Romance, thriller, horror, mystery — almost all stories have the spine of a love story. It’s the strongest motivator, whether in a romantic relationship, a family situation or the bond between friends. Whether your tale is historical, set in outer space, under the sea, or right-here-right-now, love is a vital element.

Love makes the world go ‘round
Where is it in your story?

With Dante (local author, 700 years dead) as our guide to comprehending all different types and degrees of love, we will — daily — add to your story. Whether it’s a love scene, or just a thread, where it’s expressed or denied, we’ll be building the love in your tale every day. In understanding Dante’s epic Commedia, we will look at the many forms love can take — loving the wrong thing, loving the right thing wrongly, loving the wrong thing more, loving Self most, loving rightly, and lastly, loving God less than any desire.

If you recognize the Star Wars stories, The Godfathers, most of Game of Thrones, and Romeo & Juliet, in this list, you will realize how these ideas of love are woven into all storylines. How do we weave them into yours? We’ll build a Map of Moments for your Work In Progress to understand your characters’ motivations and impulses, then go from there ...

*PLUS BONUS COMPANION PACKAGE for non-writers with Piero as your guide: opportunities to explore surrounding historical villages, horseback ride, golf, visit a Roman archaeological site, visit nearby festivals, visit the Church of the Dead, take a bell tower tour, discover sunflower fields or just drink with the locals! ****Non-Writer Discount of $350.

$3,999 per person ($800 non refundable deposit)

  • June 23 - 29

Dates and pricing

  • Private transfer to and from Bologna, BLQ airport or train statio (*see time stipulations)

  • Private transfer to and from Roma, FCO airport (*see time stipulations)

  • 6-night accommodation at Hotel Taddeo e Federico, breakfast included (single supplement may apply

  • 5 Lunches and 5 Dinners with full beverage service, including wine

  • Welcome aperitivo

  • Private Gelato Making Class 

  • 5 professionally edited digital photos

  • Day trip to San Marino with private transportation

  • Exclusive week-long class with author, Suzanne Frank

  • Week-long private guide and international sommelier

  • 3 group meetings prior to departure with Suzanne Frank 

whats included



Day 1

-Arrival (*Rome, FCO is the recommended airport).

-Piero will meet you and escort you to your boutique hotel in the historical center of his home town, Sant’Angelo in Vado, within walking distance of shops, markets, restaurants and village life unspoiled by time.

-Take time to settle in and unpack before we all meet up.

- Suzanne, and our host and native Marchegiano, Piero Pagliardini, will welcome you over drinks and give an overview of the week to come. Then pizza night! Enjoy the best pizza in town in an authentic Italian pizzeria. A stroll, a nightcap, and a good night’s sleep.


Day 2

- Start your first full day in Italy with a stroll through the traveling open-air market as you ponder your manuscript and become inspired by the beautiful CLOTHES! Shop, haggle and sample everything in sight!

-Meet for lunch in the center of the market: Prosecco, fried fish, salami, cheese and more! (non-fish options will be available).

-First class with Suzanne! Over the course of the week, Suzanne will help you with your Work in Progress.

-That evening Suzanne and Piero will meet you in the main square for dinner at the neighborhood Osteria.


Day 3

-Wake up to pastries (or le paste) and cappuccino.

-Morning class with Suzanne (with lots of espresso!).

-Break for lunch.

-Authentic sunset dinner at Castello della Pieve, the characteristic medieval castle set 550 meters above sea level in the municipal area of Mercatello sul Metauro. In 1301 Dante Alighieri’s exile was decreed from this tiny village.

-Prepare yourselves for a true Marchigiano meal!.


Day 4

-Leave the country, no passport needed! Day trip to San Marino, one of the world’s smallest and oldest Republics and a must-see jewel of Italy. Time to explore and be inspired.

-We will then drive down the hill to the coast, for a one-of-a-kind fish inspired lunch. (non-fish options will be available)

-Return to Sant’Angelo to rest and have a late afternoon class with Suzanne.

-Free dinner and time to explore Sant’Angelo on your own.

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Day 5

-Breakfast at the hotel.

-That morning we will drive to the last tiny village along the Metauro River before Tuscany to the rustic property of Oasi San Benedetto. This is home to the small but historic Museo dei Colori or "Museum of Colors" - a unique and historical landmark dedicated to recording how colors were extracted from nature before the use of synthetic materials.

-Break for lunch on site by the talented Chef Patrizia, who thoughtfully incorporates color into every meal she creates.

-Private tour followed by an onsite studio experience where you will paint the demo tile made in Majolica style with food coloring.

-Late afternoon wine tasting in Sant Angelo in Vado.

-Celebrate a day of hard work with an aperitivo and relaxed dinner just outside of town.

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Day 6

– Enjoy a local breakfast onsite of cappuccino and fresh pastries, followed by morning class with Suzanne.

-Reunite for our private GELATO MAKING CLASS with Francesco at his family’s gelateria – in business since 1848!

-Don’t fill up before lunch! Lunch at the hotel. Enjoy great food, wine, and company!

-A professional photographer will come to provide a short photo shoot. Each person will receive 5 professionally edited, digital photos to remember your Italian experience.

-Farewell dinner at the local Osteria, and raise a glass (or two, or three!) to our fearless leader Suzanne and toast to our week in Le Marche. Cin-cin! Cheers!

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Day 7

-Departures (*Please arrange departures for after 4:00 p.m.)

-Pick-ups at FCO Rome airport will be offered between 8:00-11:00 a.m.

-Departures at FCO Rome airport will be offered from 2:00 onward. In order to arrive for your flight with ample time, we recommend scheduling departing flights after 4:00 p.m.

-Pick-up and Departures from other locations, or at times outside these parameters can be arranged at an additional fee.