We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and excellent service before, during and after our retreats. As well as curating unique experiences to make our guests feel at home while tapping into their adventurous and creative sides!
After over ten years of traveling throughout Italy and four successful summers of hosting retreats, we're grateful to be able to offer these retreats year after year, and humbled by the reviews our new Wanderful friends have offered after their time under the Tuscan sun!
Read below to hear more about past retreat attendees adventures with Chelsea and Wanderful Retreats!
"Wanderful Retreats is the best way to visit Italy! You get to spend a week with someone who knows the cities and a lot of history that goes with them. You also get the chance to learn how to sketch and paint the beautiful Italian scenery around you. You can't go wrong booking a week with Wanderful Retreats. My only regret is not participating in both weeks!"
- Haylee, 2019 Villa
"The Lucca tour was like a dream come true. The hostess was very organized but still offered spontaneous time to explore. I especially loved the Chianti region with our private tour guide arranged through our hostess. "
- C, 2019 Lucca
"Both of my retreats in Italy have been fabulous. Chelsea does an amazing job leading her groups through Tuscany and making you feel at home. She organizes everything so you get a taste of Tuscany but still have the freedom to explore solo if you want. Our weeks were filled with exploring gorgeous towns, eating delicious food and learning how to paint under Chelsea's guidance. Chelsea also speaks Italian so it's great to have someone by your side to help translate and navigate this beautiful country.
Can't wait to join Chelsea again on another retreat in Tuscany!"
- Holly, 2018 Lucca & 2017 Villa
"Looking through my pictures from the Tuscany retreat and wishing I were back in Italy right now! It was an amazing week with amazing people. We had time for ourselves and time to be social. There was a perfect balance of painting, relaxing, and sight-seeing. We shopped, cooked, ate, traveled, and laid by the pool. The activities were well planned out and so enjoyable.
Chelsea’s sweet demeanor and attentiveness really made the trip perfect. Since she speaks Italian we were able to speak with everyone and feel at home in Italy!"
- Lauren, 2017 Villa
"My Italy art retreat was some of the best money I've ever spent. Chelsea organized it perfectly. It was stress-free in that everything was planned and ready to go - the amazing apartment, food in the fridge, an awesome itinerary - and yet, throughout the week, I still had the freedom to branch off and do other things I wanted.
The best part is Chelsea is practically an Italian herself so you get much more than a surface tour. After a week, I knew the good spots to get coffee and where to find a killer sandwich, which restaurants would give me free Limoncello if I stayed late enough, and how to do a decent watercolor to boot.
I made new friends, made memories with old friends, and came home with a handmade sketchbook full of art. Overall, it was a perfect adventure! "
- Kendal, 2016 Florence
"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls."