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ITALY TUSCAN JEWELS

Feel the love, Italy. You are our most requested destination, and the reasons are plenty.  Dramatic history, many of the world’s finest masterpieces, extraordinary

architecture, sizzling fashion, breathtaking country sides and seascapes, fun-loving

people and the food . . . wow, the food. Italy will break your heart when you have to

leave it, and you’ll be planning your return. No doubt.

 

Each of our itineraries has unique offerings allowing for cultural engagement and community give-back. Here are some of the things that will make your trip to Italy special:

HIGHLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES

WITH TEENAGERS

 

Special Activity:

TREASURE HUNT IN

FLORENCE

 

Learn about Florence's rich history while on a guided “treasure hunt” through the streets of Florence. Your treasure hunt will lead you through the city's rich art and political history. At the end of the treasure hunt a special prize will be awarded to the winner!

 

 

  • Dinner on a garden terrace in Siena
  • Private tour of Siena and the surrounding Medieval village visiting Piazza della Cisterna and the Piazza del Duomo.
  • Enjoy a lunch and wine tasting tasting at Fattoria san Donato wine estate
  • Tour the Rennaissance city of Siena and the walled medieval village of Monteriggioni
  • Private guided tour of Val d'Orcia area
  • Visit of a local cheese factory and pecorino cheese tasting to follow
  • Private guided tour of the Chianti Area including Brolio Castle, Radda& Castellina in Chianti
  • Enjoy a meal with a local Italian family learning about the local culture and traditions
  • Private guided tour of Florence includes: A visit to the Cathedral complex, Piazza della Signoria, The Accademia Gallery with confirmed reservation, Ponte Vecchio concluding at the Santa Croce district
  • Learn and participate in ancient fresco restoration
  • Private guided hiking tour of Cinqueterre National Park

HIGHLIGHTS FOR

ADULT ONLY TRAVELERS

Special Activity:

WINE TASTING AND VISIT TO

A CHEESE FACTORY

 

Lunch and wine tasting of the local wines produced at the family owned Fattoria san Donato wine estate in San Gimignano. The next day visit Pienza, a well known village famous for the Pecorino Cheese production. Tour a local cheese factory with pecorino cheese tasting to follow.

  • Dinner on a garden terrace in Siena
  • Private tour of Siena and the surrounding Medieval village visiting Piazza della Cisterna and the Piazza del Duomo.
  • Enjoy a lunch and wine tasting tasting at Fattoria san Donato wine estate
  • Tour the Rennaissance city of Siena and the walled medieval village of Monteriggioni
  • Private guided tour of Val d'Orcia area
  • Visit of a local cheese factory and pecorino cheese tasting to follow
  • Private guided tour of the Chianti Area including Brolio Castle, Radda& Castellina in Chianti
  • Enjoy a meal with a local Italian family learning about the local culture and traditions
  • Private guided tour of Florence includes: A visit to the Cathedral complex, Piazza della Signoria, The Accademia Gallery with confirmed reservation, Ponte Vecchio concluding at the Santa Croce district
  • Learn and participate in ancient fresco restoration
  • Private guided hiking tour of Cinqueterre National Park

HIGHLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES

WITH CHILDREN UNDER 12

Special Activity:

ATTEND GLADIATOR

SCHOOL IN ROME

 

You will visit the Gladiator Museum and attend Gladiator School. Enjoy a demonstration performance how the Roman Gladiator in the Ancient Rome trained and prepared themselves for the fights inside the Coliseum. Learn their techniques and hear stories of valor and conquest!

  • Dinner on a garden terrace in Siena
  • Private tour of Siena and the surrounding Medieval village visiting Piazza della Cisterna and the Piazza del Duomo.
  • Enjoy a lunch and wine tasting tasting at Fattoria san Donato wine estate
  • Tour the Rennaissance city of Siena and the walled medieval village of Monteriggioni
  • Private guided tour of Val d'Orcia area
  • Visit of a local cheese factory and pecorino cheese tasting to follow
  • Private guided tour of the Chianti Area including Brolio Castle, Radda& Castellina in Chianti
  • Enjoy a meal with a local Italian family learning about the local culture and traditions
  • Private guided tour of Florence includes: A visit to the Cathedral complex, Piazza della Signoria, The Accademia Gallery with confirmed reservation, Ponte Vecchio concluding at the Santa Croce district
  • Learn and participate in ancient fresco restoration
  • Private guided hiking tour of Cinqueterre National Park
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GLOBAL COMMUNITY GIVE-BACK

 

Meet your guide and witness yourself the restoration works at Palazzo Martelli. You will be shown the frescoes that you have contributed renovating in the ground floor of the Renaissance Building and learn more about the frescoes techniques as well as the restorative measures applied to give a new birth to the colors and shapes together with our local expert. The Palazzo or Casa Martelli was a residential palace, and since 2009, a civic museum displaying in situ the remains of the original family's valuable art collection, as well as its frescoed rooms. The palace is located on Via Ferdinando Zannetti 8 near the corner with Via Cerretani in central Florence, region of Tuscany, Italy.In the place where the palace there were the old houses of the Martelli family, since the twenties of the sixteenth century. In 1627, the area of
this palace was aggregated after the marriage of Senator Marco Martelli and his cousin. Marco also acquired further buildings. Some frescoes on the main floor date to this era.

 

Prior departure you will be sent a photo of the frescoes or painting you will contribute to restore along with details and information regarding its history to understand more about the background and the scenario where the artwork was conceived. Once in Italy, during your stay you will get the opportunity to visit the place where "your " artwork is held and possibly witness yourself the stages of work. Our local expert will give you a private short lesson about restorative techniques used along with logistics involved and deadlines. After the restoration works are finished you will receive a picture of the final result and report of the work. You will be involved in every single step of the process, from the moment we identify the artwork, through its restoration to the end of the works : practically you will adopt the artwork and your contribution will be essential to give it a new life and make sure it will be preserved for the future generations.