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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August 31 - September 7

For the third year, we are excited to offer our popular A Tavola food and wine culinary program at Spannocchia! 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. Our A Tavola program in Tuscany combines a balanced itinerary…

Cibo e Vino in Toscana

September 14 - September 21

Program is sold out for 2017. Our program combines an itinerary of cooking classes and field trips to local artisanal producers, small organic farms, visits to Tuscan villages and dining at excellent intimate restaurants. There will be plenty of relaxation on the grounds of your home site at Castello di Spannocchia, an organic agricultural estate nestled in the hills of Tuscany. You will indulge your senses with the tastes of Tuscany by sampling locally produced cheeses, salumi, wines, and more.…

See Italy as an Artist

September 25 - October 7

The intention of this trip is to truly experience the Italian culture, art, food, and hospitality in a deep way. By using various creative practices, we will inspire participants to slow down, and really inhabit their surroundings. You’ll gain new skills in sketch, watercolor, and photography, but more importantly you’ll experience first-hand the value of making your creative practices the foundation of experiencing your travels and your life. Three Nights in Florence Highlights – Sketch historic sites | Visit artisan ateliers…

Doris Rice Plein Air Painting Adventure

October 5 - October 12

Come to Italy and join me for a memorable painting experience in the lovely Tuscan hills! You will learn the fundamentals of watercolor painting while capturing the many moods of the Spannocchia Estate. Previous painting experience not necessary. You will acquire skills as you practice seeing. Lessons include a demonstration on the subject or style for the day, and frequent critiques will guide your progress with style and development of paintings. We will travel to nearby cities, exploring market days,…

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…

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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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