Formally known as “Tuscany: A Journey for the Senses”, our programs were originally based in the Val d’Orcia of southern Tuscany.


Artful Journeys' programs have recently expanded to include: art and cooking workshops, music and cultural tours throughout Europe and also workshops on Cape Cod.

Painting by Ellen Joyce Trayer

Here are some fun video of clips from our previously offered journeys.

Music in Milan (2013): Maria Ferrante sings in the Cremona Baptistery.

Foodie's Italy (2012): Making Pecorino in Umbria.

Plein Air in the Maremma (2011): Painting workshop with Billy Noonan.


Years ago, it was suggested to Joan that she might offer an art program, and she jumped at the chance of a lifetime. Bringing together all of her life's passions, the development and administration of ARTFUL JOURNEYS is an exhilarating process for Joan.

Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, her mother was the efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was very difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.

Joan Hill, the director/host of Artful Journeys LLC.

A Closer Look Into Joan's Life Passions:


Earning her Bachelor’s of Arts in German Literature afforded Joan a reason to travel, and she does so often

and with great joy.


She has had an eclectic career, including leatherwork, medical research and small business administration. Currently, she has a bookkeeping business for architects and other small professional firms in New England.


Fostering her lifelong passion for music, Joan continues to study the piano, encourages her son on the viola, and supports classical chamber groups.

Fine Art

She has developed a penchant for collecting art, and has recently created some pottery of her own under the tutelage of her friend, Gail Turner.


Concurrently, another passion has developed: a deep love of Italy, its culture, language, people and culinary aspects.


Many thanks to all who have helped me make this program a success!


  • To Larry Hill and my family for their support and enthusiasm.
  • To Gail Turner, whose pots sparked the concept.

    (Visit Gail's website: www.millstonepottery.com)

  • To Dave Bennett, Kara Risk, Jeff Peterson, Bob Shortsleeve, Robert Linn, and Keith Moskow who allow me flexibility in my other work.
  • To Eli Cedrone for her excitement and hard work.
  • To John Carafoli and John Murelle.
  •  To the CSO for their splendid collaboration.
  • To Jonny Wilkin, who mastered the first website.
  • To Carla Bohnett for her collaborative support and honest welcoming smile.
  • To Miriam Bourin for her enthusiasm.
  • To Sevan Melikyan for following footsteps.
  • And most of all, to Ma and Dad, for raising me to believe in and give of myself.

Without these people, ARTFUL JOURNEYS would not be possible.

—Joan Hill

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