Sarteano has several hotels to choose from that are walking distance from the workshop.

The Residenza Santa Chiara is a lovely former convent with an elegant old world feel where you may choose to B&B or half-board. The Residenza also has a fabulous restaurant that recently opened its own Jazz Club Friday evenings. You can listen to live jazz and enjoy dinner outside in the garden. It is the closest hotel to the workshop.

La Gustea, a newly renovated boutique hotel is owned and managed by a couple that was trained by one of the larger hotel chains. Their experience and love for what they do is apparent from the moment you are greeted. They also have one apartment for our participants, very close to the hotel and you will have the opportunity to either B&B or half-board at La Gustea, with incredible meals that are handmade by Felice, one of the owners. The hotel is around a 12 minute walk from the Workshop. Call or email Nadia for information and prices at

And private apartments:

Casa Sarteano, a beautiful apartment on the top floor of the historical Palazzo Gabrielli, sleeps 6 and is located a few steps from the town's main square. This spacious home has a private balcony with a lovely view..

via Ricasoli Apartment: 150 meters to the Workshop space. Apartment is just off the main piazza in Sarteano on via Ricasoli. Beautiful, modern apartment: It has two bedrooms and two baths. Master has a queen bed, the second bedroom has a sleeper sofa which opens into a double bed. There is also a studio sofa with two twin beds in the living room. (Maximum of three to four people) For more info, please contact Susan at


Driving to the Workshop

Newly renovated Locanda Toscanini in southern Chianti where the great Maestro Arturo Toscanini came to relax and recuperate in the 1930's. We are located in the tiny town of Piazze, surrounded by verdant hills, luscious vineyards, and ancient olive groves that help make this area a place that will live in your hearts forever. Having been a haven for Maestro Toscanini adds a special, artistic atmosphere.

Because of its many medieval festivals and nightly celebrations, Sarteano is a popular destination in August. The famed Giostra del Saracino (Joust of the Saracen) takes place every year on August 15th.

For those of you who are bringing along the family to sightsee while you're in class, and you'd like to be further out in the countryside, you can go to, where there are two lovely homes available to rent.