8-24

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

17

Meals

Come together and raise a glass to the irresistible heart of Tuscany. Make it your home for a week and be renewed by la dolce vita. Relax in a historic and unique luxury villa. Meet proud artisan creators and discover their superb wines, cheeses and other specialty ingredients. See some of the most treasured and preserved concentrations of art and architecture. Tuscany inexplicably slows time and awakens your senses.

Learn

the traditions of Tuscan cooking during a hands-on workshop

Explore

Chianti, Siena, Pienza and more, tasting local specialties and wines along the way

View

ancient cathedrals and works of art while discovering beautiful Florence

Day 1

Florence

Land in the Florence Airport, and meet your friendly Travel Director in the arrivals hall. Take a private transfer to our historical residence, a former hunting manor built by a protegé of the Medici Family. The villa has been painstakingly restored into an exclusive property that reflects the beauty of the surrounding Tuscan countryside.

Cortona Wine Estate

Unwind at the property, and stroll through the gorgeous grounds, including a perfectly manicured garden filled with intense aromas of jasmine and lavender. Savor a welcome dinner at the villa’s lovely restaurant.

Dinner

Overnight at Villa di Piazzano

Day 2

Tuscan Pasta Workshop 

Learn the art of Italian cooking today while in the kitchen of Chef Titi at the Baracchi family Relais Chateaux. Make cheeses, hand-rolled pici pasta, and an accompanying sauce. Savor the prepared fare for lunch, paired with estate wines.

Cortona

Explore the treasures of Cortona on a guided tour this afternoon. Learn about the city’s amazing history, visit the church of Santa Margherita, and experience the town within the ancient stone walls. Stay in this ancient Etruscan city for dinner on your own.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Villa di Piazzano

Day 3

Siena 

Discover the medieval gem of Siena on a guided walking tour starting at Piazza del Campo. Visit the Siena Duomo and the art-filled Casa di Santa Caterina. Take a break to taste Sienese sweets from a local bakery. Enjoy lunch at your leisure at any of Siena’s charming restaurants.

Cortona

Unwind at the villa this afternoon. This evening, savor a delicious dinner of freshly prepared seafood and pizzas at a lively restaurant just outside of Cortona’s city center.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Villa di Piazzano

Day 4

Castiglion Fiorentino 

Drive to the small, walled city of Castiglion Fiorentino. Spend the morning with cheese expert Andrea Magi at his shop Alchimia dei Formaggi. Learn techniques to taste, cut, and smell different cheese varieties. After, enjoy lunch at a local family home.

Olive Oil Mill

Visit an olive oil mill in Cortona. Learn how it is one of the few remaining mills to operate a traditional, cold-stone milling process. Meet the family, and taste these delicious oils. Sit together this evening for a dinner at the villa, expertly prepared by the gourmet chef.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Villa di Piazzano

Day 5

Pienza

Uncover the charming hillside village of Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience a unique balsamic vinegar and cheese tasting at an admired local shop. Stop at the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, a Romanesque church just outside Pienza.

Montenero

Stop for lunch at the award-winning Perazzeta family vineyard, nestled in the small village of Montenero. Enjoy authentic Tuscan cuisine amid the gorgeous setting, and fully appreciate the fruits of the land. End your day with dinner at the villa’s restaurant.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Villa di Piazzano

Day 6

Etruscan Hike

Rise early for a morning walk that unveils stunning villas and breathtaking vistas. A local guide leads the way along paths hiked by the Etruscans. See Piazza Garibaldi, Etruscan tombs, and Le Celle — a 13th-century Franciscan hermitage. Stop for four-course gourmet picnic before heading back to the villa.

Cortona

After lunch, head to Cortona and stroll the cobblestone streets at your own pace. Sip wine at a café, browse the many boutiques and shops that surround Piazza della Repubblica, or take in the Etruscan museum if you like. Roll up your sleeves for a pizza-making class at an old family mill, followed by a dinner and musical performance.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Villa di Piazzano

Day 7

Florence

Rise early for breakfast and check-out. Take a private transfer to Florence where we’ll check into our new luxury hotel. Meet our local guide for a walking tour of Florence’s famous sites, like the Duomo di Firenze, the Uffizi Gallery, the Basilica di Santa Croce, and the Ponte Vecchio.

Oltrarno, Florence

Visit the artisan workshops of Oltrarno to meet the shop owners and learn about their crafts, such as bookbinding, handcrafted Murano glass mosaics, and jewelry-making. Stop at the Pitti Palace, a beautiful Renaissance palace. Head to a favorite restaurant serving delicious Florentine dishes for our special farewell dinner.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Hotel Santa Maria Novella

Day 8

Florence

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before taking a private transfer to the Florence Airport. Not ready to leave Italy behind? Continue your journey on an optional four-day extension in Rome. Arrivederci!

Breakfast

Extend your trip

+ 4 days in Rome

Day 8

Travel to Rome and check into your hotel. Meet your Travel Director for a guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. End the in-depth tour at the Sistine Chapel and gaze upon this masterful piece of art. Enjoy dinner on your own tonight.

Breakfast

Overnight at Boscolo Exedra Roma

Day 9

This morning, we’ll head to the winemaking town of Frascati just outside Rome’s city center. Discover the historic center of Frascati and see the catacombs, Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, and more. After, enjoy a wine tasting and lunch at a lovely estate set upon acres of vineyards and olive groves.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Boscolo Exedra Roma

Day 10

Meet in the hotel lobby after breakfast to embark on a private tour of Rome. Walk along narrow alleys, and pass through impressive piazzas. Visit the famed Colosseum, and learn its storied history. Take a seat at the Spanish Steps to soak up the energy of Rome. Dinner is on your own.

Breakfast

Overnight at Boscolo Exedra Roma

Day 11

Savor your last breakfast in Italy, then take a private transfer to the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport for flights home.

Breakfast

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Details

Dates

  • Program: May 17 – 24, 2018
    Extension: May 24 – 27, 2018
  • Program: Sep 20 – 27, 2018
    Extension: Sep 27 – 30, 2018

Flight Information

If you would like assistance with reserving your flights, please contact us at guestservices@gourmandly.com.

Activity Level

This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that range from one to three hours. Guests should feel comfortable meandering along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities. Please contact us at guestservices@gourmandly.com if you have questions.

Note: Group maximum of 24 is based on double occupancy.


Included

  • 7 nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
  • Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 6 dinners, plus wine pairings with most major meals
  • All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, gratuities, and transportation
  • Full guiding services of a dedicated Gourmandly Travel Director
  • Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program

Not Included

  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities
  • All types of personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional alcoholic beverages beyond those included with major meals

Rates*

Classic: $4,995
Superior: $5,395
Deluxe: $5,795
Jr. Suite: $6,195
Single: $7,195

Call to discuss availability and rates for triple, quad, and child accommodations.

Extension Rates*

Classic: $2,695
Single: $3,895

*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars.


Deposits

A $1,000 deposit per person reserves your space for this program. Final payments are due no later than 90 days prior to departure. An additional $500 deposit is required for extension reservations.

Travel Terms & Conditions

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