August 10-17, 2014 Palio di Siena Tuscan Adventure

Palio Adventure August 10-17, 2014

Join us for the thrill of a lifetime!

View the most colorful and famous horse race in the world from a balcony overlooking the stunningly beautiful Piazza del Campo in the medieval center of Siena. Our exclusive and spacious air conditioned apartment in Siena provides a panoramic view of the races and festivities surrounding this legendary horse race dating back the the 1600s. In addition, you will enjoy the magic of Tuscany from an eco-sustainably restored farmhouse near a storybook medieval village, where you can relax by the pool, cook with local mamas and acclaimed Tuscan chefs, dine alfresco by candlelight and dance under the stars..

What exactly is the Palio?

Here’s the short version: ten jockeys wearing their contradas’ (neighborhoods’) medieval costumes ride bareback three times around the perimeter of the clam shell shaped Piazza del Campo as sixty thousand people look on in exhilaration, angst, camaraderie and rivalry.  For visitors, it is five days of glorious excitement; for the Senese citizens, it’s the most important event of the year, for which city is constantly preparing. Most of the sixty thousand people who watch the race stand in the center of the crowded piazza vying for a place along the track and a glimpse of the horses as they speed by. Our group of 20 will have the pleasure of watching the race and all the accompanying pageantry from the rare and coveted vantage point of a private apartment with its own balcony.

Join Il Campo/Cucina for the ultimate Tuscan summer vacation: a week of relaxation, delicious Italian meals with outstanding wines and cooking lessons with an exciting selection of chefs, combined with three days of  Palio thrills and pageantry in a noble palazzo in Siena.

The package includes:

  • Seven nights’ accommodations at Il Bel Canto B & B in the village of Radicondoli, approximately 45 minutes west of Siena.
  • All ground transportation starting with pick-up on August 10 and ending with drop-off on August 17 in Florence*.
  • All meals and wines throughout the week, including the rare opportunity to participate in a Contrada Dinner in Siena the night before the race and an elegant four course dinner in a tower above the city of Siena on the last night.
  • Use of a beautifully appointed, air conditioned private apartment with spacious third story balcony overlooking the Piazza del Campo, where we can relax, enjoy snacks and beverages, games and conversation, change clothes between day and evening events,  and of course, view the races.
  • Viewings of two provas (trial races leading up to the Palio) and the Palio race on the last night; a private tour of a contrada museum, guided tours of special Palio events like the Corteo di Ceri (Children’s Candlelight Procession to the Duomo) and the beautiful city of Siena with our own official Siena tour guide.
  • Three cooking lessons and an educational and spirited wine tasting.
  • Swimming, hiking and massages** will be available on the days when we are not in Siena. Bicycle rentals can be arranged for touring the back roads of Tuscany on your own most mornings.

Price:
$4,900 per person in a shared, double room; $500 supplement for a private  room. If you pay by check or bank transfer, we will discount your week $100. (Price does not include airfare.)
We require a deposit of $1,000 to hold your place. Read our terms and conditions here.

*Pick-up in Florence at the Porta Romana 11:00 AM on Saturday August 10 and drop-off at the Santa Maria Novella Train Station at 1:30 on August 17. Airport pick-ups and drop-offs can be arranged with advance notice; an extra fee may apply.

**Massages are are available at an extra charge.

To reserve or find out more about the week, please fill out our reservations and information form.

Tentative itinerary for the week

Sunday August 10

12:00 AM Pick-up at Florence Porta Romana

12:15  PM Arrival at Il Bel Canto B & B, check into guest rooms.

1:00 – 3:00 PM Seafood lunch al fresco at Il Bel Canto prepared by Chef Luana followed by Palio Presentation by Siena tour guide and general introductions.

3:00 – 6:30 PM Free time for cycling, hiking, massages or relaxing by the pool.

6:30 PM Depart for Radicondoli village to visit your friends in the village. Explore the streets and shops of the sweetest village in Tuscany.

7:30 – 9:30 PM Wine tasting with a sampling of Tuscan products at Agriteca In Piazza, a very special wine bar and tasting room in the heart of Radicondoli.

Monday August 11

8:00 – 10:00 AM Buffet breakfast

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Free morning for cycling, hiking, massages and poolside relaxation.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Lunch at Nazionale Ristorante

4:00 – 7:00 PM Cooking lesson with Chef Luana at Il Bel Canto. Learn the techniques for making the best risotto; how to debone and stuff a guinea fowl with local greens and organic cheese and roast it in a Vin Santo sauce; the best way to glaze and caramelize onions, how to make a creamy parmesan flan and set off it’s flavors with ripe pears and local honey; what is a semifreddo and how to make one that will make your tastebuds swoon.

7:30 – 9:30 PM Dinner enjoying the delicious meal we have prepared in the cooking lesson, accompanied with excellent Tuscan wines.

Tuesday August 12

8:00 – 10:00 AM Buffet breakfast

10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Cooking lesson with Chef Francesco Costagli, Michelin rated chef of Albergaccio Ristorante in Castellina in Chianti. Learn how to make your own pasta by hand with a fresh summer sauce; create a stacked salad of olive oil bread crisps, crispy bacon, zucchini and a yogurt mint sauce; encrust a Cinta Senese pork tenderloin in herbs, garlic and sea salt and roast it to perfection; make creamy Panna Cotta chilled over a pool of red wine reduction syrup and topped with fresh peaches and amaretti.

1:00 – 3:00 PM Lunch enjoying the showstopper meal we have prepared together in the cooking lesson.

3:00 -7:00 PM Free time.

7:30 – 9:30 Pizza dinner at La Pergola, winner of “Third most beautiful terrace restaurant in Italy” in Dove online travel magazine — in the village, right next door to Marlane’s house!

Wednesday August 13

8:00 – 10:00 AM Buffet breakfast

10:00 – 12:00 Free morning for cycling, hiking, massages or relaxing by the pool.

12:30 – 2:30 PM Lunch Trattoria Nazionale

4:00 – 7:00 PM Cooking lesson with Chef Luana. Learn to make some classic Italian summer dishes, such as pappa al pomodoro, a soup made with garden fresh tomatoes and basil and thickened with Tuscan bread; vitello tonnato, a thinly sliced cold veal tenderloin roast served with a chilled tuna and capers sauce; and a refreshing Bavarese limone, a chilled creamy lemon dessert, to delight and refresh the palate.

8:30 – 10:00 PM Dinner enjoying the dishes we have prepared in the lesson, followed by dancing under the stars to live music on the terrace of Il Bel Canto. Pure magic!

Thursday August 14

8:00 – 10:00 AM Buffet breakfast at your leisure in the main dining room.

10:00 AM Depart for Siena.

11:00-12:30: Free time to explore Siena’s streets at your own pace.

12:30 PM Meet for lunch in a Siena trattoria, to be announced.

2:30 – 3:30 PM Private guided tour of a contrada museum, to be announced.

4:00 – 4:30 PM Viewing of Corteo dei Ceri (Candle light procession to The Duomo). Sun protection needed.

4:30 – 6:30 PM Optional tour of the oldest quarter of the city: Learn about the Etruscan and Roman origins of Siena.

7:00 PM Arrive at the Tower overlooking Piazza del Campo; light refreshments served.

7:30 PM Viewing of the Prova (trial run of the Palio race) followed immediately by an aperitivo style buffet dinner atop the Tower, catered by one of Siena’s most celebrated chefs.

Friday August 15

8:00 – 10:00 AM Buffet breakfast

Free morning for pool, biking, hiking, massages.

12:30 PM Depart for lunch

1:00 – 3:00 PM Lunch at the countryside Locanda de Mulino on the way to Siena, enjoying a spread of fresh salads, vegetables and grilled meats followed by your choice of dessert, if you like.

3:00 PM Depart for Siena.

4:00 – 5:30 PM Free time to shop and explore Siena on your own.

5:30 PM Arrive at our private air conditioned apartment, number 76 Piazza del Campo in Siena, for refreshments, appetizers and the viewing the Prova Generale.

7:00 PM Prova Generale (it’s like a dress rehearsal for the actual race, embellished by some beautiful pageantry including the charge of the Carabenieri Honor Guard).

9:00 – 1:00 PM Contrada Dinner—enjoy being among the city’s residents really experiencing the emotions and traditions of the Palio and the people who keep it alive. Dine alfresco in a Siena street, garden or piazza (depending on the contrada we choose this year), with a meal made by the residents (who really can cook!), while the Senese people sing and give speeches. This is the true spirit of the Palio, not to be missed!

Saturday August 16

8:00 – 10:00 AM Buffet breakfast

Free morning for whatever you want to do: bike, hike, visit the village shops, have a massage or energy treatment, take a dip in the pool, or simply sleep in all morning.

12:00 – 1:30 PM Buffet lunch al fresco under the chestnut tree at Il Bel Canto.

2:00 PM Depart for Siena.

3:30 PM Arrive at our private apartment and relax in the air conditioned comfort with refreshments, photo ops from our third story balcony and a lesson given by our official Siena tourguide on the history of the Palio, the rules of the race, and an opportunity to wager on who will win the race.

5:00 PM Viewing of the colorful, Renaissance Processione in Piazza del Campo

7:30 PM  The Palio is run…who will win? The excitement is unbelievable when the horses break through the starting line—it feels like a thunderbolt in your heart!

Immediately following the race, follow the winning Contrada to the Duomo

9:30 – 11:30 PM Dinner in our private apartment on Piazza del Campo, catered by one of Siena’s most acclaimed chefs.

Sunday August 17

8:00 – 10:00 AM Buffet breakfast

11:00 AM Departures with drop-off at Porta Romana in Florence by 1:30 PM or the Florence Peretola airport by 2:30 PM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Piedmont Barolo and White Truffle Extravaganza – October 16 – 23, 2014

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Join Il Campo Cucina for an exciting week of food and wine discoveries in the world renowned wine and white truffle region of Piemonte surrounding Barolo, Alba and Asti. We will tour and taste our way through outstanding, world class Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera wineries, learn to cook regional dishes, tour some lovely villages, enjoy a day at the International White Truffle Festival in Alba and hunt for truffles with a trifulau. Throughout the week we will dine in superb destination restaurants and stay in the luxuriously appointed, exclusive apartments of the Marchesi Alfieri Estate, which features an award winning Barbera winery and 17th century Baroque castle–an elegant, enchanting setting!

The week includes transfers from the Torino train station on day one and day eight, seven night’s lodging at the Marchesi Alfieri Estate, all ground transportation for the week, all meals, cooking classes, and wine tastings. Optional bicycle and Vespa rentals as well as massages can be arranged at an additional charge.

Price: $4,400 per person based on double occupancy with a $500 single room supplement (based on availability). A $1,000 deposit and completed booking form are required to hold your space.

Book before January 31, 2014 and receive a $200 discount off your week; pay by check and receive an additional $100 off.

Please note that the 2014 Salone del Gusto in Turin begins on October 23, the day this tour ends. We will be posting a supplemental Slow Food Festival package for those who would like to stay on and experience the birthplace of the Slow Food movement and taste their way through the flavors of all Italy.

Tentative Itinerary

Thursday October 16

12:00 Noon pickup at Torino Train Station, followed by a visit to the original Eataly, described as “the grand and glorious emporium dedicated to the finest foods and gastronomic traditions of Italy”, where we will enjoy a lunch of your choosing. Drive to Locanda Marchesi Alfieri in the Barbaresco village of San Martino, a 17th century castle and wine estate and our elegant and exclusive lodgings for the week. Check into your room, explore the extensive castle gardens and freshen up for the evening. Join the group in the Orangerie for an aperitivo at 6:00, then enjoy a wine tasting lesson with a licensed sommelier followed by a sumptuous dinner with paired wines from the region.

Friday October 17

Begin with a bountiful buffet breakfast in the Orangerie of the Marchesi Alfieri estate. Afterwards drive down to Barolo country in the heart of the Langhe where we will explore the hilltop villages of Barolo, La Morra and Monforte d’Alba.  A guided hike through the vineyards will be followed by a wine tasting at La Morra’s noted enoteca with time to explore the charming streets and shops.   From La Morra we will drive to the nearby village of Monforte d’Alba for a delicious Piemontese lunch by chef Gianfranco Massolino, at Restaurante della Posta, known for reproducing the great classical recipes of the Langhe.  After lunch, we will drive to a famous Barolo winery for a tour of the vineyards and cellar, and a tasting of their wines. Continue to the fabled village of Barolo to explore the numerous enotecas and wine museums at your own pace. Meet for dinner at La Cantinetta, a wonderful and noted restaurant in the center of Barolo, serving traditional cuisine of the Langhe paired with Barolo’s legendary wines.

Saturday October 18

After a leisurely buffet breakfast in the Orangerie of the Marchesi Alfieri estate, we will drive to the beautiful rural village, Neive, and take a morning hike through the vineyards just outside the town walls. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to taste local wines in the village enoteca and explore the streets and shops on your own. We will meet for lunch at La Contea, a refined local restaurant that serves light, elegant dishes in a lovely dining room with frescoed ceilings.  Every meticulous detail in both setting and cuisine of La Contea has made owner, ToninoVero, famous all over Italy and the world.   In the afternoon, we will visit a famous Barbaresco winery, then explore the streets and shops of Barbaresco. Return to Locanda Marchesi Alfieri for free time in the late afternoon. Dinner in a San Martino village trattoria enjoying tasty local cuisine.

Sunday October 19

Enjoy a buffet breakfast in the Orangerie of the Marchesi Alfieri estate. Drive to Alba for the annual White Truffle Festival, a must for foodies visiting Italy.  Alba’s truffle fair and market is considered by connoisseurs to be the best in Italy, where the scent of fresh truffles fills the air.  Explore the exposition hall on your own, and maybe buy a truffle! Enjoy a delicious lunch with truffles, of course, in a wonderful Alba restaurant, then drive on to the nearby town of Bra.  Bra is the birth city of Carlo Petrini, Founder of Slow Food, and where the Slow Food Cheese Festival is held every other year.  Explore the streets and shops, and taste amazing and mouth watering cheeses.  Return to the Locanda Marchesi Alfieri to relax and unwind.  We will end the day with a very special dinner prepared for us by a noted local chef and served in the winery tasting room.

Monday October 20

A wonderful buffet breakfast in the Orangerie of the Marchesi Alfieri estate is followed by a drive to Cortemilia, the hazelnut capital of Piedmont.  We will visit a hazelnut farm where the sweetest and most flavorful variety in the world, Tonda Gentile della Langa, are grown. Take a gentle hike in the countryside surrounding Cortemila, and visit the charming village streets and shops. We will stop in a local confectioner’s shop specializing in sweets made with the local hazelnuts.  Driving on to the village of Santo Stefano Belbo in the Asti province, we will lunch in a noted local restaurant which will include pairings with the special wines of the region, including Barbera D’Asti, Asti Spumante, and Moscato d’Asti.  Return to the Locanda Marchesi Alfieri for a Piemontese cooking lesson in the winery kitchen followed by an amazing dinner paired with local wines in the winery tasting room.

Tuesday October 21

The morning begins with a leisurely buffet breakfast in the Orangerie of the Marchesi Alfieri estate.  We then drive to the Langhe for the day, starting with a visit to the eco-sustainable Fontanafredda winery for a tour and a tasting, then hike or ride up to the enchanting castle village of Serralunga. Explore the castle with it’s ancient frescoed ceilings and the surrounding streets and shops, then enjoy a very special lunch in a restaurant with a breathtaking, panoramic view of the vineyards.  After, we will visit a famous Barolo winery for a tour and tasting, followed by a second visit to the fabled wine village of Barolo for relaxing in a village café or tasting wine in one of the enotecas, or—if you prefer, going for a ride on a rented Vespa or bicycle. On to Castle Grinzane Cavour that offers one of the most spectacular settings in the Langhe.  The Castle houses the “Cavour Regional Enoteca”, a most prestigious showcase for the best Piedmontese wines and grappas, and is home to the Order of the Knight of the Truffle and Wines of Alba.  Dinner in Michelin 1-star Ristorante Castello di Grinzane Cavour, in a beautiful dining room within the castle tower.

Wednesday, October 22

Enjoy a leisurely buffet breakfast in the Orangerie of the Marchesi Alfieri estate. Drive to Acqui Terme, a small jewel of a city, steeped in history and one of the principle winemaking communities of Brachetto d’Acqui.  The hot thermal waters of this historical spa town were discovered over 2,000 years ago by the Romans.   Spend the morning at the spa where people come from all over Northwestern Italy to take the waters of Acqui Terme, walk the village with wonderful enotecas and boutiques.  We will then enjoy lunch in a wonderful local restaurant.  Return to Locanda Marchesi Alfieri to relax for the rest of the afternoon. Join the group for an aperitivo in the Orangerie followed by a spirited farewell dinner with paired wines, beginning with a blind wine tasting contest with prizes to the best tasters!

Thursday, October 23

Enjoy a leisurely buffet breakfast in the Orangerie of the Marchesi Alfieri estate, then depart for drop-off at Turin train station by 1:00 PM.

 

Please note that there will be free time every morning for bicycling, hiking, or massages.

Additional options available during the week:

Bicycle rentals, Scooter rentals, massages

*If you prefer not to hike, we will be happy to drive you to the next village where you can explore on your own until the group arrives.

Itinerary details subject to change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yoga Cucina Dream Week September 13 – 20, 2014

Anne Marie Welsh leading a yoga class in Tuscany

Deep restorative yoga, slow cooking, lodging in a gorgeous, eco sustainably restored Tuscan farmhouse, blissful views and a spa day make this week a dream come true!

Join  us for a week of yoga, cooking delicious Tuscan food, hiking, a spa day and excursions to Siena, San Gimignano and around the beautiful medieval village of Radicondoli. Follow Il Campo/Cucina founder Marlane Agriesti Miriello and certified yoga instructor  Anne Marie Welsh in a journey that nourishes body and soul.

Anne Marie Welsh, veteran arts journalist and writing coach who discovered yoga as a source of personal healing and creative inspiration, will offer morning gentle sun salutation yoga  and afternoon restorative yoga classes with her inspiring yoga nidra guided meditations. She will lead you through six days of yoga asanas, meditations, and nature walks. Marlane Agriesti Miriello, former editor turned writer who came to Tuscany to learn firsthand its traditions and recipes, will lead you through the kitchens, gardens and forest trails of her beloved, adopted village, Radicondoli.

The week includes pickup and drop off in Florence, all local ground transportation, deluxe lodging in an eco-sustainably restored Tuscan farmhouse, twice daily yoga sessions, three cooking lessons with engaging and inspiring instructors, a spa visit at a nearby thermal spring, a wine tasting, excursions to famous Tuscan villages, guided hikes,  all meals and English speaking tour leaders. You do not have to be an experienced yogi or chef to participate and to reap the benefits. After one week with Il Campo/Cucina, you will return home with a new yoga practice, new recipes and inspirations .

Price: $2,995 per person double occupancy; $3,195 for a private room and shared bath; $3,395 for a private room and private bath in a two bedroom apartment (available first come, first served). A $1,000 deposit is required to hold your space.

For a detailed tentative itinerary of the week, click here.

About Anne Marie Welsh’s Deep Yoga:

Deep Yoga connects your breath to your body so that gentle physical postures begin to free you from stress and anxiety and offer a pathway to healing and harmony. This subtle practice fosters flexibility, strength, focus, clarity and an open heart, on and off the mat. Classes end with the deep relaxation of Yoga Nidra, the most restorative of all ancient practices. With Anne Marie’s voice as a guide, your body, mind and spirit become one. You flow deeply into your unconscious, release all tension, and experience bliss. You then return to the world — and a fabulous Tuscan meal— rejuvenated and refreshed.

 

Palio Ultimate Tuscan Adventure August 10-17, 2014

Announcing our 2014 Palio Adventure!  We have only 20 spaces available and we expect to fill quickly so reserve soon!

Our exclusive and spacious air conditioned apartment commands a stunning panoramic view of the racetrack, which circumnavigates the beautiful Piazza del Campo in the medieval center of Siena. View the most colorful and famous horse race in the world from a balcony overlooking the thrilling San Martino curve. where the outcome of the Palio di Siena is often decided.

Ten jockeys wearing their contradas’ (neighborhoods’) medieval costumes ride bareback three times around the perimeter of the piazza, as sixty thousand people look on in exhilaration, angst, camaraderie and rivalry.  Most of the sixty thousand people who attend the race stand in the center of the crowded piazza vying for a place along the track and a glimpse of the horses as they speed by. Our group of 20 will have the pleasure of watching the race and all the accompanying pageantry from one of the few private apartments with spacious balcony available on the piazza.

Join Il Campo/Cucina for the ultimate Tuscan summer vacation: a week of relaxation, delicious Italian meals with outstanding wines and cooking lessons with an exciting selection of chefs, combined with three days of  Palio thrills and pageantry viewed from a private Palazzo in Siena.

Would you like to know more about the Palio? Watch this terrific Palio video with Kenny Maynes on ESPN Wider World of Sports!

Il Campo Palio Adventure 2013 - Buffet dinner on a tower over the Piazza del Campo

 

The package includes:

  • Seven nights’ accommodations at Il Bel Canto B & B in the beautiful Tuscan village Radicondoli, approximately 45 minutes west of Siena.
  • All meals and wines, including the rare opportunity to participate in a Contrada Dinner in Siena the night before the race and an elegant buffet dinner in a tower above the Piazza del Campo, with a Prova (trial run) viewing on Wednesday night. The final night dinner will be catered in our private apartment after the race is finished.
  • Cooking lessons, photography field trips, hikes, and wine, olive oil and Tuscan products tastings during the first four days of our adventure in the beautiful Tuscan countryside.
  • Our own official Siena tour guide who will take us through the experience of the Palio from beginning to end, including a guided tour of a Contrada Museum.
  • Outdoor movie nights and dancing with live music on our farmhouse terrace.
  • Swimming, hiking and optional massages, self-guided cycling and horseback riding lessons during our free times.**
  • All ground transportation, starting with pick-up at 12:00 noon on August 10 at the Porta Romana in Florence and concluding with 1:30 PM drop-off at at the Porta Romana in Florence or at the Florence Peretola airport on August 17*.

Price:
$4,900 per person in a shared, double room with ensuite bath; there is a $500 supplemental charge for a private room provided we have availability. If you pay by check or bank transfer, we will discount your week $100. (Price does not include airfare.)
We require a deposit of $1,000 to confirm your place; half of the balance by March 10, 2014 and payment of the remainder of the balance by May 10, 2017.

Returning clients receive a courtesy discount. Please inquire.

*Pick-up in Florence at the Porta Romana 11:00 AM on Saturday August 10 and drop-off at the Porta Roman by  1:30 PM on August 17. Airport pick-ups and drop-offs can be arranged with advance notice; an extra fee may apply.

**Massages, horseback riding lessons, and bicycle rentals are are available at an extra charge.

To reserve or to request more information, click here, or call our sales associate Debbie Tucker at: 1-858-525-1712.To reserve or for more information, please fill out our reservations and information form.

Tentative itinerary for the week

Sunday August 10

12:00 AM Pick-up at Florence Porta Romana

12:15  PM Arrival at Il Bel Canto B & B, check into guest rooms.

1:00 – 3:00 PM Seafood lunch al fresco at Il Bel Canto prepared by Chef Luana followed by Palio Presentation by Siena tour guide and general introductions. 3:00 – 6:30 PM Free time for cycling, hiking, massages or relaxing by the pool.

6:30 PM Depart for Radicondoli village to visit your friends in the village. Explore the streets and shops of the sweetest village in Tuscany.

7:30 – 9:30 PM Wine tasting with a sampling of Tuscan products at Agriteco In Piazza, the new wine bar and tasting room in the heart of Radicondoli.

Monday August 11

8:00 – 10:00 AM Buffet breakfast

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Free morning for cycling, hiking, massages and poolside relaxation.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Lunch at Nazionale Ristorante

4:00 – 7:00 PM Cooking lesson with Chef Luana at Il Bel Canto.

7:30 – 9:30 PM Dinner enjoying the foods prepared in the cooking lesson.

Tuesday August 12

8:00 – 10:00 AM Buffet breakfast

10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Cooking lesson with Chef Francesco Costagli, Michelin rated chef of Albergaccio Ristorante in Castellina in Chianti.

1:00 – 3:00 PM Lunch enjoying the meal we have prepared in the cooking lesson.

3:00 -7:00 PM Free time.

7:30 – 9:30 Pizza dinner at La Pergola, winner of “Third most beautiful terrace restaurant in Italy” in Dove online travel magazine — in the village, right next door to Marlane’s house!

Wednesday August 13

8:00 – 10:00 AM Buffet breakfast

10:00 – 12:00 Free morning for cycling, hiking, massages or relaxing by the pool.

12:30 – 2:30 PM Lunch Trattoria Nazionale

4:00 – 7:00 PM Cooking lesson with Luana

8:30 – 10:00 PM Dinner enjoying the dishes we have prepared in the lesson

Thursday August 14

8:00 – 10:00 AM Buffet breakfast

10:00 AM Depart for Siena

11:30-12:30: Free time in Siena

12:30 PM Lunch at Trattoria Papei in Siena

       Piazza del Mercato 6, tel: (+39) 0577-280-894

2:30 – 3:30 PM Guided tour of the Montone Contrada Museum

4:00 – 4:30 PM Viewing of Corteo dei Ceri (Candle light procession to The Duomo). Sun protection needed.

4:30 – 6:30 PM Optional tour of the oldest quarter of the city: Learn about the Etruscan and Roman origins of Siena.

7:00 PM Arrive at the Tower overlooking Piazza del Campo; light refreshments served

7:30 PM Viewing of the Prova (trial run of the Palio race)

8:00 PM or immediately following Prova: Aperitivo followed by buffet dinner in Tower, catered by acclaimed PorriOne restaurant.

Friday August 15

8:00 – 10:00 AM Buffet breakfast

Free morning for pool, biking, hiking, massages.

12:30 PM Depart for lunch

1:00 – 3:00 PM Lunch at Locanda de Mulino on the way to Siena

3:00 PM Depart for Siena.

4:00 – 5:30 PM Free time to shop and explore Siena on your own.

5:30 PM Arrive at our private air conditioned apartment above the thrilling San Martino Curve on the Piazza del Campo in Siena for the Prova Generale.

7:00 PM Prova Generale (it’s like a dress rehearsal for the actual race, preceded by some beautiful pageantry).

9:00 – 1:00 PM Contrada Dinner Eat, Drink, Sing, Shout and Cry!

Saturday August 16

8:00 – 10:00 AM Buffet breakfast

Free morning for whatever you want to do: bike, hike, visit the village shops, have a massage or energy treatment, take a dip in the pool, or simply sleep in all morning.

12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch al fresco at Il Bel Canto prepared by Alessandra

2:00 PM Depart for Siena

3:30 PM Arrive at our private apartment and relax in the air conditioned comfort with refreshments, photo ops from our third story balcony and an Italian lesson taught by tour leaders Marco Mattioli and Cristina Martini.

5:00 PM Viewing of the colorful, Renaissance Processione in Piazza del Campo

7:30 PM  The Palio is run…who will win?

Immediately following the race, follow the winning Contrada to the Duomo

9:30 – 11:30 PM Dinner in our private apartment on Piazza del Campo, catered by PorriOne Ristorante.

Sunday August 17

8:00 – 10:00 AM Buffet breakfast

11:00 AM Departures with drop-off at Porta Romana in Florence by 1:30 PM or the Florence Peretola airport by 2:30 PM.


 

 

 

 

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