Have known Rino, the founder, since 2012 and have stayed at his Country House Pro Vobis several times. He is a wonderful soul, and so very helpful.
I'm here for ten days with a group of Artists from America.
Pro Vobis is the perfect get away place from a busy life with schedules and what not.
We are treated like royalty by Rino .
Rino serves a light breakfast and a scrumptious dinner of pasta and a main dish of meats, salad/vegetables, wine, fruit and water. Rino is a great Chef!
Rino is the most pleasant host I have ever met. The rooms are beautifully quaint as an Italian villa should be, and they are cleaned daily. The surroundings are gorgeous, the perfect scenery to get inspired to paint, draw, read or just relax and breath in the beautiful nature of the gardens. Assisi is a short distance where one can drive and admire the beautiful town, or drive to other close by towns.
Pro Vobis is amazing, a home away from home, and the weather at this time of the year is exquisite. I highly recommend Pro Vobis if you are looking for a paradise away from the city noise.
Hoping to return many times.
I carried out my internship, a compulsory element of the academic plan of study, in the summer of 2019 at the "Affiliati" Quarry in Assisi.
The months I spent at the workshop were some of the most stimulating, intense and instructive along my entire artistic path of study. In sixty days I believe I learnt more hard stone sculpting techniques and concepts that in three years at the Carrara Academy of Fine Arts. Impeccable organisation coupled with an extensive pool of skills and knowledge of the work group made up of Affiliati workshop team members generates a prestigious artistic environment, unique in Italy. For the entire duration of my experience at the workshop I found the environment was entirely focused on the production of top level works in creative and craftsmanship terms, where even a beginner like me found all the help and tools necessary to improve and contribute towards sculptural production.
Without a doubt what I found most surprising was the remarkable speed at which I was able to learn things. Everyone was so generous in sharing advice and above all in physically showing me the best types of techniques to use, something you don't see too often in the world of sculpture, where masters and artisans almost always tend to conceal their art.
I strongly recommend anyone interested in growing as an artist and artisan to undertake a similar experience and to entrust themselves to their invaluable teachings.
Dear Rino, How are you? Here I am In England thinking back on what a lovely time I had at your place..how special it was and how much I learned too. I just wanted to thank you again for being so accommodating to me and putting so much effort into making my stay so wonderful. I loved working in the Studio everyday and visiting Assisi with you and haviing dinner with Massimo and Armando and spending só much time with and learning from Bruno. I am already thinking about what possible things to work on for next years exhibition in Umbria. If the dates work out for you the best opening night time for me would be July 29 2017 but I know that you have many demands on your time and of course I will try and work in with what works for you and all the other artists. Please keep in touch and let me know how things are going. I miss you all..I felt so comfortable and happy there. All the best and take care Barbara.
Da Copains d'avant Hélène Douel - Résidence Internationale PRO VOBIS d'Assise. De retour d'Assise: départ impromptu, expérience d'une richesse intellectuelle à nulle autre pareille. Peinture, dessin photo, lecture. Que du bonheur !
J'ai eu l'occasion impromptue d'accompagner ma fille Hélène Douel, enseignante peintre, dans ce magnifique lieu, à environ 5 kilomètres d'Assise. C'est un petit coin de paradis dans la verdure à l'odeur de fenouil, lavande, rose. L'hôte, Rino, est à l'écoute de tous et participe aux débats de fin de soirée. J'ai eu l'honneur avec ma file de contempler des ouvrages textiles fabriqués par sa Mère au PUNTO ASSISI (point d'Assise). Je ne connaissais cette broderie uniquement par son nom. Cela est magnifique. Des cours peuvent être pris à certaines dates dans la résidence. Merci à Rino, à son fils et aux organisateurs de ce séjour. Grand moment de bonheur pur où pendant que ma fille peignait dans l'atelier, je faisais de la dentelle au fuseau et me promenait pour photographier.
J'ai eu la chance de séjourner comme artiste en résidence, en juillet 2014. Cet endroit magique, en pleine nature, d'un calme absolu, est à seulement 4,5 km de la merveilleuse ville d'Assise. Un tout grand atelier est a la disposition des artistes et, pour se relaxer, en journée ou le soir, une très belle piscine et un jacuzzi. De cet endroit formidable, se dégage un calme et une paix propice à la création... Je ne pourrais terminer sans mentionner Rino, Le maitre des lieux... D'une nature discrète et d'une gentillesse extraordinaire, Rino mets tout en oeuvre pour le bien de ses résidents! Il est âme de cet endroit! J'espère vraiment pouvoir revenir rapidement dans ce havre de paix !