Living La Dolce Vita in Tuscany!

DATES: 09/22/2018 - 09/29/2018
LOCATION: Tuscan Renaissance Center
PRICE: $2895.00
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
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Marie Fratoni is the CEO of Get Clients Everywhere working globally to help professionals build solid, long-term, successful businesses.
She coaches business owners and professionals to become savvy, social, and successful through cultivating professional relationships that are both fulfilling and profitable. She provides sound business-building strategies, coaching, and growth-filled seminars that are fun, dynamic and valuable.

As a community leader, Marie makes a difference! She is a staunch support for women in business, founding and leading several professional organizations throughout the years, designed to up-level the careers of women. She is the Founder of the Women’s Professional Development Network (WPDN) in Atlanta, a division of Get Clients Everywhere.

Her strong community involvement in charitable causes and organizations has placed her into the Who’s Who of Women in Business and the Who’s Who of International Business. Marie is a Registered Corporate Coach, RCC, popular Speaker, and she absolutely loves helping business owners double or triple their income.

Marie Fratoni is the CEO of Get Clients Everywhere working globally to help professionals build solid, long-term, successful businesses.
She coaches business owners and professionals to become savvy, social, and successful through cultivating professional relationships that are both fulfilling and profitable. She provides sound business-building strategies, coaching, and growth-filled seminars that are fun, dynamic and valuable.

As a community leader, Marie makes a difference! She is a staunch support for women in business, founding and leading several professional organizations throughout the years, designed to up-level the careers of women. She is the Founder of the Women’s Professional Development Network (WPDN) in Atlanta, a division of Get Clients Everywhere.

Her strong community involvement in charitable causes and organizations has placed her into the Who’s Who of Women in Business and the Who’s Who of International Business. Marie is a Registered Corporate Coach, RCC, popular Speaker, and she absolutely loves helping business owners double or triple their income.

Refresh your life with the spirit of “la dolce vita”!

Are you ready for an amazing and memorable vacation? Are you ready to get away from it all, slow down your pace and come back to your center? Are you clear that a unique, adventurous, and fun-filled getaway would “do you good”?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you must join us for “Living La Dolce Vita” !

Allow your inner Michelangelo to emerge as you commune with the beautiful sights, aromas, and tastes of the abundant Chianti region of Italy. For seven days under the Tuscan sun, we will relax and restore ourselves, and celebrate the sweet life with new friends, and experience the true spirit of “la dolce vita”.

La Dolce Vita group with Eat, Paint, Cook group at Terra Bianca wine tasting, 2017.

We will explore new conversations together, and enjoy daily excursions designed to help you relax, unwind, and savor unique experiences of harvest time in Tuscany. Visiting the beautiful villages and towns of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, the cradle of The Renaissance, will provide the perfect ambiance to create your own personal restoration and renewal. We’ll explore how to bring “la dolce vita” to your everyday life. We will celebrate life!

Participate in a journey not only to Tuscany, but a journey into yourself, where you will rediscover passion, be inspired, and celebrate a new spirit of the possibility of a life fulfilled. You will leave this trip renewed, refreshed, restored and very grateful.

Crete Senese on the road to Pienza

Sunday barbecue

General  Activities:  in addition to the activities of the workshop, we will also see and explore this area of Tuscany with various excursions:

  • Chianti winery tour and tasting
  • Casual Tuscan cooking class
  • Escorted visits to hill towns
  • A day in medieval Siena
  • Visit to open air market
  • Optional dinner at a local, family winery

We’ll return each evening to relax in our monastery. Then we will move to the dining room (the authentic refectory where the monks used to assemble) to enjoy the authentic, home-made Tuscan meals prepared for us by our local chef.


Tuscan vineyards in the fall

Price: $2,895* p/p

Supplements: $550 for single room-limited availability; $250 p/p for Jr. Suite

* Early Bird Discount of $100 if registered by 2/1/18

Includes:

  • Shared double room in restored monastery (single room available for supplement, see above)
  • Daily traditional breakfast and dinner, including wine
  • Daily workshop exercises and group processes
  • Excursion to Siena
  • All local transportation
  • Fully escorted excursions
  • ½ day excursion to nearby hilltown (Radda, San Gimignano, Castellina-in-Chianti…)
  • Pick up from Florence train station at 3:30pm on arrival Saturday
  • Transfer to bus/train station in Siena on final day

Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Lunch (lite lunch will be available for purchase on days we are not out on excursion)
  • Gratuities
  • Independent meals and sight-seeing

NOTE:  unfortunately we are experiencing a temporary glitch with our registrations online.  Until we have that fixed, please click on the link to download a registration form that you can fill out and return either by email or mail.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Registration Form

To Register:  just click on the Sign Up Now button.  A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to secure your spot in the workshop.  Payment can be made on line with a credit card, or you can follow the instructions to send in your registration and payment by mail.  Once we receive your deposit we will send you a formal Registration Confirmation with further information about the program.  You will receive 2-3 other correspondences by email prior to the workshop with information about Italy, a supplies list and an electronic invoice for the balance.  Final Balance is due by August 15th.  Any time prior to your arrival, if you have questions about anything regarding the trip or the program, you can contact us by email or phone and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Contact us for more information:  info@ilchiostro.com or speak to us live at 800-990-3506.

Borgo San Fedele

— The Tuscan Renaissance Center is located at San Fedele – a restored 12th century monastery floating in the Chianti hills —

T©Lester Lefkowitz 7003-001he Tuscan Renaissance Center is the combined skills of Linda and Michael of Il Chiostro joining together with Nicolo and Renata of San Fedele to produce a unique and inspiring environment rooted in the traditional Tuscan values of beauty, great food, an appreciation for nature and the value of community.  The monastery, dating back to the 12th century, was meticulously restored using traditional building methods and all original materials. Today, the monastery remains true to its original spirit, rich architectural detail. The 16 rooms and suites where participants are housed have lovely modern bathrooms, screened windows, air conditioning, period furniture, wi-fi internet service, satellite television and minibar, all designed to perfectly complimentthe medieval surroundings.

The original soaring chapel is now used as a large art studio or workshop space. The monks’ refectory, where a lost 16th century fresco was uncovered during renovation, is now the dining room connected to a state-of-the-art kitchen and the old stone cantinas where they stored their wine have been transformed into studio and classroom space.

For information about the history of this monastery, Click here to go to San Fedele’s web site…

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Rather than  hotel, San Fedele is classified as a historic residence in Italy.  That means that it is an intimate setting, preserved along strict historical guidelines to preserve the spirit of the setting.  The owners are on site to oversee this unique combination of historic landmark and modern day comfort.

Accommodations are spacious shared double rooms or junior suites. Each room, because it was converted from the original structure of the monastery without altering the building, is unique in shape. Furnishings and decor were selected to coordinate with the historic, subdued feeling of the monastery, but in a comfortable, modern style. All rooms have two beds that can be separated into twins or combined into one large matrimonial. There is a sitting area, refrigerator, DSL wi-fi, television, air-conditioning, heating, modern private bathroom with shower and hair dryers.

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There are a limited number of single rooms available at a supplement of $550.

2 Jr. Suites for a minimum of 2 people are available for a supplement of $250 per person.

Night shot piazza©Lester Lefkowitz 7003-010© Lester Lefkowitz 7184-022Archway from rose garden and breakfast buffet in the refectory (photos by Lester Lefkowitz)

Terrace-MJossThe back of San Fedele is surrounded by a large al fresco dining terrace with the original terra cotta tile designs reproduced down to the smallest details. The terrace overlooks the same organic vegetable and flower garden tended by the monks for centuries. Beyond are the rolling Chianti vineyards that make this part of Tuscany so breathtaking.

Other common spaces include a large classroom carved into the rock of the ancient wine cellar, an expansive private piazza, a 16 x 7 meter swimming pool and sprawling landscaped grounds on a rolling hillside.

To San Fedele-LMFlorence will be our meeting point on the first day of the workshop. A van will pick up the group at the train station at about 3:30 pm on Saturday afternoon.

We recommend that you fly into either Florence, Pisa or Rome (Milan is a bit too far away). Florence is closer but it doesn`t have an intercontinental airport, so there are no direct flights from the US. You would have to change planes in a larger European city. From the Florence airport you must take a shuttle bus (Volainbus) into the center (20 minutes).

There are more scheduled flights from the US to Rome, many of them direct. From Rome, you will need to take a train to Florence (about 2 1/2 hours).
Important! In making your return flight arrangements, if you are flying home on Saturday after the workshop, try not to book a flight too early. From our location allow 1 ½ hours to get to the Florence airport or 3 ½ hours to get to the Rome airport.

For suggestions about getting to Rome or Florence, accommodations or other logistics, please consult ourTraveling to Italy link. Renting a car from all the major rental agencies is possible if you prefer to be more independent during the week.

Fall vineyards

Fall vineyards

 

The Tuscan Renaissance Center sits conveniently on a country road connecting the charming medieval walled town of Radda and the village of Vagliagli. Other nearby hilltowns include Castellina-in-Chianti, Monteriggioni and Volpaia. It is about 45 minutes from San Gimignano and Volterra. Many of these towns have roots in the earlier Etruscan civilization that permeated this area prior to the Romans.

San Fedele is located about 12 km northeast of Siena and 45 km south of Florence.

The Food

For us at Il Chiostro, helping our guests to experience the traditional food in one of the earth`s richest, most sensual areas is our pleasure. The Chianti region of Tuscany is Italy’s famous wine and olive oil producing region. Here we want to expose you to the wonders of simple Italian cooking known in the area as cucina povera. Our chef Andrea is a Tuscan native who uses recipes from his mother and grandmother to bring the tradition of not only Tuscany, but specifically the Chianti region, to the table each evening.  We use seasonal, organic products, locally produced by small farms and family shops. Our chef searches for the best of Tuscany to serve you. Tuscan cuisine is a simple art that has been refined over the centuries to surprise our palates while the red chianti wine comforts our souls. Come explore what food can really be all about.

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About Your Il Chiostro Hosts
Linda and Michael, and their program managers will host your program in Tuscany. They have been organizing workshops in Italy since 1995 and each person brings a special talent to the program. You can read more about them by following the About Il Chiostro link. At the Tuscan Renaissance Center, the owners of San Fedele, Nicolo and Renata, live on site. They will be available throughout the program to talk about the history of the monastery, the renovation and this area of Tuscany they call home.

In addition to your workshop
Optional activities offered with this program will focus on the cultural, gastronomic, historical and artistic heritage of Tuscany. This area has been an inspiration to countless people for centuries. What Tuscany offers its visitors is truly astounding:

Bell tower-smallArt – San Fedele is located conveniently between the cities of Medieval Siena and Renaissance Florence packed with some of the most famous masterpieces in the world.

Wine -You are in the heart of the Chianti region, synonomous with the most famous wine that Italy produces. But the innovative Tuscan vintners are also producing Super Tuscans, red varietals that are quickly ascending the ranks of world-class wine.

History – this area was settled by the Etruscans centuries before the Romans were a civilized society. Their necropoli dot the fields throughout the area. Nearby towns like Radda, Vagliagli and Castellina date from the early Middle Ages. Florence was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. San Fedele witnessed most of this from its panoramic perch atop the hillside.

Foodcucina povera is the typical Tuscan cuisine that has become popular around the world. The recipes are simple, emphasizing local and seasonal products: porcini mushrooms, salumi, legumes, vegetables, pasta, bread and game meats. Visiting an outdoor food market, you will understand the wisdom of this very healthy cuisine.

Crafts – perhaps the harmony of the landscape has been the inspiration for many local craftsmen. Exquisite hand-painted ceramics are the prime example, closely followed by mosaics, leather, woodworking, and textiles.