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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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…

Maine Yoga Adventures – Tuscany Adventure

June 23, 2018 - June 30, 2018

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, 2018 - July 8, 2018

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…

Artists Network Italy Retreat

September 16, 2018 - September 21, 2018

An art retreat with watercolor and oil/pastel instruction along with free time to paint, take classes and tour the grounds. Education will be specific to each discipline and will also have an art history element. Instructors will be well known artists in each discipline. Taylor Sferra is the Event Director for all art and writing events at F+W Media. She's worked for F+W media for five years working her way up from Conference Planner to Event Director. She has 10…

Awaken the Artist Within – A taste of Tuscany

October 4, 2018 - October 11, 2018

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.…

Frame Drum Retreat with Inanna (SOLD OUT)

October 18, 2018 - October 25, 2018

In the nearby city of Siena in the Palazzo Pubblico are the frescoes depicting the Allegory of Good and Bad Government. Centrally featured in the fresco of Good Government is a woman playing a tambourine surrounded by women dancing.  This image is the inspiration for us offering a retreat in Italy, in these times when we need to energize and empower the reality of Good Government! At Spannocchia we will drum, dance, practice yoga, eat good food, learn from 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.