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Luxuriate in the charms of Tuscany as you travel first class through the jewel-toned landscapes of a region known for impeccable cuisine and a rich cultural heritage.
Immerse yourself in sensual pleasures on this exclusive journey through the wonders of Tuscany. With your private expert guide and driver, tour hidden historic sites, narrow streets lined with quaint cafes and boutique shops, Renaissance palaces and glorious landscapes of wheat fields and olive groves. From a private Florentine residence of a refined art collector, to a magnificent country Estate nestled among rolling hills, to an Italian townhouse located in the luxury shopping district of Rome, enjoy exclusive accommodations that will pamper your mind and body.
Shop in Via dei Tornabuoni, Florence's Fifth Avenue where you'll find everyone from Armani, Gucci, Versace, and Coveri. Sit down to an unforgettable meal at the Borgo San Jacopo Restaurant as an exclusive guest of Chef Beatrice Segoni. Enjoy a walking tour through Florence and visit the Ponte Vecchio, the famous Piazza della Signoria, and the Accademia Gallery where you’ll view Michelangelo's David. Tour the Chianti region and visit Le Capezzine Estate for a tour of the ancient stone wine cellar. Elsewhere on your journey, why not consider a game of tennis or bocce, horseback riding, a round of golf, or simply spend the day at the spa being pampered; after taking in all of that history, you deserve it! La Dolce Vita exists, we can help you experience it.
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For your added comfort, we will have a Meet & Greet assistance for you upon your arrival which will be waiting for you outside the customs. Your representative will help to co-ordinate meeting up with your private chauffeur at the airport and accompany you to your accommodation.
Discover the richness and creativity of Tuscan and Italian cuisine in the exclusive and inviting setting of the Hotel Lungarno overlooking the Arno. Resident chef Beatrice Segoni invites you to sample her delightful interpretations over lunch or dinner in the unforgettable Borgo San Jacopo Restaurant gourmet restaurant in the heart of the elegant Hotel. The Picteau Bar in the lounge of the luxury hotel is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee or a cocktail surrounded by original art by Picasso and Cocteau, while the beautiful terrace of the Sky Bar on top of the medieval Consorti tower, seems just one step away from heaven and the famous sights of Florence.
From posh designer brands like Armani, Gucci, Versace and Ferragamo to locally created hand-crafts, souvenirs, quality leathers and traditional clothing, the city of Florence is a never-ending dream for shopping enthusiasts. For those searching for ancient relics and traditional crafted antiques, Via Maggio is the street for you. The shops and merchants on this street boast numerous "Objects d'Art" and furnishings that are sure to create an atmosphere straight out of the 16th century. Via del Tornabuoni is considered Florence's 5th Avenue, featuring shops lined with best quality leather products, elegantly expensive shoes, and modernly stylish clothing boutiques. It is here where you'll find all the “big brand names” products as well as the posh, and potentially upcoming Italian styles. Besides the traditional shops, Florence also boast some of Italy's best open-air markets including the centralized Market of San Lorenzo, the New Market located under the 16th century Loggia del Porcellino, and the Flea Market at the Piazza Santa Croce.
The magnificent Hotel Lungarno (4*), presents itself as a private Florentine residence of a refined art collector, with over 400 pieces of the finest art of the 900’s. Picasso, Cocteau, Bueno, and many Italian artists such as Cassinari, Guidi, Fusi, Morlotti, Rosai, Sironi, and Tosi create an exclusive and individualised atmosphere throughout this luxury hotel, from the delightful rooms and suites, to the charming living room, and the inviting Lounge Bar Picteau. Located a stone throw away from Ponte Vecchio, the exclusive and stylish property was designed by the Florentine architect Michele Bönan and invites you to spend magical days surrounded by luxury, glamorous art and culture. Tuscan and Italian world-class cuisine tempt the palette with the gourmet restaurant "Borgo San Jacopo", with its breathtaking view onto the River Arno. The property comprises 59 wonderful rooms and 14 luxury suites, softened by beautiful light and surrounded by the reflections of the river Arno and the inspirational atmosphere of the medieval quarters of Florence.
Enjoy a half day walking tour with your private English-speaking guide. You will be met at your hotel and will proceed on foot to view the top sights in Florence. This personalized tour will give you local insight into the real history and hidden gems the city has to offer. You'll visit the Ponte Vecchio, the famous Piazza della Signoria, the elegant palaces and fashionable shops, the charming narrow medieval streets and the impressive Cathedral square with Brunelleschi's imposing dome will all be concentrated in a pleasant slowly paced tour. After exploring the city, you will proceed with your guide to the Accademia Gallery where you will have the chance to view Michelangelo's David. Completed in 1504 after four years' work, this stunning statue attracts millions of art lovers from around the globe each year. Your entrance tickets (included in the cost of the tour) are pre-booked so you can bypass the line.
Overnight guests at the Hotel Lungarno receive complimentary access to the Ferragamo museum in Florence - an artistic centerpoint in Florence. The museum’s footwear collection documents the entire span of Salvatore Ferragamo’s career, from his return to Italy in 1927 to 1960 the year he died. It highlights his technical and artistic skills which, through his color choices, the creativity of the designs and use of innovative materials made a fundamental contribution to the growth and establishment of "Made in Italy". Some of the items reveal Salvatore Ferragamo’s relationships with artists of his day, such as the futurist painter, Lucio Venna who created some advertising sketches and the famous Ferragamo footwear label. Others document his continuous quest for the perfect fit and the invention of special constructions and materials, from the famous cork wedge patented in 1936 and immediately imitated all over the world, to the raffia or cellophane vamps, and candy-wrapper paper used during World War II. In addition, there are the shoes that are famous because they were made for Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo and Audrey Hepburn. This museum truly gives an insight into a century of history told by footwear. The items on display are periodically selected from the over 10,000 models in the museum’s archives and featured in biennial exhibitions that present different themes through Ferragamo shoes. The Collection is also enriched by footwear production after the death of Salvatore Ferragamo, down to the present day. Every year, in fact, a number of models suitably representative of the season are entered in the Salvatore Ferragamo Archives which the museum draws on for its exhibitions.
Enjoy a full day private tour (6hrs) which gives you the opportunity of discovering the Chianti region. Your vehicle with English speaking driver will first take you through the countryside of the Chianti area with an ever-changing scenery of vineyards and olive trees. Enjoy a visit to San Gimignano, a tiny city that has remained intact through the centuries. The city is situated on top of a hill and is famous for its numerous towers, fresco's and other art treasures. On arrival in Siena there is some free time for lunch (not included). Fully sated, you will meet up with your Guide who will bring you on a guided visit of this magnificent medieval city. It is possible to admire the Cathedral, the Piazza del Campo one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, the Town Hall, and San Domenico, with its numerous treasures of Italian painting. During the return journey you will see the old medieval village of Monteriggioni enclosed by its famous walls which are still intact.
Depart Florence today in the comfort of your own private vehicle with driver, and relax on the drive south (approx. 1hr 45 mins) to Avignonesi, where you'll get to visit an excellent wine producer, Le Capezzine Estate, situated at a few kilometres from Montepulciano, complete with its own villa, chapel and ancient stone wine cellar. The shared visit of the cellar will last approximately 1hr15mins and will take you around a real labyrinth made of wine barrels.
At the end of the wine tasting enjoy a typical 3 course Tuscan lunch accompanied by Avignonesi wines to match each course. Lunch will typically consist of Tuscan Appetizer, choice between pasta first course or meat main course with side dish, dessert, 3 Avignonesi wines, 1 Italian dessert wine (the choice between pasta and meat has to be confirmed in advance).
Fully sated, you'll depart for the beautiful medieval town of Cortona, that was already a very important village during the Etruscan period between the 8th and 7th Century BC. Enjoy a walking tour of town with an English speaking guide for approximately 2hrs, taking in the Romanic Church of St Christopher, the Town Hall Square with the Town Hall building as well as a stroll down the main street surrounded by beautiful medieval palaces from where you can admire beautiful panoramas.From Cortona, the final stop and todays destination will be Castiglion del Bosco, approximately a 2hrs30minute drive away.
There are two restaurants and a cozy bar at the Castiglion del Bosco property which showcase the talented chefs' seasonal and regional cuisine using the finest local ingredients, complemented by an extensive list of Castiglion del Bosco and regional wines. The traditional Osteria offers a casual ambience for an informal lunch or dinner, while the fine dining restaurant, Ristorante Campo Del Drago, presents an elegant setting for a sumptuous Tuscan dining experience.
As a protected nature preserve within the Val d’Orcia Parco Naturale, Castiglion del Bosco (5*) boasts spectacular natural beauty. Nearly three quarters of the Estate is blanketed in forest — home to boar, deer, fox, porcupines, badgers, hawks and pheasants. Staying at Castiglion del Bosco is a rare opportunity to enjoy Tuscany the way it is meant to be experienced—on a magnificent country Estate nestled among rolling hills, sweeping vineyards, centuries-old farmhouses and treasures of antiquity, while indulging in the fruits of the land in the form of fresh regional cuisine and delectable wines. At the heart of the estate, Il Borgo was where the estate's business was managed, and was the focus of the farm community's village life. Today its historic buildings have been transformed into 23 luxurious Suites that exude Tuscan class and culture. Castiglion del Bosco's 4,500 acres also play host to a number of stunningly located farmhouses – and nine of these have been restored to become sumptuous yet authentic villas offering unparalleled facilities and amenities. Inspired by the colors, textures and majesty of the Val d'Orcia, Il Borgo Suites are a haven for relaxation and quiet contemplation, a unique vantage point from which to revel in the myriad pleasures of the Tuscan lifestyle. The Suites have been lovingly restored, retaining the architectural details of the storied Estate, and blending the finest antiques with custom pieces created by local artisans. Ranging in size from 750 to 2,500 square feet (50 square metres to 220 square metres), the expansive Suites offer lovely master bedrooms, airy bathrooms with sensual soaking tubs, inviting sitting rooms warmed by the Tuscan sun and private terraces with panoramic views of the countryside. State-of-the-art conveniences, including LCD TVs, Wi-Fi high-speed Internet access and iPod stations, add a modern touch to each historic residence.
Enjoy an hour and a half drive through the Tuscan countryside in the company of your chauffeur and private vehicle and arrive at Montepulciano, a beautiful medieval town built on a hilltop with an “S” shape and surrounded by very well preserved city walls. Discover its hidden narrow streets with many stores where you can also find beautiful hand made ceramics, and reach the main square “Piazza Grande” with the imposing Town Hall Palace. After about 3hrs of free time (during which you may also decide to enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch accompanied by the amazing Vino Nobile di Montepulciano red wine - not included), you'll depart to Pienza, about a 30 minute drive away.
Pienza is a very charming little town, which dates back to the 15th Century. Walk around the narrow streets and visit the typical “botteghe” (small stores) where you can find and taste all sorts of Pecorino cheese (with pepper, truffle, nuts, etc). Pienza also offers nice artisan stores which sell handmade leather items.Return to Castiglion del Bosco in the late afternoon with your private driver.
Castiglion del Bosco is well set up for activities on the estate. In and around the Borgo, one can take advantage of a state-of the-art fitness center, a soccer pitch, and tennis and bocce (Tuscan bowls) courts. The Estate also features miles of picturesque hiking and biking trails that hug spectacular ridges and meander past streams, waterfalls and hidden historic sites. Handsome Maremma horses, used by traditional Tuscan herdsmen, are also an option if a horseriding trek is of interest and treks are taken through a network of riding trails extending to the far-reaching corners of the property.
Immersed in the heart of the Val d'Orcia Artistic, Natural and Cultural Park, Castiglion del Bosco Golf Club centres on a spectacular eighteen-hole course designed by the legendary Tom Weiskopf. Golf enthusiasts will certainly be pleased with the course.
Spa lovers will be truly content with the offerings at the Care Suite Spa by Daniela Steiner which is a serene oasis that specializes in unique therapies based on organic ingredients from the Estate. Entrust yourself to the caring hands of the in-house team, who will pamper you with a complete range of exquisite beauty, spa and wellness treatments. Alternatively, relax by the heated infinity pool or enjoy a wine tasting on the propertry if you haven't already - Castiglion del Bosco is among the first five Brunello wine producers!
The extensive Gardens are a magnificent amenity in their own right, and encompass a radiant Tuscan palette for all seasons, including flower-decked terraces, rustic olive groves, manicured fruit orchards and sprawling Sangiovese vineyards. The splendid vegetable garden, designed by the Vatican's garden landscaper, is home to more than 180 varieties of vegetables, fruits and aromatic herbs grown exclusively for La Canonica's restaurants and Culinary Academy.
Depart Castiglion del Bosco today by private driven vehicle and after approximately 2hrs30 mins you'll arrive at Orvieto, an important Etruscan town built around the 6th Century BC, situated in the Southern part of Umbria region. Meet your private guide and enjoy an approximately 2hr walking tour through Orvieto’s narrow streets. Admire the magnificent cathedral with the famous Rosone window situated right on top of the main entrance, and at the end of the tour, you'll have some free time for a nice lunch before heading to Rome.
Portrait Suites(4*) is a unique Italian-style townhouse located in one of the world's most famous neighbourhood in Rome, at the corner of via Condotti and just a few steps from Piazza di Spagna, in the heart of the luxurious shopping district. An exclusive, intimate hotel, it features a limited number of suites and studios. Reflecting the splendor and the luxury of Rome of the 50’s, each suite is dedicated to a grand personality. Delicate shades of gray and pink compliment the elegance and sumptuousness of the 50’s and create the illusion of a spectacular movie set paying homage to one of the founding fathers of Italian style: Salvatore Ferragamo. A magnificent terrace on the top floor offers the most spectacular views over Rome and the Trinità dei Monti.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in Rome (Fiumicino/Ciampino) with a private vehicle and driver.
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November 06, 2013
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November 15, 2013
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November 09, 2013
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October 22, 2013
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October 19, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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October 07, 2013
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