|This fall we are thrilled to offer an exclusive Italian get-away for our cherished donors and supporters. Proceeds of the trip will go toward supporting scholarships offered to students of the Accademia dell’Arte. The trip dates are October 5-11, 2013. While staying in a private Tuscan Villa just outside of Arezzo, 80 KM south of Florence, participants will enjoy unique activities -thanks to the Accademia’s relationship with the local people- not frequently available to outside visitors.There are a limited number of spaces still available on this exclusive trip. Click Here to Download the registration form.Have more questions? Please contact us.
Day 1 Saturday, October 5
As guests arrive, you are invited to sip prosecco and stroll the vineyards which produce the wine and olive oil we will be consuming throughout the trip.
Wine tasting at Enoteca Charleston which has been written up in Wine Spectator Magazine, will be available in the early evening for those interested.
That evening, our on-site chef will prepare a special Tuscan three-course dinner* for our enjoyment.
*All dinners are accompanied by local San Fabiano wine.
Day 2 Sunday, October 6
Guests will begin this and every day with a typical European continental breakfast.
Guests can peruse the vendors’ carts at the largest Antique fair in Italy held in Arezzo. An optional hourhistorical walking tour will begin at 11:30. Guests are free to choose from among the many lunch options available in Arezzo.
Then find out what it feels like to be a student at the Accademia with a short tour of the Accademia’s Villa Godiola campus and a fun-filled “voice workshop” led by MFA director Kevin Crawford in early evening.
We will then return to the Villa for another wonderful dinner prepared by our private chef.Day 3 Monday, October 7
Cooking class at “Tenuta Setteponti”
directed by owner Giovanna Moretti. The Moretti family produces two of the more famous wines of the area, some of which we will enjoy as we eat the lunch we have prepared ourselves.
Later that evening there will be a special meeting with Count Gian Luigi Borghini Baldovinetti de’ Bacci Venuti (AKA “the Count”) at his San Fabiano Farm Estate.
|Day 4 Tuesday, October 8Buses will take you on a special tour either to the Medici Villas on the outskirts of Florence, or drop you off in Florence for a walking tour by our special guide.
Dinner that evening is at the Villa followed by a performance by the students of the Accademia dell’Arte to end this action packed day!Day 5 Wednesday, October 9
Shopping day – take your pick.
Transportation will be provided to Outlet Village (www.themall.it). You may also choose to sit by the pool at the Villa and take in the beautiful surroundings or even hike into town for a relaxing lunch.
This evening guests will enjoy an elegant 4-course meal in downtown Arezzo at “Le Chiavi d’Oro”, an elegant restaurant in the center of old town.
Day 6, Thursday, October 10
Our last full day will be devoted to touring picturesque Tuscan towns off the beaten path.
Tour options will include the following:
Casentino Valley – North of Arezzo
Socana – An Etruscan/Roman/Christian holy site
Poppi – A medieval town with a beautiful castle
Lora Ciuffenna – A picturesque town near Arezzo
La Verna – Francescian monastery founded by St. Francis
Montepulciano – With a side trip to the Foce gardens
Our last dinner will be held in the Villa that evening.
Day 7 Friday, October 11
This morning a special breakfast will be served as guests take their time in preparing for their departure. Transportation to the Arezzo train station will be available throughout the day.
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Six nights at Villa Palazzaccio in Arezzo
All sightseeing as noted, with transportation
Six continental breakfasts
Six dinners with wine
Two lunches as noted with wine
All wine tastings, cheese tastings, as noted
Arrival and departure transfer from/to Arezzo train station on scheduled day of arrival and departure (Florence airport transfer or Arezzo train station arrivals before or after scheduled days will be at an added cost).
All gratuities for included services
Maid service at Villa Palazzaccio Mon – Fri
In the villa there are:
7 double rooms – king or queen beds
2 single rooms – twin beds
(The above all have en suite bathrooms)
2 twin bed rooms sharing bath – sold as double suite or two singles
Total estimated cost of the trip:
2285 Euro ($2948 USD)
per person based on double occupancy
2650 Euro ($3419 USD)
single person occupying single room
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Please complete and return the attached registration form along with the 500 EURO (100% tax deductible) deposit by January 31, 2013
to secure your place on the Inside Tuscany trip.