Acclaimed Italian cookbook author, Domenica Marchetti, will be the instructor for our first ever workshop on canning and preserving in the Italian tradition. Italians are masters at the art of preserving the bounty of the seasons - summer's tomatoes and zucchini; September's peppers and figs; winter's citrus. Domenica has meticulously documented the recipes and techniques of Italian food artisans in her book, Preserving Italy: Canning, Curing, Infusing, and Bottling Italian Flavors and Traditions. In this one-of-a-kind workshop, we will spend five days in the glorious Tuscan countryside harvesting fruit and vegetables from La Fortezza's own organic garden and transforming them into jams, pickles, and other preserved foods. We will also hit the road and visit Parma for more culinary inspiration and ingredients (think Parmigiano-Reggiano and balsamic
vinegar. And we’ll meet a local food artisan who makes chestnut honey.

This workshop is for experienced cooks and preserving aficionados looking to expand their knowledge. It is also for those looking to delve into the wonderful world of preserves with one of the most accomplished recipe developers and experts on Italian cooking. 

This is a hands-on experience. You will learn to choose, prep, and process a variety of seasonal vegetables and fruits the Italian way. You will also learn how to make and store fresh pasta, and how to make and bottle sauce. There will also be an informative lesson on the many ways that Italians transform their food for safe keeping to enjoy later ~ from using ingredients such as salt, sugar, vinegar, and oil as preservatives to methods such as water-bath canning, pressure canning, and drying. Best of all, you will get to eat what you make, and bring it home, too. Be sure to leave room in your suitcase for your goods. We will also incorporate our preserves into our meals at La Fortezza ~ a stunning backdrop and the perfect place to learn this vital culinary art.

$3,400 shared rooms (nonrefundable initial deposit: $1,700 + remaining deposit due one month prior)

Fee includes breakfast, all lunches (excluding free day), some dinners, all instruction, and excursions. accommodations included preserving supplies will be provided. You will be taking your jars home so leave a little room in your suitcase, we will provide the packing materials for you.

Note: Airfare is not included. Students fly into nearest airport which is Pisa, Italy. you are responsible for transportation to and from the workshop to La Fortezza.

All attendees traveling from the United States are required to purchase short term international travel health insurance. Proof of travel insurance will be required to attend any workshop.

Here’s a good site to compare pricing and benefits: www.allaboardbenefits.com/policy_individual.htm

Lead by Steve McKenzie, a nationally known abstract painter, this workshop will teach you techniques to intuitively paint abstraction, discover your inner creative voice and transfer that energy to the canvas. 

This creative retreat includes a multitude of excursions to local museums to study art and discuss how classic renaissance art can inform your abstractions. Steve will be teaching in the visual splendor of The Fortress's expansive studio located on the grounds in an old stone barn, and the surrounding Tuscan landscape. Steve will guide your painting experience to reflect the juxtaposition of the beauty you observe with an abstract interpretation. In addition, the class will discuss the principles of painting and how to use them in your work. Time will also be spent merging your artwork and your social media. You will expand your artistic horizons in one of the most inspiring places in the world, Italy.

This workshop is perfect for aspiring artists as well as experienced artists wanting to find a breakthrough in their work.  Are you a creative (maker, designer, author, graphic designer, etc.) looking for new inspiration and artistic purpose? Then this workshop is made for you; find a new way to look at your work through abstract expressionism.  Steve is an amazing instructor you won't want to miss this creative experience, it will change your point of view, recharge your creative batteries, and alter your own artistic expression forever. This workshop is limited to 6 students; most rooms are shared rooms.

$3,400 shared rooms (nonrefundable initial deposit: $1,700 + remaining deposit due one month prior)

Fee includes breakfast, all lunches (excluding free day), some dinners, all instruction, and excursions. accommodations included some art supplies will be provided all canvases paper will be provided. Leave some room in your suitcase as you will be bringing your artwork home with you.

Note: Airfare is not included. Students fly into nearest airport which is Pisa, Italy you are responsible for transportation to and from the workshop to La Fortezza.

All attendees traveling from the United States are required to purchase short term international travel health insurance. Proof of travel insurance will be required to attend any workshop.

Here’s a good site to compare pricing and benefits: www.allaboardbenefits.com/policy_individual.htm

Photographer and Food Stylist Angie Mosier, Angie recently worked on Reece Witherspoon's newly released cookbook Whiskey in a Teacup  joining her is James Beard Award winning Chef Rebecca Wilcomb they invite you to join them in an exploration and documentation of the unique foodways of the very special Tuscan region of Lunigiana.

Taking meaningful and gorgeous photos of food and the folks that bring our food to the table is all about telling the story through the lens. Rebecca’s approach to cooking is definitely about technique but that technique is nothing without an interesting and delicious ingredient. The whole story starts in the soil, or the water—then the market and the process of taking care of the ingredients. Prep and recipes are meaningful steps to a finished dish and all of these leading elements help to create beautiful visuals. We will shop local markets, visit farms and dairies to document the food and people of the place. In the kitchen Rebecca will lead us through her process of cooking while paying homage to all of the people and elements that make great ingredients come to life in a recipe.

Setting the table and curating lovely dishes, flatware, glassware and linens make food become a celebration and an invitation to gather in a welcoming place and engage in true communion with others. Capturing the conversations and smiles, the lingering participants and the jovial demeanor of a group around a table is one other piece of the narrative. Visiting curious shops and markets, we will seek out beautiful elements that will contribute our collective story.

Whether you are working to enhancing your career and boosting your existing business or just want to have fun cooking, eating, exploring and taking pictures with other creative people, Angie and Rebecca will engage with you to make sure you eat well and learn as much as you can about the kinds of work they do in their daily lives. During that time we will fellowship and frolic in the Tuscan paradise that Annette has created at La Fortezza and environs.

$3400.00 shared room (nonrefundable initial deposit: $1700 + remaining deposit due one month prior)

Fee  includes breakfasts, all lunches (excluding free day), some dinners, all instruction, and excursions. Accommodations included, too. 

Note: Airfare is not included. Students fly into nearest airport which is Pisa, Italy you are responsible for transportation to and from the workshop to La Fortezza.

All attendees traveling from the United States are required to purchase short term international travel health insurance. Proof of travel insurance will be required to attend any workshop.

This is a good site to compare pricing and benefits.