Sempre Sano: Health and Wellness Seminar - Monteverdi Tuscany Sempre Sano: Health and Wellness Seminar - Monteverdi Tuscany

Sempre Sano: Forever Healthy


At Monteverdi Tuscany, we seek to inspire you with one-of-a-kind experiences. We invite you to come see, feel, hear and stay with us for a unique week-long seminar that will enrich your life and recharge your spirit, mind and body. Forever Healthy: Sempre Sano will take place at the incomparably beautiful boutique hotel known as Monteverdi Tuscany in the medieval Tuscan village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro.

We’ve put together an innovative program that will teach you how to live a long, healthy and vigorous life. A world-class faculty of leading physicians and other experts will teach the steps one can take immediately to reverse or prevent heart disease, beat cancer and keep your brain vital and healthy through age 100.

We are excited to have secured the participation of Integrative Medical Physicians and other experts from The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). This prestigious center for medicine has recently opened a center in Tuscany devoted to longevity, health and wellness. UPMC’s center is located a few kilometers from Monteverdi Tuscany in Chianciano Terme, a site revered by the Romans as a place of extraordinary medicinal powers because of its hot sulphur springs, which are still functioning today. In this place associated with health and wellness for centuries, UPMC has created a state-of-the art medical center with a full array of diagnostic equipment and procedures, all dedicated to preventing disease and promoting a long, healthy and vigorous life. A description and list of these procedures is attached. All of them are available to our guests at Sempre Sano: Forever Healthy. 


The Faculty for the 2017 program is truly unique: returning speakers will be world famous nutritionist, author and lecturer, Colin Campbell, Ph.D.; and John Tew M.D., will be joined by Annie Fenn M.D., health authority, physician and Brain Health Chef.


Monteverdi Tuscany is a rare boutique hotel experience that enriches the mind, stirs the soul and enlivens the senses. It’s the timeless Tuscany you’ve dreamt about: a medieval hilltop village with panoramic views of rolling fields and vineyards, watchtowers and walled cities. Yet it’s so much more.

Whether you desire a villa for a large group or an intimate retreat, every space is unique, each with its own architecture and personality. The rooms are complemented by a fine dining restaurant, an informal Enoteca, a cocktail bar, a world-class Spa, an art gallery and our performing arts venue. All built into the bones of an ancient village, meticulously restored in an aesthetic that transcends time and blends past with present.


Each day begins with a complimentary breakfast at Oreade, featuring a fine array of locally produced pastries, yogurt, cereals and other delicacies, as well as a complimentary 5 p.m. wine tasting at the Monteverdi Enoteca. Every day will offer a new adventure with an exclusive day trip led by our experienced drivers in luxury vehicles. Our drivers and guides have years of experience living and working in Tuscany and will provide a true insider’s unique perspective and insight to the region.

In addition to our scheduled daily excursions, the option to spend your days exploring Castiglioncello is also quite delightful. We offer activities including biking, hiking, spa treatments and massages, or simply relaxing in the quintessential Tuscan landscape with lush gardens, lingering green spaces and an infinity pool perfect for reading and reflection. Or, simply gather with friends for a meal in timeless gardens and terraces offering delightfully panoramic views of Monte Amiata, a towering inspiration for all civilizations in the region.

There is also the option to discover Tuscany on your own. Our personal concierge service is pleased to help organize your customized excursion and accommodate any requests, including a private luxury car and driver. (Price dependent on length of your customized excursion.)

About the Speakers:

Dr. John Tew has earned international renown as a gifted and pioneering neurosurgeon, a compassionate doctor beloved by his patients, and a leader dedicated to excellence, continuous improvement, and the health and well-being of the community.

As Professor of Neurology and Executive Director of Community Affairs at the University of Cincinnati’s Neuroscience Institute, Dr. Tew is leading the growth of UC Health Integrative Medicine, which helps the whole person achieve overall wellness, and the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness, which was established in 2012 to educate medical students, fellows and faculty in integrative medicine concepts. Dr. Tew previously served as the Clinical Director of UC Neuroscience Institute for 15 years and has been a neurosurgeon since 1969, where he built an internationally recognized legacy in neurosurgery.

Revered in his field, he has been elected President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, President of the Academy of Neurological Surgeons, and President of the Ohio Stale Neurological Society. Dr. Tew has published more than 300 papers and book chapters, has co-authored four books and held 70 professorships in the United States and around the world.

Mr. Michael Cioffi is a Partner in the international law firm of Blank Rome, LLP, managing the Cincinnati office. Besides practicing law, he has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law for more than 25 years. In 2006, Mr. Cioffi turned his passion for the Val d’Orcia region into a world-class collection of exquisitely restored Tuscan rental villas and a boutique hotel named Monteverdi Tuscany. As founder and chairman of Monteverdi Tuscany, he has breathed life into the magical village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro and created his own Renaissance movement for the 21st century.

Mr. Giovanni Vizzini is the Director of the Department of Care and Study of Abdominal Diseases and Abdominal Transplantation. ISMETT-UPMC, Palermo, Italy. Associate Professor of Medicine in the School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh. Main fields of clinical and scientific interest are: Transplant Hepatology, Clinical Epidemiology, Medical Education, E-Health.

Dr. Annie Fenn lives at the foot of the Teton Mountains in Jackson, Wyoming with one very tall husband, two ravenously hungry teenage boys, and a few semi-obedient hunting dogs. After twenty years as a practicing M.D. in Obstetrics and Gynecology, she now provides a doctor’s perspective on how to eat well for enhanced health and longevity without excluding major categories of food or dieting. Through a program called Brain Works created by Dr. Martha Stearn of the Cognitive Health Department of St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson, she has created a series of cooking classes using the latest scientific research on the foods that have been proven to prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Bruno Gridelli is a transplant surgeon and the Medical & Scientific Director of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) International. Since 2003, Dr. Gridelli has served as Director of the Mediterranean Institute of Transplantation and Advanced Therapies – ISMETT (IStituto MEditerraneo per i Trapianti e Terapie ad Alta Specializzazione: in Palermo, Italy, a public hospital created by a public-private partnership between the Region of Sicily and UPMC.

Under Dr. Gridelli’s direction, the Institute has earned national and international accreditations (JCI- Joint Commission International) and awards (Public Administration forum and HIMSS level 6), which testify to the excellence in the quality and safety of care, transparency and efficiency in the use of resources and level of digitalization recognized as amongst the highest in the world. In January 2009, he assumed responsibility for the Legal Representation of the Institute and was appointed Director and CEO of ISMETT.

Under Dr. Gridelli’s direction, ISMETT has increased its liver and kidney transplant activity and undertaken a variety of new clinical programs such as heart, lung, pancreas and islet cell transplantation. ISMETT has performed more living-donor liver transplants than any center in Italy. ISMETT has performed over 1,500 transplants and has one of the most active ventricular assist device (VAD) programs in Italy.

Dr. Gridelli spearheaded the creation of the Ri.MED Foundation (, and assumed the Vice-Presidency in 2006. The Ri.MED Foundation is an international partnership of the Italian government, the Region of Sicily, the Italian National Research Center (CNR), the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center with the mission of promoting and supporting biomedical and biotechnology research and development. The Foundation received €290 million from the Italian government to pursue its objectives. The Foundation’s principal project is the creation of a Biomedical Research and Biotechnology Center (BRBC) in Carini, near Palermo, a 31.000 square meter facility, that will house eight advanced and highly competitive research programs, and employ over 600 scientists and technicians.

In December 2007, Dr. Gridelli was appointed Medical & Scientific Director of UPMC International. In this position, he directs clinical and scientific activity for all international locations, thus contributing to the development of a network of collaborations and partnerships in Ireland, United Kingdom, Italy, Qatar, Singapore, China and Kazakhstan. In his role as International Medical & Scientific Director, Dr. Gridelli works to transfer UPMC’s “Best Clinical and Managerial Practices” around the world.

Ms. Margaret Tew Romero is a PTA Global Certified Personal Trainer with a passion for helping her clients feel the best they can so they can live their best life, achieve their goals, and enjoy life to its fullest. Margaret meets her clients in their present state and helps move them forward, whether they are trying to shed a few pounds and tone up, increase strength, flexibility and mobility or change their habits to improve their overall health and performance. Margaret enjoys advancing her professional education through additional certifications, workshops and classes, keeping herself up to date on the science of movement, nutrition, trends in the industry, corrective exercises, and anything that will help her clients in their quest for health. Margaret is a Precision Nutrition Coach, Power Plate certified, Animal Flow certified and a TRX certified trainer. She has also completed the Institute of Motion’s mentorship and PTA Global’s mentorship programs, 2 multi-day cadaver labs with Thomas Myers of Anatomy Trains, and attends the Equinox High Performance Living Symposium and Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives Conferences annually.

Margaret is a cancer survivor, the mother of an active 10 year old daughter and a lifelong fitness enthusiast who lives with her husband in Menlo Park, CA.

Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. has been at the forefront of nutrition education and research for decades. Dr. Campbell’s expertise and scientific interests encompass relationships between diet and disease, particularly the causation of cancer. His legacy, the China Project, is one of the most comprehensive studies of health and nutrition ever conducted. The New York Times has recognized the study as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology”.

Dr. Campbell is the coauthor of the bestselling book The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health, and author of the New York Times bestseller Whole, and The Low-Carb Fraud. He is featured in several documentaries including: the blockbuster Forks Over KnivesEating You AliveFood MattersPlant Pure Nation and others. He is the founder of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and the online Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate in partnership with eCornell.

Dr. Campbell has conducted original research both in laboratory experiments and in large-scale human studies; received over 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding (mostly with NIH), served on grant review panels of multiple funding agencies, actively participated in the development of national and international nutrition policy, authored over 300 research papers and given hundreds of lectures around the world.

He was trained at Cornell University (M.S., Ph.D.) and MIT (Research Associate) in nutrition, biochemistry and toxicology. Dr. Campbell spent 10 years on the faculty of Virginia Tech’s Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition before returning to Cornell in 1975 where he presently holds his Endowed Chair as the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry in the Division of Nutritional Sciences.

Ms. Giancarla Bodoni is the Executive Chef at Monteverdi Tuscany and was instrumental in the planning and opening of Monteverdi’s fine-dining restaurant, Oreade, which has received critical acclaim since opening in the summer of 2013. Bodoni was Head Chef and Co-Founder of the former Escopazzo, a renowned Miami restaurant. For almost two decades, Bodoni has been hailed a pioneer among female chefs worldwide– leading the organic, raw-food, farm-to-table movement in Italy.

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