Autumn Arts Festival

The Autumn Arts Festival
at the Dievole Chianti Classico Winery
October 20-28, 2020


Vineyards, photo by Jim Palmer

Il Chiostro is happy to announce our 20th annual Autumn Arts Festival at Dievole.  Enjoy Tuscany in the autumn just after the grapes have been harvested.  To focus your experience during the program, we offer 3 separate workshops:  painting, photography or Tuscan Cuisine.  These are in addition to several general activities and excursions listed below.

To register for the festival, just select one of the workshops from the list below, register with your deposit and we’ll send you a welcome package with further information about the trip.  Please indicate that you are a member or friend of the IAMuseum in the Notes section when you register.

Ci vediamo in toscana!

Description:  Tuscany in autumn is a sensual feast. Russet and golden hills. Crisp air. Trees weighted with olives. Woods rich with mushrooms and chestnuts. The scent of grapes hangs over the valleys like mist.

Dievole wine bottles-GRios

Dievole Wine Bottles, photo by Gilbert Rios

The harvest is the soul of the Tuscans.  Since 1998, Il Chiostro has celebrated this time of the year in Tuscany with our final program of the year – The Autumn Arts Festival. The people of the Dievole Chianti winery have become like family to us and our guests, roasting the pig in an oven built in the 1700’s, our chef prepares our welcome appetizers to greet us on the first day of arrival, they wait for us to pick their olives to teach our guests about the whole process from the tree to the press to the table, and they present the bounty of the season for us at a special dinner in the vecchia cantina – the historic wine cellar from the original Dievole vineyards.

Lynn-Dievole Inn

Dievole Inn, watercolor by Lynn Stender

Select a Program:

For the Autumn Arts Festival we offer 3 separate workshops.  Click on the one you like to register:

These workshops all overlap throughout this 8-day celebration of the arts, the harvest, the wine and this wonderful region of Italy.  We then offer Italian Opera Appreciation each evening before dinner for everyone interested.  For details about each workshop, click on the links above.

Excursions and Activities


Photographing the golden hour, by Linda Mironti

Generally your workshop will shape your activities at the Autumn Arts Festival.  For example the cooking class may go olive picking while the painters spend the day in Radda painting the vistas of the Tuscan hills and the photographers travel to Montalcino or Pienza for a full day shoot.  Then everyone will return to the winery in the evening for the opera class and dinner together.

During the program there will be several activities and excursions for everyone to enjoy.  Here is a partial list that you can look forward to:

  • a wine tour and tasting throughout the Dievole complex to give you a good understanding of Chianti’s greatest treasure, red wine.
  • a mid-week pig roast – a harvest feast in the tradition of a typical Tuscan celebration

Whose is the best pumpkin?

  • a visit to the medieval city of Siena for time to explore the Duomo, the art museums, sit in the Piazza del Campo with a cappuccino or just shop the elegant stores along the main pedestrian street
  • dinner in the old wine cellar, with local musicians and the chef’s most special harvest meal from antipasto to dolci.
  • a half day trip to hilltowns like San Gimignano, Castellina or Monteriggioni

…plus some other surprises that don’t want to give away before you arrive!

Enjoy these images of previous Autumn Arts Festivals.

Price: $3,690* p/p for 8 nights/9 days; single supplement $695, suite supplement $450 p/p

* Price guaranteed only through January 15th, 2020

Join us for our final celebration of the year in Tuscany!