Workshops & Tours

 

Explore northern Tuscany and discover the hidden charms of this medieval region during one of our day tours. Or join one of our exciting workshops to develop your talents or learn new skills in the verdant hills of the Serchio Valley. Paint the beautiful mountainscapes of the Apuan Alps, photograph the seaside villages of the Italian Riviera, or sample the full-bodied wines of the Garfagnana region. If a faster pace is what you search, trek along one of our hiking or biking excursions. Along the way, you will sample the local cuisine and meet the charming characters who inhabit this spectacular region.

We keep our groups small (6-8) so that each individual has an intimate connection with the guide or instructor. All multi-day tours include: accommodation, breakfast, and transportation during the tour or workshop. All day tours include transportation.

Below are guided day and multi-day tours and workshops that are currently available. Check back often for new listings, updated workshop or tour details, and special promotions. To request further information or to register for a workshop or tour, please include the name of the workshop or tour in the subject line of our contact form. Contact Form

 

[ DAY TOURS ]

 

Introduction to Lucca ..... 45 per person, 70 couple, 140 groups 3-4

Duration: Half day

Transportation To/From: Train

Included: All transportation and museum / attraction fees

Easy Walk

 

Lucca is a beautiful walled city with more than 2000 years of history. The Medieval streets are picturesque but can be confusing. Our day tour of Lucca provides an overview of the city from Roman times to the present. We will visit important piazze and beautiful churches, such as Piazza Napoleone, the Duomo and Piazza Anfiteatro, as well as highlighting hidden charms of this regal city. We finish our stroll just in time for a delicious lunch (cost of meal not included).

Discovering the Serchio Valley ..... 60 per person, 95 couple, 180 groups 3-4

Duration: Full day

Transportation To/From: Car or Train

Included: All transportation and museum / attraction fees

Moderate Walk

 

The Serchio valley is dotted with villages large and small. This day tour highlights several that we believe are most interesting and beautiful, including Coreglia Antelminelli and Barga.. You will be awestruck by the incredible views of the surrounding mountains and verdant hills that bound the Serchio river. Moderate walking is required, including uphill walking, but you will be rewarded with vistas of cobbled streets and ancient churches, terra-cotta rooftops and dramatic landscapes. Includes lunch break (cost of meal not included).

Exploring Florence ..... 120 per person, 190 couple, 290 groups 3-4

Duration: Full day

Transportation To/From: Train

Included: All transportation and museum / attraction fees

Moderate Walk

 

Firenze explodes with art and history. It is not easily navigable and can be overwhelming to those unfamiliar with its torturous alleys and streets.  We can help you make sense of the city with our day tour that covers all of the historic center. Major points of interest are highlighted, including Piazza della Signoria, the Pitti Palace, Santa Croce, and Santa Maria Novella.  Moderate walking is required. Includes lunch break (cost of meal not included)

* Groups 5 -8: ask for rate

 

 

[ MULTI-DAY & CUSTOM GROUP TOURS ]

LUCCA & THE SERCHIO VALLEY TOUR

Week-Long Exploration of Italy's Northern Tuscany

Experience the countryside of northern Tuscany. Travel in the breath-taking Serchio Valley between two magnificent mountain ranges. Marvel at the ancient culture and architecture of northern Tuscany. Visit enchanting medieval villages. Enjoy delicious local specialties and wonderful local wines.


We've designed this tour to sample the art, architecture, and cuisine of the northern Tuscan region. This tour will provide you with a taste of the many cultural pleasures that northern Tuscany has to offer. You will visit medieval castles, explore several of northern Tuscany's picturesque villages, and much more, all while enjoying the local cuisine and wine.


Among the many activities are:

  • a stroll through the streets of the medieval towns of Ghivizzano & Coreglia Antelminelli;

  • a visit to Lucca and its awesome Duomo;  

  • a tour of Barga, with its stunning panorama views of the Apuan Alps and the Serchio Valley;  

  • a visit to the historic Devil's Bridge in Borgo A Mozzano;

  • a train trip to the captivating market town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana.

 

We look forward to leading you through the magical and wondrous Lucca and the Serchio Valley.

 

6 nights / 7 days

1200 Euros, per person

 

Customized for you and your group.

Contact us for availability.

Included in the tour: Accommodation and breakfast at Casa La Pace, entry fees to museums and special events as stated on the itinerary; selected lunch; guided tours as stated by the itinerary, all transportation during the tour.

 

Custom Workshops & Tours

If you and your family or friends are interested in any of the workshops or tours below, please contact us for availability and details.

 

Taste of Tuscany

Wine & Culinary Tour of Northern Tuscany

1300 Euros - 6 nights / 7 days

Guides: Various

 

Salutiamo il Sole

A Tuscan Yoga Holiday

1,300 Euros - 5 nights / 6 days

Guides: Liisa Walimaa & Bill Weidner

Salute the Tuscan sun this summer. Stroll the Riviera and watch the sun melt into the Mediterranean. Practice under the full moon sky. Marvel at ancient architecture and revel in vibrant village life. Wander through medieval hilltop towns and walk along historic city walls. Cross the impressive Devil's Bridge, climb a tower crowned with oaks, and traverse the world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge. Journey into the Apuan Alps and explore an awe-inspiring limestone cave. Savor the regional food, sip the local wines, and connect with the community. Deepen your practice. Expand your boundaries. Play. Discover. Laugh. Breathe. Join Liisa Walimaa, of Brilliant Yoga, Chandler, AZ, as your daily yoga guide. Enjoy a week of exploration, movement, fresh food, and great company.

 

Capturing The Tuscan Light

Plein-Air Art Workshop

1,300 Euros - 6 nights / 7 days

Instructor: Various

 

Mangia Bene

Culinary / Slow Food Tour

1,800 Euros - 6 nights / 7 days

Guide: Rebecca Esch

 

Wine Tuscany

Vineyard Tour - Wine Tasting

1,900 Euros - 6 nights / 7 days

Guide: Various

 


Photo Life Tuscany

Photography Tour of Northern Tuscany

1,200 Euros - 5 nights / 6 days

Guide: Various

This photography tour is designed by photographers for photographers and photo enthusiasts. Every aspect of the trip maximizes your opportunity for spectacular photographic results.  Travel to and photograph some of the most beautiful villages in northern Tuscany. You will visit stunning medieval villages, churches, castles, historic homes, and hidden architectural gems. We will travel across northern Tuscany with the Serchio Valley, along with the mountains and hillsides of the Apuan Alps and the Appenines, as our backdrop.  The pace of the tour is relaxed; slow enough to allow you time to appreciate the landscapes and allow your creativity to grow. Beginners and intermediate photographers with a basic knowledge of their camera will want to join this tour. Tour includes accommodations, breakfast and lunch, entrance fees to museums and special events as stated on the Itinerary, and all transportation during the tour. Tour includes accomodations, breakfast and lunch, entrance fees to museums and special events as stated on the Itinerary, and all transporation during the tour.

 

Northern Tuscan Outdoor Adventures

Biking, Hiking, Canoeing, & Rock Climbing

Single & Multi-Day Excursions

Contact us for availability and prices.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the deadline for registering for the workshops?


Each workshop and tour is unique. Please check the terms and conditions for each workshop. Each workshop has limited space, so we encourage early registration.


Do I have to register before I come or can I just show up?

You must register before joining a workshop or tour. Deposits are required to reserve participation in any workshop or tour.


Do I have to pay in advance?

Yes. Full payment and/or deposits are required by the specified deadline. You are not registered until you have paid for the workshop or made a deposit.


Are your art or photography workshops for amateurs or professionals?

Both. You do not need to have any particular talent or prior knowledge to enjoy our workshops or tours. Most of the art workshops and tours are for beginners and those at the intermediate level. The photography tour, because the emphasis is touring, is appropriate for all levels.

Do you offer any workshops or tours other than the ones listed?

Yes. We are regularly adding workshops and tours to our calendar. Please contact us about your ideas for future workshops.

How many dayrs are your workshops?

Most our workshops are 5 to 10 days. We will be conducting several 10-and 14-day workshops and tours, check back often for more details.

How many guests are in each workshop or tour?

We want your time with us to be personal, informative and enjoyable. We limit our workshops and tours to a maximum of 8 participants.

Do I need to bring supplies to Italy for the art workshops?

It depends. For some workshops, the instructor provides a materials list. On other workshops, the instructor will provide a Creativity Pack.

Is there an appropriate dress attire for the workshops or tours?

Some tours will visit one or more churches. Churches are viewed as sacred buildings. Please be sure that shoulders and knees are covered.   It is proper for all people to take off hats before entering the church.  Men should have on long pants, although it is not obligatory. Sandals and flip-flops are not allowed in most churches and museums. 

How many vineyards do you visit on a wine tour?

One per day. While some tours cram two or more vineyards into a day, we feel that you will have more time to enjoy your visit of a single vineyard per day. With an easy pace, you will have more time to sample more wines, savor delicious foods, and not feel pressured to hastily depart.

 

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