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8 Day Sprezzatura! Fall Foodies Edition Wine and Culinary Holiday in Florence, Tuscany

Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia, 38 50122, Florence, Italy

Food Wine Vacation Italy

October. Wineries and agriturismos have just finished harvesting grapes for wine, bottling wines from the previous year, and pressing olives for wonderful olive oils. Now it's time to celebrate the year's hard work! Vintages that have completed their aging process are released, new olive oils are ready for bruschetta and it's truffle season! This is the perfect time to visit for foodies! Your home away from home is a stylishly remodeled in the heart of the fashion district that boasts rooftop views of the city and the Arno River. This tour will take all the precautions necessary to abide by the new social distancing recommendations. Tuscany is calling!

Highlights

  • Truffle hunting and cooking class
  • Cruise on Florentine style Gondola with Prosecco
  • Explore picturesque villages of Siena and San Gimignano
  • Half-day walking tour to explore Florence's food, museum, and art
  • Scenic drive through the Chianti region to discover its vineyards and art collections
  • 7 nights accommodation with daily continental breakfast
  • 4 lunches and 2 dinners paired with wine
  • Luxury airport transfer on arrival

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: 6-8 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Valet

You will be accommodated in superior deluxe accommodations in a luxury four-star hotel located along the banks of the Arno River are included in the price of the tour. All rooms feature a river or city view. There are a limited number of family suites for groups of 3 - 4 people traveling together, please send an inquiry for more information.

Program

Sunday: Arrive in Florence, Italy

Short orientation, aperitivo with a heavy appetizer buffet.

Monday: Piazzale Michelangelo - Siena and San Gimignano

You start your day at the most beautiful viewpoint of Florence, Piazzale Michelangelo! Head to Siena and San Gimignano to enjoy these two picturesque villages at your leisure during your stop. Lunch and wine tasting at a beautiful bio organic winery with an amazing view of San Gimignano. Lunch and wine tasting are included. Dinner is open.

Tuesday: Nude and Food

You embark on a unique "Nude and Food" journey, a half-day walking tour starting with a morning visit to the Accademia to see just a few of the works of Michelangelo, including David. Then it's off to discover the many food attractions of Florence including Mercato Centrale. Museum tickets and all tastings, including wine, are included. Bring your appetite! Dinner is open.

Wednesday: Scenic drive through the Chianti region

You start the day with a scenic drive through the Chianti region, followed by lunch and a tour of the organic vegetable gardens, vineyard, cellars, and art collection (including works by Goya, Picasso, and Warhol) of a prestigious winery in the area. Lunch and wine tasting are included. Dinner is open.

Thursday: Truffle hunting and cooking class

You will head out to the Tuscany countryside to learn the secrets of truffle hunting. Then you go off the beaten path in a Range Rover to find them! Afterward, you will go into the kitchen to craft several dishes with your newly found treasures! Lunch and wine are included. Dinner is open.

Friday: Open

This is the perfect day for museums, shopping, or a side trip. Chef Jenner will provide a list of suggestions. The hotel concierge will assist with any museum reservations.

Saturday: Gondola cruise and farewell dinner

Pre-dinner cruise on Florentine style Gondola with Prosecco. Farewell dinner with wine pairings.

Sunday

Depart at 11:00 a.m. local time.

Activity level: Moderate

Florence and Tuscany are situated on hilly terrain. While this is a relaxed Itinerary, participants should have the ability to stand or walk for at least 90 minutes. While most tours will take you downhill, the ability to walk up steep hills is recommended. Since much of the area was built in the Renaissance period, some multi-level buildings do not have elevators. Disabled accessibility may be limited in this region.

Included excursions

  • Tour of the Chianti Region
  • Half day walking museum, food, and wine tour in Florence
  • Siena and San Gimignano tour
  • Gondola cruise

Location

The tour is based in Florence, Italy, with daily tours throughout Tuscany.

Food

Sprezzatura fosters an appreciation for the slow food movement of Tuscany. The food tours and tastings will feature locally produced food and wine. While Tuscany loves its pasta and homemade bread, there are plenty of options for vegetarians and gluten-free requests. Daily continental breakfast buffet, five group lunches, and three group dinners are included. Two lunches and five dinners and you are encouraged to explore Florence to make your own culinary discoveries!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Luxury airport transfers on arrival in a Mercedes Sedan E Class
  • 7 nights deluxe accommodations at a 4-star hotel
  • Daily continental breakfast buffet
  • 4 group lunches
  • Welcome dinner buffet
  • Daily wine tasting
  • Farewell dinner with wine and cocktails
  • Luxury transportation with an English speaking driver for all excursions in an air-conditioned Mercedes Minivan with bottled water included
  • Excursions as detailed on the itinerary
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Museum entry and transportation for all scheduled tours are included unless otherwise stated
  • VAT for all included items are paid by Vivace Gourmet Personal Chef Services

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • 2 luches
  • 5 dinners
  • Airport transfers upon departure
  • Any optional activities not included in the tour itinerary
  • Taxi fare, museum fees, VAT, and gratuity for all items not included on the itinerary
  • Room service or any other incidental fees at the hotel are not covered
  • Driver and tour guide gratuities (while tipping is optional, it is considered polite to tip tour drivers and guides at the conclusion of a tour)

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

Availability

Arrival: Sunday October 17, 2021
Departure: Sunday October 24, 2021

Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 5% per person. To benefit, pay in full before September 1, 2020.

 
Solo travelers

This vacation can accommodate solo travelers.

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