Arts & Cooking Courses, Perugia (Italy) 2022

“Feste Veneziane” (Venetian Feasts)

Be inspired by the beauty and joy, found in Venice

organised by Accademia Amsterdam

Perugia (Italy), July 3 – 7, extra presentation July 8, 2022

for all interested people, friends or partners, these courses can be combined

Receive an attractive discount when you subscribe before 1 April!

Be inspired by local architecture and Venetian “vedute”.

Follow cooking courses to learn (Northern) Italian recipes.

Extra: choir singing and dance classes for participants with a basic level.

Collaboration with Festival “Musica dal Mondo” and “Deruta, Borgo delle Arti”.


Accademia Amsterdam organises summer courses for music and art lovers in the marvellous medieval cloister of the regional archaeological museum in Perugia. Imagine to draw or paint and experience beautiful music between wonderful antique Roman and Etruscan artefacts. We are sure that this will be an unforgettable experience.

We decided to organise the courses at the beginning of July, to avoid the hottest period of the year. The music and dance tutors of Accademia Amsterdam treat you with an enticing opening concert with chamber music and dance. On Sunday 8 July, an extra participant's presentation will be hosted in one of the most beautiful “borghi” of Italy close to Perugia: Deruta.

Drawing Course1. Drawing & Painting

Course participants will get professional guidance from our qualified tutor. You are welcome to this course, whether you are experienced or you want to give it a try. The drawing and painting courses will take place in the open air or in the stimulating environment of the archaeological museum with its Roman and Etruscan artefacts. Following the theme of this year, we invite you to let the style of the Venetian “vedute” inspire you. But feel free to choose your own subject(s) in accordance with the tutor. Several drawing or painting techniques can be applied at wish: charcoal, ink, pencil, wax pastels or (oil/acrylic) paint.

Duration of the course: 1 to 5 days (as desired). This course can be very well combined with choir-singing or Italian cooking.

2. Italian cooking

The cooking courses will be dedicated to the traditional Italian cuisine, from “fabulous” appetizers to desserts. It highlights the evolution from country cooking to the most technologically advanced kitchen. We will pay attention to the preparation of fresh pastas and home-made pastries.

Cooking CourseAfter the first course day, we adapt the courses to the needs of the participants, asking them which recipes and techniques they would like to learn. Following the theme of this year, you can cook dishes of Northern Italy and the Venetian region, following the original recipes. The courses are taking place in the well-equipped kitchen of professional cook and sommelier Cinzia Ubaldi, close to the museum.

During the course-week, participants can enjoy the results of the cooking course at lunch or at the common dinner.

Duration of the course: 1 to 5 days (as desired). This course can be very well combined with choir-singing or drawing & painting.

Watch and share the video here to get an impression of the atmosphere.

Who can attend?

These courses are open to interested people of any level and age, including children, friends and partners of participants who follow other courses. Experience is not necessary, since you get individual guidance. You pay on per-day basis, making it possible to combine one or more different courses.


The music and dance tutors of Accademia Amsterdam present you an enticing opening concert with chamber music around the theme of this year. The performances will take place in the most beautiful historic locations. Participants of the arts and cooking courses have the possibility to show or demonstrate their results during the participant's performance in the museum or the festive dinner in Perugia.


Some time will be left to explore the historical centre of Perugia on your own. We organize an excursion for all participants to an historical highlight of Perugia or to one of the "borghi più belli d'Italia", Deruta. We promise an unique experience! (An extra charge may apply).

Italian kitchen

Of course we do not forget the good life: dinners are being served in the proper Italian way, on the terrace of one of a typical Umbrian restaurant. All course members and their family, partners or friends can join them. Before the final party buffet, the restaurant will offer you a typical Italian ‘aperitivo’.

Side programme

We offer these arts & cooking courses for interested people of any age and level, including children, friends and partners of participants. You can combine different courses alongside, including choir singing.

It is possible to apply for extra days of individual coaching or to follow additional courses apart from the mentioned dates. Locations can be Perugia or Deruta (in Umbria). Prices are €80 (69£) per extra day. Ask us about the possibilities and conditions.

Where to stay?

Very close to the course location are several affordable hotels. Participants wishing less luxurious accommodation can stay at a camping site or in ‘ostelli’ in the in the historic centre of Perugia. You are kindly requested to book the accommodation yourself, but we are glad to advise you. Below, you find our suggestions.

Marc Gerretsen, Amsterdam: drawing & painting
Cinzia Ubaldi, Perugia: traditional cooking

“Feste Veneziane” (Venetian Feasts) – inspiration by the beauty and joy, found in Venice.

Free subjects are also possible in drawing & painting.
The cooking course focuses on the traditional Italian cuisine.


Painting and drawing materials are excluded from the course price and can be purchased in Perugia via the tutor.
Advice about possible techniques and used materials, and information about the courses can be obtained from the tutor(s) (see their e-mail addresses).


English, German, Italian (partially), Dutch (partially), French (partially).


Sunday July 3 to Thursday July 7, 2022, extra presentation Friday July 8.

Programme (preliminary)

* = Only when a minimum amount of participants applies

It is possible to apply for extra days of individual coaching or to follow additional courses apart from the mentioned dates. Locations can be Perugia or Deruta (in Umbria). Prices are €80 (69£) per extra day. Ask us about the possibilities and conditions.


Perugia is easy to reach. You can fly to Rome or Pisa (KLM/Alitalia/Transavia/Vueling/EasyJet/RyanAir). Then take the train (Trenitalia) or coach (SULGA) to Perugia. Transavia has a regular schedule from Rotterdam to Perugia airport on Saturdays and Wednesdays, which would be a perfect fit for the course period.
All hotels and hostels are accessible by the "minimetrò", which departs from Perugia railway station.

We are glad to advise you with booking of your travels and with the transportation of your instrument(s). Please, contact us to receive information about the actual travel conditions regarding possible corona-restrictions. Consult the official website of the European Union for the actual situation.

Note that those who are staying outside the city centre will need to be able to reach the course location(s) on their own, by car or by public transport.


Five or six* dinners are organized (Sunday –  Friday), €19 (16£) per meal. Festive dinner and final party dinner*: €22 (19£). Participation at wish, to be reserved at the course location.


You can book your lodging in hotels close to the course locations, hostels in the neighbourhood, or on a camp site. You pay directly at the accommodation. See our suggestions below. We recommend to book an accommodation with reservation, since possible corona-measurements might imply restrictions.

Close to the course locations, in an antique structure, we find hotel Signa, where you can reduced price. Please, mention upon booking that you are attending the courses of Accademia Amsterdam.

Any questions? We are glad to help!

Each course per day (exclusive painting & drawing materials) €80 (69£)

If you register before 1 April 2022, you will receive a 5% reduction on the fee of the course.
If you introduce another participant, you will receive a 5% (extra) discount on the fee of the course. (Only if you apply at the same time and applicable once and only for the introducer).
Reductions are not valid for who is only singing in the choir at the special reduced price of €195.

Fees are excl. travel, lodging and meals and including VAT. No VAT-reduction possible.
Painting and drawing materials are excluded from the course price. Ingredients for the recipes are included.
Min. 4, max. 12 participants, duration 1 to 5 days.
Course days do not consist of a fixed number of hours. The duration depends on the judgement of the tutors and other activities that are organized in a day.

Lodgings and Meals (indicative)

Hotel, 6 nights (double/single rooms) approx. €165/€235 (283£/201£)*
Hostel, 6 nights (dormitory/single rooms) approx. €110/€240 (95£/206£)*
Camp site, 6 nights (two adults with caravan) approx. €135 (115£)*
Meals (participation at wish, 5/6 dinners are organized) per meal €19/€22 (16£/19£)*

*price per person, directly to be paid to the hotel/hostel/restaurant

Tailor made Courses

Do the dates not suit you, and do you want individual treatment? Throughout the year we organise music, painting & drawing and cooking courses in Casa “Le tre Muse” in ceramics-town Deruta (15km from Perugia). They are intended for individuals or small groups of friends, who want to stay a couple of days to enjoy the inspiration Italy has to offer. Plan your music, arts or cooking course on the dates that you prefer. Teachers, who bring their students, can use our studio for free. At wish, we offer you interesting excursions and other activities. On this website you find more information.


Official registration ceases the 19th of June 2022 or till the courses are fully booked. Only in particular cases we accept later subscriptions. We will do our utmost best to take your wishes into account.

By subscribing, you agree with the general conditions. You can register on-line by filling in the subscription form. If you encounter difficulties, please send us an e-mail to or call us on +31 6 242 547 91. We would be glad to assist you.

If the courses unexpectedly have to be cancelled due to corona-measures taken by the authorities, the full fee will be returned, or your subscription will be valid for the summer courses of 2023.

Upon subscription you will receive an invoice. You can pay the fee directly with PayPal or credit card. Alternatively, you can pay by money transfer to our bank account. Take into account that your subscription is only confirmed when we have received your payment before the 19th of June 2022.


Bank Account

Accademia Amsterdam, Almere, The Netherlands.
Wise IBAN: BE36 9671 0636 2381 ● BIC: TRWIBEB1XXX

Addresses - Contact

Accademia Amsterdam
Onno Verschoor
(NL) +31 6 24254791
(IT) +39 334 5763313

Museo archeologico nazionale dell’Umbria (Course Location)
Piazza Giordano Bruno 10, 06121 Perugia
+39 075 572 7141

Hotels (suggestions)
Hotel Signa (will give reduction)
Hotel Iris

Hotel Sant'Ercolano

Youth Hostels (ostelli)
Centro di Accoglienza - Ostello della Gioventù
Little Italy Hostel
Ostello Spagnoli

Camp site
Camping Il Rocolo

Ristorante Iris (dinners)
Via Marconi 35, 06121 Perugia
+39 075 5721382

General conditions

If you subscribe to the course, you state that you agree with our general conditions. The organization of Accademia Amsterdam cannot be held responsible when our partners do not live up to their agreements.

If the courses unexpectedly have to be cancelled due to corona-measures taken by the authorities, the full fee will be returned, or your subscription will be valid for the summer courses of 2023.

For the Music & Dance Courses apply separate conditions and prices.


Marc GerretsenMarc Gerretsen graduated at the Academy Minerva in Groningen (The Netherlands). Typically, his fascination with illusionism: create spatiality on a flat surface.Knowing which form and display this in the second and or third dimension. His preference is realistic art (the feast of recognition) but that doesn't mean that there is no way to underlying abstract elements.

Marc Gerretsen had several exhibitions of his paintings and gave lessons on the Fons Vitae Lyceum in Amsterdam and taught at the Volksuniversiteit of Lelystad. He illustrated for the monthly Railhobby. Currently he is working on a retrospective of his work space, cart modelling. Marc Gerretsen has his own publishing company “MG Card Models” where he publishes his work.

During the course, participants get inspired by the city. The course will be focussed on cityscapes, vedute, and/or still life and pays attention to: perspective, shape, drawing, sketching, light/dark and composition. Aspects that can be discussed further are: color, painting, and a given 'chance'.

Cinzia UbaldiCinzia Ubaldi was born in Rome. In 1981 she graduated as engineer of the hotel business at IPATS (Professional State Institute for Touristic Hotel Manager) in Formia in the province of Latina. She has experience as a cashier at the Sheraton hotel in 1983 and then at the Hilton Cavalieri in Rome. In 1985 Cynthia has lived in Germany where she had a Gasthaus in the Elzas with her husband Giacomino Domenico and his associates. After five years she returned to Italy where she worked for a year at the hotel Le Silve di Armenzano (Assisi).

In 1992 Cynthia Ubaldi has opened the restaurant “La Locanda degli Artisti” (The Inn of the Artists). She got different positions: in 1997, certificate of professional sommelier and in 2001, official speaker of AIS (Italian Sommelier Association). In 2003 she specialized in food and wine pairing technique (AIS). She has written several articles on wine pairing: in 2006 a chapter in the book “Anche tu Norcino”, and in 2007 chapters in the book “Maestri Norcini e Maestri Salumieri”.

Since 2001 he teaches Umbrian Cuisine at the Università dei Sapori (University of Flavors) of Perugia in various collaborations over the years. At present she works as free lance sommelier, cooking tutor and cook.


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