dedicated to cultural exchange through artistic experience. There is actually a lot for the adventurous to experience, even if they don’t explore with pen, brush, or lens. We will make sure that your spouse knows about the “extras” in each town.
Can I go off and do my own thing?
Yes and No – the group is generally not expected to “stick together” on the day-trips: the whole point is to get an opportunity to explore each destination on your own to find your own special scene or inspiration. But the group is expected to go together to the day’s destination. If your plan is to rent a car or just get dropped off at the train station so you can do your own thing away from the group, we can’t really accommodate it. (Of course, if you need a little break and want to stay home at La Romita while the rest of the group goes on their excursion, that’s perfectly fine!)
Questions about Registration and Enrollment
Q: How do I register for one of your workshops in Italy?
A: To enroll for a La Romita-run workshop, we just need at minimum three things: your name and contact information, the workshop you wish to attend, and a deposit of $500. The easiest way to start this process is to use the “Register Online” button on each workshop’s page.
Sometimes our workshops are run directly by the teacher or organizer, and to register for them you need to contact the leader directly. In those cases we provide contact information and a contact form on that workshop’s page.
Q: How do I pay?
A: For La Romita-run workshops, we accept check or Visa / Mastercard. A minimum deposit of $500 is required with the registration, and the balance due 45 days prior to the selected session. We will add a 3% service charge to balance payments made via credit card. The 3% is not added to your deposit.
For Independent workshops, you will have to ask that of the workshop leader.
Q: How do I get there?
A: Once you’ve registered, we’ll send you a student pack that contains information on how to schedule your flight and more detailed information on meeting up with the group, what to bring, and what generally to expect. We have been doing this for over 50 years and are very good at helping you get to La Romita!
But to summarize: you’ll book a flight to arrive at Leonardo Da Vinci airport in Rome before 10:30 AM on the first day of your workshop, and choose a flight that leaves after 10:30AM on the last day of your workshop. We’ll pick you up from and drop you off at the airport.
Q: Flying in to Rome doesn’t work with my other plans – can you pick me up someplace else?
A: It’s not uncommon for our participants to visit La Romita as part of a larger European visit. We can help you figure out how to get to the train station in Terni (the nearest to La Romita), where we can pick you up. This information is also included in the orientation materials.
Q: What happens if I have to my change plans after I've registered/enrolled/booked my flight?
A: Our cancellation policy is listed on our Important Information page, which covers refunds of your deposit and/or balance. We strongly advise that you choose refundable tickets when you book your air-travel.
We strongly recommend acquiring travel insurance. Our cancellation policy is listed on our Important Information page. We also strongly suggest that you choose refundable tickets when purchasing your air-travel.
Questions about Hosting your own Workshop
Q: I’m interested in hosting a workshop at La Romita. What should I do?
A: We are always interested in making new connections and having new people share their experience and expertise. Please contact us via our contact page and let us know what you have in mind. Be aware that to host a workshop – either through us or as an independent – you need to already have a good following and be able to bring the group in question.
Q: I’m interested in hosting a program at La Romita, but not art-related. Is that possible?
A: Absolutely – although Umbria lends itself beautifully to watercolor and plein air painting, La Romita’s core offering and our experience can be used for any number of purposes. We’ve hosted Slow Food tours, writing workshops, photography workshops, spiritual retreats, and we welcome new ideas. Contact us and let us know what you have in mind!
Q: I’d love to attend La Romita, but am not interested in instruction. What’s available to me?
We periodically offer uninstructed workshops which are perfect for the artist or writer who just wants to go on a retreat. You can look at our Uninstructed Workshops to see what we’re currently offering. If we’re not currently offering something and you’re part of a group of like-minded people, let us know – we might be able to arrange something!
Q: I’m not interested in a workshop, but am looking for someplace to stay while I’m in the area. Can you put me up?
A: La Romita is not set up as a hostel or B&B, so we can’t really accept visitors on that basis. However, if you’re looking to host a special event or want to drop by to see what we’re about in person, please give us a call and we’ll be happy to see what can be arranged. At La Romita we’ve hosted family reunions, destination weddings, and concerts – anything where we can act as facilitators for cultural exchange.