A 7-day journey throughout the jewel of Italy for a group of around ten persons, including a diamond of its own – a special Vow Renewal Dinner.
Benvenuto in Florence
Guests will be met at the Florence airport (or other arrival point upon request) for a private transfer to their accommodation in the historical center of Florence. In the early evening, after having time to relax and settle in, guests will enjoy a Signature Italy welcome cocktail before being walked to a restaurant where dinner reservations will have been made. Guests will be then be free to spend their first evening in Florence at leisure.
A Florence immersion
In the morning, a private tour guide will meet guests at the hotel for a guided tour of Florence city. History will come to life as guests visit Il Duomo – Florence’s stunning Cathedral, with its Bell Tower, Baptistery and Brunelleschi’s Dome. Next will be the Governmental center, including the Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi and Ponte Vecchio. Guests will enjoy pre-reserved entry to the Accademia Museum, home to 6 unfinished statues attributed to the great Michelangelo and his great masterpiece, the David. Next comes another of Italy’s greatest treasures: its cuisine. Guests will be led through the San Lorenzo Food Market for private exclusive product tastings to make up a unique and delicious lunch. In the afternoon, the tour of Florence will continue with a focus on Florence’s famous artisans through a visit to a stone inlay workshop and historic leather factory as well as seeing the marble creations on the stunning Santa Croce basilica. A perfume experience is also available upon requests. Guests will then have the evening free to enjoy dinner, with reservations being made for the group in town, and another lovely evening in Florence.
Shopping in Florence
In accordance with guests’ preferences, a private tour guide will lead the group to some of the best stores in Florence. The vast range of options includes historic artisan workshops where items have been handcrafted for centuries, small boutiques creating unique leather bags and gloves, designer clothing in one of Italy’s top fashion cities, resplendent jewelry and bijoux, antique dealers peddling historic items, and more. Along the way, guests may pass the church of Santo Spirito, Palazzo Pitti, and the magnificent palaces lining noble streets. The tour will conclude in time for guests to lunch on their own before having free time for further shopping or other activities. Dinner reservations will be made at a traditional restaurant just a short and pleasant stroll from the hotel for guests to dine on their own before retiring for the night.
Artistic Florence and picturesque Tuscan countryside
After checking out of their hotel, guests will meet a private tour guide to visit the Uffizi Gallery and explore the amazing collection of Renaissance master paintings. In the meanwhile, a private driver will collect the guests’ luggage and await guests at the end of the Uffizi visit to travel to a special countryside venue for lunch in the outskirts of Florence – a farmhouse and winery. After a tour of the cellar and traditional lunch, guests will be taken to a countryside hotel where they will have free time to enjoy the evening and dine at their own leisure in the stunning hamlet of Bagno Vignoni.
Half Day Exploration – Vow Renewal Dinner
A private driver will await guests in the morning for an exploration of the area around Montalcino. A visit to the Romanesque Abbazia di Sant’Antimo will be included, along with a visit to a Brunello winery for a wine tasting of the King of Tuscan reds. Guests will be free to enjoy lunch in Montalcino before being collected in the early afternoon for a return transfer to the hotel. There will be time for a siesta and to enjoy the extensive grounds, thermal water pool, spa and massage services at the hotel. The evening will include a very special dinner where guests may renew their vows before an overnight stay in Bagno Vignoni.
The exceptional beauty of Val d’Orcia
This day will feature a private driver to accompany guests on a full-day exploration of the UNESCO World Heritage area of Val d’Orcia. The first stop will be a visit to Montepulciano to visit an exclusive winery and enjoy a tasting of their top Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wine. Guests will then savor a traditional lunch al fresco at a quaint farmhouse. The afternoon will include a stop in the ideal Renaissance city of Pienza, with its stately palaces and architecture that embraces the picturesque landscape in the surrounds. After returning to the hotel in the late afternoon, guests will be free to enjoy their dinner on own before the final overnight stay in Bagno Vignoni.
Final Transfers to Airport
In the morning, guests will check out of the hotel before having the option of a private transfer to Florence airport (or other destination upon request) to conclude the holiday of a lifetime.
Half the journey is indeed getting there. Traveling from one Italy destination to the next can be enriched by the ease and comfort of a private luxury minivan driven by an Italy expert. We are on hand for transfers to and from airports or train stations, or even from one city to the next with transfer tours such as from Milan to Florence with stop in Parma to visit cheese and ham artisans or from Venice to Florence with a stop at the Ferrari factory along the way. Our luxury minivans are replete with all the comforts including air-conditioning, and are driven by friendly (and punctual) English-speaking drivers so our guests may sit back and relax while enjoying the view.