Upcoming Events – Friends of Spannocchia http://www.spannocchia.org Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:01:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Art Shape Mammoth Creative Retreat http://www.spannocchia.org/event/art-shape-mammoth-creative-retreat/ http://www.spannocchia.org/event/art-shape-mammoth-creative-retreat/#respond Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.spannocchia.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=1121 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 ...

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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 informally sharing some interesting information about one of the places we visit.

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO!

Coordinator’s Bio: Margaret and Amy are two of the Directors of Art Shape Mammoth, a nonprofit whose mission is to connect artists with new communities. We also lead an annual wilderness symposium in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan called the Visitor Center Artist Camp.

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A Taste of Tuscany Creatives Retreat http://www.spannocchia.org/event/taste-tuscany-creatives-retreat/ http://www.spannocchia.org/event/taste-tuscany-creatives-retreat/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.spannocchia.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=1126 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 ...

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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 beauty of the Italian landscape and learn about the protection and conservation of Italian culture, cuisine and nature. We will explore the rich history and culture of the region with cooking classes and learn about organic farming and sustainability. All classes are included. Also included are excursions to Siena and San Gimignano. Siena is a beautiful walled city with it’s seventeen countrade (neighborhoods), with their distinct symbols each represented at the famous Palio horse race that takes place in the city center twice each year. San Gimignano is a small walled village famous for its fascinating medieval architecture and towers, fourteen of which still remain offering impressive views of the village and valley below. $600 deposit for this once in a lifetime Taste of Tuscany adventure.

   

Coordinator Bio: Angela Powers As a professional artist and avid traveler, I joined my two loves and Traveling Painters was born. I’ve led art groups to France and to Italy and fell in love with Spannocchia and am looking forward to returning in 2018. The farm is breathtaking, the classes are well done, the food and wine are incredible, and the well appointed 7 bedroom villa is spectacular. The folks at Spannocchia are very gracious and willing to help in any way. Our 2016 group of 16 was a mix of painters, cooks and hikers, and some that like everything which is me. Our 2018 trip will be less about plein air painting and more about experiencing Tuscany- the food, wine, art, culture, and sustainable farming, although plein air painters are very welcome.
This trip will be limited to 12, and will include painting but more about journaling our experience with water color and notes. For plein air painters it will be about making color notes for future paintings- no hauling all those art supplies. My friend and award winning professional artist, Jane Keeling will be our art instructor and travel assistant while at Spannocchia.
To see Jane’s work: www.janekeeling.com
A Taste of Tuscany includes: Accommodations- double occupancy All meals with wine except dinner in Siena Local transfers at set time to/from Florence All cooking, culture and art classes as well as art supplies Excursions to Siena and San Gimignano Days will begin with a short art lesson for journaling. Some days will be cooking or cultural classes alternating with days for excursions. We have left time in the schedule to truly enjoy Spannocchia with hiking time or just time to relax by the pool and read a book or paint. You will truly love Spannocchia.

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Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA) http://www.spannocchia.org/event/institute-doctoral-studies-visual-arts-idsva-2/ http://www.spannocchia.org/event/institute-doctoral-studies-visual-arts-idsva-2/#respond Fri, 25 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.spannocchia.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=1109 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.    Coordinators: Founder and President: Dr. George Smith is an internationally recognized scholar and has long been a leader and innovator in ...

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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 Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. IDSVA is the first and only school in the world to offer a PhD in philosophy for visual artists, curators and creative scholars.

Director of School/Vice President for Academic Affairs: Dr. Simonetta Moro is a visual artist and theorist, with a focus on painting, drawing and mapping practices. She has broad teaching experience, and her work has been exhibited and published internationally. Dr. Moro was born in Italy, and currently lives in New York City.

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A Fiction and Non-fiction Writing Workshop with Susan Conley and Lily King http://www.spannocchia.org/event/non-fiction-fiction-writing-workshop-susan-conley/ http://www.spannocchia.org/event/non-fiction-fiction-writing-workshop-susan-conley/#respond Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.spannocchia.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=1291 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 ...

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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 workshop will run from 9-12, followed by lunch cooked for us on the farm. Afternoons will be free for you to write, explore the farm or nearby villages, read by the pool, or consider taking other classes offered at Spannochia. An hour of one-on-one discussion and editorial feedback with the instructor also takes place in the afternoon. Most dinners will also be served at the farm, with an informal group salon-style gathering afterwards several of the nights.
 Coordinators Bios:
 Susan Conley‘s most recent novel, Elsey Come Home, will be published by Knopf in January 2019. She’s received fellowships from The Macdowell Colony, The Breadloaf Writers Conference, The Maine Arts Commission, and The Massachusetts Arts Commission. She’s the author of the memoir The Foremost Good Fortune, which was an Oprah Magazine Top Ten Pick and winner of the Maine Literary Award for Memoir. Her novel Paris Was the Place was a People Magazine Top Pick and an Elle Magazine Readers Prize Selection. Her third book, the photography collaboration Stop Here This is the Place, was a Real Simple Magazine Must Read and won the Maine Literary Award for Publishing Excellence. Other work has appeared in magazines including The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, The Daily Beast, Ploughshares, The North American Review, The Harvard Review, Witness and others. She has enjoyed leading week-long writing workshops in Beijing, China, and on the coast of France, the coast of Ireland, and the coast of Maine. She’s on the faculty of the Stonecoast Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine and lives in Portland, where she’s the co-founder of the creative writing center The Telling Room.
Lily King – Lily is the author of four novels: The Pleasing Hour (1999), The English Teacher (2005), Father of the Rain (2010), and most recently Euphoria (2014), winner of the Kirkus Award for Fiction, finalist for the Nation Book Critics Circle Award, and named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by The New York Times Book Review. Lily is also the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, a Whiting Writer’s Award, the New England Book Award for Fiction, and the Maine Fiction Award. Her short fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in many publications.
Itinerary Details
The program includes the workshop, the one-on-one with the instructor, and evening salon-style readings/gatherings. It also included all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Spannochia) and wine, except for dinner the sole night the Spannochia restaurant in closed. It also includes local transfers at a set time to/from Florence.

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Maine Yoga Adventures – Tuscany Adventure http://www.spannocchia.org/event/maine-yoga-adventure/ http://www.spannocchia.org/event/maine-yoga-adventure/#respond Sat, 23 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.spannocchia.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=1204 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… ...

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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 – we’ll keep our options open for lunches dependent on where our adventuring takes us. Wine tastings! Olive oil tastings! Nature walks! Thermal pools!

Decorative details of the casetta feature the local yellow Sienese marble – a buttery stone marbled with ochre and bronze veins. The open layout is perfect for our group, and its location next to a pasture provides lovely morning views of cows grazing as the fog lifts from the valley. Four bedrooms create space for eight lucky adventurers!

The kitchen will be stocked for preparing delicious Tuscan style meals. A large covered terrace at the back of the house will highlight outdoor dining and gathering. Dinners will be split between the casetta and Spannocchia restaurant for a fully immersive experience.

Adventurers will be sure to enjoy yoga every day, an excursion either on or beyond the property, and free time to simply soak in the atmosphere (and soak in the pool!). Our group will have an onsite cooking class as well as a wine tasting.


MYA will have two vehicles for ease off-site adventuring. We’ll enjoy a day in the city of Siena, explore quaint villages, immerse ourselves in culture, art and nature. Some possibilities…

San Galgano: Visit the remarkable circular chapel of Monte Siepi, site of the miraculous sword in the stone of Saint Galgano. A wine bar with outdoor seating and a terrific view of the valley and mountains to the west, holds the perfect spot for a sunset aperitivo.

Hot Springs: Relax at Antica Querciolaia thermal spa and Terme di San GIovanni hotel and thermal pools. Indulge in large heated pools – spa treatments are available! Entrance fee is about 15 Euro per adventurer. If we get our timing just right, baths are open late so we can experience thermal baths under the stars!

Colle Val d’elsa: Soak in this charming town off the beaten path with an incredible vegetarian restaurant and open air market on Fridays. And very close by is Colombaia, Biodynamic vineyard, a small production vineyard with incredible organic wines.

San Gimignano: Climb 15 of the original 72 towers that rise above the skyline for an impressive view of the surrounding countryside. The city developed according to a characteristic star-shaped plan along the ancient via Francigena.

 


Cost: $1,800 before Feb 1; $2,000 after Feb 1. Adventurers can choose to pay $1,000 deposit or pay full adventure cost. 

The cost does not include the flight (best airport to arrive in close proximity to Spannocchia is Florence – a nice city to explore!) – adventurers should feel free to come early or stay later to add more adventure time in Italy….

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Drawing to See http://www.spannocchia.org/event/drawing-to-see/ http://www.spannocchia.org/event/drawing-to-see/#respond Tue, 26 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.spannocchia.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=1195 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 ...

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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 a unique identity and response to your motive and action. Working with silver point on paper prepared with China white can demand a slow, deliberate response to visual material, and it can result in great delicacy in the nuances of light and dark. Experimenting with iron gall ink (used by Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt van Rijn), allows for exquisite precision as well as rapid, loosely expressive marks and planes to articulate the fluctuating environment.

Work in relationship with the materials by letting them inform you on how to use them to represent your experience of seeing. Create notes, sketches, studies, and preliminary cartoons for more finished works as well as exploring and expanding on doodles to produce a series of works with a conceptual framework. Experimenting with erasing, tearing, reassembling, and combining media and techniques or just by switching to a new, unfamiliar medium may lead to revelatory breakthroughs in your creative vision.

While working in grey, black, and white or monochromatically and then with handmade watercolor, you will explore the vocabulary of drawing, including line, delicate gradation, volume, composition, movement, perspective, color, light, the element of time, and abstract motifs. Line, color and light will translate into experience and thought.

Day trips with art historical discussions to sites such as San Gimignano, the Pinacoteca Nazionale in Siena, and the Etruscan Guarnacci Museum in Volterra (as well as observation of the natural surroundings at Spannocchia), will encourage the blending of history with the present as you draw to see.

Textbook: An Artist’s Handbook: Materials and Techniques, Margaret Krug

 

Making Watercolor

Margaret Krug MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, painter, author, associate professor at Parsons School of Design, former senior lecturer at The Whitney Museum of American Art. Contributing writer for Artists Magazine. Exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Painting Center, The National Arts Club, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, The Willa Cather Foundation and elsewhere throughout the United States and internationally. Author of An Artist’s Handbook: Materials and Techniques, published by Harry N. Abrams, New York, Laurence King, London. Spanish, German, Chinese, and Russian editions published. Director of a painting, drawing and art history program at Friends of Spannocchia in Italy. At work on a forthcoming book on color and composition.

 

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Stonehill College – The mindful palette: Food, Art and Sustainability http://www.spannocchia.org/event/stonehill-college-mindful-palette-food-art-sustainability/ http://www.spannocchia.org/event/stonehill-college-mindful-palette-food-art-sustainability/#respond Sun, 01 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.spannocchia.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=1317 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 ...

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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 a sustainable and historical perspective including oil painting, drawing, and early photographic and printmaking processes. Oil painting on location will use natural oils and soaps rather than petroleum products. In addition, drawing will utilize handmade charcoal made from the farm’s grapevine cuttings, and sienna pigment will be found and processed directly from the local earth. Anthotypes made from foraged plants and homemade dyes will be made on-site. Pinhole photography will be introduced, using the architecture and rooms of the castello as the mechanics and inspiration.

Agricultural activities will include weeding or harvesting in the gardens, gathering firewood or caring for livestock with Spannocchia staff and comparing this experience with small and largescale farming practices in Italy and the United States.

A 2-day pre-departure webinar will be held to prepare students with related and introductory readings.

 

Instructive Activities

You will visit museums, churches, small-scale producers such as farmers, fishers, butchers, shepherds, cheese makers, bakers and pastry chefs, and Slow Food Presidias which support the protection of biodiversity, territories, and knowledge of traditional productions. Activities may include wine-making and olive oil production, cheese-making, animal husbandry, organic gardening, permaculture design, paper and parchment making, and Tuscan culinary instruction.

Housing & Meals

You will stay in beautiful renovated and historic farm houses with modern conveniences on the Spannocchia property Communal meals will be prepared in farm house kitchens or taken together at the main villa, including a wood-fired pizza night.

 

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Visual Explorations with Jerrod Partridge http://www.spannocchia.org/event/visual-explorations-jerrod-partridge/ http://www.spannocchia.org/event/visual-explorations-jerrod-partridge/#respond Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.spannocchia.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=1277 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 ...

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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 serve as our outdoor studio for instructed drawing and painting on the grounds. While most of our time is spent at Spannocchia, participants will have the opportunity to sketch, shop, and sight see in Siena and Florence.
The program includes:
 1. All art instruction.
2. Seven nights’ accommodations (six at Spannocchia and one in Florence).
3. Transportation from the Florence airport to Spannocchia on the day of arrival, transportation for all scheduled off-property excursions, and transportation to Florence on our last full day in Italy.
4. All meals at Spannocchia beginning with dinner Friday evening, July 13, through breakfast on Thursday, July 19. Also included is a group dinner in nearby Siena, and breakfast on Friday, July 20, our last day – 16 meals total.
5. Historical tour of the castle, Cinta Sinese (pig) tour, wine tour, and olive oil tour. (Spannocchia)
Program Coordinator Bio
Jerrod is a full time artist and drawing instructor living and working in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. He and his wife, Jessie have three young children. Jerrod received a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the New York Academy of Art in 2004. His undergraduate degree is from Mississippi College where his primary study was Graphic Design. During his undergraduate years he spent a semester in London, England studying art history. Jerrod is a 2011-2012 recipient of a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission. This will be his sixth year to lead a group to Tenuta di Spannocchia. His website is www.jerrodpartridge.com.

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Artists Network Italy Retreat http://www.spannocchia.org/event/artists-network-italy-retreat/ http://www.spannocchia.org/event/artists-network-italy-retreat/#respond Sun, 16 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.spannocchia.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=1184 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, ...

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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 mentored by two celebrated painter-instructors—Thomas Schaller and Melanie Vote—toward the creation of your best work during intimate oil and watercolor workshops that will take full advantage of the gorgeous surroundings and rustic setting.

With Schaller, you will receive extensive instruction in site observation, perspective composition, and drawing fundamentals that will lead to the creation of inspired watercolor work that truly captures your time in Tuscany. With Vote, you will focus on capturing the specific allure of Spannocchia’s environment, exploring the landscape in a slightly different fashion by creating a Portrait of Spannocchia.

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 years of event management experiences and previously held event positions with the Chicago Park District, one of the largest municipal park managers in the nation.
The program includes: All instruction, meals, snacks, and airport transfers. We are looking into covering certain classes at Spannocchia as well.

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A TAVOLA! Discovering Food & Wine in Tuscany http://www.spannocchia.org/event/tavola-discovering-food-wine-tuscany/ http://www.spannocchia.org/event/tavola-discovering-food-wine-tuscany/#respond Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.spannocchia.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=1251 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 ...

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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 a balanced itinerary of cooking classes and field trips to local artisanal productions, small organic farms, a visit to Siena, 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, olive oil and honey.  Learn first-hand how to prepare regional recipes with tips and techniques from our local cook, Loredana Betti.  Learn about gardening methods that preserve the ancient landscape and provide the kitchen with a fresh, flavorful harvest. Find out about traditional cured pork products and the importance of raising organic, free-range breeds. By the time you depart Spannocchia you will be well versed in Tuscan flora and fauna, wine, food, and the delicacies that all play a part in the magic of Italy and the lure of Spannocchia. Mangia bene e bevi meglio!

 

Included in this program:

Garden tour

Two cooking classes – The first cooking class begins at 9 am with a tour through the vegetable garden at Spannocchia. Education Director, will describe the cycle of the various crops through the year and her methods for providing the kitchen with fresh, flavorful products. Then to the kitchen, where along with Loredana we will prepare a three course Tuscan meal utilizing food products from the estate.

For our second course we may choose between our own farm-raised pork, or beef, or perhaps even wild game, and this will be accompanied by fresh vegetables direct from the garden. We finish with a traditional dessert such as cantucci cookies with Spannocchia vin santo, pinenut cake, tiramisu, or our renowned chocolate salame. A vegetarian menu is also available.

Cinta Senese Tour and Tasting – Learn everything about our Cinta Senese pigs. A close-up look at our Noah’s Ark rare breed animals, our organic artisan meat production and the typical salumi (salt-cured meats) that we create. The tour includes a walk to see the pigs in their habitat, a glimpse into our seasoning/curing room, and finishes with a guided tasting of our salumi products such as salame, prosciutto, capocollo and lardo.

Wine tasting and tour – learn how wine is made, the different kinds of grapes, vines, and wines made in Tuscany and a guided experience to learn to evaluate the wine characteristics.

Visit to local farm and producers – according to availability we will visit some local farms of friends to learn more about local cheese, wine, bakery.

Field Trips –

one visit to Siena – with guided tour and lunch out.

One visit to Montalcino and Pienza with lunch out

Visit to another local hilltop town with dinner out.

 


TIPICAL DAY

– weekly schedule – Download

Every day will be different, and defining a typical day is a little tricky, however here is a daily routine that will be followed:

breakfast will be everyday between 8 and 10  –   it includes coffee, teas, granola, cereal, juices, boiled eggs, homemade jams, honey, yogurt, fresh fruit and breakfast cake.

MORNING ACTIVITY – that could be one of the 2 cooking classes – or field trip.

1:00 pm  LUNCH – buffet style if not part of the Cooking Class.

AFTERNOON ACTIVITY – a guided tour at Spannocchia such as Cinta tour and tasting, Wine tasting, etc. or field trip.

7:00 pm wine on the Villa Garden terrace – the Spannocchia community and guests gather on the terrace for a glass of wine before dinner. It’s a perfect way to enjoy the sunset and a chance to meet the other guests, interns and residents.

7:30pm dinner – Spannocchia dining facilities are family style and the concept is very much ‘farm to table’. We all (staff, guests, interns) eat together in a communal dining area every evening except Saturday. The meal includes wine, water, bread, primo, secondo, contorno, insalata and dolce. There is only one seating since it’s a community meal. While the food is very good, and the atmosphere is a lot of fun, please note that it’s definitely not fine dining! While we are sensitive to the special dietary needs of certain guests, we do not run a restaurant-type operation. We have two cooks,  Pietrina, who are responsible for creating meals for all of our guests, staff and interns. For this reason, we cannot cater to guests with too specific of food preferences. Vegetarians, for the most part, will have plenty of food to enjoy, simply by opting out of our meat main.


Price:

 In Villa (with private bathroom)

In double room, 1600 euro per person,

Single room, 1800 euro per person.

Maximum 14 people.

Includes all cooking classes, transport upon arrival, field trips, entrance fees, guides, room and board.

Program costs not included: Airfare, Individuals will be responsible for purchasing their own flights. NOTE: Please check with the group coordinator prior to booking a flight to ensure proper arrival time.

Deadline to sign up: July 1st 2018.

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