’s 2020 ITALIAN PALAZZO ADVENTURE: April 30 to May 3, 2020

On March 14 to 17 2019, Voyagers took 45 amazing people on an Italian Palazzo Adventure. We will return there on April 30 to May 3 2020. Based in a historic palace in Petritoli, Le Marche, we spent three intense days together truffle-hunting, mountain-biking, snow hiking, pasta-making, wine-sampling, clock-tower climbing, Werewolf-playing, speakeasy-embracing, town-square dancing, opera-house performing, storytelling and generally building a warm friendship group.

Participants attended from 14 countries, from Ecuador to Israel. They included human-rights activists, startup entrepreneurs, an actress, a product designer, a neuroscientist, a behavioural economist, venture capitalists, a chemical engineer, a government adviser, and a food historian.

Our formal schedule began on Thursday afternoon with welcoming drinks and canapés in the palazzo. We broke into groups for a village bar hop and wine-tasting, before returning to the palazzo for a gastronomic tasting buffet in the dining hall. After dinner we discovered the group’s hidden skills with a fast-paced talent contest in the local theatre. The palazzo speakeasy then opened and the late-night games sessions began.

Friday began with early-morning runs and yoga, and then after breakfast in the palazzo we enjoyed full-group hike with a storytelling difference. Friday activities included truffle-hunting, artisan butchery and pizza classes, and pottery lessons.

Saturday was for mountain adventuring through a range of challenging sports activities – high in the beautiful, mystical Sibillini Mountains of the Apennines. On Saturday night we took over a historic winery for a series of wine tastings and a candle-lit dinner. It was the most Roman moment of the weekend, so we dressed the part. And our final day, Sunday, included a stunning hike up Monte Conero before our farewell lunch on the coast. 

Read what participants said about the adventure.