15th annual acoustic guitar camp - italy 2019

May 29 - June 2, 2019
Recoaro Terme (VI) ITALY

Learn Acoustic, Flatpicking Guitar with



The Acoustic Guitar Workshop is a five-day residential picking workshop for acoustic guitar musicians. It is held each end of May in the scenic village of Recoaro Terme on Italy’s Alps, close to nearby airports in Venice and Verona.

Guitarists come from all over the world to create an international community of musicians, all living together and sharing the learning experience.
The non-competitive atmosphere and well-balanced program provide students with the perfect setting for learning flatpicking style, taking chances, and interacting with other musicians.

Roberto Dalla Vecchia has a deserved reputation for warmth, patience, and extraordinary teaching skills. Attendees are unanimous in their praise of Roberto, and for the quality of experience offered at this highly regarded workshop.

Don’t talk yourself out of a life changing guitar experience because you feel that “you’re not good enough.” You’ll find that the other students are just like you – crazy about the guitar and anxious to learn and play with others.

The Acoustic Guitar Workshop will take place from the May 29 - June 2, 2019, don’t miss this chance to spend a few days in this romantic and historic country, home of some of the world’s best foods, wines and landscapes.

Over half of the students return every year. Come join the family!

 The Acoustic Guitar Camp is all about hands-on playing. All the exercises and pieces are supported by a booklet printed in both standard and tablature notation. Attendees will be divided into two groups according to their level. All students will have classes with both Roberto and guest instructor.

Only 20 students are allowed to attend so each class is small and you'll go back home with:

* Newfound passion and renewed energy for playing guitar

* Enough homework and song tabs to keep you busy a long time

* New songs for your repertoire

* Friendships that last a lifetime

* Opportunity to jam with Roberto & Gary

the daily schedule

Wednesday, May 29
10.30am-12.00am Arrivals
12.30am Lunch
2.00pm Orientation, Group Picture
3.30pm-7.00pm Afternoon Workshop
7.30pm Dinner
9.00pm Song Circle Night

Thursday, May 30 
9.30am-11.30am Morning Workshop
12.30am Lunch
2.30pm-3.30pm Slow Jam with Paride
4.00pm-6.00pm Afternoon Workshop
7.00pm Dinner
9.00pm Roberto & Gary in Concert

Friday, May 31
9.30am-11.30am Morning Workshop
12.30am Lunch
2.30pm-3.30pm Slow Jam with Paride
4.00pm-6.00pm Afternoon Workshop
7.00pm Dinner
9.00pm Quiz Night & Open Mic

Saturday, June 1
9.30am-12.00am Morning Workshop
12.30am Lunch
2.30pm-7.00pm Free Afternoon
7.00pm Dinner
9.00pm Never Ending Concert

Sunday, June 2
10.00am-11.30am Morning Workshop
12.30am Lunch
2.30pm Goodbye to the Next Year

Beautiful resort town also known as "Conca di Smeraldo" particularly famous since 1800 for drinking cures and spas. Recoaro Terme is situated in Norther Italy, in the heart of the Little Dolomites - an inspiring setting with spectacular views. The area provides a wide range of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, tennis, swimming, chair lift rides and more. On a clear day you can see all the way to Venice… maybe, depending on much of that local vino you have been sampling…anyway Venice is only 90 minutes away by car.

There are several picturesque towns, small villages and hamlets dotted around Recoaro which make lovely day trips, these include Montecchio where Romeo and Juliet’s castles are perched on a hill above the town. The northern tip of Lake Garda is only 90 minutes drive from Recoaro via a stunning and at times hair-raising journey across the Little Dolomites.

Verona with its ancient treasures makes another lovely day trip. A trip to Verona is like stepping back in time, thanks to its enduring medieval and Renaissance architecture. Verona's crown jewel and the centerpiece of any walking tour is the Arena Amphitheater. Built in the year 100, it is one of the world's best-preserved buildings and the second only to Rome's Colosseum.

 meet your camp teachers



Acoustic guitar artist Roberto Dalla Vecchia succeeds in bringing together a crystalline technique and solid musical background with delightfully inspired compositions. His aptitude and dedication to the guitar have caused mentors, fellow musicians, and the public to take notice.

His seven CDs have received international praise and recognition and all make marvellous listening. He is the winner of Acoustic Guitar Magazine's 2003 Homegrown CD Award.

He has made various teaching methods, has individual students, and has also gained respect as an instructor at workshops including Steve Kaufman's Kamp, USA and the Musique Acoustique Workshop in Virton, Belgium.
He is one of the instructors for the leading online instruction company TrueFire.



Gary "Biscuit" Davis began playing banjo and guitar at the age of 10 in 1973. Started playing professionally at the age of 13. He won his first National Championship at the age of 16. Currently he is the only person to have won the US National Banjo Championship four times.

Gary has been guitar and/or banjo player for Dolly Parton on tour and on six of her albums. He was band leader for her on her Halos and Horns World Tour in 2002, and produced three Dolly’s albums.

He was lead guitarist in shows at her theme park for 12 years. Played the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. He was band leader/guitarist/ banjo player for Dolly Parton’s TNN Easter Television Special, “Precious Memories”.

Gary is currently entertainer/ musician for Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.



Paride Fioretti has been assistant at the Acoustic Guitar Workshop since day one.

A fine acoustic guitar player, Paride was first attracted by the electric guitar struck by the virtuosity of masters like R.Blackmore (Deep Purple) J.Page (Led Zeppelin) Y. Malmsteen, S.R. Vaughan. He embraced the acoustic guitar later on thanks to the meeting with Beppe Gambetta.

On Thursday and on Friday Paride will be leading a Slow Jam. This is the ideal setting for beginning - intermediate players interested in learning bluegrass repertoire and jamming etiquette, or just playing and singing music with other nice folks. It as a learning jam and mistakes are welcome.

A natural talent on the microphone, Paride will emcee the Open Mic night and the Never Ending Concert.


4 star Hotel Trettenero is set bang in the centre of Recoaro Terme, surrounded by a vast lush garden providing the best atmosphere for our acoustic guitar camp relaxing.

Hotel Trettenero's great heritage adds to your holiday.  The guestbook of this ancient 1800s' building boasts visitors such as Giuseppe Verdi!

Accommodation in double rooms with air condition, free wifi, shower/toilet, TV.

Surcharge for private room: €35



Workshop + Board and Lodging in shared double room - € 460.00
What's included:
* All Workshops (14 hours of instruction)
* Welcome goodie bag
* Workshop booklet 
* 5 Lunches and 4 Dinners
* Wine at Lunches & Dinners


Workshop + Board and Lodging in private room - € 495.00
What's included:
* All Workshops (14 hours of instruction)
* Welcome goodie bag
* Workshop booklet 
* 5 Lunches and 4 Dinners
* Wine at Lunches & Dinners


Board and Lodging in double room - € 210.00
What's included: 
* 5 Lunches and 4 Dinners
* Wine at Lunches & Dinners

Reserve your space NOW!
Space is allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are only 20 slots available, a €100.00 ($115.00) deposit is required to hold your space.
The balance of your account is due upon arrival.

Notification must be made by email (info@robertodallavecchia.com) and received by April 1.
All money are returned less a EURO 20 administrative fee.


 frequently asked questions

Q. When do I check in/check out?
A.  You should arrive Wednesday between 10:30 a.m. and noon. The camp ends with Italian style ... that is with one last delicious lunch on Sunday at 12.30 a.m.

Q. What do I need to bring?
A. Don't forget picks, capo, strings, tuner, music stand, etc. Last but not least, bring any other acoustic instrument you have, jam sessions will be even more fun!

Q. May I audio record the classes?
A. Yes, bring a recording device and you can enjoy learning and revisiting the information all through the year after camp!

Q. I'm a vegetarian, can I sign up for the camp without the meals?
A. Meals are included in the price and we always have vegetarian options – and not just cheese sandwiches, either, don't forget this is Italy! Our chef is famous for her delicious meals incorporating fresh salads, flavorful sauces, and delightful desserts. Please get in touch with info@hoteltrettenero.it to discuss your particular needs.

Q. Can my partner attend even though they won't participate in the classes.
A. Absolutely, non-participating partners are very welcome and the price per non-participating partner is €210.

Q. Can I book extra nights of accommodation?
A. Sure, if you want to check in the day before or you are wanting to stay in the area longer, just email the Hotel at info@hoteltrettenero.it.

Q. What's the weather like?
A. It's usually around 70 degrees during the day, which makes the natural beauty of the mountains and Recoaro Terme even more breath-taking, but on occasion it has rained or been foggy. At night it's usually in the low 60s or high 50s. Spring weather can vary a lot in Recoaro Terme, so bring layers of clothing.

Q. Where does the Acoustic Guitar Camp take place?
A. Hotel Trettenero ****
Via Vittorio Emauele 16/E
36076 Recoaro Terme (Vicenza)
Tel. +39 0445 780380

Q. What's the nearest airport to the Acoustic Guitar Camp?
A. Venice airport (airport code VCE) is about one and a half hours drive (120 Km/75 miles) from Recoaro Terme. Another option is Verona airport (airport code VRN), this smaller airport is about one hour and twenty minutes (92 Km/57 miles) from Recoaro Terme. From the airport you can either rent a car or take the train to Vicenza (see next question below).

Q. How do I get there?
A. You can reach Hotel Trettenero:
1. by car: the Hotel is located 35 km north of Highway A4 Exit. On Highway A4 take exit Montecchio and follow road signs to Valdagno/Recoaro. In Valdagno follow signs to Recoaro Terme. The Hotel is in downtown on your right.
2. by train/bus: taking a train will get you to Vicenza. There is a bus service from Vicenza that will take you to Recoaro Terme. The Hotel is only a 2 minute walk from the bus stop.

Do you have a question that wasn't answered here?
Please feel free to ask us. Email is welcome 24 hours a day and may be answered at the strangest hours! info@robertodallavecchia.com