TOURS

Experience the Beauty of Living in Tuscany

Castello Tour

Discover the history of the Castello and Tenuta di Spannocchia on this tour. Learn about this architectural history of the buildings on the property, the story of the Spannocchi and Cinelli familes, the land management under the mezzadria sharecropping system, and the current activities that take place at the Tenuta.

The tour also includes a visit to our chapel, library, cantina, and (weather permitting) a beautiful view of the area and our 1100 acres of forested hills and farmland from the top of our medieval tower.

We recommend this tour at the start of your visit, to give a better understanding of the history of this area and our philosophy for sustainable living.

Duration

1.5-2 hours

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Time

flexible

NON MEMBERS PRICE

not available

FRIENDS OF SPANNOCCHIA MEMBER PRICE

FREE

Cinta Senese Tour & Tasting

Spannocchia’s most popular residents would have to be our heritage breed Cinta Senese pigs. On this tour, you’ll learn about the history of this rare breed named for their distinctive white and black belted (cintura) appearance.

We’ll take a walk to see the pigs in their free-range (semi-brado) pastures. Afterwards, you’ll get an in-depth explanation of our organic artisanal cured meat production process, and finish with a guided tasting of some of our award-winning salumi.

Duration

about 1.5 hours

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Time

weekdays, flexible

NON MEMBERS PRICE

€ 60 groups of 5 or fewer
€ 15 per person groups of 6 or more

FRIENDS OF SPANNOCCHIA MEMBER PRICE

€ 55 groups of 5 or fewer
€ 10 per person groups of 6 or more

Sustainable Harvest Tour

Have limited time, but want to experience all our agritourism has to offer? This guided tour is for you!

You’ll get a brief overview of Spannocchia’s sustainable farming techniques, including our connection to Slow Food ideals and projects, in addition to a sampling of what our organic farm has to offer. You’ll learn a little about the history of Spannocchia, and how we got started raising heritage breed livestock, about our vineyards, our gardening projects, beehives and more.

The tour ends with a tasting of some of our organic products, including salumi, wines, olive oil, honey and more, depending on what’s fresh and in season!

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Time

weekdays

Duration

Approximately 1.5

NON MEMBERS PRICE

€ 120 • groups up to 5
€ 25 per person • groups of 6 or more

FRIENDS OF SPANNOCCHIA MEMBER PRICE

€ 100 • groups up to 5
€ 18 per person • groups of 6 or more

Wine Tour & Tasting

Visit Spannocchia’s small cantina and learn about our viticulture and vinification process to understand the basics of our wine production, from vineyard to bottle.

We’ll also enjoy a guided tasting of your choice to learn more about the wonders of wine!

Choose between:

  • A tasting of Spannocchia’s organic wines, passito, and grappa
  • A guided tasting exercise to learn how to detect the subtle aromas in red or white wines.
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Time

Weekdays, flexible

Duration

Approximately 1.5 – 2 hours

NON MEMBERS PRICE

not available

FRIENDS OF SPANNOCCHIA MEMBER PRICE

€ 50 • groups of 4 or less
€ 12 per person • groups of 5 or more

Vegetable Garden Tour

Learn more about Spannocchia’s organic gardening techniques with this guided visit to our vegetable gardens.

This tour will bring you into our gardens to get a glimpse of our greenhouses, composting systems, permaculture beds and more.

You’ll also get to visit Spannocchia’s flock of chickens and ducks, and learn how these animals help out in our gardens as well!

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Time

weekdays, flexible

Duration

45 min to 1 hour

NON MEMBERS PRICE

€ 50 • groups of 5 or fewer
€ 70 • groups of 6 to 15 people

€ 100 • groups more than 15 people

FRIENDS OF SPANNOCCHIA MEMBER PRICE

€ 35 • groups of 5 or fewer
€ 50 • groups of 6 to 15 people

Our Education Director

Sara Silvestri graduated from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Food Culture and Communications. Before moving to Italy, she worked for many years as a cook at several respected restaurants in her hometown of New Orleans. Before joining Spannocchia in February 2016, she coordinated the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity’s “Ark of Taste” project, to raise awareness about endangered fruit, vegetable and grain varieties and rare livestock breeds. Sara enjoys sharing with interns and guests her passion for Italian (and especially Tuscan) food culture, agrobiodiversity and holistic, sustainable farming systems.

This list offers guests a brief overview of the tours and classes we offer at Spannocchia. For more information, prices and availability please contact reservations@spannocchia.org

Please note that the activities are held only on weekdays.