Brunello, Pasta and Prada
Day 1 – Depart from the US.
Day 2 – Arrive in Florence. You will be met outside baggage claim and travel by taxi to the hotel. Begin the evening with cocktails on the rooftop followed by dinner at the hotel.
Day 3 – After breakfast, join Monica for a walking tour of the sites of Florence including the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza de la Signoria, Brunelleschi’s world-famous Duomo, the Academia and Michelangelo’s incomparable masterpiece, David. Visit the San Lorenzo market You will have time to shop and experience Florence prior to dinner.
Day 4 – Today we improve our understanding of Italian wines as we travel to the beutiful Chianti region with Lawrence, our wine consultant extraordinaire. Visit two charming wineries. Wine can be shipped. Lunch is at a restaurant with a view as close to heaven on earth as you might ever find. Visit Greve before returning to Florence for dinner.
Day 5 – Let the shopping begin as we head to Montevarchi with Roz. After scooping up the deals at Space Prada, we will return to Florence where you will find other brands, including Ferragamo, Gucci, Fendi, and Armani, among others. After an opportunity to shop on your own, join us for dinner.
Shopping not your thing? Enjoy the day in Florence on your own with our self-directed itinerary. Rejoin the group for dinner.
Day 6 – Today is all about Brunello, as we journey to the charming village of Montalcino. At two of the area’s finest small vineyards you will taste what is arguably the best wine in Italy: Brunello. Lunch will be at another delightful restaurant by one of the most gracious proprietreses in Tuscany. Free evening in Florence.
Day 7 – Today we start at the market to select items for our cooking class. We will then travel to a 13th century Tuscan villa for a hands-on cooking class where you will prepare a five course meal. Enjoy wine produced on the estate while learning the fine art of Tuscan cooking. Eevening in Florence.
Day 8 – Don’t forget your camera as we spend the day in the beautiful Tuscan countryside visiting San Gimignano and Siena. In San Gimignano, visit the Palazzo del Popolo Civic Museum which includes the famous Sala di Dante with frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli. Travel on to Siena to isit the Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Comunale and Torre del Mangla. Dinner in Siena.
Day 9 – Wrap up your shopping, find that special little jewelry shop. Shop for that leather jacket or just look for the bargains at Piggy market. Reconvene for our farewell dinner.
Day 10 – Arrivederci!
October 3rd – October 12th