Le Rose della Toscana with Alicia Schwede ~ May 24-28, 2020

A FLORAL IMMERSION in Spectacular Tuscany!

May in Tuscany is the season of roses! Come join Alicia Schwede for her exclusive floral design workshop in Italy that is an immersion into the beauty of flowers – and an all-out celebration of roses. Get ready to learn Alicia’s expert strategies, insider techniques and must-know tips for designing stunning floral arrangements and installments, in a setting that has inspired countless creatives for centuries. All this while you enjoy spectacular side trips into the Tuscan countryside, delectable chef-prepared meals and unforgettable cultural experiences.

As the founder of Flirty Fleurs, an amazing blog and design company that Alicia created to share the best of the floral industry with other floral designers, Alicia’s experience in all-things-floral is always evident. From Instagram lives to extensive blog posts to print publications, her knowledge and easy-going manner makes learning from her a true joy! Check out Flirty Fleurs to learn more!

A NOTE from Alicia

“Sharing my love of flowers is where I find one of my greatest joys. For me, the special reward is when a student has an a-ha moment, or when they complete an arrangement, or when they share their beautiful new arrangement with others. I also enjoy watching connections being made in my classes, new friendships formed – it is very important to me to create an environment where people connect and feel welcome. I love what I do, whether it is designing flowers for a sweet bride, writing about the flower industry, or teaching fellow flower lovers, and I am thankful everyday for this flower filled journey I’m on.”


COME LEARN HOW TO…

  • design large scale arrangements in Alicia’s distinct, breath-taking style
  • create a low, flowing centerpiece in a compote vessel (the bell of the ball!)
  • design a lush bridal bouquet with fresh roses from the villa’s garden
  • create an armature of forged branches – even grape vine stock from the vineyard – as the base of a bridal bouquet
  • design a stunning installation on an archway or gazebo
  • create a tablescape with mixed-matched containers to achieve a cohesive, flowing effect (the secret of a stunning tablescape!)
  • choose containers that compliment your flowers and desired effect
  • best ways to prepare a vessel for arranging
  • design adorable, wearable floral pieces (you’re going to love this session!)
  • handle flowers the proper way from start to finish
  • photograph your arrangements from the correct angle for a smart, professional look (essential for social media)
  • apply Alicia’s tips and tricks for sharing images of your work on Instagram


ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival Poggio alla Trese

  • Highlights: Group pick-up Florence Peretola Airport, trip orientation with Pamela Haack, workshop overview with Alicia Schwede
  • Aperitivo, dinner

AFTERNOON: Upon your arrival at Florence Peretola Airport, our private drivers will transport you to Tuscany countryside and your accommodations and venue location, beautiful Villa Poggio alle Trese. After some time to freshen up and recharge, you’ll enjoy a friendly orientation with trip facilitator, Pamela Haack, followed by an overview of this fabulous workshop with Alicia Schwede. Afterwards you’ll have some time to explore the villa and grounds with your fellow students before we gather together for aperitivo. 

EVENING: Tuscan-style apertivo followed by a delectable welcome dinner


Day 2: Villa, Lino’s Second-hand Shop

  • Highlights: Instruction with Alicia, side trip to Lino’s second-hand shop, pasta making lesson with chef Doriana
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

MORNING: After a delicious breakfast featuring both Tuscan and North American favorites, it’s time to join Alicia for today’s exciting instruction, where you’ll begin learning first-hand her most sought-after techniques and floral design approach – with a particular focus on roses and other May blooms. Afterwards you’ll enjoy a casual lunch right here at the villa. 

LUNCH: At villa

AFTERNOON: After lunch, and perhaps an espresso under the gazebo, it’s off to Lino’s second-hand shop where you can browse through seemingly miles of goodies – from wine barrels to floral urns. You might even find something you’ll want to use for your workshop projects with Alicia, and you’ll certainly find a multitude of antique treasures. Afterwards, it’s back to the villa where you’ll don an apron for an oh-so-fun pasta-making lesson with Chef Doriana – plus you’ll also learn Doriana’s tips for pairing pasta with just the right sauce (practically an art-form in Italy).

EVENING: Aperitivo followed by a delectable dinner featuring your handmade pasta.  


Day 3: Puscina Flowers Farm, Montepulciano

  • Highlights: Tour at Puscina Flowers farm, onsite instruction with Alicia, shopping in Montepulciano, wine tasting
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

MORNING: This morning after breakfast our drivers will be transporting you into the heart of Tuscany’s wine country and charming Puscina Flowers – an organic flower farm, run by sisters, Laura, Teresa and Mara. Here you’ll enjoy a delightful tour of the gardens that feature more than 500 varieties of flowers, followed by flower selection (oh, the roses!) and onsite instruction with Alicia. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a Tuscan-style lunch served up right here on the farm. 

LUNCH: Lunch at Puscina Flowers 

AFTERNOON: In afternoon, it’s on to the nearby hill town of Montepulciano for some free time to explore and shop (the artisan shops are such fun!). Plus the views from Montepulciano’s fortressed walls are nothing less than spectacular. Then it’s back to the villa for some relaxation and a friendly aperitivo together. 

EVENING:  Aperitivo and chef-prepared dinner 


Day 4: Villa, La Foce Gardens

  • Highlights: Instruction with Alicia, stylized photo shoot with Sara Cencetti, Villa La Foce gardens tour, wine tasting
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

MORNING: After another delectable breakfast, you’ll join Alicia for today’s inspiring class session, where you’ll be working on very special floral arrangements for a striking stylized photo shoot with Sara Cencetti. After prettying up table setting for lunch (and perhaps a few more stylized shots) it’s time to enjoy a leisurely Tuscan style lunch. 

LUNCH: At villa

AFTERNOON: In afternoon it’s off to beautiful La Foce, a historic villa overlooking the spectacular Val d’Orcia in the heart of Tuscany. Here you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the gardens where you’ll learn the fascinating history of La Foce. Plus the photo-ops in the vast gardens are amazing! Afterwards, you’ll return to the villa for some free time to relax or take a walk before gathering together for a wine tasting and apertivo. 

EVENING: Aperitivo and a special farewell dinner


Day 5: Departure 

Private group transport to Florence Peretola Airport


WHO Should Attend

    • flower enthusiasts and hobbyists
    • beginning floral designers
    • experienced floral designers
    • event planners
    • wedding planners
    • lifestyle bloggers

DATES & PRICES:  5 Days/4 Nights

  • May 24-28, 2020
  • Trip Price: All single occupancy rooms, with no single supplement fee!
    • $3,590 USD w/ensuite bath
    • $3,490 USD w/shared bath
  • $500 deposit plus 7 convenient monthly payments – automatically applied to your credit card

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BONUSES and Extras

  • ⭐ Your own private single occupancy sleeping room (no single supplement fee!)
  • ⭐ Private Mercedes Benz transportation to/from all excursions in the trip itinerary
  • ⭐ In-house floral studio space (with 24 hour access)
  • ⭐ Alicia’s advanced floral techniques
  • ⭐ Q&A with Alicia
  • ⭐ Alicia’s Instagram tips and tricks
  • ⭐ Stylized photos of your floral arrangements
  • ⭐ Tablescaping for chef-prepared meals
  • ⭐ Private Facebook group for sharing and learning
  • ⭐ Pasta-making lesson
  • ⭐ Wine tasting
  • ⭐ Floral apron
  • ⭐ Gallery show finale with aperitivo 

VENUE Villa Poggio alle Trese

Poggio alle Trese has been a part of a family estate for four centuries – an estate that includes stunning olive groves, sweeping vineyards and a precious little lake tucked into the nearby forest. The villa itself sits upon the very border of Tuscany and Umbria, an area that was prone to invasions by the Duke of Tuscany (back when feudal battles were the norm), and was lovingly restored by the family 12 years ago. The renovation included updates and redos to the kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms – all done with classy, traditional touches. The result is a stately structure that reflects its history with grace, while it beckons to modern-day guests who love sumptuous sleeping rooms with characteristic touches.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  •  4 nights stay at elegant Villa Poggio alle Trese (The entire villa is reserved exclusively for our group!)
  • Transportation to/from Florence Peretola Airport on arrival and departure days
  • Private Mercedes Benz van service to/from all towns and sites included in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts with a multitude of delicious choices, plus teas, juices and made-to-order Italian coffee
  • 3 delicious lunches featuring regional specialties and accompanied by regional wines
  • 4 delectable dinners featuring regional specialties and accompanied by regional wines
  • Daily instruction with Alicia, both small-group and individual
  • Stylized photo shoot
  • Entrance fees to all sites included in trip itinerary
  • Daily accompaniment with a Strada Toscana team host or guide
  • Restaurant gratuities

Not included: Airfare, ground or water transportation outside of that listed in the trip itinerary, alcoholic drinks, wines or meals ordered “on your own”, gratuities for drivers and villa staff

The Unexpected is Part of the Journey: At Strada Toscana we weave amazing, authentic experiences into every trip, but sometimes unexpected things come up – like an unscheduled closing at a site or restaurant. If that happens, which is rarely does, we improvise to include something equally as wonderful and interesting. The quality of your experience is never at risk, as our team is committed to excellence, along with our vast connections of local Italians.


DATES & PRICES:  5 Days/4 Nights

  • May 24-28, 2020
  • Trip Price: All single occupancy rooms, with no single supplement fee!
    • $3,690 USD w/ensuite bath
    • $3,490 USD w/shared bath
  • $500 deposit plus 7 convenient monthly payments – automatically applied to your credit card

BOOK NOW