Sogno Toscano

culinary adventure

Sogno Toscano

culinary adventure

in the Heart of Tuscany & Umbria, Italy

Villa Vetrichina, San Casciano dei Bagni & the Stunning Hilltop Town of Montefalco

Saturday, September 21 – Sunday September 29, 2024

We’ve curated a 9-day/8-night extraordinary experience in a traditional Italian farmhouse villa hosted by its generous, adoring owner, Patrizia Ricagno, followed by three additional days in the quaint medieval town of Montefalco, Umbria perched on a hilltop boasting magnificent views.

This is a traveler’s dream vacation combining food, cooking, culture, wine tastings, touring, shopping, picturesque excursions, all wrapped around an adventure of a lifetime!

Sogno Toscano Culinary Adventure is designed to help you

Liberate your heart.

Revitalize your spirit.

Renew your sense of wanderlust.

in the breathtaking countryside of Tuscany and Umbria regions.

In the Morning

Your awakening will be immersed in the scents of a homemade breakfast of sweet rolls, cooked foods, hot coffee, freshly squeezed juice, and seasonal fruit in the warmth of the rustic Tuscan farmhouse Villa nestled in the woods and greenery.

During the day

In your free-time, gift yourself with the sweetness of simple relaxation by the pool or in the intimate corners of the garden, or sit with several of your like-minded traveling partners exchanging stories of your lives and the beautiful villa experience.

When we are in a new culture away from our daily routines and demands, we give ourselves an elevated experience of enhanced imagination, joy, intuition, inspiration, high vibration, play, fun, desire, and delight!

In the evening

You will enjoy traditional Tuscan dinners with homemade bread and pasta, soups, vegetables, and meat cooked with that Italian energy of passion accompanied by excellent wines.

Villa Hosts:

Francesco and Patrizia

During our six days and five nights in the Tuscan villa hosted by lovely owner Patrizia Ricagno and Chef Francesco, we encourage you to liberate yourself by being fearless as you try new cuisine, heritage wines, and immerse yourself in how to live a quality Italian life!


As your culinary adventure hosts, we aspire for this to be transformational and a great vacation!

Rico and Marla have been longtime friends since 1986. They’ve remained friends throughout their own life’s journey over the last three decades. It was last year over dinner when they decided to bring together their shared passions for Italy, travel, cooking, culture, transformation, and joy into this life changing adventure!

We invite you to leave your:



Current Routines

behind at home when you step onto your international flight to Rome, Italy where you will be happily greeted by our private driver to take you and the other traveling companions to Villa Vetrichina in beautiful Tuscany, Italy.

We want you to have

an immersive experience

There will be ample time for quiet, self-care time to walk along the country road taking in the lush countryside capturing photos, or meditating and journaling under the outdoor pergola, or lounging poolside for quality time alone or with your traveling companions.

And at the end of the six days at the villa, we will have our private driver take us to the historical hilltop town of Montefalco in the neighboring region of Umbria.

We will have three marvelous days to eat sumptuous local meals, explore the small town of Montefalco, experience an olive oil tasting tour and have one more wine tasting drinking Italian red wine made with 100% Sagrantino grapes most known in this region.

What’s the itinerary?

Saturday, Sept 21 – Arrivals, Relaxing, Welcome Dinner

Mid-afternoon arrivals at the beautiful Villa Vetrichina in San Casciano dei Bagni, Siena. You’ll be greeted by our private driver for your transfers from either Rome airport or Rome Termini train station. You’ll enjoy the scenic almost 2-hour ride to Siena region.

You’ll be greeted by our host, check in to your rooms, relax, enjoy a swim in the pool (weather permitting), stroll around the property, enjoy your free time. We’ll meet in a designated area in the villa for the welcome reception and a traditional Aperitivo. We’ll then gather in the villa’s dining room for our welcome dinner.

Sunday Sept 22 – Explore San Casciano dei Bagni, free day to explore

You’ll have your first of many delicious homemade breakfasts by Patrizia ready for us at her choosing somewhere on the property among the beautiful trees and garden areas. You’ll then have the day to roam free and explore the quaint historical town of San Casciano dei Bagni or do as you please. We’ll meet in the late afternoon for the traditional Aperitivo and then gather in the villa’s dining room for our homemade dinner and tasty wine as we share our day’s adventures.

Monday Sept 23 – Full day winery tour in the Montalcino and Montelpuciano with lunch.

Winery Tour with our good friend Luca as he drives us through the Tuscan countryside to two wineries. We’ll stop in Montalcino – home of Brunello – explore the town, lunch and wine tasting at one of the oldest wineries in the region. We’ll head back to the villa for relaxation and another delicious homemade dinner later in the evening to finish off an outstanding day in Tuscany!

Tues, Sept 24 – An ultimate cheesemaking experience at the famous Caseficio Piu

We’ll awake to the smell of coffee, sweet rolls, and more for our breakfast before we head out to our cheesemaking experience. We’ll be driven to Caseficio Piu to tour their grounds, meet the goats, and watch the entire cheese making process ending with a cheese and charcuterie tasting!

After arriving back at the villa for free time, we’ll have another tasty Italian dinner as we gather and talk about our day’s adventure.

Wed Sept 25 – Countryside bike ride or lounge day, your choice

After breakfast you’ll have the choice to lounge, meditate in the gardens, walk the countryside with your travel companions or take a two-hour leisurely bike ride with one of the local tour operators.

Starting in late afternoon, we’ll put on our aprons and get ready for our cooking class! This dinner will leave a forever lasting impression. You’ll be entertained, amused, and delighted by the villa’s own Chef Francesco who will lead us in our own cooking class in the villa kitchen, which will be our last night celebration dinner!

Thurs Sept 26 – Depart for Montefalco, Umbria

After breakfast, we will pack and then board our private van to take the scenic ride to beautiful Montefalco about 90 minutes away. We’ll check into our boutique hotel, relax, get settled, and be on your own for whatever you desire.
You’ll have time for exploring the shopping at the local artisanal shops or wine bars. You’ll be on your own for lunch and dinner. We’ll see you in the morning for a wonderful Umbrian wine tasting tour.

Fri Sept 27 – Umbrian wine experience and lunch at the winery

We’ll have breakfast and then board our private van to explore Umbrian wine tasting drinking Italian red wine made with 100% Sagrantino grapes and lunch.

After we arrive back in town, you are welcome to relax and chat with the locals and compare notes with your travel partners! We’ll meet for dinner in the town of Montefalco and have the privilege of meeting the Chef (owner) for an education about his establishment and culinary secrets.

Saturday Sept 28 – Prepare to leave, pack, enjoy the last day in Umbria

After breakfast, we recommend packing and preparing to leave for Sunday. You’ll have lunch on your own exploring Montefalco. For our last night together, we’ll celebrate with an Umbrian olive oil tasting and special farewell dinner.

Sunday Sept 29 – Check-out, depart back to Rome or onto to own next Italian destination

We say our goodbye to Montefalco and take in the gratitude for an incredible adventure as our driver takes us safely back to Rome. We recommend staying the night in Rome near the airport to make it easy to fly out the next day back to home. We can recommend hotels and how to arrange for a shuttle from the hotel to the airport.

relax poolside

Enjoy Sacred Time with no back to back schedule

cozy up and find clarity

what is included?

Pre-trip Zoom call to meet and share inspiring intentions for the extraordinary retreat

Welcome celebration reception outdoors prior to our delicious Italian welcome dinner

5 nights in a beautiful private room accommodation at the villa and 3 nights in a cozy room in a select boutique hotel in Montefalco

Wi-fi in all spaces

Courtesy set, hairdryer, towels in all villa bathrooms
All villa suites equipped with Italian linens, a modern bathroom, and well-appointed décor
Transfers from Rome and return transportation to Rome Fiumicino Airport. All transport while at the villa and in Montefalco.

At the villa, (5) Healthy, delicious breakfasts & (2) lunches prepared and cooked by Villa owner, Patrizia Ricagno and (6) dinners by Chef Francesco. (Lunches on other days are included in excursions)

All allergies & food preferences can be accommodated.

Winery, lunch, Olive Oil tasting & (2) dinner excursions in Montefalco region

At the villa, Italian wine, plus filtered water, tea, and coffee with dinner. Wine Tasting and lunch day tour in Tuscany

Enhance your transformational travel experience by choosing to add life design coaching sessions during your Tuscany stay for an additional fee. Inquire by emailing
In the villa, internal and external air conditioning/Heating + 3 pellet fireplaces

E-Bike excursion (includes lunch)

Freedom to take walks and hikes through the iconic Tuscan countryside

Relaxation by the pool

All taxes

what is NOT included?

  • Your airfare to and from Rome Fiumicino airport
  • Required travel insurance to include health and travel cancellation
  • Other non-included items such as additional excursions, excess baggage charges, additional alcoholic beverages, personal items, and souvenir shopping
  • Any other expense not listed in inclusions
  • The Villa cannot accommodate requests to arrive early or stay late. Please book separate hotel arrangements outside of retreat dates.
  • Tipping the Villa owner and Chef

Please choose your registration

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Savings Rate

Final booking date ends
June 15, 2024.



or send Zelle payment sent to

Payment Plan

3-pay option ends
May 31, 2024.


$5,500 with a $1,835 deposit & 2 Pay of $1,835

With deposit by 5/31, two more payments of $1835 will be processed on July 1 and Aug 1, 2024 through Marla’s office with your card on file or a Zelle payment.

As of June 1st, registration is full pay only.

Upon registration, a DocuSign agreement of this culinary adventure will be sent for signature and a welcome packet with further details.

Get more info

Schedule a 30 min call prior to registering.

Or email and we will gladly accommodate you.

Upon registration, a DocuSign agreement of this retreat program will be sent for signature and a welcome packet with further details of the retreat and a few questions to answer.

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  • Our retreat is all-inclusive (accommodations, meals, drinks, taxes, transportation to any offsite activities and transfer from/to Rome).
  • Pricing private room single occupancy as stated above USD $5995 Full-pay or $6350 3-pay option as described above. option as described above.
  • Our prices are per person and include all taxes and are charged in US currency and are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.
  • We reserve the right to review our prices periodically and adjust them without further notice based on exchange rates to the Euro and charges we incur from US or Italy.
  • The retreat that has been booked and is either paid for or has a deposit on is price protected from any increases. However, if there is a price adjustment between the time an inquiry is made and the retreat is booked, then the price in effect at the time of booking shall apply.
  • We reserve the right to cancel retreat if we do not meet minimum number of participants.
  • Itinerary is subject to change to an equivalent activity or experience
Please read and understand our cancellation policy before making a reservation. If you cancel your reservation, we do not offer refunds for any reason. However, your payment(s) will be transferred to another retreat or coaching program of your choice constituting a full settlement. Deposits are non-refundable as well. If you choose to cancel, please notify us in writing.

If Marla Diann Mentoring International must cancel a booked retreat date for any reason, your full retreat payment will also be transferred to another retreat or coaching program constituting a full settlement. If we reschedule a retreat for a future date, your retreat payment will automatically be transferred to the new date unless you request otherwise.

  • We reserve the right to cancel retreat if we do not meet minimum number of participants.
  • Itinerary is subject to change to an equivalent activity or experience

Marla Diann Mentoring International is not responsible for your expenses incurred in preparation for any canceled retreat, such as airline tickets, loss of work, and/or other costs associated with preparing for your trip.


Naturally, no one books with the intention of canceling or postponing their retreat, but unexpected things can happen, which is why travel cancellation insurance is required on your own. Please be sure that your travel insurance policy covers you for all relevant activities you will be engaging upon on your retreat. Guests must purchase a comprehensive travel insurance package that includes health insurance and travel cancellation insurance. This can be purchased through your travel or credit card provider, Travel Guard or AAA.

Your Retreat Hosts

Marla Diann, owner of Marla Diann Mentoring International

She is a Business Strategist & Life Designer for the Modern Evolving Creative Entrepreneurial Woman.

Marla serves the modern, evolving woman in her 40s-70s by helping her pursue her neglected desires so she no longer puts them on the back burner and prioritizes her self-care and boundaries to be more creative in her work while eliminating burn-out.

And, she mentors creative entrepreneurs how to think, feel, and act differently with money so they are financially relaxed more often, as we define their zone of genius to be the focus of their daily work earning revenues in their highest creativity and joy.

Celebrating 27 years as a creative entrepreneur of two businesses, 1996-2008 Entertainment PR, and 2008-present in her coaching business, Marla represents over 32 years of entrepreneurship, life & business coaching, entertainment PR & talent management, personal branding, spirituality, and philanthropy for women and youth empowerment organizations.

She is the creator and host of Follow Your Joy podcast, an entrepreneurial resource for creatives sharing their challenge to success career stories through the lens of listening to their intuition.

Marla holds a B.A. degree in PR, Journalism from San Diego State University. She is a graduate of Tony Robbins’ Mastery University and holds two money relationship certifications from global empowerment coach, Kendall Summerhawk. She is a student of many mentors over the last 15 years that helped her uplevel her coaching and entrepreneurial skills.

Marla’s love of travel and Italy sent her to Florence for a month-long stay followed by two other trips to Cortona, Rome, Lake Como, and Amalfi Coast between 2017-2023. She lives in beautiful Malaga Cove, Palos Verdes, Ca. with her adorable dog, Ruby, is a Mom to a 32-year old son, and loves all things Disney, Italy, romance, creativity, nature, and spirituality.

Rico Mandel The Heart and Soul of Miz En Place

Rico, the visionary founder, and CEO of Miz En Place, embodies a lifelong journey fueled by passions for photography, filmmaking, culinary arts, business acumen, exploration, and entertainment. His mission is to unite people in support of artisanal small businesses worldwide. Rico eagerly welcomes the opportunity to share his compelling story and expertise, inspiring your culinary adventures and culinary dreams.

Rico’s love of food and cooking inspired him to achieve a culinary degree from the renowned Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. His culinary odyssey saw him become a trained chef, with extensive experience in fine dining restaurants, catering, and prestigious wine dinners.

Rico’s profound love for artisanal food, chefs, and wine led to the creation of luxury wine tours in the Malibu region. These tours became the catalyst for his visionary venture, Miz En Place. Rico’s knack for storytelling blossomed as he interviewed small producers worldwide, sharing their captivating narratives. His mission: to bring these exceptional artisans and their products to a global audience.

At the core of Rico’s mission is the desire to demystify cooking, removing fear and hesitation from the kitchen. He encourages people to embrace culinary creativity, have fun, and craft delicious dishes using unprocessed, quality ingredients. Rico’s infectious passion for cooking is a journey he’s eager to share with Miz En Place’s community.

Rico lives in Los Angeles near his two amazing daughters and frequents Italy annually and other international countries as Austria, Greece, and France.