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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Art Shape Mammoth Creative Retreat

May 2 - May 12

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 - May 24

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 - June 10

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…

A Fiction and Non-fiction Writing Workshop with Susan Conley and Lily King

June 15 - June 22

The Stories I Want to Tell: Writers (and friends) Lily King and Susan Conley welcome fiction and non-fiction writers to this cross-genre workshop. We will write new work and expand on older work and try to get you to small breakthroughs in your work in terms of structure and content. The workshop will explore, among many other craft elements, how to give your narrator and characters more emotional range by making different choices around language and voice and interiority. The…

Maine Yoga Adventures – Tuscany Adventure

June 23 - June 30

Maine Yoga Adventures is heading to Spannocchia, the perfect place for adventuring into the heart of Tuscany, Italy. Organic farm and educational center, Spannocchia is nothing short of magical. Twelve miles west of Siena, Spannocchia boasts beautiful vistas, awesome hiking, verdant gardens, superb culinary classes, a lovely swimming pool, adorable farm animals, fantastic wine, amazing food, great people, and more... Casetta al Padule will be our private oasis for a full week. MYA will offer breakfasts and dinners to adventurers…

Drawing to See

June 26 - July 8

Observe the world more deeply by drawing what you see. Learn the skills and devices to draw what you see in the natural and built environment. Discuss the roots of drawing and its changing and enduring function while viewing historical examples. Consider the broad definition of what a drawing can be. In response to the observation of the visual material presented, work with a variety of early techniques and materials as well as experimental materials and processes. Each material has…

Stonehill College – The mindful palette: Food, Art and Sustainability

July 1 - July 22

Immerse yourself in authentic agricultural and artistic traditions of Tuscany at Castello di Spannocchia, an 1100-acre organic agricultural estate in Siena. Engage with multiple levels of the food and art production processes by sourcing, making and using materials uniquely available on the Spannocchia estate and the surrounding area.  Leave with an understanding of how the slow food movement supports the protection of biodiversity, historical territories and knowledge of traditional production. Learning Experiences Learning experiences will include traditional studio activities with…

Visual Explorations with Jerrod Partridge

July 13 - July 20

You have never really seen something until you have tried to draw or paint it. We invite you to join fellow artists for a week long visual exploration to “really see” the splendid Tuscan region of Italy based at the medieval castle and organic agricultural estate of Spannocchia. In addition to your own exploration you will have the opportunity to learn various drawing and painting techniques from professional artist Jerrod Partridge. The beautiful and luscious spaces of the estate will…

Artists Network Italy Retreat

September 16 - September 21

Artists Network is proud to present Retreat to Tuscany, an exclusive week-long art pilgrimage to the Italian countryside where you’ll embed yourself in the natural experience and see it reflected in your artwork. Located on a nature reserve in the hills of Tuscany, Tenuta di Spannocchia is within short driving distance of Florence, Siena, and many scenic Tuscan hill towns, but isolated enough to enjoy the natural beauty of the local landscape. Limited to just 20 attendees, you will be…

A TAVOLA! Discovering Food & Wine in Tuscany

September 21 - September 27

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…

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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.