Highlights from the 2019 Fabulous Ladies Getaway to Florence, Tuscany & Rome

Well, THAT was some fabulous fun indeed! We’ve now returned from the 2019 Fabulous Ladies Getaway to Florence, Tuscany & Rome, and what an incredible experience it was for all involved.

In short, it was 10-nights and 12 days of wine, food, shopping, wine, art, wine, architecture, friendship, wine and fun! As the first of our new series of Australia’s ONLY wine focused tours for women – in partnership with Australia’s leading female travel company Travelling Divas – it was a resounding success!

But it was even more than that. It was a time spent connecting and reconnecting with ourselves, allowing our love of wine (and food!) to flourish without judgement, and there was a forging of new and lasting friendships. It was also about visiting and supporting female wine producers beyond our own national borders, and sharing our vision for a world in which women who love wine and women who produce wine are bonded together!

Watch the video above for all the highlights, and for all the details of what our itinerary looked like, click on the section below. 

There are currently just THREE PLACES REMAINING for our 2020 Fabulous Ladies Getaway to Florence, Tuscany and Rome. Don’t you deserve the ultimate Italian wine holiday? For all the details on next year’s tour, including pricing and booking, CLICK HERE.

June 2019

Thursday 27 – 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 28 – exploring Florence on foot & a delicious welcome event.

Today is all about exploring this divine Renassaince City, in the company of our fabulous 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 29 – 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 30 – 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

JULY 2019

Monday 1 – 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 the gorgeous Jane and a light dinner (if we need it!).

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

Tuesday 2 – 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 – 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 – 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 prestifious Casetllo 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 – 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 – to Rome, to Rome.

This morning we enjoy a liesurely 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 – time to say farewell.

Sadly all good things must come to an end (unless you have extended in Rome 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 arestaying longer!

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