***The Local Wine Events publication has made the incorrect assumption that most vacations have been canceled. This wonderful experience is still scheduled to take place in October at a reduced price with enhanced safety features. ***
My name is Jenner, owner of Vivace Gourmet Personal Chef Services in Tampa Bay. Since May 2016, I have been conducting Sprezzatura! Boutique Tour of Tuscany in the springtime . Because of the global pandemic, the tour will take place in the fall for 2020 at a reduced price. Sprezzatura is a small group tour with a maximum of 8 travelers so you can experience Tuscany as a local. While we have a formal itinerary, the tour is relaxed and flexible. Our small group status allows us to make unplanned stops to make wonderful discoveries! The experience features private tours with licensed guides and private tastings directly with the families and owners of small wineries and agriturismos. Instead of feeling like a typical tour, you will feel as if you are visiting your Italian family!
Reviews from previous tours:
"Firstly, Chef Jenner. she has such a winning personality. Secondly, she took us to beautiful places where everyone made us feel like family, not like tourists. She was considerate to my needs of being older and not as mobile and quick as a youngster, and she chose a car and driver, Marco, who was just as personable and enjoyable as herself. Marco was able to give us some history and some inside info into the area where he grew up. They made the trip so very pleasurable."
Debra S., Boston, MA Sprezzatura May 2019
"5 Star tour. Everything was well thought out and well planned. Hotel was fantastic including the continental breakfast. Obviously the small group approach (not on a bus tour with dozens of other guests) was critical to my enjoyment. We loved the variety of wineries that we visited. From the large corporate to the smaller family run operations (which were our favourite - especially Giuseppe). The choices that you made for us to visit were fantastic! We also enjoyed both the welcoming dinner and the goodbye dinner - both were amazing experiences. Hugely appreciated Marco and the personalized service he provided. He was amazing. Foodie tour and David's Museum was a very pleasant addition to this tour.
I greatly appreciated your professionalism and lovely personality. Thank you so much for making our trip of a lifetime spectacular!!"
Christine S., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Sprezzatura June 2018
Pricing: $3495 Per Person, Single Supplement $695. $500 Per Person to Reserve. Receive a 5% Discount if Full Payment is made when reserving. Financing is available through Square Payment Systems.
Maximum Group Size is 8 Travelers
(Form your own group with a minimum of 6 travelers or join other travelers.)
Deluxe Accommodations Include:
◇Luxury Airport Transfers on Arrival in a Mercedes Sedan E Class Sedan or Minivan
◇7 Nights at a 4-Star Hotel, featuring a rooftop view of beautiful
◇Daily Continental Breakfast Buffet
◇Four Group Lunches
◇Two Group Dinners
◇Luxury Transportation for all excursions in an air conditioned Mercedes Minivan with reusable water bottles included.
Moderate Activity Level: Florence and Tuscany are situated on hilly terrain. While this is a relaxed Itinerary, participants should have the ability to stand or walk for at least 90 minutes. While most tours will take us downhill, the ability to walk up short steep hills is recommended. Since much of the area was built in the Renaissance period, some multi-level buildings do not have elevators. Disabled accessibility may be limited in this region.
Day 1 - Arrival, Orientation and welcome dinner with cocktails on rooftop patio.
Day 2 - Siena and San Gimignano. Enjoy these two towns at your leisure. We will have lunch with wine pairings at a beautiful bio organic winery with an amazing view of San Gimignano in our own private dining room. Lunch and wine tasting included. Dinner is open
Day 3 - We start with a tour of the Accademia Gallery featuring Michelangelo's David. Afterward we embark on a half day walking food and wine tour of Florence. Museum entry, food and wine is included. Dinner is open.
Day 4 - Chianti Tour. First we stop in the small town of Greve, then we tour the organic gardens, vineyard, cellar and art collection of a prestigious winery in the area. The tour ends with a wonderful lunch designed by the excutive chef. An additional winery visit may be added if time permits. Wine tasting and lunch included. Dinner is open.
Day 5 - Truffle hunting with cooking class. We will take a scenic drive just outside of Florence to learn the secrets of truffle hunting. After our trek, we will go into the kitchen to cook several dishes with our new found treasures! Wine and lunch included.
Day 6 - Free Day - Perfect for museum visits or a day trip.
Day 7 - Private pre-dinner cruise on Florentine style gondola down the Arno River. Farewell dinner with wine pairings.
Day 8 - Depart
***Can't make it to Tuscany this fall? Make sure to click the link below and visit the "Shop Tuscany" tab for great deals on wonderful wines to bring Italy home to you. Ci vediamo in Tuscany!***