Join McQueens in Italy in August!

McQueens events team has been fortunate enough to work in Italy most summers for the past five years, creating flowers for lush and luxurious weddings in some stunning locations. From picturesque Tuscan hilltop villages to the olive groves of Umbria, McQueens seems to have a natural affinity for Italy, so as  McQueens Flower School goes international, it was naturally our first choice of location. We tested the waters last year with a sell-out celebratory class for McQueens 25th anniversary, and have just returned from our first Italian class this year.  For those of you who missed it and are hoping to join us on our second trip this August, here’s a little glimpse of what you have to look forward to!

Details on location, itinerary and travel below. For more information or to book a place on the McQueens Italian Masterclass this August contact or call 020 7251 5505

McQueens Masterclass in Italy - A great space with lots of light
McQueens Masterclass in Italy – A great space with lots of light

McQueens founder and MD Kally Ellis was on hand to welcome the students and introduce the three-day class. ‘I have always adored Italy,’ explains Kally, ‘ the country has such a wonderful history and I spent much of my childhood holidays there. Our classes in Italy have taken us by surprise. We’ve had lots of students from all over the world book and they are becoming a highlight of our year. We have another date planned for August and are already planning classes for 2018!’

Lots of space to relax at the Palazzo
Lots of space to relax at the Palazzo

McQueens head tutor Emily takes up the story. ‘When planning the course, our primary consideration is to dazzle our students with gorgeous flowers, but the event is much more than that. Experiencing the region is a must, as are the locally produced food and wine. For us, it’s a great chance to learn more about our students. We’ve had a diverse group of flower admirers including the blogger and writer, Rona Wheeldon from Flowerona. Our class space is on the top floor of a palazzo so it is bathed with wonderful sunlight and gives gorgeous views of the surrounding area. The classes are aimed at beginners and those with some experience of working with flowers, and our aim for the class was to introduce the students to different techniques and styles.’

The class room is dressed for banquet on the final night of the course.
The finale. Flowers everywhere!

Day one began with a fun, summery hand-tied bouquet of yellow roses, camomile, lisianthus, crespidia, achillea and incorporated mint, sage and pistachio foliage to create a really stunning, yet playful and slightly rustic bouquet. When placed in a vintage sweetie jar, on the bedside tables in the Palazzo, it looked perfectly placed. We moved quickly on to focal designs, which sat beautifully in the Palazzos grand entrance hall, the niches on the staircase and beside the grand well (with lion-headed lever).

Every night we created gorgeous tablescapes;  vases of flowers complete with candlesticks, tea lights, even candelabra and a gorgeous hanging installation of terracotta coloured calla lilies, which we then got to enjoy over our delicious dinner! Our project for the final day featured an elaborate table runner of flowers, which cascaded onto the floor either side of the table. The room was finished with suspended flowers and was the perfect backdrop for our farewell dinner!’

A group picture of all the student
Class of May 2017

Join McQueens in Italy August 2017

Spend four nights in an idyllic  400 year-old palazzo in Cermignano, surrounded by majestic mountains and rolling hills in delightful Abruzzo (it’s often called the greenest region of Italy).  The trip includes a four-night stay, three days of masterclass and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner in delicious Italian style.

Wednesday 23  August –  Sunday 27 August 2017 

 Cost (flight cost not included)

£1,350 (shared room)

£1,750 single room

All flower and material are provided –  the course will be relaxed and informative, with lots of useful tips about buying flowers, care, conditioning and how to get the most out of your flowers.


Wednesday 23rd August 

Arrive from 3pm onwards. Welcome, relax and unwind over dinner with local wine – a chance to meet your fellow delegates and course tutors.

Thursday 24th August

8am – 9.30am    Continental breakfast

10am – 1pm    An introduction to McQueens style and flower philosophy

1pm – 2pm     Lunch (served at the palazzo)

2pm – 4pm  Simplicity: simple designs for maximum effect

7.30pm onwards  Relax and unwind with dinner and wine

Friday 25 August 2017 

8 am – 9.30am      Continental breakfast

10am – 1 pm          Focal Designs: classic style

1pm – 2pm             Lunch served at the palazzo

2pm – 4.30pm      Candles & Flowers: celebration flowers

7.30pm onwards    Celebrate the penultimate evening of the course and enjoy the wonderful elaborate table design created by the group

Saturday 26 August 2017  

8 am – 9.30am     Continental breakfast

10am – 1 pm         A Grand Entrance: first impressions count

1pm – 2pm            Lunch served at the palazzo

2pm – 4.30pm     Elegant Dining: a flowery feast

7.30pm onwards Celebrate our final evening with a floral feast fit for a palazzo

Sunday 27 August 2017

8 am – 9.30am Continental breakfast. Check out 12 noon

For more information or to book a place on the course contact 020 7251 5505

Travel Information

Ryanair flies to Pescara (36 miles away) and Ancona (110 miles away). Rome Ciampino is 109 miles away and Rome Fiumicino is 126 miles.
Motorways run within 11km of the town, linking it to Rome, the mountains and the Adriatic coast. The town is therefore easily accessible from all the airports mentioned above.
Palazzo Tartagliozzi
Via Roma 21
64037 Cermignano (Te)