“Welcome to our sensorial celebration of food and wine—an immersion in Italian culture under the Tuscan sun and stars— featuring truffle hunting, woodland hikes, wine workshops, and candlelit dinners.”
What: Seven night all-inclusive retreat, with a focus on artisanal and sustainable food and wine, foraging and feasting set in the beautiful medieval village of Montefollonico in Tuscany, Italy—where the stars shine brightly.
A true slow travel experience of Tuscany, filled with unique and interactive activities for Tuscany lovers. Offered annually but never the exact same experience twice, Celestiale’s theme is Tuscany under the stars.
We will create a convivial, immersive, and transformative experience which celebrates food, wine, and kinship…. and having tons of fun together!
Where: Montefollonico, one of the most beautiful 11th century villages in Tuscany. 1.2 hours from Florence, 45 minutes from Siena and only 15 minutes from Montepulciano and Pienza.
When: September 30-October 7, 2023
Your Hosts: Lourée & Niccolò Pieranni
Nicco (a Montefollonico native) and Louree (A California expat) will guide you on an epicurean adventure through Tuscany in our luxurious Mercedes minivan with private driver.
You will go foraging in the hills for truffles with a local truffle hunter; stay in a charming medieval village in deluxe accommodation; learn to cook authentic Tuscan meals; wine taste at local organic wineries; explore castles and gardens; star bathe, sip cappuccino at the local bar; and forge new friendships with like-minded adventurers.
Meals will be farm to table and beautifully styled including candlelit experiences, culminating in a castle extravaganza feast on our last evening.
Celestiale offers the opportunity for you to find your bliss in enchanting Tuscany.
This retreat is designed for all who love the food and wine culture of Tuscany, anyone who is interested in immersive interactive experiences and savoring local treasures under the Tuscan sun and stars, finding the magic in every moment!
It will be eight days of eating well, connecting, learning, and celebrating Tuscany in an intimate, joyful setting.
Our accommodation and base for the retreat is Borgo di Sotto—a beautiful eco-friendly medieval village home in the picturesque 12th century village of Montefollonico, Tuscany. The three story ‘townhome’ has been lovingly and sustainably restored, with a rustic, vintage feel and cozy comfort. Borgo di Sotto has been in Nicco’s family for over a century.
There are three accommodation options available:
All bed linens, towels, organic toiletries, coffee, tea and treats are provided.
A queen bed suite with bathroom, kitchen, and private entrance
Double occupancy – 4200 euro per person
One queen bed suite with antique washing sink and shared bath:
Double occupancy – 4000 euro per person
One queen bed suite with shared bath OR two twin beds with shared bath
Double occupancy – 4200 euro per person
You may book Celestiale exclusively for your group of 6.
You may pay by either bank transfer or credit card. A non refundable (but transferable) deposit of 1,000 euro per person is required to hold your place. The remaining non-refundable (but transferable) balance is due by June 1, 2023.
There are only six spots available.
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What is not included:
Lourée’s favorite quote and the reason why she wants you to have the time of your life here in Tuscany.
With her professional background in winemaking and hospitality (including event design and a Master’s degree from the Oxford School of Hospitality) you can expect a truly beautiful and festive experience!
As a native of Montefollonico, whose family has been here for over a century, Nicco loves sharing all the local lore and showing guests around town. He knows all the best spots and loves taking care of people.
You’ll also benefit from his professional experience in wine tours and wine education in the Napa Valley and the vineyards of Tuscany.
Rest assured you’ll be in good hands with Nicco and that every detail will be taken care of for you!
The nearest airport to Montefollonico is Florence (1 hr 20 mins drive) and the nearest train stations are Sinalunga and Torrita di Siena. The next closest train station is Chiusi, then Terontola-Cortona (car rental available), then Rome. We can help you navigate travel to us if you would like and please do drop us a line if you’d like help planning your trip!
Plums, figs, and nectarines, all in season!
A non refundable but transferable deposit of 1,000 euro per person is required to hold your place. The remaining balance is due by June 1, 2023.
Cancellation Policy and Considerations
Unfortunately due to the nature of this retreat we are unable to offer refunds should you need to cancel. You may however transfer your spot to another person.
Due to the small group size of this particular retreat we are unable to welcome solo travelers but you can find a friend to join or if you’re willing to share a room with another traveler we can see what we can do!
What to pack? Tuscany in Autumn is typically warm and sunny so pack light, breathable clothing but also bring warmer layers just in case of chilly evenings. Bring flat comfortable walking shoes as our ancient villages are cobblestoned as well as hiking shoes for our nature walks in the woods.
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In the unfortunate event that a particular portion of the experience is not available, we will offer an alternative experience of equal standard and quality.
For any other questions you might have please drop us a line at stay [at] borgodisotto.com!
Ancient Italian churches and cathedrals with celestial motifs you’ll experience with Celestiale.
Your kind word of mouth is so dearly appreciated, we’d like to offer you special gifts.
Firstly, if you refer a friend(s) who books, you’ll both receive this lovely etched Borgo di Sotto keychain delivered to your doorstep.
And that’s not all! You’ll both also receive a special €100 discount that may be applied to your next stay at Borgo di Sotto or towards a future tour experience!
Just let us know about your referral(s) and your reward shall be granted, with our deepest gratitude.
We would love for you to experience all the magic of Tuscany in Autumn.