Fabulous Ladies Getaway: Florence, Tuscany, Rome

28 May – 07 June 2020

Wine, fabulous food, historic villas, luxury hotels, more wine, picnics, designer shopping, vineyards, award winning wineries, plus the incredible company of other wine loving women. Following on from our sell-out 2019 tour, we’ve now launched our 2020 tour! This is a small group tour with a maximum of just 12 guests so you get the best of everything. Join us for Australia’s ONLY all-female, wine focused Italian adventure.

In partnership with Travelling Divas

This is the ultimate fabulous ladies tour to the heartland of Italian wine and food!

2 nights in Florence, 7 nights in a winery villa near Arezzo, 1 night in Rome 

Exclusive winery visits – focused on female producers – plus fashion, food, art, and more. The best of the region! 

Each day is full of exceptional experiences and special surprises you cannot find anywhere else. 

What did our 2019 tour look like and what did our guests have to say about it? Watch this! 

Thursday 28 May 2020: Welcome to Florence & your Fabulous Ladies Getaway!

Arrive into Florence, where you will be met by your private transfer to the lovely *Gallery Art Hotel, home for the next two nights. Settle in, relax and then explore the surrounds of your perfectly situated hotel. Whether you want to visit the Ponte Vecchio to drink in the view, head to Piazza della Signorina to people watch or hit the shops – it is all within very easy walking distance!

Tonight we meet in the bar for a welcome drink and a tour briefing. For those in the mood we head out for a casual dinner, for those feeling particularly jet-lagged you might prefer room service or an early night. This is a very relaxed start to our journey so the choice is yours!

*Check-in is at 2pm, so if you arrive early the hotel will store your baggage if your room is not ready.

Overnight Accommodation: Gallery Art Hotel

Friday 29 May 2020: Exploring Florence on foot & a welcome soiree.

Today is all about exploring this divine Renaissance City, in the company of our fabulous local private guide. Soak up the ambience, the history and the culture on this gorgeous explore.

This afternoon discover your own Florence, whether your are the ultimate culture vulture and want art and a view of the glorious statue of David or perhaps the Uffizzi Gallery and the Vasari Corridor is more your thing? Or do you want to discover those hidden boutiques selling stylish clothing and homewares? Whatever it is, you will discover it in bucket loads as you wander the streets – you might even find something new for our delightful welcome event this evening!

Tonight we celebrate this divine tour with welcome aperitivi and canapes in a secret location…. so let’s get a little glamorous and enjoy our evening!

Overnight Accommodation: Gallery Art Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Welcome Soiree

Saturday 30 May 2020: To our villas we go & wine tasting.

After breakfast and check-out we say farewell to Florence and head off for the next part of the adventure.

We travel to the beautiful, and less crowded, city of Arezzo to explore this tiny walled jewel. We then enjoy a relaxing lunch before we head to Pomaio Winery and our two luxury villas, home for the next 7 nights. Check in and then enjoy some serious pool time, perhaps a welcome glass of bubbles and just generally chill out! These two beautiful, spacious villas are located side-by-side, with a total of 11 bedrooms and each has its own private pool and kitchen. Each room enjoys its own en-suite and air-conditioning to ensure a comfortable stay.

Late this afternoon we enjoy a tasting of Tuscan wines with sommelier Bernardo Conticelli, who will teach about the wonderful wine productions in this area so that when we are out and about we have some knowledge of what it is we are drinking.

Dinner in-villa this evening.

Overnight Accommodation: Villas, Pomaio
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sunday 31 May: Textiles & tastings.

This morning we transfer to the Casentino area of Tuscany, where we will visit the delightful Anghiari village and the divine Busetti Textiles. Here we can see how they make these beautiful products and those feeling in the mood for a little re-decorating perhaps a purchase or two before we move on and enjoy an exquisite wine tasting lunch with sommelier Helen Cardoso Mainieri.

Chill time by the pool and then platters & wine in-house for dinner this evening.

Overnight Accommodation: Villas, Pomaio
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Monday 1 June 2020: Siena, a pop-up picnic & a surprise.

This morning we are in for a treat visiting Siena, one of the most beautiful and exciting Tuscan Cities. We will meet Rita, our passionate guide who will take us through the thrilling history of the Palio, the world famous horse race that is centuries old, the contrade (neighbouhoods) who passionately contest this each year and how Siena fell to its rival, Florence….

Then to our secret destination, pop – up picnic and our surprise. This day just keeps on getting better and better!

Tonight a poolside wine chat with Jane and a light dinner (if we need it!).

Overnight Accommodation: Villas, Pomaio
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tuesday 2 June 2020: Time for retail therapy.

This morning, for those feeling in the mood, it is time for a touch of retail therapy. A girl needs her good wine, and a girl needs her shopping. For those with a limited shopping attention span, there is a hairdresser who does a mighty fine blow dry and a good coffee shop which might just fit the bill.

We are spending the morning at what is one of the most luxuriously gorgeous outlets anywhere! Forget DFS this is a whole different level. Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli, McQueen and so many more I need to stop. You may find something fabulous or you may not, but you will certainly have fun trying!

Then to a divine, authentic enoteca osteria in nearby Incisa to replenish our much depleted energy over a leisurely lunch.

Time for a quick siesta once we return to our villas and then a cooking class that will be divine at Pomaio (which is our dinner tonight so let’s do good.

Overnight Accommodation: Villas, Pomaio
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, cooking class dinner

Wednesday 3 June 2020: Brunello di Montalcino & women in wine.

Oh what a fabulous day today will be. A visit to one of the most famous wine making towns on earth, Montalcino where the famous Brunello originates from. Not only will we learn all about this fabulous drop at the fortress, with a ‘lesson’ in Brunello varieties, we will also visit local women Brunello producers, taste and hear their stories on the way through.

This evening is Tuscan pizza night in-house!

Overnight Accommodation: Villas, Pomaio
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Thursday 4 June 2020: Panzano, Greve in Chianti & Verazzano loveliness.

Today we head to Greve in Chianti followed by the beautiful village of Panzano. We visit the divine Castello di Verrazzano and have insider access to their incredible private map and diary collection plus enjoy a tasting of the prestigious Castello di Verrazzano Chianti Classico. Once we have had our fill of this divine destination it is time to head to our fabulous private home farm-to-table lunch in the countryside near Panzano in Chianti. Bliss!

This evening is at leisure and we may or may not choose to eat dinner!

Overnight Accommodation: Villas, Pomaio
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Friday 5 June 2020: Honey, cheese, tea, a tasting and a feast.

Our last day in the gorgeous region of Tuscany gives us new surprises, with a visit to cheese and honey producers, plus a tea sommelier along the divine Setteponti (The Seven Bridges) Road, with an optional lunch in the beautiful village of Loro Ciuffena.

We are then back to the villa, to get ready for an early evening apperitivo by the pool before a Podere di Pomaio wine tasting and a feast at the winery… Divine end to a divine stay with our gorgeous winery hosts!

Overnight Accommodation: Villas, Pomaio
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Saturday 6 June 2020: To Rome, to Rome.

This morning we enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the villas, and then a road transfer to Rome. We have the day free here to explore to our hearts’ content, do any last minute shopping, throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain (and enjoy a glass of bubbles at my new favourite spot). This evening for those who wish to we can enjoy a lovely drink in the beautiful Monti district, an authentic and pretty district in the heart of Rome…

Overnight Accommodation: Roma Luxus (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Sunday 7 June 2020: Time to say farewell.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end (unless you have extended your stay in Rome – which we can help you to do – or are travelling further afield) and we say goodbye to our friends we have made. Private transfers to the airport. For those with late night departures, we can organise a share room for bag storage and pre-departure showers. Ask us for rates for this or for extra nights if you are staying longer!

Grazie e arrivederci. Buon viaggio.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour Price:  euro 5255 per person on a twin share basis.  euro 6055 on a single share basis.

A willing to share option is available on this tour, subject to availability.
Tour Starts:  Florence 
 
Tour Finishes:  Rome
 
Tour Dates:   28 May  – 7 June 2020

 PRICE INCLUDES:
  • Fully escorted from Florence by Jane Thomson – A Fabulous Lady…
  • 2 nights’ luxury 4-star boutique accommodation, Gallery Art Hotel Florence
  • 7 nights’ luxury villa accommodation, Villa Leopoldina & Villa Mandorlo, Pomaio Winery Arezzo  (villas are side by side)
  • 1 nights’ luxury 4-star boutique accommodation, Hotel Capo D’Africa, Rome
  • Private arrival transfer Florence Airport or Santa Maria Novella Train station, departure transfer Rome Hotel – Fiumicino Airport
  • Meals as per the itinerary including breakfast daily
  • Wine included with meals as specified (in the villa wine is served with all dinners)
  • Wine tastings
  • Welcome rooftop soiree Florence
  • Private guided walking tour Florence
  • Tasting of Tuscan Wines with sommelier Bernardo Conticelli
  • Private visit to Busetti Textiles
  • Wine tasting lunch with sommelier Helen Cardoso Mainieri
  • Private guided visit to Siena
  • Pop up picnic in the countryside, plus a gorgeous surprise
  • Luxury outlet shopping morning including lunch at a wonderful enoteca osteria
  • Full day trip to Montalcino, to discover the delicious Brunello Montalcino including visits to local women Brunello producers
  • Day trip to Panzano & Greve in Chianti including visit to the prestigious Castello di Verazzano.
  • Cheese, honey producer visits  and tastings
  • Tea sommelier visit and tastings
  • Cooking class
  • Farewell feast at Pomaio winery including tastings
  • Private transport throughout
  • All local and city taxes
NOT INCLUDED:
Airfares and departure taxes; transfers unless stated in the itinerary; items of a personal nature; phone calls; passport and visas; laundry or tips. Personal transport; excess baggage; security and government taxes; travel insurance. Meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary; beverages unless specifically described. Optional excursions or activities that may be offered but are not included in the tour price.  Spa treatments and any items not specified.  Any changes you choose to make during your holiday.

For this 10-day fabulous experience you will be personally hosted by Jane Thomson, Founder and CEO of The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society & the Australian Women in Wine Awards.

Don't you deserve an Italian adventure like this one?

Book now to secure your place for our 2020 departure.

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