Take your Culinary Knowledge to the Next Level With famed Food-Critic, Scott Joseph.
"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.
How many of us have dreamed of casting aside everyday life and running off to Tuscany and 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 Orlando's famed food-critic Scott Joseph
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 and famed food-critic, Scott Joseph.
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.
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.
On arrival in Florence, our team and private driver whisks you away to our property where you are greeted with Prosecco. After a late afternoon freshening up, we gather for an exceptional welcome dinner, held at one of Florence's TOP Michelin-starred restaurant, in their private wine cellar. It is paired with regional wines.
After a traditional breakfast, we gather for a private tour of Florence. To learn about the city's culinary history, one must have the basics on its past, its architecture and its deepest secrets. Paolo, our historian professor, has us embark on a journey briefly interrupted by lunch at one of their favorite spots. There, only locals, fresh food and a true Florentine vibe. After a much needed espresso, we continue our journey through the streets of Florence and its artisan past. Tonight, dinner is at leisure, with our recommendations.
We recognize the importance Florence has in Italy's (and the world) history, so this morning, we have some time at leisure for our guests eager to explore on their own, do some shopping or simply have a lazy morning. Around lunch time, we embark on a private and delicious journey to discover the city’s must-have bites. From the Signoria Square to the Central Market, we meeting the city’s top producers, and savoring at least 10 Florentine specialties in the convivial company of our friendly local food expert. Tonight, we hold our first cooking class one of our favorite local Chefs. It is followed by dinner with wine pairings
This morning, we depart for the region of Arezzo, our second destination and home for the next 4 nights. On the way, our guests will get to experience truffle hunting in Chianti, and enjoy lunch using the product of our labor. We arrive at our destination, the beautiful Il Borro, mid afternoon. The rest of the day is at leisure. We encourage our guests to enjoy the lovely amenities offered by the estate, as well as its several dining options.
Today, we insert some culture and history into our culinary-focused journey. Our first stop is the beautiful town of Siena, forever rival of the city of Florence. There, we are greeted by our local expert for a 2-hour walking tour before dispersing for lunch (own account). Your hosts will provide some recommendations, including one you may join them for a "lunch critic exercise". This afternoon, we make our way to Montepulciano where we enjoy a self guided afternoon which we close with wine tasting at one of the region's wine estate. After some time to freshen up, we make our way to a lovely Michelin-starred restaurant where a 6-course tasting dinner, paired with local wines, await.
After a slow start to the morning, we invite our guests to join us on a unique Tuscan farm-to-table adventure. We will immerse ourselves in an exploration of the culinary traditions and delights of several important areas within Tuscany. We will delve into the framework of authentic Tuscan culinary traditions, finding fresh ingredients at their source and discovering their heritage in the Italian kitchen. This special experience will not only deliver an amazing lunch in an unforgettable setting, but also a chance to see and learn firsthand how Italy’s farmers, wine makers, and artisan food purveyors make the most of this region’s fertile land. After a late afternoon return to the property, the rest of the evening is at leisure.
Today, enjoy a day at leisure at the properties. For lunch, guests are invited to joins us for an impromptu picnic in the estate's many acres of vineyard and olive groves surrounding the property. It is of course paired with both wine and olive oil tasting along the way. For our guests interested in seeing more of Tuscany, private day trips may be organized to the likes of Cortona, Pienza or even San Gimignano. Tonight, we hold our farewell dinner at Il Borro, where their Chef has prepared a lovely authentic Tuscan dinner for us, paired with some of the region's best wines, including a lovely Brunello.
This morning, a private transfer has been organized to Florence airport or train station. Take this opportunity to extend beyond Tuscany, and to have one of our Italy expert custom-design the perfect journey. How about Lake Como, maybe Rome if you have yet to discover the Eternal city, or make your way to the Amalfi coast. Whatever your dream destination might
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 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.
Rates displayed are per person, based on double occupancy. Solo travelers are welcome for a small single supplement fee of $2999 per single traveler.
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.