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A Tuscany Countryside Retreat

with Judyth Hill
2022 dates to be announced soon


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Spend a delicious week at il Bareto farmhouse with poet, author and teacher Judyth Hill exploring and writing about the culinary and cultural pleasures of the Italian countryside.

The Tuscan hills, an historic farmhouse, and fabulous meals will inspire you. Emphasis during the retreat will be on writing practices, using your new travels, landscape and dining experiences to learn how to have vivid, sensory details in any and everything you write. This intimate writing workshop near Siena is open to anyone who is interested in improving their writing, from journal dabblers to published writers.

When not in class or touring medieval hamlets, we'll experience the best of farm-to-table Italian cuisine. Hand-rolled ravioli, fried zucchini blossoms, gnocchi with shaved black truffles and famed Chianina beef drizzled in a Brunello wine glaze, just to name a few. Savor the slow pace of the Tuscan countryside and write to your heart's content!

This is the Writing Retreat you’ve been dreaming about!

Il Bareto, our accommodations for the week, is the perfect gateway to the cultural and sensuous pleasures of Tuscany. Located 20 minutes outside of Siena, this 16th-century, antique-filled farmhouse offers comfort as well as spectacular views, including Celsa castle, which is perched on a hill across the meadow. The delightful grounds and pool area offer a place to stroll, relax and dine al fresco.


Day 1

Benvenuto! After your arrival at the Siena train station, the group will drive to il Bareto and settle in. We'll share wine and introductions on the veranda while taking in the spectacular view of Celsa castle. Dinner at a courtyside trattoria featuring Bistecca alla Fiorentina.


Morning writing class, followed by lunch and a leisurely afternoon to either walk the grounds and nearby Medici Gardens or continue with your assignments. Dinner with the neighbors, featuring their hierloom pork production.


We'll meet for class before heading to Siena for lunch and a guided walking tour. Free afternoon and evening to explore one of Italy's best preserved medieval towns.


Morning class to discuss your projections before heading to the walled village of Monteriggioni for lunch and a stroll. Schedule an afternoon mentoring session. Dinner at il Bareto.


A full day of writing and mentoring. Dinner at il Bareto.


Discover the hill town of San Gimignano with notebooks in hand. Free lunch. Afternoon wine tasting. Farewell dinner with readings at il Bareto.


Buon Viaggio. In the morning, we depart our beautiful Tuscan farmhouse and return to the Siena train station for connections to either Florence or Rome.



Single occupancy with private bath at Il Bareto: $2950

Single occupancy with bath in private apartment at Il Bareto: $3200

Bring a non-writing companion: $2000

Included in the retreat price are 6 nights accommodations, all ground transportation after arriving at the train station in Siena, all group activities, and most meals. Also included are 12 hours of class and an hour of private mentoring, another two hours online.


The rooms at Il Bareto vary in size and will be assigned on a first to register basis, starting with the largest. Il Bareto also has a series of private living rooms at your disposal, as well as outdoor patio space and a swimming pool.

*Itinerary subject to change depending on local festivals and markets.



A $1000 deposit is needed to secure your place in the Tuscany Writing Retreat. Since the number of participants is limited and accommodations vary, early registration is recommended. The balance of the retreat is due 90 days prior to departure. If not received by that time, EAT-WRITE-TRAVEL reserves the right to treat the reservation as cancelled.

Deadline: January 1, 2019