In 2016 we bought a dreamy medieval fortress in the countryside of northern Tuscany, a region known as Lunigiana. Now our Italian home and workshop space, the fortress is aptly named, La Fortezza. For the past few years, we have worked tirelessly to restore the property and turn it into a home and creative space for visionaries from around the world, and today, we welcome you to…

Join us in Italy in 2019!

Why attend a workshop or retreat at La Fortezza with me? My family and I having been living in Liguria, and now the Lunigiana, for 20 years. In fact, I am writing a book about our adventures. We selected Lunigiana for an authentic Italian experience. We were sick of large crowds of tourists in our beach town, so we opted for the Italian countryside in northern Tuscany near the sea and in the mountains. It’s the perfect escape; gorgeous and peaceful and in the ideal location to visit Florence, Parma or the Italian and Tuscan Riviera. If you’re looking for an unspoiled Italian adventure, join us for one of our many educational and creative experiences away from the maddening crowds.

Exciting New Opportunities:

La Fortezza is now available to rent. If you have visions of your wedding, corporate or private retreat, workshop with friends, or catalog product shoot here, you will be able to use La Fortezza as your exclusive destination/location.

Announcing Our 2019 Workshops:

In 2019, we will offer food photography as well as food and prop styling workshops along with our original workshop, Strictly Styling. We will also host one on ones, an artist in residence program, and fantastic workshops by guest instructors from around the world.

Of course, as always, there will be plenty of eating, cooking and wine drinking, especially since we are now the owners of our own vineyard. Drinking our own wine is really something special. Check out our latest offerings.

What can you expect?

During all workshops, we go on many excursions to flea markets and local farmers' markets to buy food products to use in our shoots and during our cooking lessons. You will meet the locals and experience Italy Italian style. We have so many amazing resources including our neighbors who run various food artisan businesses. We have a wide array of resources for flea marketing, antiquing and prop hunting, too. Experience off the beaten path excursions with our workshops!

We will have a few surprise guest artisans/instructors cooking and styling and teaching art in 2019, too. Our goal is to network and create beauty with amazing talents from all over the world. We want La Fortezza to be worldwide creative haven where the best of the best teach and mentor other creatives from all over the world. A real creative cooperative where like-minded people can meet and create in the most gorgeous, untouched region in Italy. If you're interested in conducting a workshop please email me. We are welcoming all sorts of workshops and retreats in 2020.

We pride ourselves on providing one-on-one personalized instruction for everyone, therefore classes are limited to 6-8 students max. Our instructors have 10 + years of real life experience in professional industries working for real publications, with commercial clients, and in the fine arts. We are very selective about who we bring to teach during our exclusive learning experience.

As always our workshops are open to all levels.

G I F T C E R T I F I C A T E S are available for a truly memorable, once in a lifetime gift.

As a workshop guest, you will stay on the Fortress compound with us surrounded by breathtaking views. We pride ourselves in offering everyone newly renovated and comfortable accommodations. Rooms are simply furnished and authentic. We like to think of the design aesthetic as bohemian and monastic, a unique countryside take and pared down design. All rooms feature wifi and their own bathrooms. We have a private chef for all workshops include cooking lessons in our stunningly outfitted commercial kitchen.

We welcome private groups, too, so please feel free to email Annette to make arrangements:

We look forward to creating beauty with you, drinking our wine at aperitivo on the expansive terrace, and dining alfresco as the sun sets on the gorgeous Tuscan countryside.

Join us. What are you waiting for?

Learning my styling techniques and how to use them in every scenario will take you far; you can never unlearn them.
— Annette Joseph