Our itinerary: art, olives, and jewish history in tuscany

Here is the rough plan of our adventure!

Where we are staying: Agritourismo Il Colle in Poggio alle Croce ( near figline valdarno/incisa)

this is Il Colle, where i plan to host  the first Pronto Marcella Event in Oct / Nov 2014 : " all about the olive tree"

this is Il Colle, where  we are staying

Tuesday Oct 28 Day 1

Group picked up at Florence airport, mid afternoon. Welcome reception at Il Colle-  Marcie is cooking!

Unpack, relax!

if  anyone is feeling energetic: drive around the neighbourhood: San Polo, Incisa, Poggio alle Croce or  short walk.

Wednesday Oct 29 Day 2

Hill Towns

Radda: stroll through the medieval town, visit cashmere goat farm. Panzano for lunch at McDario’s.

castle of verrazzano

castle of verrazzano


greve town square

greve town square

street scene in Radda

street scene in Radda

The scenery is spectacular, lots of castles, small villages,etc. we can stop wherever we like!

Thursday Oct 30 Day 3


Morning: “Introduction to Firenze” tour

Lunch at ‘Il Latini’ ‘Buca Mario’, or ?

Afternoon: options: Top of Duomo , or Bargello Museum, or Piazalle Michaelangelo or on your own


view from up high at Piazelle Michaelangelo

view from up high at Piazelle Michaelangelo

Friday Oct 31 Day 4

Morning: Jewish Florence tour

monument in old jewish cemetry

monument in old jewish cemetry

synagogue in florence

synagogue in florence

Lunch at the bar in Palazzo Strozzi or Ruth’s

Afternoon : on your own or tour with Marcie- includes art supply stores/paper places, prosecco /tartufo snack  http://www.walkaboutflorence.com/what-to-do/procacci and other gems .

best smells of your life here, a museum  of scent

best smells of your life here, a museum of scent

oldest orpahage in europe

oldest orphanage in europe

my favorite hardware store in florence

my favorite hardware store in florence

Saturday Nov 1 Day 5 note: today is a civic and religious holiday in Italy, most stores will be closed

Visit to Paterno where my friend and teacher, Cristina, lives on a farm. Cooking class and lunch. Create Tuscan salts/ cosmetics/ remedies, all concocted from products grown on the land nearby. Samples to take home.

view  of San Martino from  Cristina's house

view of San Martino from Cristina’s house

tuscan salt! by cristina with my help

tuscan salt! by cristina with my help

Drive in the beautiful Vallombrosa mountains, in the Apennines, stop at the abbey if it’s open.

at the vallombrossa abbey

at the vallombrosa abbey

Sunday Nov 2 Day 6

Day trip to Arezzo antique market, also see the  famous frescoes by Piero della francesca



main square in Arezzo is on a slant, making it one of the most beautiful ones in all of italy!


paintbrushes for sale

Monday Nov 3 Day 7

Florence: Morning: CLASS: marble paper/book binding/mosaics or on your own

Lunch: Santo Spirito area

Afternoon: tour of artist’s studios/workshops, meet my dear friend, Susan Nevelson at her home and studio. She is a textile artist and just celebrated her 90th birthday!


Tuesday Nov 4 Day 8

Morning: Figline open air market, meet the cheese man! Besides fresh food, great prices on scarves, clothes, kitchen ware, tablecloths etc


My favorite cheese man


For sale at figline market

Free Time @ Il colle or other activity, TBD

Later Afternoon: Hill town of our choice and dinner

Wed Nov 5 Day 9

Morning: Olive picking or basket making class w Malo, depending on weather/ripeness of olives


Malo at work

Afternoon: open: possible visit to textile museum in Prato

Thursday Nov 6 Day 10

Florence: Tour  of Uffizi, and Accademia or on your own in Florence.

Sicilian ice cream at Carabè in via Ricasoli

Friday Nov 7 Day 11

Day trip to Siena: Tour with focus on Jewish community

one of the gates to Siena

one of the gates to Siena

Saturday Nov 8 Day 12

Olives/activities with Cristina

entrance to the house

entrance to cristina’s house

Fresh pressed oil

Fresh pressed oil

Sunday Nov 9 Day 13

Olive Sagra at the Bonsi Farm


i bonsi farm

Afternoon ; TBD

Monday Nov 10 Day 14

Florence shopping, – last call! Or other activities TBD


Dinner party, our last night together!

Tuesday Nov 11 Day 15

Depart: you will be taken to Airport or to Florence



  • breakfasts and most dinners will be at Il colle
  • 2 people volunteer to cook at night, ( in Italy, the biggest meal is usually lunch)
  • evening entertainment will be more spontaneous, with friends invited over, art projects worked on individually, or as a group, cooking demonstrations, music etc.
  • plans for next day refined each night, shopping list created etc.
  • While it is my hope that we will be visiting each place together, you are welcome to head off in a different direction if a place doesn’t appeal.




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