Knitting in Tuscany

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.

Magical Montisi

For several years I have had the opportunity to go to "magical" Montisi. I love everything about Knitting in Tuscany. Susan takes care of every detail and is always responsive to the needs and desires of the group. I have met many wonderful people and always look forward to the opportunity to stay in Villa Maddalena, view the beautiful surrounding countryside, eat the amazing food, taste the local olive oil, paint with Elizabeth Cochrane, visit with the locals, and of course drink the Tuscan wine.

Jana, 2012-2016

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Overview: Knitting in Tuscany

Knitting in Tuscany


• 2018: October 6-13
• 2018: October 13-20
• 2019: October 5-12
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. Pricing varies by room location, see lodging and pricing.

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: Varies by room selection, starting at $2200. Includes lodging, meals, knitting classes, most local transportation, and project yarn. Full details under pricing. 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 or Chiusi, the train stops 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. See our Tips for Travelers page for registered travelers. Read the Trips for Knitters Responsibility/Disclaimer Statement.

The Experience

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!


Travel Arrangements

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 or another major city as you’ll probably get the best pricing. Many knitters like to arrive a couple of days early to take in sights and to adjust to the time change. We’ll assist you in getting to Sinalunga or Chiusi, the train stops closest to Montisi.

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 to the Villa? We recommend the train, although some have used a private car/driver or rental car. We give you detailed, step-by-step instructions on taking the train to Sinalunga or Chiusi, the train stops closest to Montisi/Villa Maddalena. You are met at the train station by a driver who transports you to the Villa. We’ll all be in touch online in advance of departure, so plans can be made to meet at the train in Rome or other cities, 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.

QUESTIONS? Contact Paige at paige@tripsforknitters.com.


2018 programs

• October 6–13: Kennita Tully, Miters
• October 13–20: 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 Tully at MontisiKennita 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.

You can learn more about Kennita by visiting wildflowerknits or following wildflower knitwear on Facebook.

Lodging: The Villa Maddalena

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.


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.

to register

View available rooms in villa maddalena rooms (below); contact us with any questions.
$500 per person non-refundable deposit due upon registration. Payment in full is due January 15 for spring events and April 30 for fall events. We accept partial payments up to that date.

cancellation policy

• 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.

Read the Trips for Knitters Responsibility/Disclaimer Statement.


FAQ — Tuscany

How much does Knitting in Tuscany cost?

Pricing is based on room choice and whether you choose private or shared. All prices are per person. See pricing (above). We recommend reserving your space with the non-refundable deposit as soon as possible as the spaces tend to go quickly. Save $50 if paying by check instead of credit card or Paypal. Save $500 by sharing your room with a relative or friend.

When is payment due?

After making your non-refundable deposit, you will receive regular invoices reminding you of the balance due. You are welcome to make payments regularly from the time you register until the due date. See pricing for full details.

What are the rooms like?

View information about the Villa Maddelena and see photos of the rooms. See villa maddalena rooms (below).

What will my expenses be?

The cost does not include airfare, transportation to/from Rome (about 22 Euro by train), wine and personal items. Optional tours to nearby towns by van transport and private art lessons are available, as well as a ballooning trip. If meals are taken away from the group at local restaurants, this cost is not covered.

Who is the knitting teacher?

See programs (above) for information about teachers and programs for each week of Knitting in Tuscany.

I'm not a really experienced knitter so will I be able to do the project?

We plan projects that are accessible by knitters at various levels of experience, complexity in knitting, and interest. For those not as confident in their knitting, this can be a great time to move past some of your apprehension with experts to help you along. We also believe that you it's your knitting and if you choose not to do the project or to do it a different way, that's fine. We want you to make the most of your knitting in your way, and it's different for all of us. You still get the project yarn, whether you knit it or not!

How do I register?

View the available rooms in villa maddalena rooms (below); contact us with any questions.

How do I get specific questions answered?

Contact us. We can also put you in touch with knitters who have made the trip with us.

Can I bring my husband, friend, family member who is not a knitter?

For this event, we charge everyone the same, so that person sharing your room will pay the same amount as you, but you will each pay the shared room rate, which is less than the private room rate. Please read our Notes for Husbands, which pertains to any non-knitters traveling with you. Non-knitters participate in all activities as they choose, including day trips, meals and tours. If there are several non-knitters we may be able to schedule some side trips for them.

Where is Montisi, what is it near and what is there to do there?

Visit the Montisi website for information about the village and area.

How do I connect with other  participating knitters?

We'll put everyone in touch electronically, facilitating email communication, about three months before departure.

What should I bring?

We recommend traveling light. We'll have a detailed discussion and send guidelines. The Villa has hairdryers.

Do we have to assist in meal preparation or clean up?

You do not have to prepare meals or clean up. You do not have to make your bed! It really is a relaxation trip with a light schedule and lots of time for knitting, connecting with others, learning and doing what you want. We offer cooking classes at least two days. You do not have to participate and you don't have to clean up. You can just watch or not attend at all.

What is the schedule like?

The village gets going by 8am, with stores opening, commuters on their way to work, and many people catching up on the local news while getting their coffee and brioche at Il Barino. Most things close at 1:30pm and remain so until 5:30pm. Then the evening hubbub begins with shopping, eating and catching up on the local news, a favorite pastime for many. For those of us at Villa Maddalena, the schedule looks like this most days:
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.

What if I want to visit another town or city? What are the arrangements?

Knitting in Tuscany is not a touring trip, it is rather a restful trip focusing on knitting, relaxation, and our observations and interactions with the small medieval village of Montisi. Daily activities within the village are scheduled to provide a glimpse into village life and stimulation beyond the Villa. Those desiring day trips during the week should consider having a rental car to have the flexibility to get around easily. At times, we can arrange transportation, but this is less reliable. We can also put you in contact with persons who arrange or provide tours.
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.

Our knitting group wants to do Knitting in Tuscany. Can we have rooms next to each other and special consideration for activities we want to do?

With any size group, we do what we can to ensure you are in the rooms of your choice. Registering early is the best way to get the rooms of your choice. The best way to ensure that your group is lodged in proximity is if you select lodging at the Santa Caterina down the street. We'll make all the arrangements for this. Contact us.
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 <em>Knitting in Tuscany</em> that you want, we also expect you to participate in <em>Knitting in Tuscany</em> 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.

I have physical limitations and wonder if I'll be able to manage this trip?

While we do relax often, we also walk to sites in the village for meals and tours. Longer walks are optional and we can hire a driver when we go to Castelmuzio (2 miles). When a driver is hired, the expense is shared by those using this service. The Villa has stairs and getting on and off the train must be manageable as well. Other knitters are always glad to assist, but be sure you're fit enough for the basics. A good gauge is how far you can walk. We recommend being able to walk a mile.

What if I need to cancel for some reason?

We recommend travel insurance to cover airfare and event expense should you need to cancel. You can shop through AAA, your travel agent or online sources. The cancellation policy as stated at the bottom of pricing:
• 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.

Read the Trips for Knitters Responsibility/Disclaimer Statement

Villa Maddalena Rooms

Click on the photos for more information about Villa Maddalena rooms.

Questions? Email or call us at 301.766.4543.

• 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 your trip by calling 301.766.4543. Online registration is not currently available.