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My third painting holiday with Painting In Italy.
This time I went to Fabriano (between Perugia and Ancona) in the Marche region to participate in a festival called 'Fabriano in Aquarello' (Fabriano in Water Colour). Fabriano high quality artists' paper has been produced here since 1283 and has been used by numerous painters including the likes of Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci. Have a look at their website here. The medieval town centre is fortunately unspoiled whilst surrounded on the outskirts by modern 'white goods' factories such as Zanuzzi, Whirlpool and Ariston.

The four day programme is packed with all things water colour. Demonstrations by the masters were held in the palazzo and library and projected onto large screens for packed audiences. 3 hour pre-booked classes were given by the masters to limited numbers.Groups of selected artwork from all over the world were exhibited in museums and galleries. Streets were lined with artists sitting on the ground, on kerbs, on steps or perched on the edge of fountains in front of their easels, wrapped up in their rich surroundings.All pre-registered visitors were given goodie bags of water colour paper and paint, plus the all-important badge which gave free entry to all museums and galleries, and discounted food from participating outlets. There were no prizes, no competitions - this was an international gathering and celebration of water colourists. Also included were two trips to nearby hill towns of Serra San Quirico and Genga, which allowed a visit to the breathtaking Frasassi Caves - not to be missed.

Our hotel was merely a street away from the main square. Our rooms were spacious and staff were most helpful and attentive. Most evenings we ate a la carte at one of three selected restaurants with a wide choice on the menu. Locally produced salami and cheeses were a delight.