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EXPERIENCE
TUSCANY
WITH 
CASTAGNI

OUR CRAFTED 

AND CURATED

PRE-DESIGNED

VACATIONS IN TUSCANY

We love designing bespoke/tailored itineraries for our guests but we also like to offer our own specially crafted vacations too, bringing together the most magical experiences this beautiful area has to offer.

We believe that quality and authenticity are key to creating unforgettable moments and memories in Tuscany, so each vacation is meticulously tested by us to ensure that every detail has been fine-tuned and every element runs smoothly. When we are satisfied that everything is perfect, we add the programme to our site.  

If you see an experience advertised, read on in order to book your place(s). If you don't see anything at the moment, it's because we are still planning, trialling, editing and finessing.  But please come back soon to read all about it, or get in touch with us about designing a bespoke/tailored vacation itinerary just for you and your group.

upcoming pre-designed vacations and events

The Real Tuscany

Dreaming of Tuscany but not sure where to go, what to see, or how to organise yourself, your budget, and your time? We live here all year round and know this pocket of paradise like a life-long friend.  Let us guide you as you experience the 'real'  Tuscany, not the one manufactured to give visitors an over-priced and

in-authentic experience.  We will avoid all the tourist pitfalls so that you can see Tuscany for what it really is - one of the most magical places on the planet.

Click below to learn more.

 

1-7 SEPTEMBER 2024

Learn Italian in Tuscany

Is there anywhere more fabulous than Italy? Enjoy living as an Italian and learning their beautiful language at our week-long language retreat in Tuscany (for beginners).  Stay in our luxe boutique hotel and take your first steps into this fascinating language with the best Italian teacher we have ever met.  She taught us - and she's ready to teach you too. 

Click below to learn more and book your place.

27 APRIL-3 MAY

2025

The Real Tuscany

Dreaming of Tuscany but not sure where to go, what to see, or how to organise yourself, your budget, and your time? We live here all year round and know this pocket of paradise like a life-long friend.  Let us guide you as you experience the 'real'  Tuscany, not the one manufactured to give visitors an over-priced and

in-authentic experience.  We will avoid all the tourist pitfalls so that you can see Tuscany for what it really is - one of the most magical places on the planet.

Click below to learn more.

31 AUGUST-

6 SEPTEMBER

2025

The Real Tuscany Week
the food, the wine, the people,
the history, the art, the architecture, the...


Real Tuscany

1-7 September 2024
31 August-6 September 2025

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The Real Tuscany 

1-7 September 2024

31 August-6 September 2025

If you’re looking for an authentic Tuscan experience, 'The Real Tuscany' will suit you perfectly.  Let the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape envelop you as you immerse yourself in Italian life.  

 

Allow us to take you on a journey through stunning hilltop villages and ancient towns, where you will taste wines from the area paired alongside delicious, locally-sourced food made daily in family-run restaurant. You will meet locals as they live a life underpinned by friends, family, and food.  A visit to a beautifully-positioned local vineyard will allow you to experience the ancient art of winemaking; walk among the vines and and see the magic as the grapes transfer from sun-drenched jewels on the vine into delicious wines.  Visit some of Tuscany's most-famous towns, Siena, Montepulciano, and Pienza with a fun and knowledgeable guide who will bring these towns alive for you as you wonder at their glorious buildings and vast collections of art. There will be ample opportunity to shop, wander, drink rich thick espresso, enjoy glasses of chilled-white, or robust-red, wine, and

relax into the Tuscan way of living.

We live in this beautiful part of Italy all year round and know it like a life-long friend. We know the places to go and the ones to avoid and will be by your side throughout as you slow down, experience, and find yourself getting in step with the innate Italian talent for enjoying life.

   

Join us for a week which is sure to please the senses and enrich the mind.

For more information, please contact us using the form below or

scroll down to take a look at the outline programme.


to keep this event small and special, the maximum number of participants is capped at twelve you may book as few or as many of the twelve places as you would like

 (subject to availability)

 

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Siena one of Tuscany's major towns must see experience
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Italian food simple quality ingredients
Pienza vintage vespa The Real Tuscany

Dreaming of Tuscany but not sure where to go, what to see, or how to organise yourself, your budget, and your time?

iCastagni is delighted to invite you to

The Real Tuscany 

outline itinerary

SUNDAY - ARRIVAL

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Settle into your home for the week; a beautifully-preserved medieval Tuscan village with real Italian life and a real Italian community as its beating heart.  We will start the week by enjoying dinner together in a family-run village restaurant where all dishes are home-made in a tiny kitchen.

 Welcome to Tuscan living.

TUESDAY 

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After wine, it has to be food. We will experience the joy of eating locally-produced foods which have accumulated zero air-miles as we visit neighbouring  Montepulciano, a town which embodies much of classic Tuscany; magnificent historic buildings, winding narrow streets, and views across a countryside landscape full of olive groves, farmhouses, and elegant borders formed by lines of cypress trees. In the evening we will visit a tiny village where nothing really happens, until a restaurant opens its doors... 

THURSDAY

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Pasta, Pienza, and Pizza.  The first topic around a Italian family breakfast table?  What shall we eat tonight? We will start the day learning how to make our own pasta with only 3 ingredients and a bit of elbow grease before enjoying the fruits of our labours; in the afternoon we will visit the Renaissance jewel of nearby Pienza to explore its stunning architecture and unique history, its quality shopping, and quintessentially-Italian atmosphere.  We end the day biting into fresh-from-the-woodburning-oven, mouth-watering pizza made for us by an Italian chef in his own home

MONDAY 

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Let's start with one of the area's greatest products; wine.  We will visit at a beautifully-positioned local vineyard, where we will be be welcomed by the owner and shown around her glorious winery. We will taste her fantastic wines and enjoy them over lunch in her home. An easy afternoon will be followed by a typical Italian aperitivo (evening drink and snack) at the hotel before a short wander for dinner in another local family-run village restaurant.

WEDNESDAY

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Yes, Italians sightsee and shop, but they know how to do it in a way which keeps them cool, comfortable, and crowd-free. We will share their secrets with you as we visit Siena, home of the world-famous Palio horserace and guardian of some of Tuscany's greatest artistic treasures.  Spend a day wandering ancient streets and marvelling at the majestic beauty of this vibrant yet warm and friendly city. 

FRIDAY

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Let's enjoy a blend of all the wonderful experiences of the previous week by combining food, wine, and stunning scenery as we visit the glorious Val d'Orcia to immerse ourselves in the typical Tuscan landscape of  rolling hills and lanes dotted with cypress trees waving gently in the breeze. We will eat real Italian gelato as we look across this majestic landscape, awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in recognition of its beauty.  We will enjoy a lazy lunch and a relaxing afternoon before clinking wine glasses full of Brunello wine acrosss the dining table with a sumptous final dinner prepared for us by one of the area's most sought after private chefs. 

SATURDAY

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this vacation doesn't end on Friday night. on Saturday morning we will have breakfast 'Italian style' at the village cafe where the entire community comes together to enjoy hot coffee and warm pastries.  A great opportunity to experience being part of a truly authentic Italian community

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Cost: The cost per person for the week is Euros 5975 (or USD 5975 if you would prefer to pay in dollars). Guests will be accommodated at iCastagni Private Hotel. The cost includes your accommodation at iCastagni plus all items listed on the itinerary - all lunches, dinners, drinks, breakfasts, transport during the itinerary, tickets, tastings, tours and tolls.  You can then relax in the knowledge that everything is covered, apart from your private purchases.

The cost does not include your transport to/from Italy or your transfer to/from your point of arrival/departure in Italy and iCastagni. If you would like our help arranging private driver transfers to/from iCastagni, please ask.   

to keep this event small and special, the total number of spaces available is capped at twelve

you may book as few or as many of the twelve spaces as you would like (subject to availability)

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Learn and Speak Italian in Italy 

Is there anywhere more fabulous than Italy? Enjoy living as an Italian and learning their beautiful language at our week-long language retreat in Tuscany (for beginners).  Stay in a luxe boutique hotel in a stunning village with far-reaching glorious views across the beautiful Tuscan landscape.  

 

Our retreat blends the joy of learning with a very large serving of all the things which make Italy such an a fascinating country.  You will visit beautiful towns and villages bursting with good food, great wines, art, history, and the charms of Italian life - all as a backdrop to learning Italian.

 

learn Italian, eat Italian, drink Italian, hear Italian, and live Italian 

27 April-3 May 2025    

click on the TASTE, TALK, TUSCANY tab under the 'WE DESIGN' tab for details.  Places are limited to a maximum of 10 participants.  You will be studying the Italian language but you certainly won't be living like a student.

THIS IS LUXURY-LEVEL LEARNING

 

 

 TASTE, TALK, TUSCANY 

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