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​Fast Cars, Slow Food Edition
May 26 - June 2, 2024

 

 

Tuscany is known for its farm to table philosophy.  Modena, in the neighboring region of Emilia-Romagna is known for its slow food and fast cars.  Put them together and you have a wonderful combination!  Your home away from home is a stylish 4 Star hotel, nestled along the banks of the Arno River just far enough to get away from the city, but still walking distance to all the action.  The remodeled boutique hotel features elegantly styled rooms with daily breakfast.  Relax at the beautiful rooftop lounge with a birds eye view of the city! 

$3495 Per Person, Double Occupancy

$500 Deposit to Reserve

$995 Single Room Supplement

Receive 5% Discount if full payment is made to reserve.

Join others or reserve with your group of 4 - 10 travelers, based on availability.  

Maximum capacity of 10 Travelers.  

Deluxe Accommodations include:

  • Luxury Airport Transfers on Arrival in a Mercedes Sedan E Class

  • 7 Nights at a 4-Star Hotel, featuring a rooftop pool and beautiful City or River view in Florence, Italy!

  • Daily Continental Breakfast Buffet 

  • Four Group Lunches 

  • Two Group Dinners

  • Luxury Transportation for all excursions in an air conditioned Mercedes Minivan with reusable water bottles included.

Moderate Activity Level:  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 60 minutes.  While most tours will take us 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.

Arrive Florence, Italy Sunday, May 26, 2024

  • Short Orientation - Rooftop Bar at the hotel.  Dinner Buffet and Welcome Cocktail included.

 

Monday - Memorial Day

  • Piazzale Michelangelo.                                                                                                                            We start our day at the most beautiful viewpoint of Florence!

  • American World War II Cemetery

       A beautiful, yet somber reminder of the soldiers that helped Florence fight against Nazi Germany.​

  • Next, a scenic drive through the Chianti Region, with a scenic stop in the small town of Panzano.

  • Lunch and Wine Tasting at Dario Cecchini's

  • After our wonderful lunch, we will venture off to yet another winery for a small group or private tour and tasting.  Location to be announced. 

  • Dinner is Open

Tuesday 

  • Nude and Food

We 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!

 

  • The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore.  An optional casual afternoon stroll and Aperitivo in the Oltrarno district (where the Florentine locals live) is also available. Dinner is Open

Wednesday

  • Val D'Orcia

We can't visit the Chianti region without visiting its famous rival region, home of the famous Brunello di Montalcino wines!  This tour will take us through the curved Cypress tree-lined roads that make Tuscany famous.  We will start the day in Montepulciano with a visit to the regulatory headquarters for Brunello di Montalcino, followed by shopping in this picturesque town. Then we will head off to Pienza for an unforgettable lunch with a view, followed by a scenic drive with picturesque stops through the Tuscan countryside. 

 Lunch and wine tasting included.

 

  • Dinner is open.

 

Thursday

  • Emilia-Romagna

We will venture off to Maranello and Modena - home of two of the most important contributions to Italian (and world) culture - Ferrari and Balsamic Vinegar!

  • Museo Ferrari Maranello ​​​​

    • This attraction features fast cars in red from collector​'s editions to F1 cars.  This experience will also give you the opportunity to try your skills in an F1 simulator! 

  • Modena - we will then head off to the neighboring town of Modena for lunch with a Balsamic vinegar tour with tasting.  

  • Entrance, simulator, tastings and lunch included.

  • Dinner is Open

Friday

  • Friday is open to explore, perfect for shopping or museums! This is also a perfect day for a side trip.  Please contact the hotel Concierge for assistance with museum reservations.

 

Saturday

  • Gourmet dinner cooking class at one of the area's top cooking schools, followed by dinner with wine pairing. 

Depart Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 11:00 am Local Time

Pricing and Payment

  • Tour Price is $3495 Per Person Double Occupancy, Not Including Airfare. Receive a 5% discount if full payment is made at time of reservation. There is a Single Room supplement of $995.  Group size is limited to a maximum of 10 travelers.     Minimum age for tour is 18, the legal drinking age in Italy.  There are a limited number of family suites for groups of 4 people traveling together.

  • This is a joinable tour with a minimum of 4 travelers to take place.  If you wish to reserve this tour as a private tour, please have your group of 4 - 10 travelers formed to reserve together.

  • Payment:

      Reservations require a $500 Non-Refundable Deposit per person.  

      5% Discount for Full Payment to Reserve before May 1, 2024

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      Remaining Balance Due by May 1, 2024

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     *If applicable, Single Room supplement payment of $995 is due May 1, 2024.

  • Reservations requested AFTER May 1, 2024 will require a full payment to reserve.

  • To make a reservation, fill out the form on the Andiamo! page to receive a reservation form and electronic payment invoice.  All payments will be processed through Square Payment Systems. Signing the reservation form is agreeing to the Terms and Conditions of the Tour.   Not adhering to the payment schedule may result in forfeiture of reservation.  ALL PAYMENTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. Reservations are not confirmed until cleared deposit has been received. If the minimum of 4 travelers is not met, a credit for a future tour will be given. 

  • What's Included:  7 Nights Deluxe Accommodations at a 4 Star Hotel along the banks of the Arno River.  Welcome Cocktail and Dinner Buffet, Daily Breakfast, 4 Lunches, Farewell Dinner (with Wine and Cocktails), 1 Lifetime of Memories, are included. Airport Transfers on arrival, Museum Entry and transportation for all scheduled tours is included unless otherwise stated.   VAT (Value Added Tax) for all included items are paid by Vivace Gourmet's Sprezzatura Lifestyle Blog.  All other meals are the responsibility of the traveler.  Taxi fare, museum fees, VAT and Gratuity for all items not included on the Itinerary are the responsibility of the traveler.   Tour pricing was calculated in Euro and converted to US Dollars.

  • What's NOT Included:  Airfare is not included. Two Lunches and 5 Dinners. I encourage you to explore Florence to make your own culinary discoveries!  Room service or any other incidental fees at hotel are not covered. Airport transfers upon departure. 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.

  • Order of events may change.  In the event of inclimate weather, other activities will be substituted for boat ride.  

  • Effective 2024, ALL visitors to ANY European Union member state will be required to obtain a ETIAS authorization prior to entry.  There is a fee of approximately $7 and approval is immediate in most cases.  Please click here for more details and to apply.  

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