Food Secrets of Tuscany 2020
How about this as a recipe for success?A whole award-winning Chef, 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!
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2 Home Bases
From USD 5,499 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 our local chefs, on a journey led by one of our Italian Executive Chefs.
“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 Bernini Palace (Deluxe) & Il Borro (Superior) $5499Only 3 rooms left
- Westin Excelsior (Deluxe) & Il Borro (Jr Suite) $6299Only 1 room left!
Rates displayed are per person per journey, based on double occupancy. Solo travelers are welcome for a small single supplement fee of $2999.
A different approach to understanding food
Interacting with local chefs will give you a greater appreciation of the work produced by some of them, 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 own chef-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: Truffle hunting
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
One steps into the Romantic world of late 19th-century Italy in this five-star, centrally located boutique hotel. Civilized, operatic, sumptuous and eclectic – the Bernini Palace will appeal to those with a taste for chandeliers and swirling stucco, gold damask walls, satin-swathed beds and Belle Époque exotica.
Hotel Bernini Palace exudes all the lavish and eclectic elegance of the 1860s, when Florence bloomed as Italy’s capital city. Already a hotel, this was the meeting point and residence for many distinguished parliamentarians, whose portraits look down on the impressive Sala Parlamento (now the hotel’s breakfast room). The arcaded reception-lounge is an elaborate Neo-Classical affair in wedding-cake style, all piped with swirling white stucco (Piped, too, is the rather invasive ‘lounge music’ – out of keeping with the rest of the ambiance).
The 74 rooms are nothing but sumptuous. On the upper floors, you’ll find crystal chandeliers, elaborately swathed windows, stuccoed and gold damask-lined walls. Furnishings include elegant Italian repro escritoires, fringed velvet chairs, silk bedheads, satin quilts and linen-weave sheets. Rooms on the front overlook the towers of the Bargello and Badia, and the great cupola of the Duomo. Most of the bathrooms are in white ceramic tiles, soon to be refurbished in Carrara marble. The Executive Tuscan Floor creates a fabulous chivalric world, with be-swagged and canopied Renaissance-style beds, studded-leather furnishings, Neo-Moorish lanterns, arabesques and arches. The fairytale continues with the evening turndown service which includes a quartet of ‘Good Night Books’ in fine embossed paper.
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 (including a truffle one and a picnic) 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 of 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 All taxes (sales, tourists and city taxes)
GOOD TO KNOW
All listed activities are optional in attendance 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 $1500 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 $2999.
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.