Frequently Asked Questions
SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR 2021
We are designing the workshops with individual instructors and are monitoring local, regional, Italian, and U.S. requirements for travel to and around Italy. We will be following these precautions regardless of whether they’re still deemed mandatory when the workshops start.
La Romita Precautions for the Workshops
- Group sizes will be limited.
- All La Romita staff will be vaccinated.
- Suppliers and vendors will have limited access to La Romita premises.
- Visitor access to the property will be limited.
- Extra cleaning of all common spaces will be performed following COVID 19 protocols for public spaces.
- La Romita transport will be provided by private company upon arrival in Italy.
- La Romita will comply with local requirements and regulations.
- Travel insurance that includes cancellation coverage “For Any Reason” is highly recommended.
Q: How do I enroll for one of your programs 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. We recommend that you contact us via telephone (TOLL-FREE 1-855-4ROMITA (476-6482)) or our contact page so that we can get you into our system and answer any last minute questions you might have.
If you wish to enroll in an Independent workshop, you need to contact the leader of that art program via the contact information provided on that workshop’s page.
Q: How do I get there?
A: Once you’ve enrolled, all you need to do is book a flight using the method of your choice: agent, travelocity.com, orbitz – whatever your preference. You want to select Fiumicino Airport (Rome, airport code FCO) as your destination, and choose a flight that arrives before 10:30AM on the first day of your workshop. We will pick you up on our tour bus and from that point on you’re our guest! For your return trip, just choose a departing flight that leaves after 10:30AM on the last day of the workshop. On that last day, we’ll take you back to Fiumicino with plenty of time to check-in. Once you register, we will provide a packet with more specific information.
Q: Flying in to Fiumicino 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.
Q: How much does it cost to attend a workshop at La Romita?
A: La Romita determines the price of the workshops that it operates directly, and the prices for those workshops are featured on the workshop pages. Independent Instructors running sessions at La Romita determine their own price, so if you’re interested in attending one of their sessions you need to contact them directly. We provide contact information on each of their pages.
Q: What does the cost include?
A: The costs include all ground transportation on our private bus, accommodations, meals, and art instructions.
Q: What is NOT included in the cost?
A: The cost does not include Airfare. Besides that, lunch on certain full day trips to certain larger towns is not included, nor are personal laundry, and any expenses incurred by leaving the group on your own.
Q: Will I have a room to myself?
A: Most of the rooms at La Romita are double occupancy, but we do have a few single rooms available for an additional charge of $35 per day, paid at registration. We can also put you on a waiting list for a single if they’re already filled by the time you register. More information is located on our Important Information page.
Q: How do I pay?
A: We accept check or visa/mastercard/discover. A minimum deposit of $500 is required with the registration. The balance of payment is due 45 days prior to the selected session.
Q: What happens if I have to change plans?
A: Our cancellation policy is listed on our Important Information page. We also strongly suggest that you choose refundable tickets when purchasing your air-travel.
Q: My friend is at LR right now! How do I contact them?
A: If your friend has email, then you can try emailing them! Participants have access to both wireless and a “house computer” so that they can stay in touch. Otherwise, you can call La Romita directly at 011 39 0744 401365, though it is an international call. In case of emergency, use any of the information on our contact page and we will get a hold of your friend as soon as possible. Be aware that Italy is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard time.
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. We also have an entire page on this site dedicated to information on hosting your own art retreat in Italy with us.
Q:I’m interested in hosting a program at La Romita, but not art-related. Is that possible?
A: Absolutely – although Umbria lends itself particularly to watercolor and plein air painting, La Romita’s core offerings can be used for any number of purposes. Slow Food tours, cooking, writing workshops, photography. Contact us and let us know what you have in mind! We have an entire page on this site dedicated to information on hosting your own retreat in Italy with us.
Q: I’m interested in <workshop x> – is space available?
At this point we do not post enrollment information online, so the only way to find out is to call or contact us
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.
Q. I want to sign up for your monthly online newsletter – Notes from La Romita. How do I do this?
A. The easiest way is to follow this link: http://eepurl.com/cGG32. If you experience difficulties, you can cut and paste the link into your browser, or else just contact the newsletter staff directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.