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Autumn in Italy: Villa Spannocchia in Tuscany


Sunday, October 26 through Sunday, November 2

With Optional Three-Day Extension, Art & Cooking Tour of Florence

Monday November 3 through Wednesday November 5

Looking for an October adventure? Politics & Prose and author Phyllis Theroux invite you to join a small group of congenial travelers for a week at Villa Spannocchia, a charming farm estate near Siena, Italy.

Each day will include time for writing, reading, and relaxation, along with village excursions and leisurely meals. Day trips to nearby hill towns, plus a three-day optional add-on to explore the city of Florence are on offer. Phyllis Theroux has been sponsoring this trip for ten years under her Nightwriters banner; this is the second time that she will join forces with Politics & Prose, and last year’s trip sold out quickly.

Built in the 1500s, Spannocchia is a destination in itself, with a setting that overlooks 1,100 acres of forest, fields, and pasture. Minus a few telephone lines in the far distance, what you see from your bedroom window is what inspired Dante while writing The Divine Comedy–fruit and olive orchards, vineyards, and sheep grazing on the hillsides. In 1925, a Florentine essayist, Delfino Cinelli, purchased the property as a writer’s retreat. His descendants, who still own the land, have left many of the original antiques, paintings and photographs inside the villa. This is not a hotel, but a home.

We will meet at Florence’s Peretola airport at 5 p.m. on October 26th and take a chartered bus to Villa Spannocchia. There we will spend six days. On the seventh day, we will leave after breakfast and board another chartered bus to the Florence airport. (Those who opt to extend for a three-day stay in Florence will continue on into the city where a hotel has been reserved for your stay.)

Buon viaggio!

Please refer to the itinerary for more details.


Cost includes room and board (except for one meal in Florence and one in Spannochia,), ground transportation (including pick up from the Florence airport on October 26th and delivery from Villa Spannocchia to the Florence airport, or Florence, on November 2). Incidental expenses are not included.

Private villa room with bath ($2,500)
Shared villa room with bath ($2,350)
Single fattoria room with nearby bath ($2,350)
Shared fattoria room with nearby bath ($2,200)

optional trip extension includes single room w/ bath, all breakfasts, two dinners, art tour, Tuscan cooking lessons ($1,560)

Please note: Villa Spannocchia has ample room for 18 people but not for 18 singles. If not enough people plan to share a room, certain participants may be asked to double-up. Single rooms in both the main villa and the fattoria wing will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. All of the rooms are comfortable and accessible to one another.

Click Here for the registration form.

For more information, please contact:
Phyllis Theoroux at or Susan Coll at


Promotional Period: 
Oct 26 2014 - Nov 2 2014