Tuscan living has an exclusive charm, and a peaceful and relaxing lifestyle. Sink in, breathe deeply, dine slowly, and take it all in. This is the Tuscany we wish to share with you: its sounds, tastes, people, and vistas. Take a stroll through a quaint Tuscan hill town, bathe in sunshine, relax in a café on the village piazza, or ride a mountain bike into the hills to a secluded village. Enjoy a summer fiesta with music, food, and entertainment under the warm, star-studded skies.
Decide how you’d like to spend your days and we will help you achieve your goal. If you decide to take it easy, to enjoy the beautiful views and the singing of the birds, with a glass of wine in one hand and a book in the other, that's fine!
But if you want to experience a more active week and be involved in special activities that will give you an authentic taste of our Tuscan life, you will have the opportunity to participate in wine and olive oil tastings, thematic lunches and dinners, cooking classes, art and culture classes, and so much more!
For those who are looking for an enhanced, cultural immersion experience with a Tuscan family (ours!)—please join us by choosing the special Dolce Vita Stay! These very special activities that we personally offer are favorites of our past guests, and are provided for a per person fee and include:
A bountiful welcome basket upon your arrival that is full of our family’s farm products (wine, cheese, meats, extra virgin olive oil, fresh farm eggs)
A tour of our family’s working farm in Pienza with farm product tastings
A tour of the ancient hermitage located on our family’s property in Pienza
An olive oil tasting lesson with Carlo, who is a professional olive oil taster for the Siena province
A handmade pasta class with Isabella and Carlotta, followed by a communal Tuscan feast with our family and guests
Art and artisan tour in Pienza with Carlotta
For those staying with us for shorter periods of time, when possible, we can put together a Dolce Sosta (Sweet Stay) package. The activities that we can include will depend on the specific days of the week you are here, and the time of year.
Because we live here, it is possible for us to search all during the year for people who are passionate about what they do and passionate about sharing their knowledge, their bounty, and their time with our guests. We look for people who feel the same way we do about treating guests with respect, and giving them an experience that is much different than what most tourists experience.
The people and places we have found for you will always provide a phenomenal experience at a local price (no taking advantage of the foreign visitor—we assure you!).