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Knitting in Tuscany
Ciao! Welcome to Knitting in Tuscany! Let the Tuscan countryside inspire you as we focus on relaxing and knitting during this week of workshops, delicious meals and time for renewal. Montisi is a medieval village full of magic. The Villa Maddalena, comfortable and cozy while boasting expansive rooms, views and old world charm, opens its doors onto the main village street, granting access to all the village has to offer: great dining, light shopping, incredible views and friendly inhabitants. Enjoy knitting under the Tuscan sun in the lush garden that boasts a view of the next hill village. Olive orchards and vineyards dot the hillsides.
The food and wine are simple in the Tuscan way, but given full attention by our guest chefs and the local restaurants. A light walk around the village after meals keeps us fit and allows us to take in the sights, sounds, and smells. Bring your camera along.
Overview: Knitting in Tuscany
Knitting in Tuscany
DATES & PROGRAMS:
• 2017: Sept 30-Oct 7 — Kennita Tully, Miters — Fully booked.
• 2017: October 7-14 —Kennita Tully, Miters — Fully booked.
• 2018: October 6-13 — TBA
• 2018: October 13-20 — TBA
• If fully booked, get on our wait list as we may have cancellations.
TO REGISTER: Registration is open. Contact us (301.766.4543) to discuss available rooms. $500 per person non-refundable deposit due upon registration.
LOCATION: Montisi, Italy
THE EXPERIENCE: A region famous for local, seasonal and fresh foods, shopping, Tours with professional artist, visiting an olive oil factory, wine and cheese sampling, make new knitting friends!
LODGING: Villa Maddalena in Montisi. Choose your room in this charming villa.
ACCESSIBILITY: We walk and climb stairs on this trip. While we take a coach to locations we visit, most venues involve walking and/or standing during tours. If you doubt your ability to tolerate a couple of hours on your feet, please contact us prior to booking the trip to discuss if accommodations are available. It may mean we simply need to insure your lodging is on the first floor; other times it may mean your ability to accompany us will be limited.
PRICING: $2,200 to $2,850 — includes lodging, most meals, knitting classes, most local transportation, and project yarn. Save $50 if you pay by check. Save $500 if you register for two weeks. 2018 payment in full due February 15, 2018.
TRAVEL: You make your own flight arrangements. We can assist you in getting from Rome or other cities to Montisi. We give you detailed instructions on taking the train to Sinalunga, the train stop closest to Montisi/Villa Maddalena; see travel for more information.
TIPS FOR TRAVELERS: Are you Knitting in Tuscany? See our Tips for Travelers page for registered travelers. Read the Trips for Knitters Responsibility/Disclaimer Statement.
• Sep 30-Oct 7: Kennita Tully, Miters
• Oct 7-14: Kennita Tully, Miters
Kennita Tully returns with a miter project. Expand your knitting as you master creating and joining miters without seaming. The possibilities are endless.
Kennita is a teacher, author, and freelance designer, whose work has appeared in every leading US knitting publication. She has also designed for numerous yarn companies.
She currently self-publishes her own pattern line under the name of Wildflower Knits and teaches both across the country and internationally. Her first book, Easy Open Work Knit Tops, was published in the spring of 2013. Her e-book collection, Tuscan Knits, was released Feb 2014 and featured seven designs in Tahki yarns.
Since then, she has continued to work with Tahki yarns, designing a new collection twice a year. Her latest collection is Scenic Knits from Fall 2016.
what to expect
A region famous for local, seasonal and fresh foods, expect to eat delicious cheeses, breads, meats, produce and homemade pastas. Montisi boasts several restaurants that welcome our visit.
Daily knitting and creativity workshops: learning in a fun, informal atmosphere.
Tours with professional artist, Liz Cochrane, who you will love for her wit, talent and local lore. Liz also offers an optional painting class.
Visit neighboring Pienza and take in all the shopping opportunities, followed by lunch on a local farm where they grow most of what you'll eat.
Sample local flavor, meet residents, visit the bakery, view the sights and enjoy the activity of village life—experiences you’ll treasure always from this knitting travel retreat.
Village outings, including visiting an olive oil factory, historical buildings, and wine and cheese sampling.
Opportunities for walks in and around the village, exploring and taking in the spectacular views.
Connect with other knitters and enjoy lively conversation, sharing and learning from others.
Most importantly, plan to relax and renew. We’ve selected the Villa Maddalena for it’s relaxing indoor and outdoor spaces. This is a chance to slow down and take advantage of all the best Knitting in Tuscany provides!
old world charm
Nestled in central Tuscany in the heart of wine country, the rural village of Montisi is renowned for its delicious olive oil, vital community and historic architecture. With the main road passing through Montisi for years, villagers welcome visitors as a part of the village tradition.
The owner of Villa Maddalena discovered Montisi and in 2002 created the Villa, which features antique Italian furniture, beamed ceilings, red tile roofs, frescoed walls, fruit trees and gardens. Once a complex of apartments, cantina spaces, garages and other buildings, the Villa has eight bedrooms with bathrooms as well as comfortable communal spaces. We love that it opens out on to the main street, giving easy access to the village.
The Villa kitchen was designed to be enjoyed and for entertaining, the perfect place for meals created with local produce, meats, cheeses, breads and wines. Cooking classes with local chefs optimize the use of this ideal kitchen. Indoor and outdoor eating spaces allow for casual and formal dining. Picture yourself on the terrace, sipping coffee or wine, nibbling on cheese and bread and enjoying the view while knitting.
Who makes travel arrangements? You make your own flight arrangements from a major airport near you to Rome or other destination city.
What airport should I fly into? We recommend Rome as you'll probably get the best pricing since it's such a major airport. See previous questions for more details about travel in Italy. Many knitters like to arrive a couple of days early to take in sights in Rome and to adjust to the time change. You are, of course, welcome to fly to wherever you chose and we'll assist you in getting from other cities to Sinalunga.
What about flying in to other Italian cities? That all depends on your travel plans. We help travelers who are coming to Montisi from other cities, like Florence. We'll arrange private transportation (your cost) or help with train schedules. If you find a good deal to Milan, Florence, Pisa or wherever, you could take the train to Rome or to Sinalunga, your final train destination. This will also depend on how seasoned and adventurous a traveler you are.
How do I get from Rome to the Villa? We recommend the train, though some have used a private car/driver and rental car. We give you detailed, step-by-step instructions on taking the train from the airport to Rome or to Sinalunga, the train stop closest to Montisi/Villa Maddalena. You are met at the train station by a handsome Italian man who transports you to the Villa. We'll all be in touch online in advance of departure, so the group will have made plans to meet at the train in Rome, if not before. We have also had the group arrange for private transport to Rome for the return trip and can do this for the arrival trip if there is enough interest.
Can I purchase train tickets in advance online? You can purchase train tickets online at the official train website: Trenitalia. However, a word of caution: we have had knitters purchase Italian passes online through an agent site and they paid about five times what they would have paid if purchased in Italy. Let us know if you have other travel needs and we can advise as to the best approach.
Basic advice: purchase your ticket at the ticket kiosk or machines. Then you pay no extras.
Feel free to plan your train times using the Trenitalia site. We will suggest the ideal trains to catch a couple of weeks in advance of travel, once we have everyone's itinerary.
pricing per person
Per person fee includes lodging, meals, cooking classes, village tours, and project yarn. You’ll just need money for wine and personal expenses and any optional outings that may come up.
Villa Maddalena has the following rooms, all of which can be shared for a $500 per person savings. Listed below are per person prices:
• Garden views, private bath: $2,850 single / $2,350 shared (Fresco, Giardino, Maddalena, Madre)
• Village views, private bath: $2,650 single / $2,150 shared (Antica, Girasole, Siena)
• Garden and courtyard view, two queen beds, possible shared bath with Biblioteca: $2,300 shared (Granaio)
• Share a queen bed with spouse, partner or friend and you each save $500.
• Save $50 if you pay by check instead of credit card or Paypal. We ask that you please deduct the $50 from your final check in order to take advantage of the discount.
• Save $500 if you register for two weeks — take $500 off the total price.
View available rooms in lodging (below); contact us with any questions.
$500 per person non-refundable deposit due upon registration. Payment in full due February 15. We accept partial payments up to that date.
• The $500 per person non-refundable deposit is just that: non-refundable.
• All cancellations must be in writing. Email is acceptable.
• Cancellation does not necessarily result in a partial refund.
We strongly urge participants to purchase travel insurance to cover airfare and event expense in the event of cancellation. You can shop through AAA, your travel agent or online sources.
7am: Coffee & tea is ready in the kitchen to enjoy wherever and whenever you choose.
8am: Breakfast buffet is ready; eat whenever and wherever you choose.
10am: An optional outing, which can be a tour in the village, a walk to the next village, or visiting a local place of interest. We may just knit at the Villa too.
1pm: Lunch at the Villa
3pm: Knitting or creativity workshop
6pm: Wine pouring, if not already begun.
7:30pm: Dinner at the Villa or at a restaurant. We observe Italian times for meals and dinner will probably end by 9:30pm or 10pm as it is leisurely and can be several courses.
We do recommend some extra time in Italy if your schedule will allow. The internet is a great place to start planning and we can put you in touch with local trip advisors who provide excursion advice for a fee.
For large groups of four or more traveling together, please remember that you are a subgroup of a larger group. While we want your group to get everything out of Knitting in Tuscany that you want, we also expect you to participate in Knitting in Tuscany activities and programs. Some ways to optimize your participation: Sit with others at meals or while knitting; when in the larger group, avoid conversation that excludes others; be open to others joining your group; share with the larger group so we learn of your connection to each other.
To ensure that you can participate together when desired, please let us know which optional activities you are interested in and we will make every effort to arrange for you to be scheduled together.
- The $500 per person non-refundable deposit is just that: non-refundable.
- All cancellations must be in writing. Email is acceptable.
- Cancellation does not necessarily result in a partial refund.
- We strongly urge participants to purchase travel insurance to cover airfare and event expense in the event of cancellation. Shop through AAA, your travel agent or online sources such as Travelex.
• Rooms are available as Private or Shared (with your friend; we don't match up roommates). Review pricing information, above.
• After choosing your room, you can register for Trips for Knitters by calling 301.766.4543. Online registration is not currently available.