A brief outline about our events, activities, classes and tours including costs. Please contact Penny for more information or follow our links.
Introduction to Italian lessons
I recommend you to a language school with a view – Centro Fiorenza – or alternatively spend half a day or more with a private teacher uncovering the secret of understanding Italian! We often start with a menu – daring to go Beyond pizza and pasta!
Basic class with private tutor costs £47/€50 per hour
Tuscan Cookery classes
Learn how to make it all yourself when you go home! Take lessons with a local cookery teacher – as Nonna made it! Go Beyond just eating Italian! Further information on our monthly cookery classes.
Class costs £72/€79 – includes your four-course meal, wine, printed recipes, a pen to make notes and a free apron
Tours can be arranged in the city centre or why not visit the vineyards and see how it is nurtured and developed? – Go Beyond Pinot Grigio and into Chianti country!
Average all day tour price £72/€79 – lunch offered at one of the vineyards providing you with your own choice from the menu at your own expense
Painting classes – oil, watercolour, fresco or even Etruscan ceramic designs
Go Beyond looking at art and into learning how it is done!
Watercolour workshop with Glynis Barnes Mellish
See some of Glynis’s own work at www.barnesmellish.com
Glynis workshop costs including lunch
1 day £69/€79 – 5 days £250/€285
Florence – as a City of Flowers – has always been famous for its flower painting and its gardens, many hidden behind the imposing frontages of the Palazzi in the city and others, equally secret, built to complement the beautiful villas in the surrounding hills.
The next private tours of these gardens, led by professional guide and garden historian Dr Katie Campbell, will be held in May 2017 – Sunday 28th May we return to Pienza and Val d’Orcia to see La Foce and the garden designed by Cecil Pinsent for author and garden specialist Iris Origo. We will also spend days in Lucca, Siena, and the villages around Florence such as Settignano and Fiesole.
Pictures of previous garden tours shown on this link October 2012 – and Katie has also led trips in the UK for us – contact me for more details
We have a private minibus to take us to the various gardens with maximum comfort and efficiency so our costs will depend on numbers and gardens visited.
Why buy a souvenir of Florence when you can paint your own? Your family will genuinely be delighted to receive such a professional looking gift – painted from original Etruscan templates – Beyond belief!
Etruscan design – hand painted plates Costs 1/2 day:- £55/€60
Introduction to Vivaldi
and other Italian composers. – Go Beyond The Four Seasons with Federico!
Image from a Special concert of recently rediscovered Vivaldi works played in Hall of 500 in the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence
Fresco workshops with Dr. Alan Pascuzzi
Find out for yourself what it is like to apply natural pigment to intonaco (fresh plaster) – Go Beyond Giotto gazing and recreate a masterwork!
Cost for half day £100/€110 – you make a souvenir to keep and treasure – and it really helps you appreciate the works of the old masters – call me to arrange a course
Marbled paper making
Learn how the much admired Florentine paper is made! Enjoy yourself as you design your unique piece of paper to take home and keep – or wrap up a special gift for a loved one with a touch of Italian style –
The cost for watching £12/€10 – To make and keep your own €35 one sheet, €45 for two sheets – I strongly recommend two attempts as the second on is nearly always better!
These courses can be arranged with limited notice – but it does take 3 days for them to prepare the special glue they use so the more notice the better.
Take a luxury tour with a professional driver to look around Fiesole, Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca etc – Beyond Florence!
Costs for a day trip for six people in the mini-van £68/€79 per person + entry costs
I can either recommend shops or take you to them and together we can barter for the best prices in the markets – Get Below the marked price!
Themed Trekking in the Tuscan Countryside or a day trip to Cinque Terre
Take a stroll or a hike in Tuscany with one of our experienced guides – become part of the heart and soul of the region.