Join us in Italy in September, 2015 for a nature and art experience!

September 21- Sept 30, 2015
Experience Tuscany with Terry and Lois Mead!

Terry, an experienced birder, will share his passion and knowledge. He rescues owls and hawks in Northern California and recently received the designation of “master birder” from the Golden Gate Audubon Society and the California Academy of Sciences.. We will meet with the local birders in Tuscany and explore the fall splendor.
Lois is a mixed media artist and teacher. We will each create an art journal and often work in the field as we explore the countryside. Of course we will experience the markets, taste the wine and visit Florence as well as the small towns in Chianti.

Terry with Hawk

Here are some of Lois’s amazing travel journals, we will be making our very own with her guidance over the course of our adventures

  • Cover of travel journal to Alcatraz…watercolor, pen, photography

Enjoy Lois’s website here:

Tentative Itinerary For Nature/Art Workshop
Monday Sept 21- Wed. Sept 30
9 nights

Contact me for pricing/availability:

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Day 1 Sept 21 Monday

  • Lemon trees at Il Colle

Florence Airport pick up and delivered to the “Agritourism Il Colle“, a Farmhouse located in Poggio Alle Croce, about 25 minutes from Florence, 15 from Greve in Chianti and 35 minutes to Siena
Dinner prepared by Italian team.
Introductions and review plan for the week

Day 2 Sept 22 Tuesdayy

Figline Market for early risers

Visit to Cashmere Goat farm

  • the shop at the cashmere goat farm

Lunch in Radda, Le Panzenelle
Walk/Hike explore area near Il Colle
Dinner at home

Day 3 Sept 23 Wednesday

Visit to Cristina’s farm in Paterno (30 minutes away)

  • view from cristina's house

Session w Cristina Choice of: Book making in the medieval style/ cooking with Cristina OR hike in the countryside
Lunch w Cristina
Dinner by Marcie
Evening session: Mixed media fun with Lois

Day 4 Sept 24 Thursday
Day trip to Multopucino bird reserve /Pienza
Lunch on your own
Dinner in San Polo at La Paglietta

Day 5 Sept 25 Friday

apertivo time  in florence

apertivo time in florence

Morning: Fiesole AM- Tour with Anna – the area where Leonardo tried out his flying machines, Etruscan ruins, roman amphitheatre, spectacular views of florence
Afternoon- we can take the scenic #7 bus down to Florence and lunch on your own
Meet for Apertivo in Florence: Italian for fun with Cristina
Giovanni will pick us up in Florence

Day 6 Sept 26 Saturday

the logo from stefano's shop

the logo from stefano’s shop

Market in Greve or Horseback riding, Cooking class at La Cantina
Wine tasting session in Steffano’s shop in Panzano
Dinner at home

Day 7 Sept 27 Sunday

Hike with Malo (historic area where members of the Italian resistance were shot by the Germans and the very personal story of the peasants who used to live in the house
Picnic lunch delivered!
Grape Festival in Impruneta
Dinner at Zia Emilia’s in Poggio alle Croce

Day 8 Sept 28 Monday

  • bookstore window

Time on your own in Florence or join Marcie and Lois for the
Battle of the best Gelato and visit favorite art/paper stores
Dinner at home

Day 9 Sept 29 Tuesday

Our italian driver is also a chef!

Our italian driver is also a chef!

Last day TBD
Dinner party tonight!

Day 10 Sept 30 Wednesday
Departure day
Florence airport or Florence train station

If you can carve out the time, it is recommended that you stay a few extra days in Florence, or take a short train ride to Venice or Rome! Marcie can help you with accommodations, itineraries to make your extended stay memorable

  • venice at the rialto bridge

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