Food Secrets of Tuscany
How about this as a recipe for success?A whole award-winning Chef, a whole celebrated food critic, a bunch of Tuscany's best kept food & wine secrets, a touch of luxe and posh and a sprinkle of fun. Let it simmer to perfection for 8 days & 7 nights, and voila!
2 Home Bases
From USD 5,699 per person
How many of us have dreamed of casting aside everyday life and running off to a villa in Tuscany to soak up perfect sun-dappled views while the wine flows and the pasta bowl never seems to empty? Unfortunately that dream is usually rudely interrupted by the alarm clock. While we may not be able to do much about the alarm clock, there is much we can do about making this dream come true. Come and experience the true flavors of Italy with not one, but two of our food experts.
“Italian food is bold and satisfying without being heavy. It’s rich and textural and uses a whole palette of flavors,” says Michael Chiarello, author of the cookbook Bottega. “Enjoying Italian cuisine is more experiential, not intellectual. It comes from a more emotional place that’s very evocative.”. We invite you to join us, and put this sound theory to the test.
Land dates, room options and rates
- Hotel Regency (Deluxe) & Il Borro $5699
- Hotel Regency (Junior Suite) & Il Borro $6099
- Westin Excelsior (Deluxe) & Il Borro $6299
Rates displayed are per person per journey, based on double occupancy. Solo travelers are welcome for a small single supplement fee of $1999.
A different approach to understanding food
Having your very own food critic gives you a greater appreciation of the work produced by some of the best local chefs, and provide a whole new look at dishes presented in front of you, and their birth process. Many things we often take for granted when enjoying a great meal will be dissected, in a fun way, by our food critic host.
Balance and Diverse
While focusing on food (and wine, of course), our journey is designed to be well balanced, with the introduction of tours and activities that relate, indirectly, to the history of the region's culinary standing. We give our guests opportunities to enjoy great food and to learn about local specialties without overwhelming them or over-loading their days.
From private tours of local palaces and historical sites, to backstage access at some of the most respected eateries in Tuscany, Art In Voyage provides guests on this journey a look at what it takes to produce excellent meals. Meet local chefs, farmers and wine makers along the way, and hear their incredible stories.
Luxurious yet Authentic hospitality
While carefully selecting properties offering comfort and luxury, we also strive to ensure all offer authenticity and great hospitality without excess. On the last leg, we invite you to discover a unique and memorable experience in the Tuscan countryside, a true highlight of this journey.
All activities are optional in attendance
Day 1: Welcome to Florence
Day 2: Florence in depth
Day 3: Florence Food Tour
Day 4: The Tuscan countryside
Day 5: Siena and Montepulciano
Day 6: Farm to Table & Cooking class
Day 7: Day at leisure
Day 8: Catch your flight home or extend beyond Tuscany
OUR HOME BASES
The gleaming Westin Excelsior is one of Florence’s more traditional five-star hotels. Opulent interiors, prime position on the north bank of the Arno, and good services and facilities make it a valid option. Facing pedestrianized Piazza Ognissanti, the Westin lies a short stroll along the Arno from the prime designer shopping street of Via Tornabuoni and Florence’s major sights. Hidden gem Domenico Ghirlandaio’s Last Supper fresco is housed in a cloister on the same square.
All of the 171 bedrooms have a subtly sleek look, mainly thanks to a fresh palate of soft grey, taupe and white. All rooms have Westin’s trademark ‘Heavenly Bed’, an extraordinarily cocooning combination of superb mattress, softer-than-soft topper and light-as-air duvets and pillows. Enjoy a river view with an upgrade to one of the top floor suites. The panoramic sweep towards the Ponte Vecchio and up to Forte Belvedere is magnificent.
A highlight is sixth-floor gourmet restaurant and cocktail bar Sesto on Arno, an enclosed glass box from where the 360-degree views of the city are stupendous, especially at sunset. Chef Matteo Lorenzini cut his culinary teeth in France and classical French influences meld with local traditions in dishes such as stuffed cappelletti pasta in a beetroot ‘pot au feu’ and venison with ‘sauce grand veneur’ (‘huntsman’s’ sauce).
A hidden retreat in the center of Florence, this magnificent mansion oozes warm Italian style. Step out of the busy city and back in time at the Hotel Regency – a serene sanctuary with Florence’s world-famous sights on the doorstep. This majestic villa has welcomed guests since the 1800s, when it played host to many of Florence’s most illustrious figures. And this reputation for first-class service amid graceful surroundings has been carried through to today.
Inside, the Regency décor, Renaissance art and original features – from antique mirrors to period lights – have a timeless charm. Outside, you’ll find the ‘Secret Garden’ – a tranquil spot to enjoy an aperitif or simply bask in the Tuscan sun.
Standing proudly on Piazza Massimo D’Azeglio, Hotel Regency puts you right at the heart of Florence’s rich culture and history. Take in iconic works of art, elaborate churches and winding medieval streets, discovering the city that has enchanted artists and writers for centuries. And then end each day relaxing in the lounge or exclusive garden of your private city retreat.
The origins of the village of Il Borro are lost in the history of medieval Tuscany and the famous people who established the reputation of the region. Every alley, every stone speaks of a time that once was, of flavors and scents that recall the memory of a rare and more authentic Tuscany. Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, in the shadow of the cypress trees of the ancient Via dei Sette Ponti, (an area rich in art and culture between the three main cities of Tuscany Florence, Arezzo and Siena), Il Borro is an open window on history, a fresco to a far away world. The Medici dynasty, the Savoia family and now the Ferragamo family have safeguarded and preserved this precious oasis, making this place, suspended between past and present, a sanctuary dedicated to well-being and the art of hospitality. You are welcome – one thousand years of history are waiting for you!
The rooms are an elegant portrait of the classic Tuscan style. Subjected to a meticulous restoration, they have retained their original features whilst enriching them with all the most modern comforts. Stay in historic villas or in one of the suites in the village and enjoy the unique culture of Il Borro.
THIS JOURNEY INCLUDES
3 nights in Florence 4 nights in the Tuscan countryside
7 breakfasts 3 lunches 4 dinners w/ wine pairings (including two Michelin-starred restaurants)
A private tour of Florence and its best kept secrets A private food tour of Florence (with more than 5 stops/tastings) A guided tour of Siena 2 cooking classes Visit to local farms & markets Wine tastings throughout
As well as...
Private transfers to and from Florence or Pisa airports/train station (Transfers in and out of Rome available for a small supplement) Luxury and air-conditioned transportation throughout Services of two journey hosts, including an award-winning chef and a food critic All taxes (sales, tourists and city taxes)
Hot Air Balloon over Tuscany's vineyards
Take on the world at sunrise with this Hot Air Balloon experience over Tuscany's vineyards. Your experience include a breakfast in the vineyard. Pricing is per person - May be set up as a private event on request
A day at the helm of a Vintage car
On one of the days touring Tuscany, follow our caravan at the helm of your very own classic car. Choose from one of our 8 different cars from the sixties and seventies, and impress your travel companion driving through the incredible Tuscan countryside. Pricing is per vehicle (2 passengers maximum)
GOOD TO KNOW
All listed activities are optional in attendance Guests will be invited to write reviews (optional) on all the restaurants visited throughout the journey. One review per restaurant will be picked to be published on Scott's website. Additional daily trips and excursions may be arranged for a small supplement. International flight may be arranged through us. Travel insurance is recommended (Art In Voyage partners with ALLIANZ) Price is based on a double occupancy. We charge a small single supplement. Space is limited to 8 with a maximum capacity of 10 guests
HOW ABOUT EXTENDING?
We would be happy to assist you in making this journey a small part of a bigger picture. Extend in Rome prior to joining the group, or head to Lake Como, Venice or beyond Italy after the journey ends. Allow us to assist and provide professional and knowledgeable guidance.
WHY TRAVEL WITH US?
Expertise Flexibility Friends /Family Spirit /Small Groups Luxury C onditions Exclusive Experiences
All listed retreats (hotels, villas and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. If replaced, similar or higher standards will be upheld.
A refundable deposit* of $2000 per person is due at the time of your reservation. In case of a cancelation at more than 90 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.
Solo travelers welcome for a small single supplement of $1999.
Your final balance is due 90 days prior to departure, at which point your journey becomes non-refundable.
NEW! Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $250 per person administrative fee.