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Learn & Explore Trip: Food Exploration in Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany, Italy

Friday, December 13, 2019 to
Saturday, December 21, 2019


Our home base will be in Airbnb’s and/or small hotels close to La Casa Toscana, a gorgeous farmhouse renovated by green architect-turned world cyclist-turned cooking instructor Chicca (kee-kah) Maione. La Casa Toscana is in Castagneto Carducci on the Etruscan Coast (La Maremma), a relatively unknown part of Tuscany. The house sits on two acres dotted with olive and fruit trees, as well as a bocce ball court. This is where we will spend a lot of time in the kitchen taking hands-on Italian cooking classes with Chicca and Cooking in Tuscany.

She’ll take us deep into Italian food and history, and she’ll give us practical tips that we can apply to everyday life back home. Class will culminate in a meal where we can continue lively discussion about Italian food culture and what we may learn from it as Americans.

People with special interests in the following may especially enjoy this trip: art, architecture, hospitality/tourism, food, wine, bicycling, Italian language, Italian history

When we are not cooking, our days will be spent touring farms and food artisans, partaking in facilitated discussions, and going on excursions to nearby towns. You’ll have self-guided ‘siesta’ time where you can go for a bike ride through vineyards on the “Strada del Vino” (the Wine Road), seek out the best gelato, make art, or visit the beach - all weather permitting.  

Coming Soon! 

No prior experience is necessary to join this trip.   

There is a cap of 10 people.  Registration is first come, first served. 


  • Estimated Costs:

    • Students: $1,300

    • Luminaries, Board, Crew: $1,500

    • Community Members: $1,700

      • Why are costs different for different groups of people? We charge Wayfinding students the absolute minimum cost to attend the trip to make it as affordable as possible for them. For those in our community including crew, faculty, guides, board members, parents of students, and Luminaries, we offer the trip at a rate that helps cover some of our administrative costs of planning the trip but still at a discount. Finally, we ask communities members to pay just over the standard price of the trip to help subsidize student participation.

      • Costs to be finalized by September 2019.  We anticipate the estimate to the maximum amount anyone would pay.

  • What's included?

    • Housing for nine nights (nights of Dec 13th - Dec 21st)

    • Meals some while on the trip

    • Logistical planning

  • What's not included?

    • Airfare to and from Italy

    • Transportation to and from the airports and to Tuscany

    • Travel insurance which you may already have through your credit card company or other policy. If not, we highly recommend it.

    • Spending money for the trip.


Registration will be open until November. 8, 2019 or until the trip sells out, whichever comes first. 

If you know you'd like to join us, click below to register for this trip. 

A nonrefundable deposit of $250 is due shortly after you register to hold your spot.

Registration for this trip will close November 8th, 2019 and full payment for the remaining balance will be due by November 15, 2019. 

Please note, your deposit will be applied to your final trip cost. Deposits are NOT refundable as they hold your place.

If you have more questions, feel free to reach out to Jean Garcia-Chitwood, Director of Student Services, at