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US $2,500.00 - US $3,000.00
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Please note that sample prices listed are per person for a weekly rental from Saturday to Saturday. The minimum number of people is 10 for a villa with a private chef for 7 days. The prices do not include airfare or car rental. Pricing depends upon day of departure, departure city and length of stay. All travel dates within a date range may not be available at the time of booking. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates, and other restrictions may apply.

Romance in Tuscany with Flavors of Italia

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Honeymoon or Destination Wedding at Villa Nutrice

Flavors of Italia offers guests a romantic setting with a personal chef and wedding planner available for the honeymoon or wedding of your dreams.

In the heart of Bagno a Ripoli sits your home and the centerpiece of your Tuscan adventure: the beautifully restored Villa Nutrice. Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, your villa is located perfectly on a country hilltop. Recently restored to its ancient grandeur, Villa Nutrice combines Tuscan charm and tradition with modern convenience including a romantic patio and refreshing pool. The charming villa is located a mere 15 minutes from Florence.

Culinary Experience

When you travel to Villa Nutrice with Flavors of Italia, the centerpiece of your journey will be the food. In Italy, eating is life. People come to the table, not just to feed their bodies, but to nourish their relationships and souls. Your hosts at Villa Nutrice want to pamper you during your stay. On your culinary vacation, you’ll enjoy:

* A private chef who is approachable and knowledgeable.
* A food and market day. Your chef will take you to the local markets and artisan shops where you’ll select your own fresh ingredients to be included in the evening meal. This tour is an opportunity to get involved in the cooking process.
* Daily breakfast served at your leisure. Dine indoors or out. With advance notice, requests will be met.
* Four communal dinners. It’s an integral part of Italian culture to sit down as a group and share the experiences of the day.
* Aperitivi hour prior to each dinner, served alfresco pool-side or on the large patio overlooking the valley. Mingle with other guests prior to the main course.
* There will always be a supply of snacks in the refrigerator to which you can help yourself.
* Wine will be included at every dinner. There will also be an honor-bar provided for cocktails.
* There will be food demonstrations or edu-tainment about the cuisine and culture (the kitchen is too small for full cooking classes).

Italians view eating as an essential part of their lifestyle and heritage: through cuisine, you’ll gain an intimate appreciation for the Italian culture and love for the people. Your hosts at Villa Nutrice are excited to share the Italian culinary tradition with you.

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Included in Your Villa Nutrice Experience:

Food and Market Day with your chef, Maureen Brandt
Shop for food as an Italian. Your day begins in Panzano, where you'll explore the outdoor market. With your chef, you'll be selecting the fresh ingredients to be included in your evening meal. Next, you'll visit the famous butcher shop of the Dante-singing Dario Cecchini to select your Bistecca Fiorentina (two inch porterhouse).

Optional Lunch
Dario's restaurant "Solo Ciccia" (meaning just meat).
In the afternoon, you'll travel to Greve, where you'll explore the small shops. Your chef will guide you through the salumeria (meat delicatessen) to select antipasto ingredients like wild boar prosciutto and artisinal salamis. Also, the leather vendors are not-to-be-missed attractions. Refresh with gelato, a local specialty.

After Greve, you'll travel to Florence and visit "St. Peter of the Grocery" (a fun stop and recognized because of the C-shaped entrance) to select the remaining ingredients for your al fresco dinner. Your market day will end where you start: just outside your villa door.

Siena and San Gimignano Tour
Siena is the historic rival of Florence and is the most perfectly preserved of all Tuscan cities. Although Siena boasts a rich tradition of great painters and decorators, its pride is the city's rich military history. San Gimignano is known as "the City of the Beautiful Towers," and has a rich history in art and culture..

AM: Walking tour
Your expert guide will take you through Siena and elucidate the history of the city. Piazza del Campo and the Duomo are not to be missed.

Optional Lunch
We recommend dining in a local "trattoria" for a savory Fiorentina (a steak exclusive to this region).

PM: San Gimignano
San Gimignano is a beautiful hilltop city with famous military towers. Take in the panoramic vistas, visit the numerous art galleries, and stop by the open-air restaurants in the piazza. Make sure you get directions from your guide to the best gelato shop in Italy. In the late afternoon, your driver will bring you back to your villa.

A La Carte Tour Options:

Arezzo and Cortona Tour

120.00 € per person, 8-10 hour tour

Arezzo is a center for Italy's gold production and Cortona is now world famous thanks to Frances Mayes' book Under the Tuscan Sun. The movie, based on the novel, was filmed in Cortona.

AM: Explore Arezzo
When you arrive in Arezzo, the focal points of your exploration will be the civic museum, the Cathedral of San Francesco, and the gold museum. Arezzo was home to Piero della Francesca, a famous artist of the Early Renaissance. His masterpieces decorate the walls of the San Francesco Cathedral. And, as Arezzo is the heart of Italy's gold production, a journey to this city is incomplete without a trip to the gold museum.

Optional Lunch
Dine at a Gourmet Restaurant and enjoy traditional dishes paired with regional wines.

PM: Experience Cortona
Founded by the Etruscans, Cortona is an ancient and noble city that rests high on the Tuscan hillside. Renowned for its idyllic beauty, Cortona was home to artist Pietro Berrettini and is simply breath-taking. Your tour can include stops at the sanctuary of Le Celle where St. Francis lived, the Cathedral of Santa Margherita, and the civic museum. In the late afternoon, your driver will bring you back to your villa.

Florence Walking Tour

75.00 € per person with a 3 hour guided tour
45.00 € per person round trip transfer

Florence is the largest city in the Tuscan region and is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Established by Julius Caesar in 59 BC as a settlement for his most veteran soldiers, this magnificent city is renowned for its impressive monuments, churches, and architecture. A walking tour in Florence is literally a feast for your eyes.

AM: Guided Walking tour
When you arrive in Florence, your guide will accompany you to Florence's most fascinating locations. Your tour will include stops at the Accademia Museum, the world-famous Duomo, Piazza Repubblica, Piazza Uffizi, and San Lorenzo Market. Your journey to each destination will be filled with chances to admire historical buildings, fountains, and statues.

Optional Lunch
Dine at a gourmet restaurant or sidewalk bistro.

PM
Explore the city at your leisure. Be sure to walk the famous Ponte Vecchio! A driver will bring you back to your villa.

Shopping

98.00 € per person

10 AM to 4 PM approximately. Your guide will meet you at your residence to accompany you to Tuscany's finest artisan outlets and Italy's signature designer outlets according to your preferences. Your shopping experience will include the Prada and Miu Miu outlets (where you'll find the perfect bag or pair of shoes), The Mall (an outlet village featuring designer brands Armani, Gucci, Valentino, Ferragamo, Ungaro, Fendi, Yves Saint Laurent and others), and I Place (an outlet offering exclusive "Made in Italy" products). With this tour, you'll literally shop 'till you drop.

Wine Tasting Day

115.00 € per person (includes tasting fees)

What's an Italian vacation without wine? This tour will highlight the beautiful wineries in the Tuscany region.

AM: Chianti Classico
You will arrive at a winery producing one of Italy's principal DOCG* wines. Here, you'll witness the sophisticated production of Chianti Classico in a modern winery and sample some very exclusive wines.

Optional lunch
Dine at a gourmet restaurant featuring traditional dishes of the region.

PM: Vernaccia
After lunch, we'll visit a winery in San Gimignano and taste Italy's first DOCG certified white wine, Vernaccia. In addition, we'll stop by a smaller, family-owned and operated winery where all processing is completed manually. You'll have the opportunity to explore the village of San Gimignano which proudly features 13 beautiful medieval towers. In the late afternoon, your driver will accompany you to your residence.
All wineries are selected based on availability. Please let us know if you have any specific requests.

Carrara and Cinque Terre Tour

125.00 € per person

Michelangelo's David, the Pantheon, and Trajan's Column in Roma all have one thing in common: Carrara marble. On this day tour, you'll explore the most famous marble quarry in the world. After your visit to the quarry, you'll refresh your senses in the seaside villages that make up Cinque Terre.

AM: The quarry
Arrive in Carrara. At the quarry, you'll experience the entire processing of the marble from digging to manufacturing. We'll visit the sculpting laboratory, the museum of fine arts, and the marble shops.

Optional Lunch
Lunch will be served in Cinque Terre where you can enjoy a traditional lunch at local restaurant.

PM: Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre, comprises five towns situated on the beautiful Italian coast. Cinque Terre has views that are awe-inspiring: traditional Italian architecture seems to arise out of the sea. Take a walk on one of the numerous coastline hiking trails, enjoy the hospitable environment, and simply soak in the "old-world" feel of these unique towns.

Pisa/Lucca

110.00 € per person

In Pisa, you'll take a short walk to the famous Miracle Square to view the most beautiful monuments in town: the Duomo, Baptistery, and of course the leaning Tower. In Lucca, admire the walls that frame the city and take a walk on the accompanying foot path. Lucca is the ideal place to view Medieval architecture.

Artisanal Day

110.00 € per person

Your Italian culinary journey is not complete until you meet the talented culinary artisans in their element and taste their creations. Just fifty kilometers south of Siena, the town Pienza awaits you. Here, you'll sample the exquisite local products and immerse yourself in the flavors of Tuscany.

AM: Taste Pienza
When you arrive in Pienza, the perfect Renaissance town, you'll sample the local specialties: Pecorino cheese, olives and oils, handmade honey and marmalade, and a wide variety of Tuscan bruschetta and prosciutto. Wines typical of Montepulciano will accompany this spread. After the tasting, you're free to explore Pienza's amazing architecture and boutiques.

PM: Olive Oil
After Pienza, you'll travel to San Quirico d'Orcia. Here, you'll taste and tour a traditional olive oil facility. In addition to learning about the general production of olive oil in a modern mill, local experts will teach you to distinguish superior olive oils from the mass produced imitations. After the visit, your driver will take you back to your villa.

Golfing

149.00 € per person

9 AM to 4 PM approximately (whenever you want to tee-off!). Located near your villa, Florence Golf Club Ugolino was founded in 1889 and is Italy's first golf club. Golf lovers will relish the opportunity to play their sport in this unique location.

Ferragamo Boutique

479.00 € per person

Two-three hours depending on interest. This exclusive experience consists of a private session of assisted shopping in the restricted area of the world-famous Ferragamo Boutique in downtown Florence. A "mini" fashion show can be arranged with cocktails.

Ferrari

798.00 € per person (based on a group of 4)

9 AM to 5 PM approximately. In the morning, the tour leader will meet you at your residence and give you the keys to your Ferrari. They will explain the features of the car (how to use it). You'll depart from Sienna toward the Chianti region. This region is ideal for you if you love to drive: there are plenty of curvy roads, slopes and descents, and incomparable panoramas. You'll have lunch at a traditional Tuscan restaurant. After lunch, you'll pass through Casole d'Elsa and Rosia on your way back to Sienna. If you have specific requests for your Ferrari day tour, we would be pleased to customize an itinerary for you and your party.

Hot Air Ballooning

330.00 € per person

6:30 AM to 1 PM approximately. For this adventure, be prepared to rise early: hot air balloons take off with the sunrise. A serene form of air travel, hot air balloons provide an unrivaled panoramic view of the earth. When you arrive to your launch site, you'll watch the balloon inflation and take off with the wakening day. In the air, you'll experience the beauty of the Tuscan countryside and the earth's awe-inspiring silence. Your flight will last approximately two hours, your ultimate landing position being determined by the wind. When you land, a bottle of sparkling wine and a light picnic will await you. Your balloon experience will end when you're awarded a personal flight certificate. Your driver will accompany you back to your residence.

Cycling

40.00 € per person

In the morning, you'll receive both a mountain bike** and detailed map of the area. Your bike will travel where your heart desires. While you're free to travel the state roads, we recommend taking country routes for the scenery and experience.

*DOCG is a designation given to foods that use specific, defined methods of production and satisfy a high quality standard. DOCG wines are tasted and analyzed by government-licensed personnel before being bottled.

**A mountain bike is provided for safety and ease of use on the rustic terrain.

Tour costs are calculated in Euros and based on a group size of 8 unless otherwise noted.

All honeymoon packages and destination wedding packages are provided by travel companies that are independently owned and operated.