A much-loved aspect of The Isabella Experience is the special activities offered by our family. These experiences, enjoyed together, enhance your understanding of Tuscan culture while making memories with new friends. All of our guests receive warm hospitality and are offered optional activities. For those of you who want even more, we have created the Dolce Vita Stay. Variations of this package are available at all of our properties.
BOUNTIFUL WELCOME BASKETS
Be sure to check-in before stopping at the store to purchase groceries! You’ll find your kitchen stocked with our family’s Sangiovese wine, organic olive oil, pecorino cheese, cured meats, farm eggs, bread, vegetables, fruit, cereal, yogurt, milk, fruit juice, bottled water, homemade cakes and cookies and more.
FARM TOUR WITH LUNCH
Tour of our family’s farm in Pienza—giving you a “real feel” for rural Tuscan family life, and an understanding of our agricultural traditions. Tour the cantina where we age cheese, make wine and vin santo, cure meats, and store olive oil. Visit the friendly farm animals—chickens, pigs, baby geese, ducks, sheep, and rabbits. Then, in the wine cellar, enjoy a tasty lunch made from the organic food grown on our farm.
OLIVE OIL TASTING
A professional olive oil taster guides you to notice the differences and defects of extra virgin olive oil. Several olive oils from different parts of Italy are used to help you recognize different flavors and levels of quality. A pleasurable experience and invaluable skill-building lesson suitable for everyone 12 years and older.
TOUR OF OUR HERMITAGE
The ancient “Romitorio” purchased by our family and located just below Pienza contains a fascinating, pre-Christian archaeological site. It is an extraordinarily beautiful and spiritual place. We will personally escort you through it, and explain the meaning of its features, its artwork, and location. This is a unique archaeological site few people are privileged to visit.
Meet the owners of a small, family-owned estate—one of our favorites—that produces some of the best wines in the area and where everything is done with passion and commitment. Nothing here is a result of mass production. This is a highly personal experience that will introduce you to the world of winemaking in a very special way.
HIKE WITH CARLO
Take an intermediate-level hike with Carlo. You’ll see landscapes, crops, vineyards, olive orchards, and hopefully some wildlife. The hike is not timed, rests are taken when needed—it’s all about enjoying the outdoors in a relaxed way.
ARTISAN TOUR IN PIENZA
Discover Pienza’s artisans in their shops, studios, art galleries, and some in almost hidden locations! We want to introduce you to them in their workplaces and let you experience their amazing passion, imagination, and talent!
HANDMADE PASTA LESSON
Learn the technique and secrets of making delicious “pici”, the traditional, handmade pasta of the Val d’Orcia. Mixing and kneading the dough, and rolling strips of dough by hand to make delicate, irregularly shaped spaghetti is a favorite experience for all our guests—young and old!
FAMILY-STYLE TUSCAN FEAST
We’ll all enjoy a Tuscan dinner together. The menu includes your freshly made pici with our homemade ragù, grilled meats, side dishes, cheese, desserts, and wine. You’ll experience Italian dining customs with our family and our friendly community of guests. Magic happens at the Italian table—people from all over the world sit down as strangers and get up as friends.