Residency for artists in Tuscany

  • Do you want to learn or improve your Italian language skills?
Beginners, intermediate or advanced learners 
Single or small groups
Grammar or conversation
We can introduce you to Lorella , expert teacher.
  • Do you want to learn the secrets of homemade pasta? Or learn how to choose the right wine for your meal?

We suggest you try to dive into the magical world of Tuscan cooking, even just for a day.
Stefania  believes that food reveals much about the land from whence it comes, and vice versa. That is why—when possible—she likes to start her classes with a visit to local food markets, butchers and private green gardens; followed by a hands-on cooking lesson that guides you through the preparation of an entire meal from antipasto to dolce, and ends around an elegantly decorated table, enjoying the lovely meal you’ve just created.
Menus are inspired by the season, what’s available in the markets and what you’d like to prepare.
Stefania offers one-day courses, as well as two- and three-day courses, tailored to your wishes.
Stefania’s kitchen is located in Montefioralle, Just in front us!

There is an automatic car available to artists for a small free.
If you have not driver licence or you prefer don’t drive, we can drive you for a day trip at most interesting locations in the area:
- San Gimignano
- Siena
- Tour of Chianti
- Pisa
- Lucca

The Chianti region is one of the most beautiful and famous areas in Tuscany. Chianti is strongly tied to its wine and its wine culture. Chianti's gentle hills are alluringly sketched by miles and miles of vineyards that each season color the landscape in different hues. Hills in shades of green, purple, red and yellow attract thousands of visitors every year.
Between Florence and Siena you will find many farms, wineries and wine cellars that proudly offer their products: big, small, old or new wineries in Chianti.
Near Greve in Chianti there are many wineries and farms where you can taste wines and other typical products. In Greve there are also several excellent wine bars and shops where you can taste and purchase wines. We also recommend a visit to the Wine Museum in Greve.
Moving towards Greve, you'll find the famous Castello di Verrazzano that gave birth to Giovanni da Verrazzo, explorer that discovered the Bay of New York. You can tour the cellars and taste their Chianti Classico wine every day. The Castello organizes several types of wine tasting tours to meet several types of requests.
Another interesting and easy-to-reach place is Panzano, one of the most populous towns in Chianti. This small town is famous for its wine production and for the Florentine steak. Here you'll find the Cecchini Butcher Shop where you can listen to Dante's Divine Comedy while buying your steak.

It's impossible to underestimate the number of incredible arts and artisans in Chianti and the surrounding areas.
Nora Kravis has left Long Island in 1972 to Radda in Chianti: she had a degree in art, but was the passion for quadrupeds that before led her to make the trainer of horses, and then put on a herd of Cashmere goats at her stone cottage in the valleys of Volpaia. The first in Italy, and the first 'brick' for the creation of a company that operates in the field of luxury goods with a line of natural textile for the person and for the house.
At Barberino Val d'Elsa, the production of ceramics by Andrea Biagini, that in the lab built next to his house he is dedicated to pottery, to the paper clay (making pots that are a mixture of clay and paper), and especially to the turning of porcelain, because his preference is the Japanese ceramics.
The pottery is also found in Tavarnelle, with the workshop Il Tafano, and in Radda, with Decori nel Tempo (specializing in the production of lamps, mirrors, fabrics and miniatures) and with Rampini ceramics, whose work will bring us back in Renaissance Florence , when the Medici celebrating the art of good food in their castles and country villas presenting the dishes in beautiful decorated dinner services.
Franco Bozzi, in Greve, makes sculptures from recycled wood. Also in Greve, Patrizio, wood turner, produces wonderful Pinocchio, Mr. Fagioli is one of the few craftsmen who still dedicate themselves to the art of realization of the baskets. In San Casciano find another turner, Mr. Lapini, and then Carlo Chiti, which produces the Terrecotte del Chianti at the Fornace di Gabbiano, making each piece by hand with the land of Galestro.
The craftsmen of metals produce for the activities more traditional (Giachini in Tavarnelle works for cellars and oil mills) and for those more advanced (Stefano Failli, in San Casciano, works metal for artists). At the Fonderia Del Giudice in Greve there is at the same time an ancient Renaissance art workshop, where three generations have handed down the art of the technique of lost wax casting, and a modern workshop where, thanks to the technological innovations adopted, Giacomo e Sarah Del Giudice realizes constantly works of architects and contemporary sculptors Italian and international.
In Tavarnelle the creations of Lea Bilanci : books, herbals, albums, cards, envelopes, boxes, made with cards of various sizes, density and texture, using spices, herbs, plants, flowers, fibers and tissues.
In the countryside of Gaiole we find "Le Conce", the pottery workshop of Studio Fernandez, where Margherita  and Olivier Fernandez produce  porcelain, hard porcelain and bronze and they have created a special 'blend' between the Tuscan tradition and other cultures , especially the English and Japanese.
We end the roundup as we had begun: with a woman, a foreign, but now completely Chianti: Stefanie Dux, who from Germany has planted a hand-weaving workshop in Gaiole in Chianti, near the Castle of Brolio, where transforms the linen , cotton and hemp in beautiful fabrics, using frames older than 300 years.

We stop here, even though this long list remains open.

The screening of the film, generally on the subject of art is an opportunity to stay together, discuss and debate. The artists in residence involved with a lot of interest in these events, accompanied by a good glass of wine.
Our video library is constantly updated.

A studio or workroom which is made accessible to allcomers, where artistic or creative work can be viewed and created collaboratively. An Open Studio is intended to foster creativity and encourage experimentation in an atmosphere of cultural exchange, conversation, encouragement, and freedom of expression.
This is a great chance for the artists to share the work done during the residency with a broader audience who is made up of professionals, art lovers, neighbors, friends.

Our art courses can be individual or group , for example a group of friends coming together.
The  dates are agreed with the teacher based on the dates preferred by the participant.
The length of the course depends on the request of the participant, may be of some  days, a week or more than a week.

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