Acoustic Guitar Building Course
Benabbio Village - Lucca, Italy 2014
New Course Date: Thu 17th April - Wed 30th April
5 spaces available
Check in Wednesday 16th April - 12 noon. Check outThursday 1st May 10am.
(15 nights’ accommodation)
____________________________________________ Class 1: Mon 5th May - Sun 18th May
Full Check inSunday 4th May12 noon. Check out Monday 19th May 10am.
_________________________________ Class 2: Thu 22nd May - Wed 4th June
Check inWednesday 21st May 12 noon. Check out Thursday 5th June 10am.
(Page updated 1st May 2013)
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
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.
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 once in Italy.
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 BodyCase 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.
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