The Monday to Saturday stay at Poggio Etrusco was arranged by professional photographers Bob Holmes and Andrea Johnson. Poggio Etrusco is a privately owned organic farm / bed & breakfast / cooking school near Montepulciano, halfway between Florence and Rome. Apartments and rooms are charming and well-furnished.
The owners are Pamela Sheldon Johns (a cookbook author) and Johnny Johns (an artist). On 15 acres, this property is an active oliveto with 800 olive trees and production of an exceptional organic extra-virgin olive oil. The week was a mix of photography and a deep dive into Italian cuisine.
Wine cellars that are centuries old, kind friends of Pamela and excellent restaurants keep the group busy.