Tuition and Travel Details

Tuition is an all-inclusive $2,500 USD for the two-week program June 29-July13, 2020.

This includes:

- Daily lessons, coachings and/or rehearsals with teaching artists

- Double or Triple occupancy lodging in the nearby La Gustea Guesthouse (with breakfast, WIFI and A/C)

- Multiple performance opportunities for every student

- Visits and tickets to local cultural sites (castle, museum, archealogical sites, and more)

- Trips to explore and perform in the nearby towns of Siena and Castliglioncello del Trinoro

- Italian language/culture lessons

- A reception after our final Saturday evening concert.

For those who wish to only attend one week (either June 29th - July 6th or July 6-13th), the Tuition is $1,250.

Please contact us for a cost adjustment if you would not like to stay in the provided Guesthouse and would rather find your own accommodations.

Tuition does not include: travel expenses (airfare, bus or train) to Sarteano, Italy or lunches or dinners. We do provide guides to travel with you from the Rome Fiumicino airport to Sarteano (and vice versa) by train on June 29th and July 13th. Scroll down for more travel details.


  1. Complete your online audition & application at Pay the application fee ($40)

  2. If you are accepted to Summer Music in Tuscany, we will notify you via the website. A deposit of $250 is required to hold your spot. This deposit is due 2 weeks after acceptance.

  3. Full tuition payment is due by March 30, 2020. Please contact Program Director Courtney Kalbacker if you need to create a installment payment plan so you can complete payments on an extended schedule. We are happy to work with you! 

Note - Additional Dinner Guests:  Tuition includes post-concert dinner reception on Saturday July 11; guests of participants will need to pay $20 to attend this reception. This can be added to your tuition payment, just let us know!

Payment Methods:

  • Option 1: Pay via credit card or bank account via using Stripe, our secure billing platform. We can email you invoices for the deposit and the tuition balance once you have been accepted. This methods charges a 3% transaction fee (about $75 total).

  • Option 2: Mail a check, made out to Summer Music in Tuscany, to 383 Skyline Lakes Dr, Ringwood, NJ 07456


Arrival and Departure with our Guides

You should plan to arrive in Rome on the morning of Monday, June 29th, 2020, if you would like to meet our Train Guides at the airport for your journey to Sarteano. The trip will be a €14 express train into Rome and a €10 regional train to station closest to Sarteano - Chiusi-Chianciano Termini. Be prepared to purchase these tickets at the stations. The train system is comfortable, reliable and an excellent way to experience the real Italy with our guides! The total trip takes about 2-3 hours, depending on the train schedule. If you are accepted to the program, you will receive a detailed travel information packet.

Departure flights should be scheduled after noon on Monday July 13th, if you would like to travel with our Train Guides back to the airport. Early morning flights would prove difficult/impossible to catch due to trains/buses/taxis not running 24 hours a day from Sarteano to Rome.


If you do not currently have a valid Passport, make appropriate steps towards obtaining appropriate documentation for your travels.  If you are a citizen of the USA, visit the Department of State's Passport and International Travel page.  Processing time is generally around 6 weeks, or you can trim it down to 2-3 weeks if you pay for expedited processing.  

If you already have a passport, be aware that your passport must be valid for up to 6 months after your trip.  If your Passport is set to expire before the end of this time (roughly anytime in 2019), please renew your passport before traveling.  Plan accordingly. 

Traveling with Musical Instruments

Some instruments contain materials protected by CITES.  It is your responsibility to make sure your instrument is compliant for travel.  Brazilian rosewood, tortoiseshell, and elephant ivory are among the protected species most commonly found in musical instruments.  

As of January 2, 2017, all genus Dalbergia spp (which includes Grenadilla) have been added to Appendix II with annotations.  Under annotation b) non-commercial exports of a maximum total weight of 10 kg per shipment, most instruments should not require a permit for travel.  Be proactive and prepared.

If you have any questions, we advise watching the webinar hosted by the League of American Orchestras.  If you are still unsure whether a permit is needed, contact the Division of Management Authority, Branch of Permits at

Want to travel on your own?


The two closest airports to Sarteano are Rome's Fiumicino (or Leonardo da Vinci) and Florence's Peretola (or Amerigo Vespucci); both are roughly 2 hours away. If you'd like to expand your Italian sight-seeing experience, you might be interested in a more distant Airport. As an example, Milan is a 4-hour train-ride away!  


Sarteano is easily accessible from either Rome or Florence via the Chiusi-Chianciano Termini. Visit for time tables and fare information. (Reminder: use Firenze and/or Roma as station stops in search boxes; use Chiusi-Chianciano Terme as the destination.) If coming from Fiumicino, you can catch a train to Roma Termini from the airport (roughly 45 minutes). The train to Chiusi is typically under €10.


Once in Chiusi, you can either take a taxi or bus to Sarteano. A taxi stand is just outside the Train Station in Chiusi; the offical taxis are white. It's roughly a 10-15 minute trip. The taxi from Chiusi to Sarteano is inordinately expensive (€25-€35), but very convenient.


As an alternative to taking a taxi, you can take a bus to Sarteano. Siena Mobilita opperates the line between Chianciano Termeni and Sarteano. You can purchase the ticket in advance online (1,50 €) or on board (3,00 €). Buses operate from roughly 6AM to 8:30PM and timetables can also be found via google maps.