Not only is Spannocchia located in the heart of Tuscany, our on-site activities and tours offer you an insider’s view of life on a Tuscan farm. Guests can enjoy hiking through the estate, touring the gardens, and visiting our rare heritage-breed farm animals. Foodies, history buffs, outdoor enthusiasts, and families will all find plenty to do on the estate and touring the region.

Many activities are led by our Education Director, Sara Silvestri. Sara graduated from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo with a Master’s degree in Food Culture and Communications and enjoys sharing with guests her passion for Italian ( especially Tuscan) food culture and sustainable farming systems.

For more than fifty years, Spannocchia has been working with educational institutions, artistic programs and environmental groups to offer unique customized tours to visitors from around the world. We invite you to join a group and explore your passion in Italian culture, cuisine, history, art, music or many other enriching programs offered throughout the year.

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Awaken the Artist Within

October 12 - October 19

Writer’s Workshop with Ann Hood

November 3 - November 17

Ann Hood’s Writing Workshop offers the rare opportunity for a small group of writers to immerse themselves in their craft while experiencing the culture, history, and amazing food of Spannocchia. Throughout the week, writers attend 50-page manuscript workshop groups, lead in 2016 by Stewart O’Nan and Bill Roorbach. Ann Hood herself teaches an additional full length manuscript workshop, and another faculty member is always available for private, arranged MS consultations. At night we enjoy craft talks and other presentations from…

Making an italian sketchbook – Painting workshop with Molly Davis

April 5, 2018 - April 14, 2018

The Tuscan countryside is a magical place and a painter's paradise. This ten day trip to the beautiful  Spannocchia Villa includes a week-long workshop with Molly and a one-day excursion to Florence with an Italian guide to lead the way. The participants will learn how to infuse a "sense of place" in their work. Oil and watercolor mediums are taught with an emphasis on capturing the wonderful and unique feeling of light in Italy. We will be working in "plein…

Women’s Spiritual Retreat with Dr. Mary Anderson

April 22, 2018 - April 29, 2018

  Join Dr. Mary Anderson and a group of like-minded women on an incredible journey to Tuscany! While there experience: Daily channeled meditations and group discussions. Periods of silence to allow for reflection and journaling. Past life regression to a lifetime that will enhance your spiritual growth. Participate in activities designed to promote individual, group and global healing. Stay on an organic farm and enjoy delicious meals! Travel to the small walled medieval hill town San Gimignano. Explore nearby Siena…

Art Shape Mammoth Creative Retreat

May 2, 2018 - May 12, 2018

For our ten day creative retreat, participants will explore an area of their practice. Activities are optional, with emphasis on time and space for work and reflection. This retreat is designed for writers, photographers, water colorists, etc, people with limited material needs. We will meet together daily for feedback and lively conversation. We will plan limited day trips, as well as participate in some of the classes offered on site. Each person in our intimate group will be responsible for…

A Taste of Tuscany Creatives Retreat

May 17, 2018 - May 24, 2018

Join Angela Powers and Traveling Painters as we return to Spannocchia for an unforgettable adventure for creatives at a magical working farm in Tuscany. There is something to excite everyone: hiking paths, farm animals, verdant gardens, a swimming pool, cooking classes, beautiful vistas, centuries of rural history, great wine and fantastic food. We will experience a taste of Tuscany and farm life at Spannocchia, all while documenting/journaling our fabulous adventure. Paints, journals and art instruction are included. Soak in the…

Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA)

May 25, 2018 - June 10, 2018

IDSVA offers a low-residency PhD in philosophy, aesthetics, and art theory to visual artists, architects, curators and creative scholars. Residency & fieldwork sites include Rome, Spannocchia Castle (Tuscany), Siena, Florence, Berlin, Venice, Paris, Athens, NYC and Colby College.  Contact us for more info   Coordinators: Founder and President: Dr. George Smith is an internationally recognized scholar and has long been a leader and innovator in American education. In 2006 Dr. Smith founded the…

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Plan A Customized Travel Program in the Heart of Tuscany

Bring a group and explore Castello di Spannocchia, an organic working farm and education center located in the heart of Tuscany, near Siena!  With hundreds of acres of natural preserve, the Spannocchia property is an idyllic setting to soak in the beauty of the Italian landscape, inspire creativity and learn about the protection and conservation of Italian culture, cuisine and nature.

Using Spannocchia as a base for housing and meals, student and adult program groups conduct intensive artistic or instructional workshops in the Castello’s studio space, explore the rich history and culture of the region through day trips to nearby Siena and Florence, or use the land and its organic products to learn about Tuscan cooking and organic farming and sustainability.

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We are honored to have been chosen to host accredited academic programs from many institutions of higher learning.