Get ready for Dolce Far Niente!

The kind of "nothing" we'll be doing includes wandering through medieval villages, eating delicious food and sampling wines and cheeses from the region. You'll enjoy this a whole lot more if you leave your work and worries behind!
Begin your preparation for that here!

Course Modules

  • 1
    Welcome to "Preparing for Dolce Far Niente - Hidden Gems of Village Italy"!
    • Welcome! Start here...
    • How to Use this Platform: a quick tutorial from the folks at Thinkific
    • Want to turn off the weekly "course progress" emails?
    • The philosophy of Dolce Far Niente
    • Travel Insurance
  • 2
    Entry & Re-Entry Requirements
    • If you land elsewhere in Europe first...
    • Entry into Italy
    • Moving around Italy
    • Re-Entry into the United States
  • 3
    Day 1 - June 13 - Greve in Chianti & Montefioralle
    • Overview
    • Main Square of Greve - Piazza Matteotti
    • Santa Croce Church - Greve
    • Wine Museum (Museo del Vino) - Greve
    • Antica Macelleria Falorni and Enoteca - Greve
    • Montefioralle
    • The walk from Greve to Montefioralle
  • 4
    Night 1 - June 13 - Monteriggioni
    • Arrival + Hotel + Group Dinner
  • 5
    Day 2 - June 14 - Monteriggioni (free day)
    • Breakfast at Monteriggioni B&B
    • Lunch & Dinner on your own
    • Overview of Monteriggioni
    • Piazza Roma
    • Walk the Walls
    • Visit the Gates
    • Museo Delle Armature
    • Via Francigena - fancy a walk?
    • Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta
    • Wine Tasting
    • Book an adventure!
    • Abbadia Isola - nearby hamlet
    • Abbazia dei Santi Salvatore e Cirino - across from Abbadia Isola
  • 6
    Day 3 - June 15 - Lucignano
    • Breakfast at Monteriggioni B&B
    • Leave for Lucignano
    • Overview of Lucignano (free time!)
    • Museo di Lucignano / Municipal Museum
    • Church of Saint Francesco
    • Collegiate Church of San Michele
    • Cheese tasting!
  • 7
    Night 3 - June 15 - Montepulciano
    • Arrival + Hotel
  • 8
    Day 4 - June 16 - Montepulciano (free day)
    • Breakfast at Montepulciano B&B
    • Lunch & Dinner on your own
    • Market Day!
  • 9
    Day 5 - June 17 - day trip to Civita di Bagnoregio & Pitigliano
    • Breakfast at Montepulciano B&B
    • Leave for Civita di Bagnoregio
    • Montepulciano - group dinner
  • 10
    Day 6 - June 18 - Montepulciano to the Borgo
    • Breakfast at Montepulciano B&B
  • 11
    Night 6 - June 18 - The Borgo
    • Arrival + Hotel
  • 12
    Day 7 - June 19 - The Borgo (free day)
    • Breakfast
    • The Pool
    • Walk the Grounds
    • Book an Adventure
    • Cooking Class + Group Dinner
  • 13
    Day 8 - June 20 - Borgo to Florence
    • Breakfast
    • Drive back to Florence
  • 14
    • Dolce Far Niente FAQ (from the website)
    • Will laundry be available?
    • Are credit cards accepted in these small villages?


  • How long does this course take to complete?

    There are approximately 75 minutes of videos plus numerous documents.You can spend about 2 hours going through every module and tip in the course, or you can experience this 10 minutes at a time when you want a break in your day.

  • Are there tests or quizzes?

    Nope. Even though this is called a "course", there are no graded tests or quizzes. You're here to prepare to have fun.

  • Do I need to go through every single module?

    No. You can go through any module in any order. You can also skip any modules that don't interest you.

  • I'll be going with a different company. Will this still help me?

    Absolutely! There are a few "lessons" that are specific to how we'll be traveling in our group. Everything else applies to anyone traveling through Tuscany and Chianti with a travel company.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Helene Segura, MA Ed, CPO

    Time Management Fixer

    Helene Segura, MA Ed, CPO

    Time management fixer Helene Segura delivers thought-provoking, yet entertaining time management keynotes and seminars that give busy professionals the powerful strategies and tactics they need to cut lost time. By improving efficiency, she helps companies lower employee stress levels, decrease absenteeism, improve retention, and increase profits.

    The author of four books - two of which were Amazon best-sellers - Helene has been the featured organizational expert in more than 200 media interviews including publications such as US News and World Report and Money Magazine, as well as on Fox, CBS, ABC and NBC affiliates.

    Her Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University is in Political Science. She focused on international affairs, so she learned about negotiations and the importance of dissecting situations from different perspectives. Her Master’s degree from UTSA is in Educational Leadership. She learned about running a business, as well as educational psychology – behavior change and behavior management. Since 2006, in both her individual consulting and trainings, she's used all of those skills to teach audiences how to pin-point their barriers to personal efficiency and implement changes that will save their sanity – and save the companies for which they work a great deal of money.

    When she's not revealing solutions as The Inefficiency Assassin, she enjoys experimenting with recipes, traveling and watching movies.