Welcome to Spannocchia and experience more than just a vacation. We have recently renovated farmhouses for rent, Bed & Breakfast rooms available in our Villa and traditional Italian cooking prepared with ingredients fresh from our gardens. Located in the heart of Tuscany, Spannocchia is a short drive from some of the best art and architectural treasures in the region. Guests at Spannocchia are able to experience daily life on a historic property and working farm. Through the generous support of our members and donors, we are able to provide memorable programming and educational opportunities on-site for visitors of all ages.
Spannocchia preserves an ancient form of life in Tuscany based on community, respect for tradition and a responsible use of resources. Experience life on the farm and learn about sustainable living in our educational classes or programs.
Our innovative permaculture practices serve as a global model for sustainable agriculture. Guests enjoy food from our gardens, wine from our vineyards, olive oil from our orchards and award winning salumi cured on-site.
Our efforts to conserve and sustain the environment go beyond conserving the natural beauty of the estate and include raising rare native heritage breed farm animals to diminish their risk of extinction.
We’ve worked hard to conserve our historic 1,100-acre estate and the integrity of our rustic, yet comfortable accommodations. Spannocchia preserves an ancient form of life in Tuscany that is based on community, respect for tradition and a responsible use of resources. We seek to serve as an international model for sustainability and for more than twenty years, have hosted interns from around the world to learn about agriculture, responsible tourism and the importance of preserving the cultural traditions of Tuscany. Our interns have become ambassadors of conservation and continue to employ the practices they learned at Spannocchia in their communities, professions and daily lives. At Spannocchia, we believe sharing our knowledge is just as important as preserving and protecting our natural environment.
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Program Description: Now in its third edition we are excited to re-propose A tavola! In Italian a tavola! literally means “at the table” or a command “to the table!” – this concept is fundamental in the Italian culture because the table is where everyone meets to break bread, share laughter and stories, and deepen connections – it is as much about feeding your body as it is about feeding your soul. The Discovering Food and Wine in Tuscany program combines…
Spannocchia is our artists' retreat. Sketch, watercolor, journaling, photography, Tuscan Cuisine, and Yoga. Join kindred spirits, for inspirational teaching, sitting in the sun, sharing a glass of wine, reading a good book. Together we'll develop an artist's practice and experience life in the arts. Share the week with award-winning artists & teachers, Erin Lee Gafill and Tom Birmingham and begin habits that will change your life. Erin Lee Gafill is an artist, writer and teacher living in Big Sur, California.…
Trail Running in Tuscany invites travelers to actively immerse themselves in the Tuscan countryside. Each day will consist of two segments: a group run and a sightseeing tour. Daily Run. We will run once each day on the paths and gravel roads in the adjacent Alto Merse Forest Reserve. Runs will vary from 4 to 8 miles in length and will be adjusted to fit the needs and desires of the participants. Each run will include stops to tour…
Our educational programs and the preservation of our historic property and nature preserve are possible through the efforts of our American based non-profit, Friends of Spannocchia.
Agriculture and tourism are only part of what we do at Spannocchia. Our primary mission is for the estate to serve as an international model and education center for sustainable practices. Through membership donations, we are able to create a place for people to experience the authentic history of rural Tuscany as well as modern sustainable farming practices at work.
Ongoing donors and supporters help us preserve the estate, run educational programs and underwrite the costs of our internship program. We wouldn’t be Spannocchia without a little help from our friends.