Sunset view from Piazzale Michelangelo.

Experience Tuscany: Farm to Market to Table

This October, Gonzaga University invites you to travel to Florence, Italy, for an authentic exploration of Tuscany's rich culinary history focusing on regional food traditions and the production of olive oil and wine. Through guided tours, cooking classes, experiential learning, and interactive lectures by Gonzaga-in-Florence faculty, you'll develop a new appreciation for Tuscany's culinary history. Enjoy the smells, tastes, sights, and sounds of the unparalleled Tuscan countryside!

In this six-day excursion, you will:

  • Learn to prepare and savor traditional recipes through cooking classes at the renowned Cordon Bleu Scuola di Arte Culinaria, the oldest culinary school in Florence. 
  • Gain an appreciation for the production and tasting of olive oil and wine through visits to local family-owned farms, passed down from generations. 
  • Learn about art, history and monastic traditions while staying at La Certosa di Pontignano, a 14th-century monastery-turned-hotel. 
  • Discover how modern-day entrepreneurial farmers are rehabilitating ancient species and food production methods.
  • Enjoy the charming sights and sounds of the Tuscan countryside, from bustling Florence, to quaint Pontignano, to historic Siena.
  • Click here to view photos of the 2023 experience.

Excursion Overview

Dates & Locations

  • Begins in Florence, Italy at 6:00 PM on Sunday, October 13, 2024.
  • Ends in Florence, Italy at 12:00 PM on Saturday, October 19, 2024.
  • Locations: Florence and Pontignano (near Siena, Italy)

What's Included

Read the Itinerary for a full list of daily activities.


  • $2,850/person (double occupancy, standard hotel room)
  • $3,250/person (single occupancy, standard hotel room)

*Upgrades available. For more details, email

Other key details:

  • All those age 18 and older are welcome to attend.
  • You do not need to be a Gonzaga alumnus to attend - all are welcome!
  • Group size: Max. 24 people (first come, first serve)
  • Due to the uneven, medieval layout of the sites, it is important that you are comfortable walking, standing, and climbing stairs during tours and excursions.
  • As of April 2023, COVID vaccination is no longer required to participate. Gonzaga University does recommend that all travelers be vaccinated for COVID.
  • Airfare is not included. You are responsible for arriving in Florence on October 13, 2024. The program will conclude on October 19, 2024.
  • Read the full list of trip policies

For questions, please email with the subject line "TUSCANY 2024".

Ready to register?

Registration is full for Experience Tuscany 2024! To be added to the waitlist, complete a reservation request form.