Prioritize Yourself

in Tuscany!

You’re invited for a unique experience in the heart of Italian countryside, as we explore, and discover all that Tuscany has to offer. Our small group will encounter watercolour workshops amidst gorgeous Tuscan views, visit a medieval art town, savour gourmet Tuscan meals and much more. Join us for a memorable trip filled with relaxation & expression!

Sponsors of this Event

Princeton Brushes & Maimeri

What to Expect

Deposit is non-refundable. Full Payment by March 1st 2024. FAQ’s below.

What is included?

  • 5 nights accommodation 
  • Daily breakfasts 
  • 4 gourmet dinners 
  • 3 lunches 
  • 3 watercolour workshops outdoors
  • Art Supplies Swag Bag
  • Visit Siena (Includes transportation)
  • Tuscan Wine Tasting + Historical Tour
  • All local tourist taxes
  • An unforgettable watercolour experience


Not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Lunch & entry to sights on Siena day trip

a getaway with intention

Imagine being surrounded by Chianti hills as you slow down, relax & express yourself…  

Imagine painting outdoors, in the still of the Italian countryside, without having to rush to get to the next item on your ‘to-do’ list done.

I have personally planned this trip, from location, to food, to activities – intentionally creating the perfect setting to learn, explore our creative side and to spend quality time painting together. 

We will be eating gourmet Italian meals together, exploring a medieval art town, tasting wine, olive oil, and taking in some beautiful Tuscan sunsets among other experiences.

Swag bags with all painting supplies will be provided to each attendee. We will have special guests from Maimeri Blu & Princeton Brushes. More on that later.

This is your time to relax, unwind, inspire and be inspired, as you soak in the culture, company and creative process.

I hope you are as excited as I am for this experience. I noted some general info surrounding the trip below under FAQ’s, so you can better prepare.

Ciao bellissima

Clarice

location

An eco friendly historical estate that boasts an organic farm, gourmet restaurant, vineyards & olive groves near the medieval art town of Siena.

Comfortable and warm accommodation, decorated with traditional and period furnishings. Guests can breathe in nature with views overlooking Siena, the Borgo and the Tuscan rolling hills.

daily itinerary

Updated as of January 24 ’24


Check-in


La Torre alle Tolfe (an organic Estate in Siena) between 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. I’ll be there to greet you all personally.


Meet & Greet

We’ve already been getting to know each other over online messages and now we get to meet in person! Over an aperitivo no less. Most likely poolside with the beautiful views of vineyards before us.


Pizza Dinner

Sunday means pizza night at La Torre alle Tolfe, baked in an ancient wooden oven. The wine list boasts their own red and rosé and a range of Tuscan wines selected from other small producers who share a passion for nature and also adopt organic and sustainable agricultural techniques. Only available from April to November.


Breakfast


Our mornings will start everyday with intention, a grand Italian breakfast, morning affirmations, and discussions of how we want to spend our day.


Intro to Watercolour

Taking time to explore our supplies by Princeton Brushes & Maimeri over quick and loose watercolour drills to warm things up.


Wine Tasting a la Lunch

Our 2 hour historic tour of the property and wine-tasting will happen mid-morning. This way we know all about the property and what we can avail of.

Historic Tour & Wine Tasting: This tour will tell us the story of La Torre Alle Tolfe wines and and medieval origin of the property.

We will be taken on a voyage from the VIIIth-century tower, sharecropping hamlet, through the underground passages connecting the villa to the old winery.

The tour ends with the visit of the new winery and tasting lead by the Resident Sommelier Emily O’Hare, of wines accompanied by cheeses and cured meats.


Afternoon Swim & Relaxation Time

Post lunch, we can take time to lounge by the pool, painting, take a nap or perhaps go hiking around the gorgeous estate.


Dinner

Our dinners will be exciting with views of the Tuscan Sunset over a traditional gourmet Tuscan meal.


Breakfast

Our mornings will start everyday with intention, a grand Italian breakfast, morning affirmations, and discussions of how we want to spend our day.

Watercolour Workshop

Our workshops will take place en plein air and will last anywhere between 2 – 3 hours. We are taking this time to “be present” in nature and in the moment, as we relax and explore watercolour florals.
*We might have a special surprise by Maimeri for this session! Stay tuned.

Lunch

A lovely lunch made from the fresh ingredients at the organic farm to be enjoyed at the restaurant. Maybe an aperitivo before as well? 🙂

Afternoon Swim & Relaxation Time

Post lunch, we can take time to lounge by the pool, take a nap or perhaps go hiking around the gorgeous estate.

Hiking Around the Estate: The countryside surrounding the entire estate is an ideal place for pleasant long walks. An area rich in vineyards, olive groves, wild woods and ancient villages nestled on the Tuscan hills.

The routes are suitable for everyone, from children to amateurs to true sportsmen. All routes can also be covered with bikes and are mapped and available via app or GPS. Stop by reception to pick up your map.

Dinner

Our dinners will be exciting with views of the Tuscan Sunset over a traditional gourmet Tuscan meal.

Breakfast

Our mornings will start everyday with intention, a grand Italian breakfast, morning affirmations, and discussions of how we want to spend our day.


Visit Siena

Siena hosts the largest market on Wednesdays and we will get to experience this! Also, a fabulous opportunity to do some shopping as this market sells everything from food, leather goods to houshold items.

We will start with a 2 hour tour of Siena, followed by time to wander on our own to explore the must see sites like, Piazza del Campo, Duomo di Siena, Piccolomini Library etc. If you plan to enter any of these places, please book tickets ahead of time.

Nearing lunch time, we have the opportunity to indulge in gelato and other tasty Tuscan treats. The market offers us a chance to purchase Italian cheeses and other cured meats.

Alternatively, we can make lunch reservations at Osteria Cice – a fine restaurant known for it’s Tuscan steaks, pasta with ragù, red wine from Siena, all served in vaulted rooms with bare-brick walls.

We will finish our day with a “affogato al cafe” (look it up, it’s delicious!) and maybe another gelato 😉


Relax

Once back to our historic estate, we can take some time to relax before we prep for dinner.


Dinner

Our dinners will be exciting with views of the Tuscan Sunset over a traditional gourmet Tuscan meal.


Breakfast


Our mornings will start everyday with intention, a grand Italian breakfast, morning affirmations, and discussions of how we want to spend our day.


Watercolour Workshop

Our workshops will take place en plein air and will last anywhere between 2 – 3 hours. We are taking this time to “be present” in nature and in the moment, as we relax and explore watercolour florals.


Lunch

A lovely lunch made from the fresh ingredients at the organic farm to be enjoyed at the restaurant. Maybe an aperitivo before as well? 🙂

Afternoon Swim & Relaxation Time

Post lunch, we can take time to lounge by the pool, take a nap or perhaps go hiking around the gorgeous estate.

Hiking Around the Estate: The countryside surrounding the entire estate is an ideal place for pleasant long walks. An area rich in vineyards, olive groves, wild woods and ancient villages nestled on the Tuscan hills.

The routes are suitable for everyone, from children to amateurs to true sportsmen. All routes can also be covered with bikes and are mapped and available via app or GPS. Stop by reception to pick up your map.


Dinner

Our last dinner will be a full course Tuscan dinner! Post this lovely experience we will take a group picture to commemorate the wonderful memories and artwork created under the Tuscan sun.

Breakfast
Our last morning to enjoy a hearty breakfast together.

Checkout
Check-out at 10am and we will travel back to Florence (where some will continue their tours while others head to the airport)

*Please note, itinerary will be tweaked over upcoming months.

group activities

to expect

Besides beautiful Tuscan sunsets, here’s a glimpse of what you will experience.

3 Outdoor Watercolour Workshops

(Weather Permitting)

Historical Wine Tasting

Tuscan Style Organic Meals

visit a medieval town

Sienna, a UNESCO listed historic centre and a must-see when in Tuscany.

Siena is a historic, beautiful city surrounded by a well-preserved 1,000-year-old wall, and it is best known for the Palio horserace and the Il Duomo di Siena.

Here is a city perched atop not one but three hills, over-looking the beautiful Chianti countryside. With an ancient city centre that conjoins in the middle to form the magnificent Piazza del Campo is a gloriously sloping, expansive public square that is shaped, rather unusually, like a conch shell.

You can find one of the most beautiful cathedrals in all of Italy here, the spectacular ‘Il Duomo di Siena’. 

*Tickets to visit sites must be booked in advance and are not included.

Shared Room

Option #1
$ 2153 Pricing in USD
  • $500 Non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot
  • Full payment due by March 1st ’24

Single Room

Option #2
$ 2448 Pricing in USD
  • $500 Non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot
  • Full payment due by March 1st ’24

ready to make

memories?

Join me in Tuscany

Your non-refundable deposit secures your spot at the 2024 Tuscany retreat, and is applied to the total cost.

See detailed cancellation policy and more in our FAQ section below.

faq

YES! You absolutely can.
This trip is for anyone looking to learn, grow and relax. If you like to travel and experience culture. If you love nature and bask in the inspiration it provides, this is for you.

When booking your flight, you can consider the following airports.
1. Fly into Florence International Airport (Approx. 1hr 14 mins)
2. Pisa International Airport (Approx. 1hr 37 mins)
3. Airport Roma Fiumicino (Approx. 2hrs 44 mins)

From Florence or Pisa airport, it is approximately an hour and a half drive to the property, La Torre Alle Tolfe. From the airport in Rome, it is about 2 hours and 44 minutes drive.

Options 1: You may choose to get a private taxi service. Options will be listed closer to the date.
Option 2: Siena Train Station is a 5 minute taxi drive from the property.


Travel Tips
Download the Omio App to book the best travel options that suit you.

Consider group travel. Attendees will have the opportunity to have an online mingle and discuss group travel as well.

The day trip to Siena will be a group trip.
We will have time to wander around and explore the rich history of the town. Please note, entries to food for this trip are not included.

Suggested Points of Interest

1. Duomo di Siena
Siena is most known for the cathedral (Duomo) that is considered the most beautiful in all of Italy. It also houses work by Michelangelo and Donatello.
For information on ticket costs for entry, visit link below.
https://operaduomo.siena.it/en/visiting/

The cheapest ticket costs €7 (€10 when the floor is uncovered), but this just gets you into the cathedral and Piccolomini Library. For €17, you can add on the crypt, baptistery, museum, and the Panorama of the New Cathedral. €22 includes the Gates of Heaven experience, where you walk on the balconies on the upper level of the Siena Cathedral and get a bird’s eye view of nave. It is well worth the extra money.

2. The Piccolomini Library

A cultural landmark in the city, it contains animated frescoes on its walls and vaulted ceilings painted by the Umbrian artist Pinturicchio. On display are also rare illuminated manuscripts and codices that contain work of the some of the best Italian illustrators during the 15th century.

https://www.sienatickets.com/siena-cathedral/piccolomini-library/


For more information on touring Siena and what to see, here’s a blog post that might be helpful. 

https://www.earthtrekkers.com/how-to-visit-the-siena-cathedral/

$500 Non-refundable deposit due upon registration.

Remaining balance is due in two installments:
50% of the remaining balance due by January 1, 2024
50% of the remaining balance due by March 1, 2024

Participants are welcome to pay the full registration fee at anytime if that is a preference. Pricing is in USD.

Payments accepted via:
– Bank Transfer 
– Check via mail (no fee)

Please send an email to clarice@claricegomes.ca with any questions.

If participant cancels before January 1st ’24, they will receive any payments made, minus the deposit.

If participant cancels between January 1-March 1 ’24, they will receive 50% of their payment back, minus the deposit.

Payments are non-refundable after March 1 ’24.

Payment is due in full for any registrations after February 1 and is non-refundable.

Deposit once made is non-refundable. Should the participant be unable to make the planned event, participant can use the deposit towards a future event.

Any cancellation request received due to extenuating circumstances may be reviewed for appropriate refund and action. Extenuating circumstances can be (but not limited to) death in the family, illness etc.

If the event is cancelled, all participants will be extended a full refund of their payments and deposit.

Things to consider:
Attendees can also consider, spending an additional day or two at Florence, Pisa or Rome (depending on where they fly in) to explore some Italy’s rich culture and historical sites.

special thanks to our

Sponsors

We are excited to offer quality supplies for this retreat thanks to our generous sponsors.