October 2 - 11, 2015
Day 1 - Friday, October 2
Depart for Italy.
Day 2 - Saturday, October 3
Arrive in Pisa and travel to Levanto; check in and get settled. Late afternoon visit of Levanto and introduction to the Cinque Terre with a group aperitivo. Read more about Levanto.
Day 3 - Sunday, October 4
Start the day with a traditional fishing boat tour of the Cinque Terre coastline, followed by a lesson, lunch, and wine-tasting in an organic vineyard above the Mediterranean. Visit Manarola, then return to Levanto for a late afternoon "Class Time" - an informal one-hour session with the instructors to discuss sustainability topics encountered during the trip.
Day 4 - Monday, October 5
Travel by train to Riomaggiore to visit the town and vineyard with Walter De Batté, nationally renowned winemaker. Enjoy lunch and a winetasting at a traditional Italian osteria. Walk the famous Via dell’Amore from Riomaggiore to Manarola and visit Vernazza before the daily group discussion.
Day 5 - Tuesday, October 6
Explore a working olive grove: learn about olive trees and enjoy an olive oil tasting with an Italian expert. Transfer to Lucca, with all afternoon free to explore the town. Later on we will transfer to San Gimignano and check-in at our farmhouse.
Day 6 - Wednesday, October 7
Visit historic Castello di Monsanto for an introduction to Tuscan wines and history that includes a viticulture lesson and wine tasting with lunch on the grounds of an award-winning Chianti producer. Your afternoon is free, and we will gather to discuss the day and have a group dinner in San Gimignano.
Day 7 - Thursday, October 8
Day trip to Siena, home of Italy’s most beautiful piazza and one of its most remarkable cathedrals: visit the town on your own or on our guided art historical tour. Class Time upon returning to San Gimignano.
Day 8 - Friday, October 9
Start your day with a trip to an organic Chianina cattle farm with lunch on the grounds, followed by a tour of a Pecorino cheese producer with cheese-tasting. Visit the gorgeous hilltop town of Pienza. Class Time upon returning to San Gimignano.
Day 9 - Saturday, October 10
Visit and taste wine at the brand new Chianti wine cellars of Antinori; travel to Pisa to visit the Piazza dei Miracoli, home of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The day concludes with a farewell group dinner.
Day 10 - Sunday, October 11
Depart for home.