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Acoustic Guitar Building Course
Benabbio Village - Lucca, Italy 2014

We are also taking a wait list for 2015 just use the "Contact Us" message form!

Class 1: Thu 17th April - Wed 30th April
1 place available

Check in Wednesday 16th April - 12 noon.
Check out
 Thursday 1st May 10am. 
(15 nights’ accommodation)
 

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Class 2: Mon 5th May - Sun 18th May
Full 

Check in
Sunday 4th May 12 noon.
Check out
Monday 19th May 10am.
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Class 3: Thu 22nd May - Wed 4th June
1 place available

Check in
Wednesday 21st May 12 noon.
Check out
Thursday 5th June 10am.

                               (Page updated 5 Nov 2013)

 

Thomas Lloyd Guitars
Invite you to handcraft your own acoustic guitar, high up in the beautiful Apennine Mountains of Benabbio, where students from all over the World enjoy a unique experience that lasts
a lifetime!
 

 

  

 

Villa San Rocco is a unique luxurious Villa residence set in the heart of Italy.

 Situated in the village of Benabbio, 30 minutes from Lucca - high among the imposing hills of northern Tuscany, the villa is an enchanting private residence incorporating state of the art conference facilities. Neglected for fifty years, this twelve-bedroom Baroque town house has now undergone a full and sympathetic restoration, using traditional skills and materials from the locality.

See Villa San Rocco Website

See Bagni di Lucca Tourist Information for more on the valley area and things to do!

 

   

      


A = Lucca and B = Villa San Rocco 
View Larger Map and check out the Street View to the villa (On the B pin)



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Your Acoustic Guitar Building Course $3,800AUD
Course fee is per student, Excludes Flights, Travel Insurance & Entertainment

Your Course Includes:

  • All Guitar Making Australian Tonewood, Accessories & Step by Step Tuition
  • Solid Body "Flight" Case (Valued at Over $200 AUD)
  • "Made In Italy" - Guitar Label with room for your Signature
  • Transfers to and from Local Train Station at Bagni Di Lucca
    (20 minute trip from the Station to Villa San Rocco upon check in / out)
  • PLUS, your own 2014 Italy Tour - Black Polo Shirt

Plus, 15 Nights Accommodation $1,500AUD 
Price includes "Compulsory" Double Room (per student) with Private Ensuite!


Your Accommodation Includes:

  • 15 nights Luxurious 4 Star Residence for 2 people (double room with Ensuite)
  • Use of the grounds & BBQ Area, 2 x kitchens, lounge and dining areas
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet thourghout the building
  • Exercise & Yoga / Meditation Room
  • The advantage of local knowledge to 2 x restaurants (2 minutes walk from the villa) historic sites, plus more local restaurants in the main town, Guitar/Music/Food Festivals, markets and more
  • Accommodation is compulsory at Villa San Rocco for 15 nights. 

Total Package $5,300AUD 

Payment Schedule, Terms & Conditions:

 $1,000 Non-Refundable Deposit (at time of booking)
Payable upon enrolment booking 

 $4,300 Final Payment
Required by Friday 21st February 2014

Note: All course bookings must be 100% confirmed with a deposit and committed as per above payment
If you cancel before Friday 14th February 2014 your $1000 will be non-refundable GST is not chargeable on the fees

We also ask for a 150 Euro per person payment for a food Kitty for the two weeks. Due when you arrive at the Villa in Italy.

 

Pay Your "Course Fee" Deposit Now
   

 

Your Acoustic Guitar Building Course:

We have created a unique Guitar making experience, combined
with luxurious accommodation and an exclusive 6 student per class environment, you get to relax,
let go and return to a pace that only Master Craftsman know about!

 Under the watchful eye of Luthier - Chris Wynne you will pace yourself through every facet of hand crafting an Acoustic Guitar and embrace the older techniques of custom building such as bending your guitar sides and cutting the fretboard by hand

The course hours are around 8.30am till 5pm daily

You will get sundays (or one selected day) off - depending on how fast your custom building comes along

Most accommodations take you for 14 days - so we aim to have your guitar
finished in 14 days (apx 80hrs) and your 15th day accommodation will give you time to play your guitar and see the sights you missed whilst making your guitar

The course is our main focus!

 We will enjoy casual diners together and dine together throughout the course. There are two wonderful restaurants just 2 minutes walk from Villa San Rocco

Using only Australian Tonewoods, we give you a stunning choice of Inlay options
for your Rosette, Fretboard and Headstock, including
 various body shape options
for your Classical or Acoustic Guitar. The same as our courses in Melbourne.

    

Our 17th Century; 700 year old Baroque workshops are located below the premises of the Villa.
 All Tea, Coffee & Biscuits provided during the course!

So while your partner or family chooses from sitting by the pool, finding mediaval villages, 
sipping on fine Italian coffee, nibbling on local Italian Chocolate, shopping
for local produce, hunting down Italian clothing stores, or just venturing off to the
local area you can handcraft your instrument in total serenity...

 Come and Join Us In Benabbio, Lucca May 2014!

For further information or enrollment forms, please click on this link "Contact Us"

 Chris Wynne Phone:   +61 3 9431 2490

And then post your enrolment form to PO Box 1162, Research Vic 3095

 

This is the style of Solid Body Case we provide for your Guitar!

Getting Around Italy: 

We suggest that you hire your own small car for your sightseeing and to get to the local villages & shopping centres. We will help with the transfers to and from the local train station of Bagni Di Lucca upon check in and out.

For Australian Bookings - For Italy

Rail Plus - Europe train service
Rail Europe - Europe train service
Trenitalia - Italy - local train services

The Rome Airport or has a train direct into Rome Termini (Terminal) then you catch the next train out to Lucca then onto Bagni Di Lucca where we will be waiting to collect you
(This option is approximately 3 hours from Rome)

We personally fly into Pisa or Florence as it is easier and faster than landing in Rome. It is only 1 hour from Pisa to Bagni di Lucca.

 
This video shows the drive into the village of Benabbio and to Villa San Rocco from Bagni di Lucca

Local restaurants provide fresh, seasonal, local produce with broad menu selections
Suites vegetarians as well as Gluten and Lactose intolerant people

 If hiring a car - please note most of Italy is CLOSED on Sundays!

If you are coming in on a Sunday we will collect you from the train station then
take you into town the next day to collect your car

Europcar Contact Australia:

Europcar Asia Pacific
157 Mickleham Rd, Tullamarine, Victoria, 3043, Australia
Ph:   1300 131 390
Fax: 61 3 9334 5013
 
Or

Will You Join Us In Benabbio, Italy?

Current Time In Rome

 

Held annually in an ancient
Medieval Fortress
Sarzana, Italy.
 24-26 May, 2013

International Artists and Artisans!

 


Pictures below from 2011 & 2012 at Villa San Rocco

 

 

 


 
 
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