Program Schedule

Sunday

Arrival and check-in at the Villa Vetrichina any time today.

6:30 pm

  • Meet your hostesses and Chef
  • Details of the week’s activities
  • Welcome Aperitivo

7:30 pm

  • Welcome dinner prepared by Chef Francesco and Patrizia.
  • Wine tasting and food pairing introduction to Wines from Montepulciano with an expert sommelier.

Monday

Morning

  • Ceramic painting at the ceramics workshop of Maestro Artigiano Flavio
  • Travel to Castiglione del Lago – Umbria

Lunch

  • In a local restaurant overlooking lake Trasimeno with specialties from the lake and vegetarian crops from the area.
  • Wines from Colli del Trasimeno DOC

Afternoon

  • Guided visit to the Renaissance Corgna Palace and Medieval Fortress

Evening

  • Cooking class and dinner with Chef Francesco and Patrizia.

Tuesday

Morning

  • Olive Oil Mill visit – the “cult” of olive oil and comparative tastings
  • Travel to Montepulciano

Lunch

  • A la carte choices in an Enoteca Seasonal Tuscan Specialties
  • Comparative Winetasting – the best of Tuscany – with an expert sommelier

Afternoon

  • Visit to underground wine cellars
  • Coppersmith
  • Mosaics, goldsmith, leathergoods, textiles, ceramics, time for shopping!

Evening

  • Cooking class and dinner with Chef Francesco and Patrizia

    Wednesday

    Morning

    • Sightseeing in the Val d’Orcia
    • Cheese making lesson at a farm near Pienza

    Lunch

    • At the Cheese Caseificio
    • Cheese and charcuterie tasting

    Afternoon

    • Visit Pienza (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
    • Chiusi and the Hunting Lodge of Grand Duke Leopoldo de Medici

    Evening

    • Dinner in an elegant country villa near Chiusi

    Thursday

    Morning

    Travel to Umbria

    • Hilltop City of Orvieto
    • Fresh produce market visit
    • Cathedral and San Brizio Chapel
    • St. Patrick’s Well

    Lunch

    • In a typical local trattoria in Orvieto

    Afternoon

    • Shopping time in Orvieto

    Evening

    • A pizza making class with Chef Francesco and dinner

    Friday

    Morning

    • Val d’Orcia sightseeing
    • Cereal mill visit

    Lunch

    • Val d’Orcia organic produce, grains and pulses.

    Afternoon

    • Bagno Vignoni Spa town
    • Visit the Montalcino area with Castles, Vineyards and Cellars for Brunello
    • Winetasting of wines of Montalcino DOCG

    Travel to San Quirico d’Orcia

    Evening

    • In a local Trattoria
    • Farewell dinner with game dishes and home-grown organic Chianina Beef steak
    • Wines from the Val d’Orcia DOCG

    Saturday

    Time to say goodbye to our new-found friends, with check-out after breakfast and a bunch of fond memories!

    Arriverderci Toscana e Umbria!