You Can Come to Italy:

Art Food & Culture in Tuscany

             26 June  - 2 July 2022

You can come to Italy, finally. Join us during the last week of June

to visit producers of Tuscany’s classic foods and wines and see

works of art by masters of Italian art that are still shown in the

places for which they were originally commissioned. From a lovely

restored villa in the Tuscan countryside we’ll explore  Elaine’s

neighborhood and make day trips into Chianti Classico, up

onto Pratomagno and into the Carmignano wine producing zone.

In the city of Florence participate in art history tours, take some time to explore and hang out with Lorenzo. We’ll relax over amazing meals while getting a feel for the culture of the different zones of Tuscany with a mix of casual restaurants, cooking lessons in our villa and a couple of suppers prepared by a private chef while you enjoy a cocktail poolside. Expect an exclusive small group tour with producer visits, guided tastings, major works of art in out-of-the-way places, traditional foods and free time to explore on your own. 

 

price per person double occupancy: $4,995, price per person single occupancy on request  

check out the itinerary BELOW  and request all the details using the form above

The first deposit is due on 4 March 2022 .. this is a stretch with little lead time (thanks Omicron) but we've received requests for this trip so we're giving it a go with an extra small group of minimum 8 travelers. If you're not quite ready to travel, we're offering the same trip in May 2023 or consider Sicily in the fall.

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       You Can Come to Italy:

Art Food & Culture in Tuscany

             26 June  - 2 July 2022

 

         itinerary     

 

Sun 26 June arrival 

Transfers from Florence Amerigo Vespucci airport FLR and from Florence city center to our villa in the countryside of Montespertoli. First group meeting in the late afternoon for an orientation cocktail. Group supper served on the terrace at a charming osteria in a medieval village down the street.

 

Mon 27 June Chianti Classico

Winery visit at Lamole, the highest point in Chianti Classico and its own sub-denomination with a small production of excellent wines from just eight family farms. Follow the winemaker through her terraced vineyards and taste her delicately beautiful interpretation of sangiovese. Tasting lunch with the winemaker in the old castle of Lamole. Free time in Greve in Chianti. Evening cooking lesson and group supper.

 Tues 28 June Florence 

Day in Florence with a private guide for an historical walking tour in the morning and then the rest of the day to explore on your own, visit museums, galleries, shops and enjoy the city. Optional private tours to the Accademia (Michelangelo’s David) or to the Uffizi (paintings gallery with Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, etc.). Lorenzo will join us for an apericena (drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres) on the terrace of a private palazzo with views over the Arno.

Wed 29 June explore the neighborhood 

Visit an organic farm working to produce territorial wines, olive oils, salumi, honey and vegetables with a tasting lunch on the farm. Visit to the medieval Castle of Poppiano which was built to protect the trade route that runs through the valley between the castle and the villa; visit the castle, climb the medieval tower and have a coffee and dessert at Elaine’s just outside the castle walls. In the village of San Casciano in Val di Pesa see sienese gothic master Simone Martini’s crucifix, explore on your own or just have a glass of wine and watch the San Cascianese go about their business, group supper at an osteria in the village.

Thu 30 June Pratomagno and Loro Ciuffenna

In the Arno valley to the south of Florence, at the higher altitudes of Pratomagno, explore the medieval village of Loro Ciuffenna and the Romanesque church at Gropina with its exquisite, primitive Longobard carvings. At Sàgona, where Elaine makes olive oil with Daniele Corrotti we'll walk through the terraced olive groves and vineyards and taste the oils and wines at a lunch in our farm restaurant.

On the way back to the house we’ll stop in the adorable town of San Giovanni Valdarno with a few shops and some wine bars, a charming urban legend and an Annunciation by early Renaissance master Fra Angelico. Supper at the villa with a private chef. 

Fri 1 July Carmignano, free time 

Morning visit to the village of Carmignano to see Pontormo’s ground breaking Mannerist painting of the Visitation still hanging in the church for which it was commissioned. Visit to a producer of agresto, a wine vinegar made following an ancient Roman process. Typical Tuscan lunch on the terrace at a great countryside restaurant. Afternoon free to relax at the villa. Farewell supper prepared by a private chef.

 

Sat 2 July departure

Transfers to Florence Amerigo Vespucci airport FLR or to Florence Santa Maria Novella train station.  

 

 

Please note that this is an initial itinerary to provide a template of what to expect.

Specific visits are subject to change depending on producer availability and as new

opportunities present themselves. The people and places that we will be visiting are not

typical tourist destinations so plans may be modified at the last minute.

We will craft the final itinerary to provide the experience as described above.

details

With a group of 8 - 10 travelers we’ll stay at a beautifully renovated farmhouse on a ridge in the countryside of Montespertoli in Tuscany; there’s a great view from the pool, the house gets spectacular sunsets and it’s near to a handful of charming villages and also to the superstrada for going out and about. It’s a self-catering villa so breakfasts and several suppers will be catered; maid service changes linens once during our stay. We will have a private van and driver for all ground transportation.

total program cost per person in double occupancy $4,995; cost in single occupancy on request

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