Special Interest Holidays

Luxury Boutique Retreats in Italy

Hotel Leone is a unique setting in the historic centre of Montelparo in Central Italy perched about the rolling countryside offering special interest holidays and creative retreats.  Experience an authentic stay within a medieval village.

We easily combine the perfect balance of creativity, relaxation, sightseeing, a little bit of culture and luxury accommodation tailored to each individual group.

Le Marche, in Central Italy, whose landscapes have inspired artists for centuires, provides the most breathtaking backdrops for any painting holiday, photography course or quilting and knitting retreat.  

Have you ever thought about joining a writing retreat, painting or knitting holiday or take part in a yoga retreat in Italy?   Now’s your chance.  Stress free, relaxing, fresh air and stunning views – what more could you want?

All our retreats are for small groups only.  There will never be more than 15 people but more typically between 10-12.  We have 9 luxury, en-suite bedrooms so you can share with a friend or bring a partner – even if they’re not participating in your activity and we try our best not to charge a vast supplement for those coming on their own.    

Below is our great selection of special interest or activity based holidays and vacations over the coming months set in the inspiring Le Marche countryside in Central Italy. 

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Creative retreats in Italy

Retreats Programme

We offer a unique setting for special interest holidays and inspirational retreats easily combining the perfect balance of creativity, relaxation, sightseeing, a little bit of culture and luxury accommodation tailored to each individual group.
Painting Retreat Italy

Painting Holidays

Join one of our special week-long PAINTING HOLIDAYS in the heart of Italy - find out more
painting holiday with David Shkolny

Painting Holiday with David Shkolny

24th April - 1st May 2021: Week long painting holiday with David Shkolny
Painting holiday with Eli Cedrone

Painting Holiday with Eli Cedrone

1st - 8th May 2021: Experience the colours of Italy with award-winning artist Eli Cedrone!
writing retreat with Ruth Brandt

Writing Retreat with Ruth Brandt

8th - 15th May 2021: A creative writing retreat led by Ruth which will include taught sessions covering the art and craft of writing, discussions of course attendees’ particular interests, free time for working on your own ....
Painting holiday in italy with Carole Massey

Painting Holiday with Carole Massey

22nd - 29th May 2021 Painting with Carole Massey. Suitable for all abilities. Drawing, Pen & Wash, Watercolours or a medium of your choice
Painting holiday in Italy with artist Susie Hunt

Painting Holiday with Susie Hunt

29th May - 5th June 2021: Watercolour - Acrylics and Oil Painting
painting holiday with Fiona Forbes

Painting Holiday with Fiona Forbes

5th - 12th June 2021: Watercolours, Drawing and Sketching holiday
knitting retreat in italy

Knitting Retreat with Janine Bajus

12th - 19th June 2021: a knitting retreat with a difference. 15 hours of playful colour exploration in the Fair Isle knitting tradition combined with time spent exploring the beautiful Le Marche region of Italy...
Painting holiday with Gerry Dudgeon

Painting Holiday with Gerry Dudgeon

19th - 26th June 2021: Abstracting from the Landscape with Gerry Dudgeon.
Painting holiday with Julia Morgan

Painting Holiday with Julia Morgan

26th June - 3rd July 2021: An Essence of Place, Painting Holiday with Julia Morgan
Painting holiday with Elaine Grittith

Painting Holiday with Elaine Griffith

22nd - 28th August 2021: Painting Holiday with Elaine Griffith
Painting holiday in Italy with Gaye Adams

Painting Holiday with Gaye Adams

28th August - 4th September 2021 Week-long Plein Air painting holiday with Gaye Adams
James Tatum Painting Holiday landscape

Painting Holiday with James Tatum

4th - 11th September 2021: The Landscape as Power and Emotion. A week-long painting holiday with James Tatum
Yoga Retreat in Italy with Patty Turnberg

Yoga Retreat with Patty Turnberg

11th - 18th September 2021 Enjoy a relaxing Yoga Retreat with Patty Turnberg's Hatha based classes
Painting holiday with Michele Illing

Painting Holiday with Michele Illing

18th - 25th September 2021: Drawing & Sketching, Pen & Ink, Watercolours, Acrylics and Pastels
writing retreats in italy

Writing Retreat with Tammy Coia

25th September - 2nd October 2021: An all Women’s writing retreat led by Tammy in memoir, creative writing, short story, and other tools to unlock your creativity!
Creative writing retreat in Italy with Rebecca Abrams

Creative Writing Retreat with Rebecca Abrams

2nd - 9th October 2021: Creative Writing Retreat with award winning author, journalist and literary critic Rebecca Abrams
Painting holiday with Peter Woolley

Painting Holiday with Peter Woolley

16th - 23rd October 2021 Watercolour painting with Peter Woolley
Painting holiday with Jenny Aitken

Painting Holiday with Jenny Aitken

9th - 16th October 2021: from Plein Air study through to studio finish
Art Retreat with Roxanne Stout

Mixed Media Art Retreat with Roxanne Stout

6th - 13th August 2022: Storytelling with collage - Mixed media art retreat with Roxanne Stout
Painting holiday in Italy with Sue Ford

Painting Holiday with Sue Ford

22nd - 29th June 2022 Painting Holiday with Sue Ford
Sitting Room for exclusive use

Exclusive Use

Why not indulge yourself with family and friends by renting, exclusively, our Boutique Hotel
Enjoy a walking holiday in Le Marche

Walking Holidays Italy

Treasures of Le Marche - a one week guided walking holiday in Italy designed to showcase the best of the area….