12th – 18th June 2023

‘Life is short’ Retreat

Join us for a week of writing inspiration, discussion and a-ha moments at our Life Is Short Writers Retreat on Lake Trasimeno Italy. 

Having had previous guests such as Hans Christian Andersen and Lord Byron gracing its rooms, Agriturismo La Dogana, is the perfect writing retreat venue on the border of Tuscany and Umbria.

With a magnificent pool and 4,000 olive trees, its Tuscan style farmhouse accommodation exclusive to our group, we aim for you to leave your Italian home away from home, feeling refreshed, inspired, and glorious memories with new like-minded friends.

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What the retreat bundle includes

6 Nights Accommodation


6 nights accommodation in a quaint Italian countryside apartment, you will have your own bedroom, if you bring two friends to all get a discount and surprise gift!


Each apartment has its own kitchen equipped with appliances, a bathroom, bedroom(s), and living-room.

See our apartments

6 Breakfasts and Dinners


Farm to the table daily breakfasts and dinners home made by the chef.


Vegetarian, vegan, gluten and lactose free menu on request.

Writing Sessions

Three to four hour writing sprints each day together (Divided into 45 minutes of writing, 15 minute discussion).


The writing will be done under our restaurant wooden pergola with a stunning  view over the lake.

3 Town Tours


3 half day visits to beautiful towns in Tuscany and Umbria for inspiration and fun!

3 Experiences


  1. A wine tasting with visit in the winery and in the antique villa.
  2. Cookery class with the chef and owner.
  3. One lunch in a surprised stunning location!

and many other extra activities…

Private Transfers


Private van and buses coach transportation to and from Rome Fiumicino Airport included.



Who will host you

Rosie & Lucia

Your host Rosie, a keen writer and established magazine publisher, has been running group events in Italy for over 10 years.

Together with her friend Lucia, the owner of Agriturismo La Dogana, she has put together an itinerary specifically for writers to enjoy a week of amazing Italian experiences from food to medieval town exploration, while still having time to write, relax, learn, share and bond with other authors.

Discover more about Rosie

Payment & Policy

All final important details 

  1. A non refundable deposit of €400 is required to book your spot. This can be paid by paypal or by bank transfer.
  2. The final payment is due one month from the retreat check-in.

In case you cancel the retreat within one month from the check-in date we offer to postpone your down payment to a future retreat within one year from the cancellation day. This option is available for the deposit only, not for the final payment.

We advice to book a travel insurance that can refund you in case you had to cancel your attendance.

Airfare is not included as well as any other extra transfer excluded from the ones in the package.

We recommend bringing additional money for shopping, additional experiences if desired, and any lunches or dinners you want to enjoy off the Estate or outside of the retreat.


Your words, my inspiration!

I had such an amazing time at the villa. The food was amazing and the atmosphere is truly magical.

Tina Gallagher

It was the perfect Tuscan visit! Lucia thought of everything. From dinners outside overlooking the vineyard to exploring charming, old hill towns complete with a picnic lunch. We were fortunate to have a pizza cooking class from a locale expert and a wine tasting dinner at near by Montemelino winery. I would do it all again and not change a thing.

Nancy Kelly

I stayed here for a writer’s retreat in June 2022 and could not have been more pleased with the estate, Lucia, her staff, the food, the amazing scenery…everything about it was bellissima!
I would HIGHLY recommend Agriturismo Dogana and can’t want to go back…already planning a 2023 visit which won’t be my last!

Cecelia Mecca

What you will find at Dogana-simple elegance. Well designed functional space with a hint of Italian personality, without an overwhelming theme. Clean crisp sheets on a good feeling bed, and a well supplied kitchenette. Outdoor patio to soak in the sun or watch the sun come and go. Quiet, peaceful and relaxing. Plenty of great walking paths and towns near by to explore. Great shopping, vineyards, architecture and an experience of living an authentic Italian lifestyle.
Not to mention the warm welcome you will receive from Lucia and staff-gracious and truly accommodating. Lovely, lovely spot in our world

Diane Hart


Here your next steps!


Send your inquiry

Fill our form below and send your inquiry!


Confirm the reservation

We will send you within 2 business days the complete bundle infos and price by email, just answer to the email to confirm.


Send the deposit

After your confirmation we send you by email the link to pay your €400 deposit, once it is payed your spot is officially booked!

Send your Inquiry

    Would you like to host your own retreat?

    If you would like to host a retreat in our venues contact us. We can design the retreat based on your desires and your group needs.

    Teacher and her/his + one has its own private apartment and the whole package included plus extras.

    We look forward to hear your ideas and design together an amazing retreat!

    Write us an email at info@agriturismodogana.it