Foodie Retreat to Castello di Potentino in Tuscany. October 7th-12th

Castle in Tuscany in vineyards

Join Marnie from Solstice Savory Pies for an enchanting foodie retreat at Castello di Potentino, a 1000-year-old Tuscan castle beautifully restored by Charlotte Horton and her Bohemian British family. Beyond its rustic charm and sophisticated elegance, this retreat offers an authentic experience of Tuscany's rich culture and cuisine. Relish gourmet meals prepared by local chefs, enjoy the finest estate wines, and enjoy an afternoon at a celebrated Brunello region winery. Embrace the tranquility of foraging on the property and the tradition of harvesting grapes to make wine with ancient Etruscan stones. This retreat is not just about discovery, but also relaxation—immerse yourself in the real Tuscany, away from the crowds, in a serene environment that encourages you to unwind and soak in the beauty and simplicity of Tuscan life.

October 7th-12th 2024

5 Nights/ 6 Days

6 Double rooms (1-2 guests) room & board: $3200   

2 Triple rooms (up to 3 guests) room & board: (2 guests)- $3200- (3 guests)-$3900


Five gourmet dinners by local chefs/ Five Continental breakfasts/ Three lunches/ Artisan Cocktails and Wine every night. A bottle of Castello di Potentino wine and a special gift bag in your room.    

Activities, excursions, pool, exploration of the property and accommodations in the beautifully restored 1000 year old castle on Etruscan grounds for you to explore, swim and relax. 

         Monday, October 7th

  • 4:00 PM: Check-in
  • 5:30 to 7:00 PM: Wine tasting with Charlotte and her own wines.
  • 7:30PM: Dinner made by guest chef with Castello di Potentino wine at the Castle.

         Tuesday, October 8th

  • 7am to 10am: Self-serve Continental breakfast with fresh pastries
  • 9:30am to 10:30am Optional: Run/hike with Marnie 
  • Midday: Making cheese with local cheesemaker followed by Lunch
  • 5:30 to 6:30PM: Artisanal Cocktails at the pool for sunset
  • 7:30PM: Dinner made by guest chef with Castello di Potentino wine at the Castle

         Wednesday, October 9th

  • 7am to 10am: Self-serve Continental breakfast with fresh pastries
  • Free day for guests to explore local hot springs or hilltop villages
  • 5:30 to 6:30PM: Artisanal Cocktails at the pool for sunset
  • 7:30PM: Dinner made by guest chef with Castello di Potentino wine at the Castle

         Thursday, October 10th

  • 7am to 10am: Self- serve Continental breakfast with fresh pastries
  • 9am to 10am: Optional: Run/hike with Marnie
  • 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM: Lunch, wine tasting, and tour of the beautiful Poggio Rubino Winery in the famous Brunello wine region. Then a couple hours exploring the hilltop village Montalcino. (shuttle included)
  • 5:30 to 6:30 PM: Artisanal Cocktails at the pool for sunset
  • 7:30PM: Dinner made by guest chef with Castello di Potentino wine at the Castle

         Friday, October 11th

  • 7am to 10am: Self-serve Continental breakfast with fresh pastries
  • 10:00 AM: Guided foraging walk on grounds of castle, picnic in the garden, olive oil tasting, grape harvesting, traditional Etruscan wine-making with feet.
  • 5:30 to 6:30 PM: Artisanal Cocktails at the pool for sunset
  • Evening: 7:30 PM: Special Solstice Savory Pie dinner with Castello di Potentino Wine (Hosted by Marnie, Patrick, Zak, and Finn) *** If weather permits in the castle courtyard under candle light.

          Saturday, October 12th

  • 7am to 10am: Self-serve Continental breakfast with fresh pastries
  • 9am to 10am: Optional: Run with Marnie or Hike with Zak and Finn on Property
  • Check out 11am. Ciao till our next retreat!

 Important Information for Your Journey to Castello di Potentino

Travel Options

  1. Car Rental Recommendation:

    • Explore with Freedom: Rent a car to discover nearby hilltop villages and hot springs on your free day.
    • Small Cars Advised: Smaller vehicles are recommended for easier navigation through local villages' quaint, narrow streets.
  2. Airfare and Car Rentals:

    • Not Included: These are not included in the retreat package.
    • Booking Assistance: Contact Marnie for help with bookings.
    • Email:
    • Phone: 530-409-2097 (Available 8am-5pm, leave a message or text for callbacks)
  1. Personal Shuttle Service:
    • Available Locations: Grosseto, Florence, Pisa or Rome.
    • Advance Booking Required: Please book through us (additional fee applicable).

Nearest Airports and Travel Time:

  • Pisa: Approx. 2 hrs 15 mins
  • Florence Peretola: Approx. 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Perugia: Approx. 2 hrs 15 mins (challenging driving conditions)
  • Rome Fiumicino: Approx. 3 hrs
  • Rome Ciampino: Approx. 3 hrs 30 mins

Transportation Service Pricing (Each Way/per van load):

  • Rome Fiumicino Airport: €400.00
  • Rome Center: €440.00
  • Rome Ciampino Airport: €440.00
  • Florence Airport: €300.00
  • Pisa Airport: €400.00
  • Grosseto Train Station: €150.00
  • Note: Prices are for a van service per journey.

Payment Options

  • Contact Marnie for Payment: Payments can be made directly to Marnie via wire transfer, ACH, Check, PayPal, Venmo, or Zelle.
  • We Do Not Accept Credit Cards.

Cancellation Policy

  • Deposit: 50% deposit required at booking.
  • Balance Due: Remaining payment due by July 1st.
  • Cancellation Before July 1st: 25% of deposit refunded.
  • Cancellation After July 1st: Non-refundable.
  • Wait list Refund: If we fill your spot, 90% of the trip cost refunded.
  • Travel Insurance: Strongly recommended for unexpected cancellations.

Additional Notes

  • Booking and Assistance: Contact us for any further assistance or queries. We are dedicated to ensuring your journey and stay at Castello di Potentino is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
  • NOTE: Please be aware that our castle retreat involves navigating multiple staircases, as there are no elevators on the premises. It's essential for guests to be comfortable with climbing stairs frequently, including accessing the castle ramparts and exploring the expansive grounds. We regret that if this level of physical activity is challenging, our retreat may not be the most suitable option for you.
  • Please no kids under 15, as this is a more adult type foodie trip with alcohol and folks wanting time to relax.
  • During our retreat, our teenage sons Zak, Finn and Mason will be on hand to assist you. They'll be happy to help carry your bags from your car to your room and assist with any other needs you may have.


Gallery of photos below to enjoy:

ladies enjoying time by the pool

voew of pool with olive trees

view of the castle from the pool


Relax, sunbathe, or swim in the stunning pool, nestled amidst olive trees and offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape and the majestic castle. 

inner courtyard of castle

inner courtyard of castle

secret door to courtyard

entrance of castle

red ancient door

view of seggianio hilltop village

sunset from courtyard

view of the mountians from inner courtyard walls of castlrr

view of castle inner walls and vineyards outside walls

ancient church altar

ancient church in castle

dreamy scene of table with clouds overlooking Mount Amiata

view of long table in courtyard

lizard on castle wall

Surround yourself in the inner and outer courtyards and gates with views of Seggiano, the hilltop village in the distance. Take a moment to visit the church inside the castle walls and go back in time.

drawing room in ancient castle


view of a window looking out over castle courtyard

ladies enjoying time in the grand drawing room in the evening

ancient key on chest

view of staircase paintings

stairway to castle apartment

Spend your leisure moments immersed in a book, unwinding with friends, or indulging in a glass of wine or coffee in the grandeur of the grand drawing room. Revel in an experience that makes you feel like royalty, cherishing every second of your time here.

wine tasting class in castle

two women enjoying a glass of wine together

sunset on wine bottle in dining room of castle

assorted hard alcohol

olive oil bottle with sunset coming through castle window

Experience the delight of savoring wines crafted directly from the grapes of the estate by the master winemaker, Charlotte, who is also the esteemed owner of the castle. Join us for more than just a wine tasting; embark on an educational journey that intertwines a lesson in the rich Etruscan culture, an insight into the enchanting land where our grapes thrive, and a sensory exploration that promises to captivate and intrigue. Marnie and Charlotte enjoying a glass of wine together.

group of women having wine and lunch in a glass room overlooking vineyards in tuscany

three beautiful women drinking wine in tuscanyIndulge in an exclusive experience with a wine tasting and a sumptuous four-course lunch at Poggio Rubino, located in the renowned and coveted Brunello wine region. This tour combines a delightful exploration of exquisite wines with the beauty of scenic views and exceptional cuisine, crafting an idyllic afternoon to remember.

learning how to make sheeps milk cheese!

cheesemaker luisa holding her cheese creation

salad with cheese plates in castle kitchen

 cheese lunch at a castle

Discover the art of cheese-making with Luisa, who will guide you in crafting delectable Pecorino and Ricotta cheeses using milk from her own sheep, grazed just a stone's throw away from the castle. Lunch is served with the cheese we've made! This hands-on experience promises both fun and flavor in a truly authentic setting.


river view with walls of canyon

view of the vineyard and castle in tuscany

waterfall and canyon views

Embark on a delightful stroll around the property and venture down to the river beneath the castle. Embrace your inner child as you explore trails, try your hand at fishing, enjoy a picnic, and seek out the ancient Etruscan carved stones. During your stay we will pick grapes and traditionally crush them with our bare feet in the stones. This unique adventure is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

A spiral staircase in an ancient castle

coffee cup in a beautiful library

walls of library

paintings and photos on walls

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the library, where you can find the perfect book for some peaceful alone time. Wander between the 2nd and 3rd floors via the elegant spiral staircase, surrounded by beautiful and iconic paintings that add to the serene ambiance. This space is a haven for those seeking a quiet retreat.

Sunset looking out a window out towards the vineyards

gorgeous sunset from pool

Experience the enchantment of a Tuscan sunset, a spectacle you'll never forget, from various magical vantage points around the castle. Whether from the comfort of your room, the tranquil poolside, the grandeur of the room windows, or any spot within the castle's embrace, each moment under the mesmerizing hues of the evening sky promises to be nothing short of magical. Most nights we will be serving artisan cocktails at the pool with this view before dinner. 

grand room in a castle

large castle bathroom

large castle bedroom with large bed

large bed in castle bedroom


green room bedroom in castle

Sampling of some of the rooms and bathroom. All rooms have their own bathroom either en-suite or next door.

bowl of porcinis on window sill

woman holding pies with a view of hilltop village in background


Savor the delight of fresh Porcini mushrooms, handpicked by a local forager in the vicinity of the castle. Against the stunning backdrop of the hilltop village of Seggiano, the scene unfolds like a page from a fairy-tale, enchanting and serene. A special pie dinner will take place under candle light in the courtyard if weather allows.

etruscan wine stone

Amazing ancient Etruscan stones where we will make wine with our feet! These stones are thousands of years old!

ancient door

inner courtyard with terracotta pot

carlotta the castle dog

castle gate at sunset

 still life with fruit bowlhallway of castle

ancient stone saying Castello Di Potentino castlrr

 Join Marnie and her family for this unforgettable retreat to one of her favorite places in the world.

To be a part of the retreat contact Marnie directly at 1-530-409-2097 or



woman at a hot springs